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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Growth in Spring Home Prices Leads to Sizable Drop in California Housing Affordability - The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in second-quarter 2015 fell to 30 percent from the 34 percent recorded in the first quarter of 2015 and flat from the 30 percent in the second quarter a year ago, according to C.A.R.’s Traditional Housing Affordability Index (HAI). California’s housing affordability index hit a peak of 56 percent in the second quarter of 2012.


Shifting Trends in Real Estate Investments - Buyers looking to purchase homes to live in have rushed the market, while many of those investors wait on the sidelines. "As housing transitions from an investor-driven, cash-is-king market to one more dependent on traditional buyers, sales volume has been increasing over the last few months and is on track in 2015 to hit the highest level we’ve seen since 2006,” says RealtyTrac vice president Daren Blomquist.

Allen Matkins/UCLA survey reveals what developers think of the Silicon Valley real estate market - 
Silicon Valley developers remained optimistic for all product types — office, industrial and multifamily, the survey found. It takes the pulse of developers and capital partners on their sentiments for the coming three years in key California markets, including San Francisco and Silicon Valley. (Three years is about how long it takes to get a project from conception to construction.)

Study: Property values increase in areas where Trader Joe's locates - RealtyTrac looked at home values, appreciation, and property taxes in U.S. zip codes with a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe’s to determine the best combination of food and shelter when it comes to these two iconic grocery store chains with cult followings. The finding show that homeowners near a Trader Joe’s have experienced better home value appreciation since their purchase, but also pay higher property taxes on average. Homeowners near a Trader Joe’s have seen an average 40 percent increase in home value since they purchased, compared to 34 percent appreciation for homeowners near a Whole Foods.

Gap Between Appraiser and Homeowner Perceptions Doubled in July - Appraiser opinions of home values were 2.33 percent lower than homeowner estimates in July, according to Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index (HPPI). The gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions of value in July was nearly double the gap between these values in May.

10 Gorgeous Courtyards From Mod to Moroccan - Some have pools or fountains; some are awash only with greenery. These courtyards run the gamut of styles but have alluring looks in common. Some of my favorites:



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