Friday, April 11, 2014


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.

The Whole Foods effect: New mixed-use project coming to The Alameda in San Jose - The project reflects the so-called "Whole Foods effect," in which the popular store's arrival spurs development and raises property values nearby. While developers say they would have built the new project without a Whole Foods going in, they concede the market was a big draw. Developers scouted the site starting two years ago, before the Whole Foods started construction but well after the chain was first announced for the site.

Lack of sellers, preponderance of buyers pushing housing price - Real estate experts observe that the U.S. housing market currently has too few people selling homes and at the same time too few buyers can afford the homes that are for sale. In addition, higher mortgage rates and higher prices have made homes costlier for first-time buyers as well as for all-cash investors.

The Key to a Home Sale? - Some metros saw a 20 percent increase in turnkey listings over the past year, with these listings being described as “move-in condition.” Turnkey properties are reportedly more popular on the West Coast, and for luxury residences often include furnishings and art.

Silicon Valley mortgages, mapped: Where you can live on $1,000, $3,000 or $10,000 per month - New data from real estate website Zillow show how high housing costs in the region actually break down month to month for  homeowners and prospective buyers.

7 Ways to Pay Down Your Mortgage More Quickly - The notion of taking out a loan in your 20′s or 30′s and finishing the payoff in your 50′s or 60′s can be daunting, but you don’t need to adhere to a 30-year schedule. Here are seven ways you can accelerate your repayment clock.

Apps That Challenge Kids to Solve Environmental Issues - The topic of climate change has brought environmental education to the forefront. At its best, environmental education gets students grappling with big, cross-disciplinary issues like sustainable design and renewable energy. Students think critically about environmental and ecological systems; they diagnose problems, and speculate about (or maybe even create) solutions. And to that end, here are a few games to help students dive in.

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