Friday, December 26, 2014

FRIDAY - GIVE ME YOUR BLUE SKIES

8 Home Projects Perfect for Holiday Downtime


- 8 Home Projects Perfect for Holiday Downtime
- Why It’s Cheaper to Buy a House in the Winter
- Fully 70% of homebuyers don’t know about down payment assistance
- Housing's Millennial Mismatch
- Most Competitive Neighborhoods for Home Buyers in 2014
- California unemployment rate dips to 7.2 percent
- The year in Silicon Valley real estate: Google grows, Vallco sells, industrial booms
- What's the Right Wood Floor Installation for You?

Enjoy!

Friday, December 19, 2014

FRIDAY - HALCYON DAZE


- What a Landscape Architect Wants You to Know About What They Do
- Walkability Is Good for You
- Home-Builder Results Provide Muddled, Sober Outlook For 2015 
- Why millennials aren't rushing to buy homes 
- Applications for new home purchases plunge
- The Gift of Home: Crowdfunding the Best Present Of All
- 8 Popular Cabinet Door Styles for Kitchens of All Kinds

Enjoy!

Friday, December 12, 2014

FRIDAY - WEATHER TETHERED, STORM CHASED



South Bay Area Real Estate Market Data - Check it out; Seasonal changes, yearly gains. 
- How to Decorate for the Holidays When Your Home Is for Sale
- Booming Silicon Valley job market may be held back by housing costs
- Ca Millennial Reports: 35% Live With Mom Or Dad, Income Plummets Below 1990 Level
- Residential developer buys 8.5-acre industrial site in San Jose
- $3.5B worth of Silicon Valley property sold
- Shaping the City | Affordable housing design doesn’t have to be boring
- Two galleries explore Bay Area tensions
- 12 Ways to Beat the Home Decor Blahs

Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014

FRIDAY - I'VE GOT YOUR DARK & STORMY RIGHT HERE


- To-Dos: Your December Home Checklist

- Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Announces First Annual Forecast
- Self-employed find it's not easy to get a mortgage
- How Higher Gas Prices Can Shape Home Values
- One in five housing markets less affordable
Trend Watch: 13 Kitchen Looks Expected to Be Big in 2015

Enjoy!










Friday, November 28, 2014

FRIDAY - I'VE GOT YOUR DARK AND STORMY RIGHT HERE


- Room of the Day: Multipurpose Design Brings a Room to Life
- Could Obama’s immigration initiative boost the housing market?
- Loan limits raised in four California counties by Fannie, Freddie
- Is 2015 the Turnaround Year for First-Time Home Buyers?
- Apartment rents near BART still affordable, but few are available, real estate app says
- The Bay Area's top 20 elementary schools in (relatively) affordable neighborhoods
- 13 Ways to Be Happier in Your Home This Year


Enjoy!





Friday, November 21, 2014

FRIDAY - TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF & ON


- How To Wash Your House
- How to Beat Newly Hot Real Estate Markets
- California forecasted to add more than 10,000 construction positions by end of year
- Why It's So Hard for Millennials to Find a Place to Live and Work
- Nine Reasons to Buy a House Right Now
- Spotlight on Los Altos: The Most Expensive Housing Market in the U.S
- 9 Ways to Configure Your Cabinets for Comfort

Enjoy!

Friday, November 14, 2014

FRIDAY - NOVEMBER RAIN


- Design Workshop: How to Separate Space in an Open Floor Plan
- Silicon Valley claims 4 of 5 priciest U.S. housing markets
- Google could hire 30,000 in Bay Area based on tech titan's development spree
- Inflation Is Major Bay Area Risk
- Parks and open space measures win in Silicon Valley, East Bay and nationwide 
- US Rule of Law Drives Foreign Investors
- Get What You Need From the House You Have 

Enjoy!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FRIDAY - AIN'T SWEATING THE WORK, JUST SHINING ON


