Berkeleyside: This new website will help you respond to an eviction notice

Berkeleyside: This new website will help you respond to an eviction notice. “Thousands of California tenants lose their homes every year because they fail to submit that initial answer in court. Failing to check the right box or file a timely response could, indeed, trigger a default judgment against them. A group of tenant advocates and attorneys this month launched a tool they hope will change that.”

PR Newswire: Zillow’s new tool powers home searches in up to five areas at once, letting shoppers move as fast as the market

PR Newswire: Zillow’s new tool powers home searches in up to five areas at once, letting shoppers move as fast as the market (PRESS RELEASE). “Now available on the Zillow app, the multi-location search feature makes the home shopping experience faster, simpler and easier by allowing shoppers to find available homes in up to five different areas at once; it also gives users the option to easily sift through the listings on the map or all in the same results feed. In addition, users can save their multi-location searches and opt to receive email and push notifications with results and recommendations.” Zillow is planning a number of other search enhancements. They’re mentioned in the release.

PR Newswire: New Zillow tool helps veterans nationwide discover condos eligible for VA loans (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Zillow tool helps veterans nationwide discover condos eligible for VA loans (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, Zillow announced that condo listings on its site and apps will include information about the home’s eligibility for a loan from the VA. This new Zillow feature is designed to help the 19 million veterans who are eligible to fund their home purchase using a VA loan.” Apparently there are different rules for condo eligibility vs home eligibility, thus the focus of the new feature.

Johns Hopkins University: Tool Visualizes The Public Health Impact Of Redlining

Johns Hopkins University: Tool Visualizes The Public Health Impact Of Redlining. “‘Environmental Racism: A Tool for Exploring the Enduring Legacy of Redlining on Urban Environments’ enables users to visualize the correlation between 14 contemporary environmental metrics and the practice of ‘redlining’ that took place in the 1930s.” Never heard the term redlining? Encyclopedia Britannica has an overview.

CNET: Don’t Just Tour That Home Online. By All Means Judge It

CNET: Don’t Just Tour That Home Online. By All Means Judge It. “Whatever you love in a house, there’s a huge world for you beyond endless episodes of House Hunters and housing sites like Zillow and Trulia. There’s also a dedicated online community passionate about real estate, architecture or both who spend hours finding the most bizarre, incredible and horrifying homes in America and delivering them to their thousands of followers.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A public database significantly undercounts former drug labs in Pa. Here’s why homebuyers and renters should care.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A public database significantly undercounts former drug labs in Pa. Here’s why homebuyers and renters should care.. “The only online federal database that allows people to see whether their home or property was contaminated with toxic chemicals used to make drugs like methamphetamine significantly undercounts the number of sites in Pennsylvania, according to data obtained by Spotlight PA. Similar reporting discrepancies exist in neighboring states, but Pennsylvania is one of several nationwide that do not have laws or guidelines outlining how contaminated properties should be cleaned or when they are safe to live in, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.”

7 News (Australia): Database of Australian renters launched

7 News (Australia): Database of Australian renters launched. “Accessed via the Australian Data Archive, the information generated features descriptions of renting households from around the country. As well as revealing who the nation’s renters are, what they want and what they can afford, it details the diversity of Australia’s housing quality and conditions across the rental market.”

CNET: Washington state to require internet service disclosure when selling house in new year

CNET: Washington state to require internet service disclosure when selling house in new year. “It’s hard to imagine home life without the internet, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now a law going into effect in Washington state is acknowledging that. Starting in the new year, home sellers in Washington will be required to share their internet provider on signed disclosure forms that include information about plumbing, insulation and structural defects.”