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Skullcandy Chief Lists Snowboarding Estate for $18.9 Million

Rick Alden, founder of the Park City, Utah-based maker of headphones and speakers, is throwing in his massive snowboard collection.
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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Commercial Property Transactions Dry Up as Sellers Hold Out for Better Prices

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Big U.S. real-estate companies have been selling assets at a slower pace this year, as the gap widens between their views on what their properties are worth and buyers’ willingness to pay high prices.

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More People Think Renting Is a Better Deal Than Buying

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A growing percentage of renters believe it is cheaper to rent than to buy a home, which helps explain why the homeownership rate remains persistently low nearly a decade after the housing crash. There is also a growing divide among baby boomers and millennials over whether Airbnb is a boon or a bane for tenants. But U. S. new-home sales in September recorded the largest single-month increase since 1992.

Backlog in EB-5 Immigration Program Creates Cash Hoard for Property Developers

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A backlog in the controversial EB-5 immigration program, which enables foreigners who invest in the U.S. to get green cards, is making billions of dollars of new money available for investments in real estate and other businesses. The backlog is primarily in China, where the EB-5 program has become so popular that applicants can face delays of more than 10 years from the time they make their investment of at least $500,000 to the time they get their visa.

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MANSION Skullcandy Chief Lists Snowboarding Estate for $18.9 Million

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In Park City, Utah, a wealthy entrepreneur and avid snowboarder is putting his snowboarding-oriented home on the market for $18.9 million. Rick Alden founded Park City-based Skullcandy, which specializes in manufacturing headphones and speakers designed for snowboarders and extreme sports enthusiasts. Now that he’s selling his spread, Mr. Alden is willing to throw in part of his massive snowboard collection.

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Inside an Investor’s Eclectic Art Collection

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Arthur Becker, a real-estate investor, artist and former tech executive in Manhattan, shows off a collection of art and ancient artifacts.

When Sellers Compete Against Their Building’s Developers

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It is a seller’s nightmare: Putting a luxury condo on the market, only to find that upstairs, another unit that has never been lived in is on the market for the same price or less. And to make matters worse, the seller upstairs has the resources to keep cutting his price if his place doesn’t sell. This is the plight that some owners of luxury condos built in the past few years are encountering, as they find themselves in direct competition with their building’s developer when it comes time to sell.

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HOUSE OF THE DAY A Baseball Player’s Home Base

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The former professional pitcher JC Romero is selling his memorabilia-filled Alabama house.

GREATER NEW YORK REAL ESTATE Jersey City Enters the Condo-Market Space Race

Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal

A sleek limestone and glass tower soon will soar nearly 900 feet into the skyline with broad views of New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty. This latest venture isn’t in Manhattan—it is in downtown Jersey City, where its developers hope to create a fresh brand and set a new standard for luxury and amenities. The tower, known as 99 Hudson, is part of a push by Chinese developers to enter the local condominium market in a big way, setting the stage for expansion into other major markets.

Lord & Taylor Sells NYC Flagship Store for $850 Million

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Lord & Taylor is selling its flagship New York City store for $850 million, a move that will convert most of the landmark building into office space and the headquarters of real estate startup WeWork Cos.

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Residents Sue Suffolk County Over Property Fees

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A group of Long Island residents on Tuesday filed a class-action lawsuit against Suffolk County in New York, claiming that county fees for filing real-estate documents are illegal and amount to unauthorized taxation.

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DESIGN What to Do With Dead Malls

Seph Lawless

Just when you think you have a handle on the brick-and-mortar retail crisis, the prognosis gets worse. But there’s one issue that no one has figured out how to solve: what to do with all those vacant stores. Here, three disruptive approaches to physical retail.

5 Unnervingly Spooky Houseplants for Halloween

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If you feel silly dressing in costume for Halloween but still get a kick out of the holiday, why not invest in some creepy greenery that’s as anthropomorphic, carnivorous or eerie as anything Poe conjured?

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