News House of the week: Wairarapa off-grid
http://www.stuff.co.nz, JILL WILD
Anna Marie Kingsley and Malcolm Batchelor knew nothing about design or power generation when they embarked on building their virtually self-sufficient family home in the Wairarapa valley.
N.Y. to sue Bank of America, Wells Fargo over alleged violations of mortgage deal
Danielle Douglas via The Washington Post
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday threatened to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for allegedly failing to help struggling homeowners under the $25 billion national mortgage settlement.
News Graphene paint could power homes of the future
http://www.telegraph.co.uk, By Richard Gray
Houses could be painted with a new super-material that generates electricity from sunlight and can even change colour on request, following new research.
News Lunar Real Estate Agent Has 'Sold' 7.5% of Moon
Clara Moskowitz via Space.com
The lack of a clear law on space property rights hasn't stopped one man from selling real estate on the moon and the other solar system bodies as well.
News Will The New Housing Bubble That Bernanke Is Creating End As Badly As The Last One Did?
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has done it.
News U.S. Homeownership Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1995
http://www.bloomberg.com, By Prashant Gopal & John
The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in almost 18 years, reflecting rising demand for rentals and investor purchases in the housing market.
News U.S. seizes on ruling to boost Wells Fargo mortgage fraud case
The Justice Dept promptly capitalized on a court victory to bolster a case before another federal judge, citing a ruling that endorsed the agency's use of a little known financial fraud law to prosecute bank actions during the financial crisis.
News Italian Prisoners Design Sleek 'Micro-Apartment'
businessinsider.com, Rebecca Baird-Remba
If we've learned anything from prison movies, we know prisoners can make almost anything out of the few objects they use every day.
News Nest Thermostat Slays Peak Power
Martin LaMonica via TechnologyReview.com
Nest adds energy services with utilities to shift heavy air conditioning loads and tune home efficiency.
News Wall Street betting billions on single-family homes in distressed markets
Michael Fletcher via Washington Post
Big investors are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into real estate hard hit by the housing crash, bringing those moribund markets back to life but raising the prospect of another Wall Street-fueled bubble that wont be sustainable.
News Still Think The Housing Recovery Is Sustainable?
While hope springs eternal that the US housing sector 'record-inventory-compression and foreclosure-stuffed' 'recovery' will become self-sustaining, there are two rather disappointing 'facts' to ruin the 'fiction' that all is well.
News Government foreclosure relief brings homeowners only $300 to $500
Pro Publica via RawStory.com
The governments largest effort to compensate victims of the banks foreclosure practices is finally sputtering to an end. But for most of those eligible 2013 nearly three million borrowers 2013 it wont be much of an ending.
Headlines: Government foreclosure relief brings homeowners only $300 to $500 -- Still Think The Housing Recovery Is Sustainable? -- Wall Street betting billions on single-family homes in distressed markets -- Nest Thermostat Slays Peak Power -- Italian Prisoners Design Sleek 'Micro-Apartment' -- U.S. seizes on ruling to boost Wells Fargo mortgage fraud case -- U.S. Homeownership Rate Falls to Lowest Since 1995 -- Will The New Housing Bubble That Bernanke Is Creating End As Badly As The Last One Did? -- Lunar Real Estate Agent Has 'Sold' 7.5% of Moon -- Graphene paint could power homes of the future --
N.Y. to sue Bank of America, Wells Fargo over alleged violations of mortgage deal -- House of the week: Wairarapa off-grid -- Inexpensive Romanian kit homes --