October 25, 2020
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Scottsdale estate with climate-controlled 3-car garage sells for $2.7M

Courtyards, an outdoor kitchen and a putting green are among the luxury features in some of this week’s most expensive home sales in metro Phoenix.

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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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Two men shot and killed in car at West Midlands industrial estate

A murder investigation has been launched after two men were found shot dead in Brierley Hill, West Midlands. (PA)
A murder investigation has been launched after two men were found shot dead in Brierley Hill, West Midlands. (PA)

Two men have been shot and killed at an industrial site in the West Midlands, police have said.

The shooting is the third in three days in the area, after a man was seriously injured nearby on Tuesday, and bullets were fired towards a college on Monday.

In the latest shooting two men, who are yet to be formally identified, were found dead in a parked car just before 3.30pm on Wednesday.

It is thought they were killed at industrial units in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, just after 1pm and both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A double murder investigation has been launched and West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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