Friday, December 15, 2017

FRIDAY - act like a cat



- No housing bubble in sight — and other predictions for 2018
- Yellen: Tax Reform Will Likely Provide ‘Some Lift’ to Economy
- San Jose approves 40 tiny homes for the homeless
- Silicon Valley might get some relief from high housing prices
- Dear Monty: 10 common real estate scams
- Ask These 8 Questions to Get Your Family Organizing Station Right
- How to Design a Warm, Welcoming Bathroom for Today

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No housing bubble in sight — and other predictions for 2018 - A real-estate site’s predictions for 2018 offer yet more disappointing news for would-be first-time homebuyers in California hoping that the New Year might bring some relief.


Yellen: Tax Reform Will Likely Provide ‘Some Lift’ to Economy - The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year. The increase to the Fed's benchmark interest rate had been widely anticipated in the weeks leading up to the Fed's meeting, and further interest rate hikes are expected in 2018. The Fed's long-term plans for interest rates will also depend on the fate of the tax reform bill currently being hashed out in Congress.


San Jose approves 40 tiny homes for the homeless - At a Tuesday City Council meeting, the city of San Jose approved a pilot program to erect 40 “tiny houses” (as small as 80 square feet or as large as 140, depending on the deign) as temporary shelters for the homeless. But San Jose lawmakers still face the bigger hurdle of figuring out where to put them, with few residents eager to house the house-less in their own neighborhoods.


Silicon Valley might get some relief from high housing prices - In the early hours Wednesday morning, local lawmakers approved a bid from the internet giant to build nearly 10,000 new housing units near its future campus in Mountain View, California. The decision marks a major victory for housing advocates, who have in the past blamed Google and other tech companies for driving up home prices and displacing longtime residents of the Valley. The San Francisco Bay Area does not have enough dwellings to house all of its workers, tech companies have frequently located their campuses in areas without much nearby housing, and tech workers have often used their high salaries and stock options to bid up home prices.

Dear Monty: 10 common real estate scams - Real estate is a target for scammers because large sums of money are involved and when homes come on the market for sale or rent the likelihood of a transfer of funds increases, and therefore opportunity. If the perpetrators find a way to create the transactions, the commission of fraud becomes more likely still.


Ask These 8 Questions to Get Your Family Organizing Station Right - Households can run better when they have a central organizing hub. Is yours set up well for your family?


How to Design a Warm, Welcoming Bathroom for Today - Get ideas for materials, tile, color and more to give your bath fresh style

Friday, December 8, 2017

FRIDAY - hanging mistle toe



- GOP tax plans jeopardize California home values, Realtors warn
- Seasonal chill cools rents in hot Bay Area apartment market
- Milpitas: San Jose firm continues BART-related work
- As Fires Burn Near Los Angeles, Destroyed Lots Go Up for Sale in Napa
- Experts Raise Expectations for Home Price Growth in 2018
- Data Watch: What’s Great, and What’s Not, About a Small Home
- Your Checklist for Quick Houseguest Prep

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Friday, December 1, 2017

FRIDAY - start your own currency



- Mortgage cap would hit California, Florida, New York hardest
- Housing crisis may prompt softening of rules for mixed-use urban projects
- Equity Rich Properties Surge
- More than one-third of the 15 most expensive ZIP codes in the US are in the Bay Area
- The best holiday lights in the Bay Area, mapped
- How Much Space You Need (and What to Do if You Don’t Have It)

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Friday, November 17, 2017

FRIDAY - head start on giving



- House passes sweeping tax reform, including slashing mortgage interest deduction
- San Jose: Leaders reject proposal to tie rent increases in certain units to inflation
- Millennial-driven anti-NIMBY movement is winning with a simple message
- California’s housing policy is holding back its climate policy
- Holiday giving 2017: How you can help children, needy families
- Books on the Move: 8 Creative Ways to Shelve Your Library

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