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Real estate agents get creative with buyer incentives

In five years as a San Francisco real estate agent, Emily Beaven has never experienced such a dry spell. She has several condos on the market right now that she’s representing and she has no offers and zero showings scheduled for them.

She decided it was time to get creative.

“We’re not even getting calls on things. It’s a bit of a ghost town. Then I started to see the incentive trend happening, ” Beaven said. “When you’re not in a super-strong seller’s market, when properties need that extra boost, that’s when [incentives] happen. We’re entering a period of desperation.”

Incentives are designed to entice the buyer or the buyer’s agent to get a property sold as soon as possible. Pre-pandemic, a higher commission for the buyer’s agent was a common incentive, as were restaurant gift cards, but when Beaven saw roundtrip tickets to Paris advertised recently as an agent

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7 Gorgeous Fall Decor Ideas That Will Salvage Your 2020

We’re not going to mince words: This year has been a dumpster fire that makes us feel foolish for all the other times we whined about what a lousy year it was. And if you’re anything like us, you’re probably glad to see the calendar edge us closer to the end of this hellish spin around the sun.

But we don’t want to just get through this month, and the fall season ahead. We want to enjoy what’s left of this year! And we’ve got the perfect pick-me-up to do just that: a fresh new look in your home with the hottest decor on the market today.

We’ve consulted design experts to round up the hottest trends of the season. Whether you’re looking to refresh your bedroom, or put a bold new spin on your living room, here’s what will help you ride out the rest of 2020—in style.


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Does Bankruptcy Mean a Tenant Can Stay Longer?

As retailers’ Paycheck Protection Program funds are running out, Luis Martinez-Monfort, founding partner of law firm Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, expects to see more of them telling their landlord that they’re unable to pay rent.

“I feel like PPP has just been a band-aid over the wound, and it’s just going to rip off pretty soon,” Martinez-Monfort says. “Then you’re going to have a festering wound, and you’re going to have to deal with that. People are going to resolve the situation by being creative or the bankruptcy system is going to come into play for entities where they can reorganize and restructure.”

“Bankruptcies trail the economy,” he adds. “When PPP is exhausted, other creative solutions to problems and creative credit issues have to be exhausted before you really go into bankruptcy. And so there’s a little bit of a lag.”

Martinez-Monfort is in the Tampa market, where he says the

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