By Jeff Collins | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am | UPDATED: March 19, 2019 at 7:38 am Travis Page, owner of Clover’s Lawn Service, rakes leaves at an Opendoor house on Joltaire Way in Winchester in December. Opendoor became the fourth iBuyer to start operating in Southern California. Although iBuyers have been active since 2014, the online home-buying model didn’t reach Southern California until 2017. (Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer) Southern California is relatively new to the iBuyer trend, which prefers markets with large expanses of cookie cutter tract housing to make it easier to accurately price houses. While iBuying has been in full swing in places like Phoenix for several years, the first iBuyers started working in Southrn California in 2017. In the past six months, RedfinNow expanded from the Inland Empire into Orange and Los Angeles counties. Opendoor and Zillow Offers recently announced plans to expand … [Read more...] about What’s an iBuyer? These companies will buy your home quicker, but at what cost?
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Jeffrey and Gabby Whitehead moved to eastern El Paso County nine months ago with dreams of starting a ranch.They were remodeling their 56-foot mobile home with new appliances and flooring. It would be where they raised their two children, and a third on the way, a daughter due July 4.They never even got to use their new stove. Colorado Springs News Blizzard an ill wind for eastern El Paso County farmers; damage in thousands Rachel Riley With a blizzard approaching, the Whiteheads left for a doctor’s appointment Wednesday.“She’s pregnant, so we were getting her checked out and couldn’t make it back home because of the storm,” Whitehead said Friday.A neighbor intercepted them before they could reach their property on Edison Road south of Shear Road. He wanted to know if the Whiteheads knew what awaited them.Their home was gone, a pile of rubble in its place.They were stunned.“I don’t know how it blew so far away,” Jeffrey … [Read more...] about El Paso County couple returns after storm to find rubble where home had been
When you hear about Medicare, you probably think of the federal program that helps pay for older adults' health care. What you may not realize is that another of Medicare's major responsibilities is to inspect health care facilities to make sure that patients receive safe and high-quality care. Among those facilities are the nation's more than 15,000 nursing homes.Nursing facilities that want to get reimbursed for treating Medicare patients must be certified as meeting certain health and safety requirements. The federal agency that oversees Medicare -- the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- works with the states to accomplish that.Trained health professionals make regular unannounced visits to nursing homes to check whether the health and safety standards are being met and, if not, to ensure the problems are addressed. Additional inspections are often the result of a complaint lodged by a patient or family member. Nursing homes that don't promptly correct their … [Read more...] about Compare nursing homes at Medicare site
When replacing a public school district superintendent, a board of education can conduct an open search, a closed search or no search at all. Each is allowed under Colorado law and has benefits and drawbacks that may not be to everyone’s liking.“It really depends on how the district wants to gather community input,” said Academy School District 20 spokeswoman Allison Cortez.Of the four Pikes Peak region superintendent positions being vacated at the end of this school year, two replacements are being selected under a closed system and two using an open system.A closed search, which D-20 and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind have chosen, eliminates the risk of discouraging people from applying because they don’t want their names made public if they become one of the top candidates, Cortez said. Donations giving construction trades a new home in east Colorado Springs school districtUnder the system, the community is asked for input before the process … [Read more...] about Closed searches for Pikes Peak region school superintendents raise questions about transparency
PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 January 2019 Daniel Bennett Staff and residents at Westfields Residential Care home at Swaffham celebrate their outstanding rating. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Copyright: Archant 2019 A care home has been given an outstanding rating and is offering residents a “vibrant, happy and thriving” environment, a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. Residents Margaret Bunce, left, and Cissy McHardy, with manager Joanne Bolton, at Westfields Residential Care home at Swaffham celebrating their outstanding rating with an afternoon tea party. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYWestfields on Westfields Road, Swaffham, which is run by NorseCare, was given the rating following a visit on December 6 last year, with the home being judged on five different categories.It was given a rating of good in three areas judging whether it was safe, responsive and well-led and outstanding in the other two, which considered whether it was effective and … [Read more...] about Care home one of only a few in Norfolk to be given outstanding inspection rating