Real estate agents and insiders expose the secret tactics used to lure buyers and sellers – ABC News

One of the most common concerns of buyers is underquoting — agents listing a property with an unrealistically low price guide to lure them in…

Deadline for HomeBuilder paperwork extended to June 2025 after calls from applicants – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: There are strange rules in Australia to subsidize rich property owners.

To receive a $25,000 grant, people had to meet strict criteria, including: Spend between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating a home or building a new home

Higher interest rates aren’t just affecting home owners — fewer cheap rentals are available – ABC News

“With interest rates expected to increase further and no meaningful improvement in supply coming, it seems that renting is going to become even tougher before the situation improves,” Cameron Kusher, PropTrack’s director of economic research, said.

Elderly, chronically ill residents prepare to sleep in their cars as NRAS ends – ABC News,-chronically-ill-residents-prepare-to/102145150

Comment by tonytran2015: The threat of recession is real.

More than a dozen people on Queenland’s Sunshine Coast are preparing to be homeless, as a government subsided rent scheme comes to an end…

Will Turkey ever become a Russian gas hub? – DW – 03/22/2023

After Vladimir Putin suggested Turkey could be a hub for Russian gas deliveries, the idea ignited enthusiasm in Turkey. But technical and political challenges may undermine Erdogan’s energy ambitions…

Squatters Increasingly Taking Over Homes Across US With No End In Sight, Experts Warn, by Jack Phillips | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

It’s like something out of Dr. Zhivago, where the comrades take over his mansion. From Jack Phillips at The Epoch Times via

Amid an increase in reports of squatters taking over people’s homes across the country, one expert warned that the phenomenon is on the rise and noted that removing a squatter could take months.

Real estate lawyer Jim Burling told Fox News on Tuesday that any home that is not occupied for a period of time could be targeted by squatters. If the owner tries to call the police, officers may not be able to do much, and at the same time, using the courts could turn into a lengthy and expensive process, he warned.

I think it’s a fairly big problem and I think it’s pretty hard to avoid,” Burling, who is vice president of litigation for Pacific Legal Foundation, said. In cases where a property owner is attempting to evict a squatter, generally the court system has to get involved to determine whose paperwork is legitimate, he noted.

If somebody is living in a home and saying ‘hey, I signed a lease, I’m paying rent, I have a right to be here,’ whether or not that’s true, the police hear that story then they hear a story of somebody who’s not living there and saying ‘this is my place these people don’t belong here,’ the police officer can’t make that legal determination,” Burling said.

He added that it’s not the “job” of the police to do that. “That’s not their bailiwick. If you have that kind of dispute it has to go to court,” he said

1 in 36 Kids Have Autism, CDC Says — Critics Slam Agency’s Failure to Investigate Causes, by Brenda Baletti, Ph.D. | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Inquiring minds want to know why, official minds are closed. From Brenda Baletti, Ph.D., at

One in 36 (2.8%) 8-year-old children — 4% of boys and 1% of girls — have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), based on an analysis of data from 2020, published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One in 36 (2.8%) 8-year-old children — 4% of boys and 1% of girls — have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), based on an analysis of data from 2020, published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The latest findings, reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show an increase from the last report, which found 1 in 44 8-year-olds (2.3%) had autism in 2018.

Since the CDC started collecting the data, prevalence estimates have skyrocketed from 1 in 150 in 2000, to today’s estimate of 1 in 36 children.

The trend has persisted for decades. Autism prevalence in the 1990s, which was 1 in 1,000 children, already represented a tenfold increase over the condition’s estimated prevalence in the 1970s.

Commenting on today’s report, Mark Blaxill, from the Executive Leadership Team at Health Choice, told The Defender:

“As the American culture wars have intensified, the harsh reality of the autism epidemic has been tucked away into obscurity as attention has turned to a whole new set of health concerns.

“Today’s new report from the CDC’s ADDM [Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring] Network places the latest ASD rate at 1 in 36 children born in 2012, but that’s not even the largest number out there (a recent survey using NHIS data reported a rate of 1 in 29 children in 2020).”

second CDC report on 4-year-old children, also released today, emphasized that in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4-year-old children were less likely to be evaluated for or identified with ASD than 8-year-olds of the same age.

Prior to the pandemic, 4-year-old children were diagnosed with autism at even higher rates than the 8-year-old cohort…

Rent crisis: Landlords better off investing in super since 1990s, new report reveals rental market totally broken –

Comment by tonytran2015: Property investors tasted the return and usually sell up after 5 years. That was their rough experience. So the rental crisis has to follow.

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates but gives RBA room to pause – ABC News

…It wouldn’t be the first time a US banking crisis has saved Australia from its own mortgage and potential banking crisis….

Comment by tonytran2015: There are two unavoidable rules: 1. Issueing fiat money without increase in productivity must lead to inflation now or in the future. 2. Issueing too many Treasury Notes increases interest rate. Only discipline spending can save USD.