50 Most Expensive Homes in Each State



It’s got to be good hunting land if Mossy Oak used to lease it and International Paper Company executives used to hunt it. This 4,744-acre tract in Alabama is up for sale with a price tag of $13.44 million. Included is a three-bedroom, two-bath home.

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Fire victim tells of three loud explosions before fire razed homes


MO,19/2/2018, PORT KLANG: One of the victims of a fire incident that destroyed 14 houses in the Bagan Hailam fishing village here, claimed to have heard three loud explosions before flames started to engulf the houses.

Loo Tien Seong, 55, said he was with his four family members at home watching television when he heard the explosions.

When I heard the loud sounds, my wife and I went out to see what happened and there was a house at the end of the stretch that had already caught fire.

“My wife and I then quickly sent my two siblings and mother out of the house to save themselves, and I could only grab a few important documents like birth certificates out of the house. The fire spread very fast, in just a short while, my house was engulfed in flames,” he told reporters when met at the scene today.

A total of 14 homes, occupied by 16 families, were completely destroyed in the 10pm incident last night. However, no casualty was reported. – BERNAMA

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Kelantan flood victims to get permanent homes next month


MO,5/2/2018, GUA MUSANG: A total of 61 flood evacuees, currently seeking shelter at Etnobotani National Service Training Camp, will be moved to new permanent houses (RKB) by next month. The victims, from eight families, have been residing at the camp since 2014.

Galas Assemblyman Ab Aziz Yusof said they will be placed at the homes built by Kelantan Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIK). He said 39 units of the permanent houses in Kampung Tanah Puteh were in the final stage of completion.

Aziz added that 31 families, who were sheltering at their relatives’ homes, will also be placed at the RKB houses. “Various parties, including MAIK, were asked to expedite the transition.” he told reporters when met at the construction of the Kampung Tanah Puteh RKB, today.


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Creepy Things Found in People’s Homes

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He’ll take that “to go” Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com Lorne Caplan, who provides death-cleaning services in New York and Connecticut has seen some downright disturbing things since founding Free Home Cleanup. Usually, Caplan can tell what’s in store just by observing the condition of the home’s exterior. But appearances can be deceiving, as Caplan discovered when he […]

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PM: BN committed to helping Malaysian afford their own homes


MO,22/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said the issue of affordable housing remains one of the main focuses of the Barisan Nasional government, as shown by the many initiatives it has come up with since he became prime minister in 2009. He said what the government has done, by way of allocation of funds, was in order to realise the aspirations of the rakyat from all walks of life.

Najib said, in the 2018 Budget, a total of RM2.2 billion was allocated in order to continue efforts to provide housing for everyone. “For the low-income, or B40, group the government has come up with, among others, the People’s Housing Programme where housing units are rented out or sold at very low prices of between RM35,000 and RM42,000, with additional costing subsidised by the government.

“Then there is also the Rumah Idaman Rakyat (People’s Dream Home), built on land provided by state or federal governments, at prices which are not more than RM350,000, the sales of which will prioritise people with disabilities and single mothers. “Other than that, for those in the middle income or M40 group, the government has provided the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) at strategic areas nationwide, and sold for between RM100,000 and RM400,00,” he said in his latest blog entry on NajibRazak.com.

Going on, the prime minister said there was also the Federal Territories Affordable Housing scheme (RUMAWIP), with units priced for between RM63,000 and RM300,000 targeted at Malaysians living or working in the Federal Territories who intended to purchase their first home. Civil servants were not left out, he said, as the government started the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Project (PPA1M).

“PPA1M was provided mainly for the benefit of civil servants in the low- and medium-income levels, with units sold for between RM90,000 and RM300,000,” he said. In its efforts to help Malaysians own homes, said Najib, the government introduced various schemes such as the My First Home scheme aimed at youth who were just entering the workforce and earned salaries of less than RM5,000, with 100 per cent loans.

He said the scheme ensured that these young adults did not have to pay any sort of deposit. Recently, said Najib, he had announced the MyDeposit scheme, where the government would assist those who wanted to own homes but did not have the means to put down deposits, by paying the deposits for them.

“These are only some of many initiatives that the government has come up with… all on the basis of a government which is sensitive to the needs and wants of the rakyat, especially from the lower- and middle-income groups, in wanting to own their own homes. “Some of these people may not even have the means to put down deposits. We give attention to all groups… no one is left out. Sadly, as with the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), 1Malaysia Clinic, education and health subsidies as well as all other government aid, the opposition has politicised these efforts (by the government to help people own homes),” he said.

Najib said he hoped the opposition would concentrate their efforts on things that would benefit the people instead of spreading fake news in order to put the government in a bad light. “Let the people know about these housing initiatives and schemes, at the very least so that they can be aided in purchasing their own homes. Don’t oppose (such beneficial schemes) just because you are the opposition.

“The opposition may not be able to carry out such initiatives, but you should at least help send the rakyat to those who can, that is to say, Barisan Nasional,” he said.


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Wildfire burns homes winery in L.A.s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

LOS ANGELES: A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least six homes, threatening hundreds more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

The so-called Skirball Fire, which erupted early on Wednesday morning as the latest in a rash of major blazes fueled by hot, dry Santa Ana winds, had burned about 150 acres near large estates in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles by early afternoon and was only 5 percent contained.

Firefighters battled to save multimillion-dollar homes in the path of the flames, which also forced the closure of the San Diego (405) Freeway in both directions, and warned that if the winds picked up again in the evening the situation could become even more dire.

“We are expecting some extreme wind behavior this evening,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters at an afternoon news conference.

Murdoch’s winery, Moraga Vineyards, was evacuated on Wednesday morning as the fire descended on the grounds, a spokeswoman said. Later a structure on the property was seen on fire as crews worked to extinguish the flames.

The new fire also prompted the nearby Getty Center museum to close the doors at its hilltop campus to prevent damage to its world-class art collection.

The Skirball Fire in the area south of scenic Mulholland Drive and north of Sunset Boulevard is just one of several major out-of-control brush fires that have sprung up in Southern California since Monday, when Santa Ana wind conditions set in.

In Ventura, some 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Los Angeles, more than 1,000 firefighters battled the largest, the Thomas Fire, which has already destroyed more than 150 homes and threatened thousands more.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, freeing state funds and resources to assist firefighters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it approved grants to help cover the cost of emergency work for the Thomas Fire and two others.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his thoughts and prayers were with everyone in the path of the wildfires.

“I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work.”

Although no casualties have been reported, the fires have forced mass evacuations, cancellation of classes at dozens of schools and resulted in the loss of power at more than 250,000 homes in Ventura County.

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the Creek Fire destroyed at least 30 homes, blackened more than 11,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes and a convalescent center north of Interstate 210 on Tuesday.

Three firefighters were injured and hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The Santa Ana winds, which blow westward from the California desert, were forecast to top out at 70 miles per hour (115 km per hour) on Wednesday and remain strong through the week.

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