Friday, December 18, 2015

FRIDAY - WRAPPED IN LIGHT


- Your Checklist for Quick Houseguest Prep

- Job Growth to Finally Boost Homebuilding?
- The Hot, New Company Benefit: Student Debt Repayment
- Study Finds Majority of Millennials Have $1,000 or Less in Savings
- Half of all U.S. renters are over 40
- 8 Surprising Predictors of Housing Prices
- Tiny Huts, Cabins and Modular Houses for Remote Living

Enjoy!



Friday, December 11, 2015

FRIDAY - PA RUM PUM PUM PUM


Spaces by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design


- Budget Decorator: 15 Shortcuts to Holiday Style
- Experts Share Real Estate Trends To Watch Out For In 2016
- Nearly Half of Renters Put Too Much Toward Rent
- FHA Announces New Loan Limits
- Atherton's ZIP code still contains the nation's priciest real estate
- Santa Clara University snaps up Zazzle building in $25 million deal
- 9 Ways to Define Spaces in an Open Floor Plan

Enjoy!

Friday, December 4, 2015

FRIDAY - WATCHING THE SUNRISE FROM BED


- To-Dos: Your December Home Checklist
- Americans Spent More on Housing, Health Care Last Year
- 40 percent of young adults who live on their own still get money from parents
- Lack of Affordable Options Will Drive First-Time Buyers Out to the Suburbs in 2016
- Growing Economy Will Lead to Rising Interest Rates Soon
- Palo Alto prepares to ban two-story homes in Greer Park North
- 16 Little Indulgences to Enhance Your Every Day

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Friday, November 27, 2015

FRIDAY - BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK


- Cabinets 101: How to Get the Storage You Want
- Average Down Payments Rise as Housing Demand Increases
- Rising interest rates won’t hurt home prices, at first
- What role do commute times play in the Bay Area housing market?
- Buyers Bought Bigger Homes in 2015
- One in Three Regret DIYing a Home Improvement Project
- 10 Home Projects to Work On Over Your Holiday Weekend

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Friday, November 20, 2015

FRIDAY - GETTING UP EARLY AROUND HERE


- 7 Best Plant Types for Creating Privacy and How to Use Them
- Higher interest rates lower California housing affordability in third quarter
- FHA Eases Condo Project Approval Requirements
- Down Payment for Home Not a Top Priority for Renters
- New life for Milpitas' Serra Center? Owner floats big mixed-use plans at old-school strip mall
- Holiday events 2015: Bay Area tree lightings, ice rinks and more
- Kitchen Confidential: All Good in the Hood


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Friday, November 13, 2015

FRIDAY - SMELLING A BIT OF A WEATHER WAR


-What to Consider When Lighting Your Home
- Key reasons why 2016 is a good time to buy a home
- Coldwell Banker Real Estate Releases Most Extensive Home Listing Report In U.S., Ranking Average Home Price In 2,700 Markets
- 'It's starting to feel a little bit like 2007': Why Oakland risks missing out on the boom
- Milpitas council to review future housing, retail near Great Mall
- Quicken Loans: Perception Gap Between Homeowner and Appraiser Valuation Narrows Slightly
- 9 Design Details You Might Have Overlooked


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Friday, November 6, 2015

FRIDAY - WATCHING THE MOON AND JUPITER HANG OUT



- Houzz Tour: Radical Renovation Doubles Floor Space
- Experts: California home sales will rise in 2016
- $2M for 180 square foot home in Palo Alto exemplifies insanity of Peninsula real estate
- Today's Hot Real Estate Markets - Will They Be Hot Tomorrow?
- Builders’ Big Problem: Shortage of Good Lots
- Two Bay Area men arrested for Craigslist rental scam
- Kitchen Confidential: 10 Ways to Promote Aging in Place



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Friday, October 30, 2015

FRIDAY - CHATTING WITH THE RAIN GODS



- Before You Roast Those Chestnuts, Make Sure You've Got a Clean Chimney

- Mountain View's minimum wage headed to $15 by 2018
- When Apple Employees Move In, Housing Prices Go Up
- Fed again delays interest rate hike
- Delivering On The Promise Of Connected Homes
- Housing Will Still Expand Despite Economic Weakness

- 10 Reasons to Embrace White Walls

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Friday, October 23, 2015

FRIDAY - RELENTLESSLY GOLDEN


Room of the Day: That Chic Hotel-Lobby Look
- Apple Continues Silicon Valley Expansion
- Bay Area first: Wood-burning heating devices to be banned in new homes
- What a trip to Silicon Valley taught me
- Bay Area home sales surge as buyers roll into the suburbs
- Alameda: Demand for city's commercial properties likely to rise
12 Very Useful Things I've Learned From Designers


