When an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam in California threatened to give way and flood the town of Oroville right before Valentine’s Day, people panicked. More than 100,000 residents were given less than an hour’s notice to evacuate their homes. Most threw what they could grab into their cars and hit the road with the clothes on their backs and the family pets, few had what they really needed.
It’s the kind of nightmare scenario an unprepared family dreads, but the kind of thing those who prepare for natural disasters face with calm — unless of course their bug-out bags, or what FEMA calls a “grab-and-go” or “survival” bag, have [...]
While cheaper homes are hot, it’s still a buyers’ market for luxury properties, according to the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s survey of the most expensive zip codes in each region. It takes an average of 185 days for a luxury home to sell, three times longer than the 50 days it took for all other homes in January. “Luxury buyers should find reasonable levels of selection,” reports ILHM.
With a lot more negotiating room than buyers of less pricey homes, luxury buyers can look for properties that feature some of the leading edge trends in luxury home design.
In January, the National Association of Home Builders awarded 127 [...]