New Story Just Out: Whale Hello: Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech, Researchers Find

Yet another interesting headline in the world of health and well-being. Whale Hello: Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech, Researchers Find
A killer whale attempting to say “hello” or “Amy” did not sound as clear as, say, a parrot. But scientists found that the whales could repeat human vocalizations with some success.

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New Story Just Out: Discovery In India Suggests An Early Global Spread Of Stone Age Technology

Yet another interesting headline in the world of health and well-being. Discovery In India Suggests An Early Global Spread Of Stone Age Technology
Scientists have found stone tools in India dating back to 385,000 years ago. The sharp tools were made with a Stone Age technique thought to have originated in Africa and Europe.

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Newsflash: Thinking of buying our first home. There’s some mould in the bathroom and living room. We think it won’t be expensive to fix, but woulds appreciate advice from somebody with experience.

We’re think we can fix this by re-grouting the shower/bath and painting the walls. But we’re worried there might be an underlying mould/damp problem further inside the wall.The person living the flat doesn’t seem to care well for it. Smokes in the bedroom, probably never ventilates the bathroom (it has no windows).Is there anything in the pictures which is a red flag which might indicate more a serious problem?Note, there was a leak in the flat above at some point, which may have contributed to the peeling of the pain.Otherwise flat is well insulated, and has a B EPC energy efficiency rating (best is A, worst is F)Any advice appreciated.Pics: https://imgur.com/a/WF91EProperty is in London, UK

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Newsflash: Warranty Deed Question

New to this forum so please direct me to the right place to ask this. I paid off the house mortgage in 2014 (Wells Fargo) but I’m just now realizing I never received a Deed/Title. Are houses like cars? After paying off a car, you get the title in the mail. Is this normal?

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Newsflash: A quick mod note on links in comments

Hello fellow Real Estate enthusiasts!Over the last few weeks I’ve been noticing more and more comments deleted for posting links. I wanted to take a second and clarify 1) Why this is happening 2) how to avoid it and 3) this subs rules on links.1- Reddit has site wide anti spam rules that aren’t known, to my knowledge, but seem to target specific domains and/or identify comments that likely contain spam links. Moderators of subs have no control over this, including us. So for example, people frequently post bankrate.com links here. In particular the calculator’s etc. I don’t know what they did or who’s corn flakes they pissed in, but reddit wide doing this will result in your comment being removed. I just mention them as that is the most often one I see. Other domains I have never heard of seem to get the same treatment. Sometimes domains I see posted a lot get nailed for specific posts for reasons I am unaware of. I want to reiterate, these posts being removed are NOT by action of the moderators here or this subs policies, from the mods perspective here we just see a post that is well intentioned and may contain useful information and its automatically deleted.2- I’m open to input on this one. I’d encourage anyone posting links to verify their post is visible by opening the thread in an incognito/private browsing/porn mode/whatever you want to call it tab. If it is not, simply send a mod mail and we can manually fix it. While the mods here do read most threads, I’m sure we miss some instances of this where someone posts a helpful comment and refers to an article or information that would help the discussion and it unfortunately never is view-able by anyone. This is what we want to avoid. If you took the time to write it, we want the community to see it.3- All this said, I want to circle back and review the rules for posting links. While this largely isn’t a problem, I do not want this post to sound like posting outside links is a free for all and we will approve anything deleted. The rule is fairly simple, you may not post anything for self promotion purposes or SEO purposes. While that sounds simple, more specifically the mods are looking for a few things when we look at this. Your link should be on topic and contribute to the discussion. For instance, if a thread is about a landlord/tenant asking about evictions in their state, a link regarding the top 10 tips for staging a home is probably going to be viewed as spam. A link regarding tenant rights in that state would be fine provided the poster is not personally affiliated with the site being posted. So if you want to post a link to Bob LobLaw’s Law Blog where he talks about this, you can, provided you are not him. How do we know that? We don’t, but your post history is usually telling. If you have 10 comments this month linking to that domain, we will wipe it. If your post history is full of commenting on cat pictures, video games, random re stuff, and sports teams and this link comes out of no where, it is fine. If you wish to break these rules, and have a VERY GOOD reason send us a modmail and ask. We are reasonable people. These things are designed to kill low effort spam/seo posts, not to kill discussion and the sharing of information. It is the baseline we use though. So just theoretically, there is an ongoing discussion about west coast valuations and if its a peak which went on an interesting tangent about the big earthquake that is over due. If someone wrote an indepth post about that and wanted to link to a published report they are an author on for more information, that is probably something we would allow as long as the intent wasn’t for business purposes. On that same post if someone put “this is why you buy gold. You can buy gold at myshittydomain.com” that is not going to be allowed. IE if you aren’t sure but are attempting to share information, not monetize this sub, send a mod mail and we will help you figure it out.So TLDR if you have a link in your post, please check and make sure reddits spam control didn’t kill it. If so, hit up the mods and we will fix it. If you want to post links, please do so as long as they are on topic and you are not using them to try to profit from this sub and/or its users.

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Newsflash: My Granny would like to sell her property, but live on it until she passes away. How can she do this? (TX)

My Granny is looking to sell her property (~15 Acres with ~2,000 SF house) in Kilgore, TX. As far as I know the property is payed off with no leins and all loans payed off. She is looking to sell the property and live the rest of her life on the property with the money she gets from the sale until she passes. My family thinks it is in her best interest to sell the property as well and no one in the family wants the property after she passes. How would she go about doing this?I am think she would will the buyer the property by putting it in a trust or adding the buyer as an heir in life estate. I know we should meet with an attorney before signing any sort of contract.How would she go about doing this?

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Newsflash: Question about using rental income to pay expense on another property tax free

Hi -I am buying a property with cash that has a fees for property taxes and maintenance fees (it’s a condo) of $2k per month. I also am buying a much cheaper rental that will generate a little bit north of $2k per month in income but it will need to have a mortgage on it. Is there anyway to structure it where a company owns both or something so that the maintenance fees etc count as “expenses” against the income instead of keeping them separate paying income tax on the $2k rental income and then using what’s left to pay part of the maintenance for the other property?

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Newsflash: Is now a bad time to buy?

We live in NW Chicago suburbs and are selling our condo. There is plenty of interest in our property, and we even received an offer within 7 hours of being on the market. However, I am concerned that there is nothing for us to buy. We were hoping to find a home that is not too big, with a two-car attached garage somewhere within a few nearby towns… and under $300,000.Even if I search for houses up to $400,000 (well over our budget) this type of house does not seem to exist in any quantity. Most of the houses that are available seem to be the bottom of the barrel, and have been sitting around for months.I have received advice that there is no point in waiting around since market conditions are likely to remain the same for several years, and even if we save more money over the next year prices will just rise in tandem. I have also received advice that more houses will come on the market after the Super Bowl, but it seems a large risk to sell our home now when there is apparently nothing to buy. And if anything were to appear, I know we will have plenty of competition…What do you think of the advice I have received so far? Should we proceed with the sale of our home at this time? Will waiting do us any good?

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Newsflash: [SF] Any young real estate investors (20s) in the Bay Area?

It’s obviously obscenely expensive to purchase a home in the city, but I had an uber driver who suggested that groups of friends should go in on properties together in areas like Hayward to stop “paying the man”. Has anyone actually done this successfully? Or are the only opportunities to be had in central California?

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