Friday, October 16, 2015

FRIDAY - AT HOME IN SMALLVILLE



- World of Design: See How 7 Families Live in Multigenerational Homes
C.A.R. Releases 2016 California Housing Market Forecast
Getting a mortgage may take longer under new rules
Advice on Lending to Adult Children
Sound Off: When is an offer date a bad idea?
Construction Workers ‘Left the Business and They Didn’t Come Back’
13 Storage Solutions to Banish the Clutter

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Friday, October 9, 2015

FRIDAY - OUT CHASING SQUIRRELS


- 9 Pro Tips to Create a Long-Lasting Kids’ Room
- 6 Things That Determine How Fast A Home Will Sell
Anderson Forecast Projects Higher Housing Costs
Meet the Hipster Real Estate Developers Building for Millennials 
The answer for affordable housing? Single-family homes
3 reasons fall is a great time to buy a home
10 Tips for Planning a Galley Kitchen

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Friday, October 2, 2015

FRIDAY - RAINY DAY CHATTER


Lush, Foodie Abundance in a Small Urban Garden
Forbes 400: California Dominates List of Billionaires
- Silicon Valley Employers Focus on Housing
- Economists: Bay Area Nears Full Employment, Housing Market May Get Even Tougher
- In U.S. Home Prices, an East-West Divide
- Redfin Fall Housing Outlook Sees Healthy Buyer Demand; Steady Price and Sales Growth
-10 Rooms That Show You Don’t Need to Move to Get More Space

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Friday, September 25, 2015

FRIDAY - SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS


Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
- "Silicon Valley" is moving farther and farther from Silicon Valley
Uber Purchases Oakland's Former Sears Building, Plans Major HQ Expansion
Santa Clara County to bolster homeless housing in time for winter storms
6 Advantages of Real Estate Investing for Savvy Entrepreneurs
Study Reveals What “Green” Means to Home Buyers
How to Create a Play Area That Looks Good Too

Enjoy! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

FRIDAY - ROAMING WHERE THE BUFFALO AREN'T


Healthy Home: 8 Ways to Add a Standing Desk

- California Home Sales Cool in August as Price Gains Temper
- The Battle Over Prized Land Under Silicon Valley's Trailer Parks
Drought Dogs Developers in California's Soaring Housing Market
Larry Ellison group buys hotel in downtown Palo Alto
How to Spot a Bad HOA
10 Furniture Essentials for Small Spaces

Enjoy!


Friday, September 11, 2015

FRIDAY - ENDLESS SUMMER


The Art of the Window: 10 Ways to Love Draperies

- Why a Stronger Housing Sector Isn’t Boosting the U.S. Economy That Much
- Rising home prices aren't all good news 
Should We Buy a Home Now or Keep Renting?
Why Is Home Building Lagging Job Creation? REALTORS®, Builders Disagree
Appraiser / Homeowner Value Gap Widens
13 Ways to Create the Illusion of Room Height


Enjoy!



Friday, September 4, 2015

FRIDAY - TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME


- 8 Architectural Tricks to Enhance an Open-Plan Space
- Four Homeownership Myths to Avoid
- Natural Disaster Housing Risk Report Offers Interesting Real Estate Insight
- East Palo Alto: Life on the other side of Silicon Valley's tracks 
- U.S. Construction Spending Hits a New Post-Recession High
- CBRE Global adds to bulging Sunnyvale property portfolio
- Design Solutions for Oddly Shaped Backyards

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Friday, August 28, 2015

FRIDAY - STORM TRACKING


- Professional Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Closet
- Homeowners caught in affordability squeeze, are staying put, REALTOR® survey finds
- Bay Area adds 24,700 jobs in July
- A Map of Gentrification in the Bay Area
- Finally, Some Good News About the California Drought
- Renting Less Affordable than Ever Before
- Photo Flip: 77 Front Doors to Welcome You Home

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Friday, August 21, 2015

FRIDAY - FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS



- 5 Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff — Before It Gets in the Door
Bay Area real estate: Busiest summer since downturn
Boomerang home buyers poised to return to market with a roar
Why Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Silicon Valley Trailer Park Set To Be Sold

Beyond Silicon Valley: Top emerging startup markets in the U.S.
10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Side Yard

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Friday, August 14, 2015

FRIDAY - 4 DAYS AFTER NATIONAL S'MORES DAY, WHAT?


