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Germany: 30 people missing after six houses collapse in ‘once-in-a-generation floods’

Heavy rain, which triggered the flooding, has led to the collapse of six houses in the West German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. According to broadcaster SWR around 25 more houses are in danger of collapsing in the district of Schuld bei Adenau in the hilly Eiffel region.

The situation in the rural district of Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prum has been described as “extremely dangerous”.

The once-in-a-generation floods have left many people stranded on rooftops, police said on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Koblenz police told Reuters: “We currently have an unclear number of people on roofs who need to be rescued.

“There are many places where fire brigades and rescue workers have been deployed.

“We do not yet have a very precise picture because rescue measures are continuing.”

On Wednesday, the floods in West Germany claimed the lives of two firemen.

The army was deployed yesterday to help stranded residents in the country’s most populous region as roads and transport systems remain inundated.

Hagen, a city of 180,000, declared a state of emergency after the Volme river burst its banks.

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MacKenzie Scott donating portion of $2.7 billion gift to 2 Texas colleges and Project Row Houses

Six months after donating $ 50 million to Prairie View A&M, author and billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is giving another generous gift to more Texas schools.

On Tuesday, Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced that she has given $ 2.7 billion to 286 organizations. Scott is known for her impromptu multi-billion dollar donations to charities and racial equity issues.

In a post about her recent donations on Medium, she wrote that she made the gifts to enable the organizations to continue their work, and as a “signal of trust and encouragement” to them and others.

Now, Houston-area schools and organizations stand to benefit greatly.

Among them are Brazosport College in Lake Jackson and Project Row Houses, a non-profit artistic community in Houston’s Third Ward.

READ MORE: Project Row Houses: How art is transforming part of Third Ward

San Jacinto College in Pasadena will receive $ 30 million from Scott and her husband Dan Jewett, the largest private gift in the college’s history.

Because of her donation, the college said it will provide free tuition and fees for the entire class of 2021. That opportunity will be open to anyone who graduated this year and lives in their district.

“The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors, as well as our employees and students, both current and future, are deeply grateful for this very generous gift,” said Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “We weren’t expecting it, and it came at just the right time so we could put programs like 21Forward in place to help the students in east Harris County who made it through their senior year. These students were impacted by COVID, yet they persisted and graduated. We are honored to be able to use a portion of this gift to help students stay on their higher education pathway. We look forward to announcing plans for the remainder of the funding in the future. For now, we are stunned by this unbelievable gift and excited about the opportunities it provides for us to serve our community in new ways.”

In Scott’s blog post, she explained that she looked for “2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved.”

ABC13 has reached out to Brazosport College and Project Row Houses to learn more about how Scott’s gift will be used.

This is the third round of announcements Scott has made regarding her philanthropy. In 2020, she donated about $ 6 billion to COVID relief, gender equity, historically Black colleges and universities and other schools.

You can view the full list of recipients on Medium.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Houses for sale: Rightmove names best properties for commuters close to London

The flat is on the top floor of the building with amazing views which can be enjoyed from the lounge and bedroom “down the listed Giant Redwood tree avenue that leads up to the grand frontage of the Royal Earlswood Park.”

They added: “The property has inclusive use of the communal swimming pool, gym and Library which are housed in the stunning former Chapel in the Main Building.

“There are two private parking spaces allocated to this property. Easy access to London via Earlswood train station which is five minutes walk from property, with Gatwick Airport eight miles south.”

Horley, Surrey

Horley is a town in the borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey and is close to Gatwick airport.

Price: £350,000 (Keller Williams)

Location: Lumley Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6

Distance to London: 28 minutes by train

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Report: Houses in Austin selling for more over asking price than any major U.S. city

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin housing market is one of the hottest in the country, and according to a report from online real estate brokerage Redfin, homes are selling for the highest premium out of 47 metro areas it analyzed in the past month.

According to the report, homes are selling for 7% over asking price. An average Austin home listed at $ 400,000 sold for $ 428,000 from Feb. 14 to March 14. A year ago, homes in Austin were selling nearly 1% below asking price, the report says.

It’s the largest year-over-year gain in any metro area Redfin looked at.

“Nearly every offer my clients make faces competition, and most homes are going for more than 20% over asking price,” said Austin-area Redfin agent April Miller.

She said she recently helped a client with an offer for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home listed at $ 515,000 and pulled out all the stops. The offer was for $ 100,000 over the asking price, and they waived appraisal and financing contingencies, yet still came in third out of 38 offers.