Design Workshop: Is a Phased Construction Project Right for You?
The Next Housing Crisis May Be Sooner Than You Think
California Forecasted to Add More Than 10,000 Construction Jobs by End of 2014 
Modest Bay Area homes hit mind-boggling prices
BART stations in San Jose, Santa Clara could be cut from plans
CalBRE alerts consumers, real estate pros about fraud
First look: Facebook's early plans for Menlo Park TE Connectivity campus
20 Great Examples of Transitions in Flooring

Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

FRIDAY - CALLING ALL SAINTS


- Room of the Day: Storage Attic Now an Uplifting Master Suite
- Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents, But Not As Much As (Or Why) You Think
- Pending Home Sales Reverse Five-Month Decline In September
- This is why California is in the middle of another housing crisis
- A Guide to Investing in Real Estate
- Heads-Up Hues: 10 Bold Ceiling Colors

Enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

FRIDAY - SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE HEART

- 10 Upgrades for a Touch of Kitchen Elegance
- The new normal for Silicon Valley home buying: 36 days on the market

- Silicon Valley home prices up 19% in last year to median $800,000
- Deja vu all over again?
- Amid controversy over Silicon Valley housing fixes, Mountain View weighs big developer fee hikes
- Relaxed mortgage regs could free up credit
- 10 Ways to Bring Charm to Your Home’s Exterior

Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

FRIDAY - FALLING FOR FALL


Contractor Tips: How to Shop for Your Remodel
Bay Area apartment rents at record high
How to Buy a Home in One Market While Selling in Another
49ers fans crunch Santa Clara hotel market; Will new rooms get built? 
Google's Silicon Valley hometown targets $15 minimum wage
More Americans Are Going Solo
Rent vs. Buy: Which is Cheaper for You?

Enjoy!

Friday, October 10, 2014

FRIDAY - LUNAR ECLIPSE OF THE HEART


- Small Gem Lawns: More Impact From Less Grass
- 2015 Housing Market Predictions: 5 Real Estate Trends to Watch Next Year

- Tech Investors Cut Venture Risk With Real Assets
- How driverless cars could encourage sprawl – and reshape Bay Area real estate
- The fight for East Palo Alto: Where does Stanford lie?
- San Francisco Supervisors vote to legalize Airbnb
- The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb

Enjoy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

FRIDAY - SECOND SUMMER

- To-Dos: Your October Home Checklist
- Homeownership Expenses You Might Not Anticipate 
- Coldwell Banker Previews International Luxury Market Report Reveals Newcomers On List Of Hottest U.S. Cities For Luxury Home Sales
- City proposes new incentives for affordable housing
- Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market
- Income Growth Key for Housing
- 10 Simple Ways to Personalize Your Front Entry 

Enjoy!

Friday, September 26, 2014

FRIDAY - FREE RAIN




- 5 Ways to Put Fall Leaves to Work in Your Garden
- Realtors are alerted on hot issues ahead for real estate
- Apartment Rents Jump — Especially In Silicon Valley
- Student loan debt curbs housing market by $83 billion, study says
- California Affordable Homes in Short Supply After Cuts
- More investment dollars pour into San Jose's North First Street
- Own a piece of Sand Hill Road: Rare offering on Silicon Valley's most famous street

Dream Spaces: Home Offices You’d Be Delighted to Work In

Enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2014

FRIDAY - BRING THE RAIN


9 Questions to Ask a Home Remodeler Before You Meet
- 200,000 housing units in Bay Area pipeline. Is it enough to move the needle?

