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!


2015 Housing Market Predictions: 5 Real Estate Trends to Watch Next Year
Home values will keep rising, but gradually
Double-digit gains limited to California, Southwest
Mortgage rates below 5% for most of next year
Foreclosure inventory will decline sharply
Mortgage loans will be easier to obtain

Tech Investors Cut Venture Risk With Real Assets - Tech investors are balancing the risk inherent in hunting for the next great disruptor by allocating to something very different: real assets that hold their value amid technological change. This strategy may turn out to be a smart move in a frothy market. 

How driverless cars could encourage sprawl – and reshape Bay Area real estate - Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a member of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, told The New York Times last year that while driverless cars may not make suburban commutes much easier or quicker, it will allow people to spend time more productively in their cars. That could allow them to live farther from their offices.

The fight for East Palo Alto: Where does Stanford lie? - There is a clear divide separating the two worlds and along the front lines, a war of gentrification is being waged. At the heart of this struggle is the fight for affordable housing in EPA: a dwindling resource that will soon be eliminated by the encroaching demand for land in Silicon Valley. (Read the comments sections)

San Francisco Supervisors vote to legalize Airbnb - The seven-to-four vote Tuesday was the culmination of a more than two-year effort by board President David Chiu to develop legislation to regulate an activity that is already widespread even though it is illegal in San Francisco and other cities around the globe - the short-term renting of rooms or entire properties by property owners and tenants, with or without approval from landlords.


The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb - Are American communities experiencing “the Great Inversion," i.e. a reversal of fortunes in which cities grow as suburbs decline?  While the traditional suburban lifestyle continues to be widespread, new research shows that key features of suburban life not only remain commonplace in the suburbs but are often continued by high-income people even after they move to cities


The Kitchen Storage Space That Hides at Floor Level - Cabinet toe kicks can cleverly house a bank of wide drawers — or be dressed up to add a flourish to your kitchen design. Some of my favorites:



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