Landscape Paving 101: Tiles Bring Bold Color and Pattern

Growth in Spring Home Prices Leads to Sizable Drop in California Housing Affordability
Shifting Trends in Real Estate Investments
Allen Matkins/UCLA survey reveals what developers think of the Silicon Valley real estate market
Study: Property values increase in areas where Trader Joe's locates
Gap Between Appraiser and Homeowner Perceptions Doubled in July
10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan

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Friday, August 7, 2015

FRIDAY - AFTER THE STORM


- Source List: 20 Tiles That Make a Statement
- Buying a home? Here's some good news
- 13 Tips to Make Moving Slightly Less Hellish  
- Housing flipping: It's riskier but more lucrative
- 400 Years of American Houses, Visualized
- Why Millennials Are Dominating the Housing Market
- 7 Reasons to Include a Little Gloss in Your Decor

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Friday, July 31, 2015

FRIDAY - COME AS YOU ARE


9 Ways to Calm New-Home Jitters
- The Shaky Foundation For U.S. Housing-Price Growth
- California's drought spurs unexpected effect: Eco-friendly development
- Housing supply falls further, feeding prices
- Where Rents Are Eating Up a Bigger Share of Income
- Senate Expected to Pass C.A.R.-opposed Highway Bill
Can You Spot the TV?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

FRIDAY - ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN


- California Says Goodbye to the Sprawling Ornamental Lawn
- Building Permits, Housing Starts Rise in June
- As more Americans buy homes, will it ease the strain on renters? 
- Boomers Competing With Millennials for U.S. Urban Rental Housing
- How to buy a home in a seller’s market
- Is the US housing market the best story in the global economy right now?
- 8 Ways Colored Floors Can Boost Your Design

Enjoy!

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRIDAY - LISTENING TO THE CLOUDS RUB AGAINST THE SKY



- 10 Ways to Make Your Place Feel More Spacious
- Look Back at Real Estate Market Shows That Timing Matters
- Apple might be soon taking a bite of San Jose.
- Tech companies, real estate market may feel jolt of China's dropping stock market
- 4 Ways To Screen Your Landlord Before Signing A Lease
- What a rate hike may mean for housing
- 8 Ways to Create a Neighborly Front Yard

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Friday, July 10, 2015

FRIDAY - FEELS LIKE 65 DEGREES


- Lush Gardens With Low Water Needs
- All-Cash Share of U.S. Home Purchases Drops in MayImproving Economy and Job Growth Draw Buyers Back to Housing Market
Finally: San Jose Starts to Capitalize on Tech Boom
54 Percent of American adults living with friends or relatives plan to move out within a year
Harsh reality for young home buyers
Landscape Paving 101: How to Use Brick for Your Path or Patio

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Friday, July 3, 2015

FRIDAY - STAR GRAZING WTIH VENUS AND JUPITER


- Simple Pleasures: The Art of Being Neighborly
- The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets in June 2015
- How tech workers are shaping the market nationwide
- Do Home Builders Understand What Buyers Want?
- Zillow: Coastal California house prices may decline as mortgage rates rise
Bay Area Income Gap Now More Than $250,000 Between Top and Bottom
10 Great Design Moves for a Small Courtyard

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Friday, June 26, 2015

FRIDAY - SUMMER-WORTHY

20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms
Rising Mortgage Rates to Test Housing Market’s Strength
MBA's Stevens: We are in the middle of a housing crisis
The housing market's new pain: Rising inequality
Silicon Valley Needs Three World Trade Centers Worth Of New Office Space This Year
My Home Passed Inspection, So It’s Perfect, Right?
15 Refreshing Ideas for a Bathroom Makeover

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Friday, June 19, 2015

FRIDAY - BETTER TOGETHER


- Yes, You Can Grow Food in a Shady Yard
- TransUnion Reports 1.5 Million Boomerang Buyers Could Re-Enter Housing Market in Next Three Years
- Is Getting a Mortgage Easier Than Consumers Think?
- Homeowners Can Spend More Than $9,000 Per Year in Hidden Homeownership Costs, Maintenance Expenses
- Court: California Cities Can Require Developers To Build Affordable Housing
- What Happens to Home Prices When Technologists Come to Town
- Court: California Cities Can Require Developers To Build Affordable Housing
- What Happens to Home Prices When Technologists Come to Town
- Bathroom Planning: Which Vanity Will Work for You?

Enjoy!

Friday, June 12, 2015

FRIDAY - TRAVELING LIGHT


- Get Away From It All in a ‘Glamper’

- California bounces back as No. 7 economy in world
- San Francisco takes another run at regulating AirbnbWhere the Housing Crisis Continues
- Prolonged Housing Crisis Diminishes Confidence in the American Dream- 5 Ways Families Can Ease the Stress of Moving Day
Precast Concrete Pavers Make a Versatile Surface in the Garden

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Friday, June 5, 2015

FRIDAY - HUSTLE AND BUSTLE


- To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist
- Why owners often overestimate their home's market value
- U.S. Home Prices Set for a Fall in 2017?
- Impact of Facebook Inc on real estate in California’s Menlo Park
- Are you in a buyer's or seller's housing market?
- 10 Cool Things to Do With Concrete in Your House 

Enjoy!