Tesla Motors spawns an automotive ecosystem
Why would a Chinese tech company buy a $16 million Morgan Hill golf course?
Why Bitcoin may be superior to cash for sellers of real property
Where Millennials Live: Redfin Breaks Down Key Attributes of Neighborhoods Where the Young and Educated Cluster
New HUD Secretary outlines his vision for last years of Obama Administration
12 Ways to Get a Luxe Bathroom Look for Less

Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2014

FRIDAY - BACK TO THE LAB

The Kitchen Storage Space That Hides at Floor Level

- The Kitchen Storage Space That Hides at Floor Level
- Realtors issue safety tips for folks who are selling a home
- Move Over Millennials, Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Reveals Homebuying Dreams Of   Gen Z Teen
- Silicon Valley claims 2 of California's 3 best places to live (if you're rich)
- Pruneyard poised for sale to Ellis Partners for $285M-$300M
- Developer breaks ground on $120 million, 394-unit project near Facebook HQ 
- Bay Area Home Sales Slow in August; Prices Increases Ease Back
- 28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About

Enjoy!

Friday, September 5, 2014

FRIDAY - SUPERMOON MONDAY

To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist

- To-Dos: Your September Home Checklist
- 5 Surprising Homebuyer Turnoffs
- 5 Smart Staging Tips
- SummerHill buys Sisters' 10-acre convent grounds in Los Gatos
- Developer breaks ground on $120 million, 394-unit project near Facebook HQ
- Silicon Valley Offices Are Stunningly Pricey, Just Like the Workers Inside  
- 10 Great Places for Rich Fall Colors Year-Round

Enjoy!

Friday, August 29, 2014

FRIDAY - SINGING OF THE GROUNDS

Get Turned On to a Lighting Plan


- Get Turned On to a Lighting Plan
How to Prepare for the Bay Area’s Next Earthquake
- KB Home Strengthens Foothold in California with New Property
- Palo Alto: Official approves relocation assistance package offered by mobile home park owner
- County expands homeless programs while searching for new shelter
- Silicon Valley Tech Wealth Driving Santa Cruz Real Estate Boom
- Overall, Americans in the Suburbs Are Still the Happiest
- Hidden in Plain Sight: 10 Cleverly Closeted Home Spaces

Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

FRIDAY - EASY STREET


- Home-Buying Checklist: 20 Things to Consider Beyond the Inspection
- Two Good Omens for Housing Market
- Housing construction surges in July
- 3 facts crippling California's housing recovery
- How long can the Bay Area apartment boom last? 
Bay Area home prices plateau on slowing sales 
Just a Few Things for the Dream-Home Wish List

Enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

FRIDAY - LIVING ON MACARONS

How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale

How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale
- A Look At The Housing Market Eight Years After The Collapse
- Higher Housing Costs Aren't Likely to Fade Soon
- 6 things home buyers should avoid doing once they are preapproved for a mortgage
- As Closing Costs Rise, Here's How to Knock Them Down
- Mortgage Rates Slip to Near Lows for the Year
- Storage Help for Small Bedrooms: Beautiful Built-ins

Enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2014

FRIDAY - SUMMERING ON

Rethinking the Master Bedroom

Rethinking the master bedroom; many renters can afford mortgages, but not homes; 5 reason for milllenials to enter the houing market; San Jose real estate market plateaus; housing costs are a drag on CA's economy; 10 year Yelp review: CEO on SF company's journey; Tesla's manufacturing rennaisance; Google propels commercial real estate sales; the future of backsplashes.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 1, 2014

FRIDAY - SUN IN THE SKY, YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL

4 Obstacles to Decluttering — and How to Beat Them


Obstacles to decluttering and how to beat them, pricey home sales hit record in the Bay Area, Reasons the housing market could improve in the second half of 2014, Silicon Valley rents rise $390/month since 2012, Realtors seek to ban shill bids, Japantown apartment project, property lines in pictures. 

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FRIDAY - ETC ETC



10 Tips for a more peaceful home, debt to income ratios can sink mortgage app, not enough affordable homes to go around despite housing market improvements, foreclosure fade, later half of 2014 expectations, mortgages, 8 ways to dress up a hallway.

Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2014

FRIDAY - ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE


6 ways to cool off without air conditioning, 5 tips for winning a house bidding war, Silicon Valley's real estate crunch is opportunity for other US cities, Bay Area home builders struggle to keep up with demand, Bay Area rents continue rising, California home prices simmer down, forecast says US homes are overvalued and will peak in 2016, 9 ways to open a house to the outdoors.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

FRIDAY - OPUSCULE


First time home owner's maintenance guide; Julian Castro; Consumer's expect higher rents and lower home prices; Google's $600 million real estate shopping spree in Mountain View; Hotel developer buys in Milpitas; Developer drops plans to buy Palo Alto mobile home park; Silicon Valley assessment roll posts more growth; Tiny houses; Backyard cottages.

Enjoy!

Monday, July 7, 2014

MONDAY - GOLDEN DREAMLAND

11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel


Last week I felt kinda … “off.” I arrived late to appointments, forgot random letters and words in emails and handwritten correspondence, and in the end, didn’t even get my weekly round-up posted.

I know it’s Monday, not really the day for leisurely reading, but felt these were worthy of sharing. So better late than never, Here are the links, making up for lost time. 


What to expect with your remodel, Declaration of Independence, what to do when your water heater bursts, America's looming rental crisis, Big Sur Dragon House for sale, concrete flooring...

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FRIDAY - BLAME IT ON THE RAIN

How to Grow 10 Favorite Fruit Trees at Home

How to grow 10 favorite fruit trees at home; Where is the U.S. housing market headed; Best places to flip homes in the Bay Area; Housing prices cool slightly; Renters pour out woes at Mountain View housing event; Common credit mistakes for mortgage seekers; Housing isn't overvalued, except in these 10 spots; Cash sales decline; Ideas for shared kids' rooms. 

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

FRIDAY - SUMMER SOULSTICE

Kitchen of the Week: Storage, Style and Efficiency in San Francisco

Kitchen redo in SF; Walkability drives values; Winning a bidding war; New construction to help normalize market in 1-2 years; CA housing market predictions; Population boom affects housing market; Affordable housing crisis; Who's footing the bill for affordable housing?; Some statements from Yellen; What to do with a small backyard. 

Enjoy!

Friday, June 13, 2014

FRIDAY - JUNETEENTH

To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist


June Home Checklist, Bay Area Home Equity Lending Surges, Tech Companies Expanding in Silicon Valley, Top 5 Home Buyer Mistakes & How to Avoid Them, Why Renters Are Ending Up in the Suburbs, Home Price Gains of 20% Vanish As Hottest Markets Cool, Create the Illusion of An Entry Hall.

Enjoy!

Friday, June 6, 2014

FRIDAY - HIDE THE TV

The Future of Home Automation: Cheap, Wearable and Mobile!

The future of home automation, what American homeowners really want, housing on the mend, underwater homes in Silicon Valley fall 40%, cash deals for homes reach record with boomers retiring, 8 ongoing homeowner expenses, new strategies for hiding the TV

Enjoy!

Friday, May 30, 2014

FRIDAY - I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE

How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay

How to navigate an extended guest stay, National Bike Month, top 100 California restaurants, Bay Area wages are very high, signs of an suburban comeback, how the real estate market is reflected on TV, comsumers paying mortgages ahead of credit cards, Ericsson leasing in Santa Clara, 8 uses for a sideyard. 

Enjoy!

Friday, May 23, 2014

FRIDAY - GOT THAT FRIDAY FEELING


10 Ideas to buy less, gains in existing home sales, mortgage rates fall, lifestyle budget cuts,  Pruneyard, Google in Sunnyvale, Tesla top auto employer in California, tap into stud space for more wall storage. Enjoy!

Friday, May 16, 2014

FRIDAY. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

Have the Kids Left Home? 16 Things to Consider

Empty nest considerations, Warren Buffet acquires Intero, Silicon Valley's fastest growing cities, California median home prices rising, cash buyers, Palo Alto trailer park, middle class home buyers, pros and cons of charging utilities for rentals, and furniture design trends. Enjoy.


