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

Enjoy!

Bay Area real estate: Busiest summer since downturn - Among the leaders in the sales flurry were Contra Costa County with a 15.1 percent jump over July 2014, Alameda County with a 13.7 percent year-over-year leap, and Santa Clara County with an 8.6 percent increase. For the two East Bay counties, the July sales were the busiest since 2005, while Santa Clara sales represented a six-year high.

Boomerang home buyers poised to return to market with a roar - Seven years after the real estate bust, many people who lost their homes have rebuilt their credit and are back in the market, which is supporting the return of America's growing ranks of "boomerang buyers." About 700,000 of the 7.3 million homeowners who went through foreclosure or short sales during the bust have the potential to get a mortgage again this year. Experts say these boomerang buyers will be an important segment of the real estate market in the coming years. It generally takes seven years for a foreclosure to drop off a credit report.

Why Won't You Be My Neighbor? - Few Americans today say they know their neighbors’ names, and far fewer report interacting with them on a daily basis. According to data from the General Social Survey, only about 20 percent of Americans spent time regularly with the people living next to them. A third said they’ve never interacted with their neighbors. That’s a significant decline from four decades ago, when a third of Americans hung out with their neighbors at least twice a week. All this means that Americans are growing farther apart and talking less with people who have different opinions.

Silicon Valley Trailer Park Set To Be Sold - Silicon Valley is home to some of the biggest tech companies in the world like Facebook and Google. Workers here earn more than the average and the neighborhood is among the richest in the country. However, with rising real estate prices, owners of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto are tempted to sell to the highest bidder. This means the more than 400 residents are in jeopardy of being asked to move out of the area.

Beyond Silicon Valley: Top emerging startup markets in the U.S. - While Silicon Valley is certainly enticing for founders and job seekers looking to get in with a startup at the ground level, savvy entrepreneurs will look beyond the obvious when making a decision about where to designate home base. There's recently been a push to bring venture capital funding and startup innovation to off-the-beaten-path destinations, such as Colorado and South Florida, where the cost of living is much more manageable than in San Fran or NYC.


10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Side Yard - Don’t overlook the possibilities for this often-forgotten space. Some of my favorites:





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