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Zillow to pay Realtor.com $130 million over trade secrets

Four days after announcing out-of-court settlements with former employees in Irvine, real estate website Zillow.com agreed to pay $130 million to the operator of arch-rival Realtor.com to settle a protracted trade secrets dispute.

Playboy Mansion sold to man who saved Twinkies

Playboy Mansion being sold for undisclosed price to Daren Metropoulos, who heads firm that rescued Hostess from bankruptcy.

Sunnyvale's Raynor Park: one more island of affordability, gone

About half a mile from the Apple ‘spaceship’ campus under construction in Cupertino, Sunnyvale’s Raynor Park is a neighborhood in transition — one more affordable community that’s going poof amid the housing crunch brought on by the tech boom

3% down mortgage: Just what housing needed?

Uh-oh! Here we go again? You may have been thinking such anxious thoughts when you heard that Wells Fargo Bank ‘“ a major mortgage maker ‘“ launched a new home loan that lets house hunters buy with only 3 percent down. Isn’t this the same recipe for disaster as a decade ago?

3% down mortgage: Just what housing needed?

Uh-oh! Here we go again? You may have been thinking such anxious thoughts when you heard that Wells Fargo Bank ‘“ a major mortgage maker ‘“ launched a new home loan that lets house hunters buy with only 3 percent down. Isn’t this the same recipe for disaster as a decade ago?

Bank helping home buyers reduce student loan debt

The Bank of North Dakota is partnering with real estate brokers to help potential buyers refinance their student loan debt.

Sizzling housing: Deep East Oakland lures Bay Area homebuyers

Soaring Bay Area housing costs have made Deep East Oakland properties a hot commodity, despite crime and blight.

Could 'tiny homes' solve the Bay Area homeless problem?

With the homeless crisis reaching alarming new heights, city leaders are hoping San Jose can become the first in California to use ‘tiny homes’ to shelter the homeless, an idea that’s been successful in Portland but comes with a slew of regulations closer to home.

Seeno company charged with bank fraud; judge criticizes family members for not attending hearing

Discovery Sales, a Seeno-owned company, admitted Friday to operating a scheme to sell homes illegally during the housing downturn and was expected to plead guilty Friday morning to one count of bank fraud in connection with a six-year federal investigation. However, an angry judge said she refused to ‘rubber stamp’ the plea deal calling for $11 million in fines and restitution and delayed the proceedings a month.

Seeno company charged with bank fraud, judge lambastes family members

Discovery Sales, a Seeno-owned company, admitted Friday to operating a scheme to sell homes illegally during the housing downturn and was expected to plead guilty Friday morning to one count of bank fraud in connection with a six-year federal investigation. However, an angry judge said she refused to ‘rubber stamp’ the plea deal calling for $11 million in fines and restitution and delayed the proceedings a month.