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This season’s newest home design books offer something for every style

Interior design books out this fall document one of the year’s strongest décor trends: color, and loads of it. Designers such as Mark D. Sikes, Markham Roberts, Katie Ridder and James Farmer all show a lively mix of color, pattern and style in their recent projects.

Every page is full of inspiration for your own projects, showing you how to mix and match — or not match at all — and love it.

Dominic Bradbury’s new architecture book, “The Iconic American House,” compiles 50 well-known iconic and innovative homes built in the U.S. since 1902. They’re traditional and modern, and each comes with an interesting story.

Here are six new architecture and design books worth a closer look.

“The Iconic American House,” by Dominic Bradbury

(Thames & Hudson; $65; 320 pp.)

You’ve heard of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Edith Wharton’s The Mount and the Annenbergs’ Sunnylands spread in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Those four and 46 other innovative American homes have been compiled into Dominic Bradbury’s new book, “The Iconic American House.”

Bradbury’s goal was to showcase the American dream of home ownership through this group of homes that have captured the imagination of many. Some have become house museums, open for all to see, and if you can’t get out to see them in person, you can see photos and read the back stories in Bradbury’s book, which published Oct. 6.

They’re featured chronologically, from the day they were built, reaching back to Wharton’s 1902 home and ending with the 2010 Pierre in the San Juan Islands, between Washington state and Canada.

“More Beautiful: All American Decoration,” by Mark D. Sikes

(Rizzoli; $45; 272 pp.)

Mark D. Sikes’ love of blue and white shines through in his second book, a look at five homes in different

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Desperate landlords offer renovation subsidies to lure tenants as Hong Kong’s vacant office space hits 21-year high

Hong Kong’s commercial landlords are offering incentives such as renovation subsidies to lure tenants, as the amount of office space lying empty reaches the highest level in 21 years, according to property services company CBRE.

Some landlords have begun offering a one-off subsidy to help new tenants fit out their office space, said Alan Lok, executive director of advisory and transaction services for offices at CBRE.

“In some cases, the landlord would offer a subsidy of about HK$100 (US$12.9) per square foot,” said Lok during a briefing on Wednesday.

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The subsidy is attractive because relocation costs in Hong Kong are very expensive, he said. For a prime renovation costing HK$1,000 per sq ft, the relocation cost may add up to HK$1,200 per sq ft after including the price of returning the office to its original state when the lease ends. The cost can be spread out to a monthly HK$30 per sq ft or thereabouts over three years.

“For most relocations with cutting costs as the objective, it takes a place with a rent of HK$30 per square foot less than” the original rent to justify the move, said Lok. “Some offices do not have their head offices in Hong Kong. It is not that easy to approve that sum [for renovation].”

According to CBRE, 7.8 million sq ft of office space – greater than the size of four Central Plazas – sat vacant in Hong Kong in September, the highest since 1999. An additional 950,000 sq ft of surrendered space – returned by tenants before the lease expires – is available in the market, just shy of the size of the HSBC building.

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Desperate landlords offer renovation subsidies to lure tenants as Hong Kong’s vacant office space hits 21-year high



a skyscraper in a city: The amount of office space lying empty reached the highest level in 21 years in September, according to property services company CBRE. Photo: K Y Cheng


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The amount of office space lying empty reached the highest level in 21 years in September, according to property services company CBRE. Photo: K Y Cheng

Hong Kong’s commercial landlords are offering incentives such as renovation subsidies to lure tenants, as the amount of office space lying empty reaches the highest level in 21 years, according to property services company CBRE.

Some landlords have begun offering a one-off subsidy to help new tenants fit out their office space, said Alan Lok, executive director of advisory and transaction services for offices at CBRE.

“In some cases, the landlord would offer a subsidy of about HK$100 (US$12.9) per square foot,” said Lok during a briefing on Wednesday.

Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.

The subsidy is attractive because relocation costs in Hong Kong are very expensive, he said. For a prime renovation costing HK$1,000 per sq ft, the relocation cost may add up to HK$1,200 per sq ft after including the price of returning the office to its original state when the lease ends. The cost can be spread out to a monthly HK$30 per sq ft or thereabouts over three years.

“For most relocations with cutting costs as the objective, it takes a place with a rent of HK$30 per square foot less than” the original rent to justify the move, said Lok. “Some offices do not have their head offices in Hong Kong. It is not that easy to approve that sum (for renovation).”

According to CBRE, 7.8 million sq ft of office space – greater than the size of four Central Plazas – sat vacant in Hong Kong in September, the highest since 1999. An additional 950,000 sq ft of surrendered space – returned by

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American Homes 4 Rent Has Nothing To Offer (NYSE:AMH)

Source: Investor presentation

Towards the end of June, I penned a piece on residential rental REIT American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) stating I thought the stock was a sell. Shares are up marginally since then, so my bearishness seems to have been overdone given the way the stock has performed. However, that is a long way from making the stock a buy, and below, I’ll detail why I still think AMH is a waste of your time and investing dollars.

Shares have been resilient since June, as I said, and as you can see above. We aren’t talking about blockbuster gains here – a dollar or two per share – but to its credit, AMH is holding up. What’s interesting is that its peer group has performed absolutely horrendously this year, underperforming the S&P 500 by about 30% since the March bottom. AMH has vastly outperformed its peer group, however, which is great, but buying stocks in one of the worst-performing groups isn’t something I plan on doing a lot of. I want to own strong stocks in strong groups, and while AMH is the former, it certainly isn’t the latter. Outperforming a terrible benchmark doesn’t make a stock a buy.

Still cautious on growth

AMH has managed to boost its revenue each year since coming public, which is something that many REITs cannot say. That’s fine, but it simply hasn’t translated to FFO-per-share growth in the way that the valuation suggests it should.

Source: Seeking Alpha

This sort of revenue growth, on the surface, looks impressive. After all, AMH has taken a fairly new model in the REIT world – a sector which doesn’t see a lot of innovation – and has scaled it over the past several years. Top line growth is one thing, but I still think

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New Fort Worth Development to Offer 2,500+ New Homes

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Brick Partners, in partnership with Taylor Morrison, has closed on the purchase of nearly 900 acres north of Sendera Ranch in Fort Worth for a joint development. The community, named Madero, will bring more than 2,500 value-oriented homes to this growth corridor of Fort Worth.

Construction of Madero is projected to start in Q1 2021 and will include 50’, 60’, and 77’ wide homesites in multiple phases. Located in Fort Worth’s sought-after Northwest Independent School District, the community will be in close proximity to Hwy 287 and offer less than a 30-minute commute to Downtown Fort Worth.

The development plan includes extensive amenities throughout, including two amenity centers with resort-style pools, expansive green spaces with walking trails, parks, and a neighborhood retail area.

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our presence in Fort Worth, and to provide homebuyers a fantastic opportunity to live in such close proximity to attractive amenities including Eagle Mountain Lake while maintaining easy access to major employment centers in Fort Worth,” said Jed Dolson, Chief Operating Officer for Green Brick Partners. “In addition to its ideal location, Madero will feature a wealth of amenities which we are certain will set us apart from the competition.”

Green Brick Partners will be offering approximately 1,250 homes through its Trophy Signature Homes brand. Homes will range from 1,500 to 3,500 square feet and feature 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms with prices starting from the high $200s. As with every Trophy Signature Homes community, all upgrades, including engineered wood floors, Smart Home automation packages, and horizontal modern fireplaces, will come standard with each home.

“North Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing areas of DFW,” said Keith Hurand, Taylor Morrison’s Division President for DFW. “The trend of spending more time

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