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!

Housing affordability at forefront of CA REALTOR® concerns - California's housing affordability is at the forefront of REALTOR® concerns, and CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® CEO Joel Singer recently commented at an event in Sacramento that for many Californians, housing affordability has become a personal issue. According to the trade association, home buyers needed to earn a minimum annual income of $87,700 to qualify for the purchase of a $442,430 statewide median-priced, existing single-family home in the first quarter of 2015.

Real Estate Investing Opportunities in Assisted Living - The aging of one of the nation’s largest generations – the baby boomers – is a potential investment opportunity that has been on the radar of astute real estate investors for years.


The homebuying season is here: Six things to know this spring - Eager to buy your first home this spring? Already own, but want to trade up? Be warned: there'll be plenty of competition. Bidding wars have broken out in hot real-estate markets like the Bay Area, where there aren't enough houses to meet demand. The lack of supply is a key reason home sales nationwide have yet to return to healthy levels following the housing collapse in 2008.

More Millennials Renting, But Just As Many Want To Own - The findings of an Urban Land Institute-commissioned survey of Americans of age 19 to 36 reveal that more millennials are renting now than were five years ago, but most of them still aspire to live in single-family, detached homes in the near future. Problematically, homeownership among Americans 35 and younger registered 34.6 percent in the first quarter, down markedly from the peak of 43.6 percent in the second quarter of 2004. The relative dearth of home purchases by first-time and entry-level buyers has kept the home-construction rebound subdued.


Signs Indicate More Wage Growth is Coming, But It Can Still Be Tough to Accurately Predict - The importance of wage growth to the economy can’t be overstated, as household income drives consumer spending, which in turn drives the bulk of economic activity. But while the unemployment rate has fallen steadily in the last five years, wage growth has remained steady during that period. But many businesses say they intend to raise wages, which is an indication that greater wage growth is on the horizon. That being said, factors such as slack in the labor market, bargaining power, worker productivity, inflation, and many other variables and factors, make wage growth impossible to accurately forecast.

10 Designs Bring Theatrical Drama to the Garden - See plants, statues and lighting that can bring the drama of the stage to your outdoor space. Some of my favorites:



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