“Every single potential buyer offered more than the asking price, and four of the offers were $ 100,000 or more over,” she said.

Miller says she’s lost maybe one or two bids in her entire career. Now, she’s losing more than ever.

“To see on my dashboard that 56 offers had been written and lost all due to multiple offer situations is unheard of in my career,” Miller said.

That includes client Jennifer Gamon, who was passing through Austin in an RV with her family last fall.

“We very genuinely fell in love,” she said.

She and her husband decided this is where they wanted to raise their kids.

“Literally everywhere you go, everyone is so nice and wanting to help,” she said.

While the decision was quick, the process wasn’t — Gamon put in nearly a dozen different offers. All rejected.

“To the point of tears,” Gamon said.

The family moved from California.

Redfin said nearly three times more people from outside Austin looked to move to town than the year before based on site’s search results, and a lot of those people have a lot of buying power.

The average person looking to move to Austin has a $ 852,500 home-buying budget, Redfin’s report says, and that’s 32% more than current Austin residents looking to buy a home.

Gamon’s budget was a little less than that, and she wasn’t able to outbid others. She says she got lucky. They found a seller who had an urgent timeline.

“Everyday we literally wake up, look out our window and say, ‘How did this happen? How did we get so lucky?’” Gamon said.

That’s the kind of luck Jon Kniss is hoping to catch. He wants to go from renting to buying a home in his neighborhood and is leaving this note on neighbors’ doorsteps:

“Hope that somebody is going to want to make a quick and easy sale, or you know, the timeline that they need or the other conditions that they may need, we can meet that,” Kniss said.

He’s hoping to skip the competition altogether and settle into a home before his daughter starts school again in the fall.

“I have a few friends here, and I don’t want to start over and have to make new friends,” said Jon’s daughter, Alexa.

Miller isn’t surprised by the tactic. She says they’re hearing of some people knocking on doors and offering homeowners money for a building not even on the market.

“This morning, one of the listing agents showed a video of buyers who sent it to sellers. We’re seeing all kinds of out of the box things,” she said.

Gamon admitted while she was excited to finally close on a home, she was a bit nervous about anti-Californian hostility.

“We’re here to be helping members of society that we already think is beautiful; we don’t want to change anything,” she said.

But Gamon says so far, the southern hospitality has lived up to her first encounter with it, and she’s looking forward to growing her business here and hiring locally.

Who’s being left out?

So, who’s getting burned the most by this buying frenzy?

Miller says she thinks it’s first-time homebuyers and military veterans.

“I’ve seen a lot of mine, personally that have backed off and said, ‘We’re going to wait,’ because it’s just so difficult to compete,” she said.

Miller hopes more supply on the horizon will help get them into homes.

At the national level, Redfin says markets in San Jose, Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento are all seeing homes go for well-over asking prices. San Jose is second behind Austin with a 5.5% premium, followed by Seattle (5.3%), San Francisco (5%) and Sacramento (2.7%) in the same timeframe.

On the other side of that, homes in Miami are selling for 4% below asking prices, Redfin says. New Orleans homes are selling for 2.5% below asking, followed by Pittsburgh (25), Orlando (1.7%) and Chicago (1.6%).

Outside investors buying home, driving up prices

In January, KXAN’s Nabil Remadna reported while mortgage rates are low, buyers need to be prepared to spend a lot of money[3].

He talked with Austin realtor Zac Barger, and Barger said the median home price at the time, $ 365,000, was up 19% year-over-year. He described the rise as “astronomical,” especially with the extremely low inventory in the market.

Barger said his clients have to offer $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 over asking price “just to have a shot.”

With large corporations setting up shop in Austin, including Google and Tesla, that will affect the market as well. Austin City Council member Greg Casar says he’d like to see land development rules change to allow more homes in the city.

“We need to change our land development rules, so there can be more houses inside the city, so that when growth pours in we aren’t pushing so many people out,” he said. “The current path has blocked younger folks out from their ability to buy a house in Austin.”

Austin-Round Rock home prices jump almost 24%

According to the Austin Board of Realtors, home prices in the Austin-Round Rock area jumped 23.9%[4] in January. The board said 2,523 homes were sold in the area, and despite 2,878 new listings in January — an 11% decline from 2020 — active listings dropped 73.9% to only 1,369 properties across the region.

Housing market statistics from January 2021, provided by the Austin Board of Realtors

Housing inventory fell 1.3 months to a record-low 0.4 months of inventory as homes spent an average of 33 days on the market.

Tahera Rahman