Friday, May 29, 2015

FRIDAY - MIDNIGHT SNACK

Room of the Day: Garage Is Transformed Into a Dreamy Studio


(Dedicated to CE & EE) 
- Room of the Day: Garage Is Transformed Into a Dreamy Studio
Time for some data from yours truly :)
- Rents Gallop Past Home Values in April
- U.S. Foreclosure Activity Increases 3 Percent in April to 18-Month High Driven by Rising Bank   Repossessions
- Silicon Valley Exodus Is Real, Even Techies Can’t Afford The Bay Area Anymore
- Shedding our inhibitions about the backyard shed
- The Allure of a Well-Designed Carport

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Friday, May 22, 2015

FRIDAY - WHERE THE DEER & ANTELOPE PLAY


- How to Add a Backyard Shed for Storage or Living

- Consumer Information: Beware Rental Listing Scams
- The Urban Housing Crunch Costs the U.S. Economy About $1.6 Trillion a Year
- Drought: The psychology of why some people aren't saving water
- Minimum Wage in U.S. Cities Not Enough to Afford Rent, Report Says
- Freddie Mac: Rising rents aren’t pushing residents to homeownership
- Design Workshop: Is an In-Law Unit Right for Your Property?

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Friday, May 15, 2015

FRIDAY - KEEPING IT CASUAL


- Your Guide to Common Light Fixtures — and How to Use Them

- Housing affordability at forefront of CA REALTOR® concerns
- Real Estate Investing Opportunities in Assisted Living
- The homebuying season is here: Six things to know this spring
- More Millennials Renting, But Just As Many Want To Own
- Signs Indicate More Wage Growth is Coming, But It Can Still Be Tough to Accurately Predict
- 10 Designs Bring Theatrical Drama to the Garden

Enjoy!

Friday, May 8, 2015

FRIDAY - TARRAGON WITH THE WIND.

(Dedicated to CW)
- 11 Essential Herbs for Your Edible Garden
- As Housing Market Improves, Investors Shift to Multifamily Investments

- Seller's market: Bay Area real estate deal-making accelerates
- Housing market hot, but there will be pullback: Redfin CEO
- The trailer parks of Silicon Valley
- Apple on Silicon Valley leasing spree as deals bubble up on bevy of buildings
- Let's Walk Through the Latest Door Trends

Enjoy!

Friday, May 1, 2015

FRIDAY - LEMONADE STAND DAYS ARE COMING


To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist
- California's Hot 5: The Fastest-Moving Housing Markets

- Rent Will Remain Too High for the Foreseeable Future
- Why California faces 'lost generation' of home buyers
- Silicon Valley Tech Geeks’ Newest Neighbor? The Urban Farmer
- Los Gatos-Saratoga: Assessor's assessment: Silicon Valley market booming
17 Outstanding Outdoor Rooms

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Friday, April 24, 2015

FRIDAY - TIME TO GO WILDFLOWER PICKING

- Building Permits: The Final Inspection
- California Pending Sales Increase in March
- Sellers Still Rule in Bay Area; Gaining Power in Denver, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth
- Farming And Tech: Two Sides Of California Converging To Bring More To The Table
- New-Home Prices Are on Fire
- The Geography of Well-Being

- If You Want to Buy a Home, Here’s What You Need to Do Now
13 Extra-Cool Things to Do With a Backyard

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Friday, April 17, 2015

FRIDAY - A WEEK WELL SPENT



- Ask an Expert: What Is Your Ultimate Space-Saving Trick?
- House-hunting? Hurry. Homes in California are moving faster
- Analysts Still Hold High Hopes for Housing Recovery in 2015
- Home Buyers Should Do Their Homework When Shopping for a Mortgage
- Think Bay Area Rent Is High? Rents Are Rising Everywhere Faster Than Inflation, Experts Say It’s Going To Get Worse
- Bay Area residents slam plan to phase out high-polluting fireplaces
- 10 Ideas for a Creative, Water-Conscious Yard

Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2015

FRIDAY - GOLDEN HOUR


Building Permits: What to Know About Green Building and Energy Codes
The Compromises Millennials Make to Be Homeowners
Report Finds Homebuying Pays Off Fast
Why the math on homeownership is not motivating renters
Bay Area fireplace phase-out could cost Sonoma County (Santa Clara County, too) residents thousands of dollars 
The strongest and weakest housing markets of 2015
How to Grow Your Own Sweet Summer Crops

Enjoy!



Friday, April 3, 2015

FRIDAY - IT'S ALL GOOD, REALLY.



- Easy Green: Big and Small Ways to Be More Water-Wise at Home
- Baby boomers, flush with stock gains, drive record vacation home sales
- New Homes Increasingly Offer Efficiency, Sustainable Features
- Bay Area Is Almost Rock-Bottom in U.S. for Housing Creation
- Priced out: New housing froth discourages buyers
- HUD’s Castro: We want alternatives to traditional credit scoring 
- 15 Great Ideas for a Lawn-Free Yard

Enjoy!