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!

Realtors issue safety tips for folks who are selling a home - "We are comfortable with our surroundings and can overlook items that can pose a safety or security issue when we open our doors to strangers," said David Tonna, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. "During showings or open houses, remember that strangers will be walking through your home. Take the necessary steps to ensure that your open house will be successful and that your family and your home will be safe."

Move Over Millennials, Better Homes And Gardens Real Estate Reveals Homebuying Dreams Of Gen Z Teens - A new study by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate reveals that Generation Z, teens ages 13-17, hold traditional views on homeownership, and are willing to give up modern luxuries for the mainstream definition of the American Dream.

Not surprisingly, 95 percent of these Gen Z future homeowners believe they will take key steps in the home buying process online. Viewing home listings and taking virtual tours reign supreme, however, 29 percent expect to video chat with real estate agents. While this generation has been navigating the mobile and online space for years, a 59 percent majority believe they will undertake the search process for their future home with help from a real estate agent. When it comes to buying, a mere 19 percent believe they are likely to purchase a home online, while 81 percent will use more traditional methods such as working with a real estate agent.  

Silicon Valley claims 2 of California's 3 best places to live (if you're rich) - By considering economic indicators like low unemployment, high median home values and high household incomes, Silicon Valley's San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have been named two of the three best places to live in California by real estate site Movoto. But the report also begs the question of when a desirable place to live becomes an unrealistic place to live.

Pruneyard poised for sale to Ellis Partners for $285M-$300M - The acquisition is sure to generate a lot of interest because the center is considered one of the more interesting mixed-use projects in the region, given its large size and the surrounding area's desirable demographics. It's unclear what Ellis's game plan would be; at Town & Country, Ellis invested substantial capital to upgrade the center and bring in higher-end tenants.

Developer breaks ground on $120 million, 394-unit project near Facebook HQ - Developer St. Anton Partners has secured a $96 million construction loan and started construction on a 394-unit apartment complex near the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, the biggest multi-family project in the city in decades.

Bay Area Home Sales Slow in August; Prices Increases Ease Back - The number of Bay Area homes that sold last month declined again, as potential buyers continued to struggle with constrained supply, tricky mortgage availability and affordability issues. The median price paid for a Bay Area home dropped somewhat, as it usually does from July to August, a real estate information service reported.

28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About - Learn how to refinish your wood deck, make a garden fountain, add a shed, and more. Some of my favorites are:




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