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Why Personal Tech Is Depressing

We live in an era of previously unimaginable luxury. Without leaving our sofas, we can conjure almost any book or film on our phone and enjoy it with exotic cuisine delivered right to our doorstep via an app. But there is a cost to this convenience that doesn’t appear on your credit-card statement. Our indoor, sedentary […]

Why do fans riot after a win? The science behind Philadelphia’s Super Bowl chaos.

Fires in the streets. Smashed windows. Flipped cars. Light poles toppled by alcohol-fueled crowds. Philadelphia awoke this morning after the triumph of Super Bowl Sunday to a city in disarray and this vexing question: What is it about sports that makes fans riot? Why do fans care so intensely about their teams? What is going […]

Southern California median home price breaks record set last decade during housing bubble

The Southern California median home price in December finally surpassed bubble-era highs, a milestone that took more than a decade to achieve and is once again raising concerns that housing is too costly. The six-county region’s median price surged 8.2% from a year earlier to $507,500, real estate data firm CoreLogic said Wednesday. That tops […]

The 101 Freeway Reopens

Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County reopened Sunday, nearly two weeks after a massive mudslide in Montecito closed the busy roadway. The highway, a key north-south route in California that carries about 100,000 vehicles through the Central Coast each day, was shut down after the roadway was covered by twelve feet of mud and debris […]

Sonoma County, Known as Wine Country Starts the Long Rebuilding Process

Earlier this week, there were eight excavators at work in the Coffey Park neighborhood, clearing fire debris and scraping the top layer of ash and soil away to remove any potentially toxic materials. “They’ve been working so hard. I was here on a Sunday in the rain and they were working,” said Lilia Gonzalez, who brought donuts […]

The Aftermath of Fires, Brings Flooding throughout California….

At least five people were killed Tuesday when a rainstorm sent mud and debris coursing through Montecito neighborhoods and left rescue crews to scramble through clogged roadways and downed trees to search for victims. The deluge that washed over Santa Barbara County early Tuesday was the worst-case scenario for a community that was ravaged by […]

Happy New Year!

Today, resolving to change and improve yourself and your life is an almost unavoidable part of the transition to a new year. Though it’s a pretty well documented fact that most New Year’s resolutions fail, we keep making them—and we’re not alone. The custom of making New Year’s resolutions is most common in the West, […]

Does anyone send out Christmas Cards anymore?

The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a senior civil servant (Government worker) who had helped set-up the new ‘Public Record Office’ (now called the Post Office), where he was an Assistant Keeper, and wondered how it could be used more by ordinary […]

How the GOP tax plan would affect home owners and buyers

The impact will largely depend on where you live — and how much your house is worth. The GOP tax reform plan contains a number of changes that will affect homeowners and buyers alike. Prior to the plan’s release, the housing industry sounded an alarm about changes to the deductions for mortgage interest and property […]

How Will the Southern California Wildfires Affect Local Real Estate?

Just two months after the deadliest wildfires in California’s history, hundreds of miles to the north in the wine country of Sonoma and Napa counties, the state finds itself fighting a growing and dangerous conflagration again. As of Friday morning, six wildfires in Southern California had torched 141,000 acres, 212,000 people had been evacuated, and hundreds of […]