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Plan to Build Home on Top of Historic Heard Cemetery in Sandy Springs, Ga., Enrages Neighbors

Oct 7th 2012 2:21PM According to the story, he wants to build a home for his own family. If he succeeds, I hope the ghosts haunt them all!

Homeowners Joel and Melissa Dodge of Washington Feel Stranded by New Off-Ramp Next Door

Sep 29th 2012 8:42PM They'll lose. The DOT will have studies showing it is perfectly safe. The fact that they don't like it is irrelevant. Most people near a new on ramp or similar construction object and have excellent reasons why it shouldn't be near THEM.

Faith in Real Estate: Using Divine Intervention to Sell Homes

Sep 7th 2012 5:12PM Bunk. Catholics do NOT "worship" statues of saints any more than Jews worship Menorahs. To recognize those who have been especially cllose to God in life and ask their help is NOT to worship and idol. Incidentally, most Protestant religions us the Cross as a symbol of Christ; does that mean they worship an idol made of two pieces of wood?

David Hoffman of Marin County, Calif., Ordered to Tear Down Sustainable Home He Built for 40 Years

Jul 12th 2012 10:56PM All cities have a system requiring permits before building most structures. While this is a source of income, it is intended to protect the community from structures thaat collapse on visitors or fall down as someone is passing by or just collapxe and bury the owner requiring major rescue operations on the part of city services. If the city then decides that a completed structure, built without permits, should be allowed to stand, why would anybody go through the trouble and expense of getting permits and allowing the city to inspect. At which point, you will find yourself walking through the city with brick buildings collapsing on your head. It is tempting to say that this is a special circumstance, but on what grounds do you discriminate between one builder and another?

Couple Sues Landlord Over 'Haunted' House

Apr 16th 2012 7:15PM They've just paid a $2500 deposit, and the first month's rent - probably also the last monrh's rent. Then they left after a week, abandoning that money? That doesn't sound like people who cannot afford the rent. In what way was the rent suddenly unaffordable when they had just paid it a week earlier. As a landlord, people usually find problems with the apartment after their first and last month rent runs out not when they have already paid it.

Mezuzah Case: Condo Association Bylaw vs. Jewish Practice

Mar 29th 2012 7:47PM I do not understand why the Condo Association is choosing to make such huge fuss about such a small thing. However, having said that, in the interests of accuracy, there is a huge difference betweem a door and a door frame! A door is easily replaceable by simply removing the hinges; a doorframe is built into the wall and cannot be removed without carpentry skills and ancillary damage. And it would appear that the hall doors are NOT enumerated as part of the unit but are retained by the Condo Association (presumably in the interest of conformity. In fact, I would assume that interior walls are the walls inside each unit and the Condo Association does not actually permit residents to install cameras, put up pictures, paint or otherwise act upon hall walls. Nor is a private organization barred from discrimination, UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, which only precludes CONGRESS from establishing any one religion. While Freedom of Religion is a great good and should be protected by law; it is not, however, mentioned in the Constitution which concerns itself only with Acts of CONGRESS in this case. (In fact, the state of Massachusetts had an established religion for many years after the Constitution was ratified by Massachusetts.

Billboard House Advertises a Way Out of the Housing Crisis

Feb 14th 2012 1:11AM I am surprised by the number of people who have been thoroughly nasty about this. First of all, please remember, your home is your castle and if you want to paint it magenta and acid yellow - or any other color - it should not be anyone's problem other than your own. Second, I am glad that most of you do not seem to need financial help; try to remember that a great many people are not in your happy position and don't begrudge them a chance to ease financial hardship by temporarily renting out the outside of their home - and remember, it is temporary.

Blueseed: 'Startup Incubator' Could Sail Past Immigration Law

Feb 8th 2012 7:19PM This sounds more like a complicated tax scheme than an immigration problem. Building relationships is not a full time job and if you are building a business, you need to be home running your business, expanding your markets and supervising your employees. If you need to devlop relationships, a 4 month Visa will serve admirably and then you can return to your work; if you need a permanent representative, you can get a permanent Visa for a long term employee. If you are at the level of brainstorming a new business, rather than running something new, you don't need Silicon Valley.

The Minor Threat: Age-Restricted Communities Evicting Children

Jan 6th 2012 7:06PM If you are likely to have children, don't move into an age restricted community. I am elderly and I do NOT live in an age restricted community but I have often thought I would love to buy a house in one. Elderly people have the problems of elderly people: a tendency toward afternoon naps, canes or walkers or wheelchairs that don't deal well with bicycles, tricycles or skateboards, and fragile bones that cannot stand up to collision with running children or thrown balls. I have trouble walking and I have several times been nearly run down by skateboards and bicycles.

This is a situation that is devastating to the grandparents. But, on the other hand, children running freely through the community can be devastating to the residents who paid a premium for a safe environment in their old age.

I don't know what the solution is. Perhaps the Association should consider buying the home at a fair market price and holding it for sale while the grandparents move to a multigenerational community? If the residents can jointly shoulder the financial burden?

7 Things That Drive Vets Crazy

Dec 18th 2011 12:34AM Nunya: (post #12) Do you know that there are people who are allergic to dogs, as well as people who are afraid of them. My perfectly well-behaved cat is happy to sit on my lap as a change from being confined in a carrier. But then your dog - on his long leash - comes at me barking and growling, scaring both of us! Why should my cat be confined nd your dog allowed to roam free?

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