Offset buys Cardi B a hilltop mansion in the Dominican Republic for her birthday

How’s this for a birthday present? The rapper Offset gave his wife, Cardi B, a mansion in the Dominican Republic. The six-bedroom home, in a guard-gated community in the northeastern coastal town of Las Terrenas is valued at $1.5 million, according to TMZ. Representatives for listing brokers Atonio Khoury and Brandi Hunter of Compass didn’t disclose the sales price. Cardi, born in New York to a Dominican father and Afro-Trinidadian mother, wrote on Instagram that

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New Philippine tax on foreign gaming companies could deal another blow to office market

A new tax on online gambling operators in the Philippines could drive up the nation’s already high office vacancy rate. The tax, signed into law last month by President Rodrigo Duterte, may prompt foreign gambling outfits and Chinese-owned companies in particular to move elsewhere, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. Vacancy rates may rise to 18 percent by the end of the year, the highest in 17 years, said Claro Cordero Jr., the

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Real estate agents “blackballed” home for sale by owner

Canada may have a problem with real estate agents acting as a cartel that serves themselves rather than clients. An investigation by the CBC found agents steered buyers away from a property because it would mean a smaller commission. A buying agent and a listing agent in Canada typically split a 5 percent commission paid by the seller, but they are supposed to negotiate commissions with each listing or sale. Sellers can lower that by

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Identity revealed of Saudis who amassed Florida real estate empire through shell companies

Saudi nationals with close ties to the royal family bought swaths of land around Orlando, Florida in the late 1990s. Their identities have been a mystery until now. They are the Ibrahim family, one of the most influential families in Saudi Arabia, according to the Miami Herald. The newspaper pinpointed their identity through the Pandora Papers, a trove of 11.9 million documents leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that detail secret offshore accounts

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Kanye West looks to sell sprawling Wyoming ranch

Cody, Wyoming, may soon lose its most famous resident. Kanye West has listed his 3,800-acre ranch outside the town, asking $11 million for the sprawling property, the Daily Mail reported. It’s known as Monster Ranch for the massive trout stocked in its 180-acre lake. The listing comes less than a month after West closed two big real estate deals. In late September, he dropped $57 million for a 4,000-square-foot Malibu beach house designed by architect

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Nassau County aims to salvage $6M rent relief program

Nassau County residents in need of rent relief in the wake of the pandemic have a little more help on the way. A program run by the Community Development Corporation of Long Island is extending the purview of its $6 million rent relief pot. According to Newsday, residents in the county can now apply for three months of prospective rent relief. The program previously covered only three months of unpaid back rent. The initiative has

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Legendary Hampton Bays bar up for sale

The Boardy Barn bar in Hampton Bays may not be serving beer for much longer: The property that hosts the well-known establishment has hit the market. Newsday reports that the popular Hamptons bar can hold up to 720 people sitting and 1,488 standing. No listing price has been announced for the establishment, which was built in 1984. JLL is handling the sale. With the property up for sale, its future is very much in question.

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Schumer blasts Brooklyn landlord as NY pols vow to pass good cause eviction

Chuck Schumer is taking a real estate controversy on his home turf personally. The Senate Majority Leader stopped by a rally in Park Slope Friday morning to lambast real estate firm Greenbrook Partners and its investors for an aggressive fix-and-flip strategy pursued at apartment buildings across Brooklyn during the pandemic. “There is nothing more despicable, despicable, than these predatory real estate equity firms trying to make illegal, in my judgement, billions of dollars on the

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Dick Cavett sells estate for $24M in priciest Montauk deal this year

Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett has sold his Montauk estate for $23.6 million in the hamlet’s most expensive sale this year. Cavett, 84, had owned 176 Deforest Road for more than 50 years. The estate features 20 private acres of secluded oceanfront surrounded by nearly 200 acres of preserve. The original structure on the property, designed by Stanford White and built in 1882, burned down in 1997 and the home was entirely rebuilt.  The

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5 homes for autumn on the Upper West Side, à la ‘When Harry Met Sally’

Who can forget the pandemic walks? When the insides of our houses (and heads) drove us insane, New Yorkers masked up in socially distanced droves to stroll the city streets and parks and enjoy the fresh air — or enjoy anything, really.   There were days when living in the then-desolate city didn’t seem worth the effort. On those days, it helped to think of movies that celebrate the simple joy of walking through New York.

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