Friday, May 9, 2014

FRIDAY. THE FINAL FRONTIER.

What to Look for in a Contractor's Contract

Million dollar home sales thrive, American home buyers prfer new homes, Real estate investors target the coast, Google makes biggest property purchase of the year, San Francisco's rental market propelled by construction and tech sector, and Backyard escapes. Enjoy.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

FRIDAY. ENTER THE WEEKEND.


Higher prices choke housing, rental crisis, first time homeowners becoming first time landlords, questions on the state of mortgage lending, new projects in Morgan Hill and Gilroy, Bay Area luxury homes, entry ways. Enjoy. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

FRIDAY. GOOD.


Suburban living, why 2014 is a good year for housing, 6 commercial real estate trends to watch, new homes in Sunnyvale coming, affordability crisis is overblown, and porches - because, I like porches. Enjoy. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

FRIDAY - EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK


Whole Foods coming to The Alameda, turnkey homes, Silicon Valley mortgages mapped, how to pay your mortgage down, apps that challenge kids to solve environmental issues, creative window treatments. Enjoy.

Friday, April 4, 2014

FRIDAY - FINALLY

Filoli Conservatory
By Tomincal (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Filoli - Country House set inWoodside, CA


Luxury markets, urban villages, efficient office spaces, and in need of 25-34 year old home buyers. Oh, also snow in Big Sur (thank you for that news) and a new gallery find for me.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

FRIDAY - ABOVE WATER


Top 10 Markets by Equity Appreciation since 4th Quarter 2010. Hint, San Jose did well, which is a great segueway into four million more homeowners now 'above water' and housing affordability spiking this year. Another layer affecting affordability is the increase in interest rates as suggested by Janet Yellen in her first press conference. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

FRIDAY - NIGHT LIGHTS


A lot of my buyers have been feeling the pinch of rising rental prices. Absorption rates for rental apartments have been generally rising since late 2008 as rental demand increased as a result of the housing downturn. If you're curious, interest rates will have to hit 5.4% in San Jose for it to not make sense to buy if you're still on the fence of renting vs buying.  Despite recent volatility in consumer attitudes, housing recovery expected to press on - notably, home price expectations climbed significantly in February – with 50 percent saying home prices will go up in the next year. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

FRIDAY - HI FIVE


This post was actually inspired by an out of the area agent who I will have the privilege of helping in the next upcoming weeks. She's helping place her buyers back into the Bay Area, a reminder of how often I take for granted the allure of this place. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

FRIDAY - WOULD YOU MIND?


Would you mind if I took a break and digressed from my usual conversational patterns?

Today, I've opted to use a list format for links I've found around the internet that might be helpful in fostering a more well-rounded understanding of real estate and how to pay for the space you occupy.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE


Happy Valentine's Day! This post was inspired by a client who referred me to her father, who's name means "love", which I found appropriate for today. 

My email signature, "Home is where one starts from," is an excerpt from "East Coker V, Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot. No, I've not read the entire quartet.

Home is about the familiar, the original blueprint for the beginnings of our experience of intimacy. It's a personal language that begins before we can use words, usually in relationship to a primary figure. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

FRIDAY O'CLOCK


This post was inspired by current clients of mine who are open-minded and forward thinking, prompting the search for up and coming neighborhoods.

Price is relative. When a client tells me that something is too expensive, or calls something cheap, I usually ask, "For whom? And compared to what?" Here's an interesting collection of how one makes do in the Bay Area.

Friday, January 31, 2014

FRIDAY RACE TO THE WEEKEND



This post was inspired by a loved one born in the year of the horse. 

While Chinese New Year 2014 will ring in the year of the horse, 2014 is being called the year of the trade up seller, most likely due to sellers' desire to take advantage of low interest rates or to cash out at what might be at least a temporary peak in home prices.