New Story Just Out: Coral Reef Fish Are More Resilient Than We Thought, Study Finds

Yet another interesting headline in the world of health and well-being. Coral Reef Fish Are More Resilient Than We Thought, Study Finds
Ocean acidification can cause reckless behavior in coral reef fish. But researchers say that coral reef environments have large chemical variations daily, which can offer recovery time for fish.

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Newsflash: Our realtor won’t take anybody off of lease for home we’re renting

So we’re in this situation where a niece is representing her aunt in renting out a house. Our rent goes to the aunt, but we’re supposed to go to the niece with any problems we’re having.Generally, she’s been difficult to deal with. She seems to be a perfectly nice person, but she doesn’t respond to our e-mails in any timely manner. She rarely even responds to the right person. She never contacts us to come and see the problem; instead, she shows up randomly and without warning and most of the time we’re not even home.So people have moved out and others have moved in, and I’d really like to have the lease reflect this. Mostly because I may want to move out before the lease is up and want to make sure I’m not on the hook for anything, so I’m essentially doing a trial run. She says she won’t take anybody off the lease, but will add people. This doesn’t seem like a good idea.Should I be concerned? Should I go around her to the actual land lord with my complaints? I’m supposed to say we’re in Maryland or something?

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Newsflash: Buying flooded property in Houston AFTER Harvey

Is there any opportunity to buy flooded property in the Houston area for a bargain? I am not a professional investor,. just a guy with some money and interest. Please no ethics lecture – just want to know what options others have found for buying property in flooded areas. I’m assuming it will eventually come back?

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Newsflash: Legality/safety of renting out basement bedroom

I have a single-family home, in Chicago. I want to rent out a bedroom in the (finished) basement. The previous owners had someone in that bedroom before, but they were all family members. I want to make sure it would be safe and legal to rent this room out.Details – basement has laundry room, bathroom, a couple of closets, and one large open space that would be the bedroom. This open space has a medium-sized window. There is a hallway from the open space to both an interior stairwell, and an exterior door. There are no doors between the open space and the stairs/exterior door, just that hallway.I know the exterior door has a standard deadbolt (that you can turn without using a key.) I have to double-check on the window size. I will also make sure there is a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide detector on that level.I would NOT be renting this as a separate apartment, just as a bedroom in my home.Does this sound like it’s up to fire code?Thanks.

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New Story Just Out: What To Do When Facing A Floating Ball Of Fire Ants

Yet another interesting headline in the world of health and well-being. What To Do When Facing A Floating Ball Of Fire Ants
“Avoid, avoid, avoid,” one fire ant expert says. The ants, common in areas flooded by Harvey, can’t be submerged underwater. But if you have a bottle of soapy water, you might be able to drown them.

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Newsflash: Is this the right time to buy a house in Canada or should I wait for the bubble to burst?

I’m looking to live in Vancouver or Toronto. The problem is both those places have ridiculous housing prices. Should I continue to rent until the bubble burst or will the prices keep going up?

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Newsflash: Go for flood insurance?

I live about 1500ft from a flood zone (zone a) in Massachusetts so I’m all good and don’t need flood insurance. However all this hurricane stuff has made me do some insurance and asked my insurance company for a quote. they can do a $500 premium. Given how little money this is (in the grand scheme of things) is it worth it to get flood insurance?Are you grandfathered into a policy? I’m just curious.

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Newsflash: (CA) I’m in a real estate business club at my university and I need some help coming up with fun and easy trivia questions for our club fair.

So far I’ve come up with an easy oneWhats the most expensive city in Canada? (Highest $ / sq. ft)I’m trying to come up with 2 more. Any quick opinions?

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