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

Enjoy!



Homeowners caught in affordability squeeze, are staying put, REALTOR® survey finds - Even with rising home prices over the past few years, many homeowners who have considered selling are deciding not to because they are caught in an affordability squeeze that is compounded by a lack of inventory, according to findings from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2015 Survey of California Homeowners.”

Bay Area adds 24,700 jobs in July - Santa Clara County hit its highest job totals in 14 years and the East Bay set a record for total jobs as the Bay Area enjoyed another powerful employment surge in July. The region added 24,700 jobs during the month, fueled by a tech sector that produced nearly one-third of the job gains, according to a report from the state's Employment Development Department released Friday.

A Map of Gentrification in the Bay Area - UC Berkeley researchers assembled data on more than 2,000 census tracts in the region — including everything from property prices and rents to density of low-income households to migration patterns — to try to create a new portrait of gentrification and displacement dynamics. The result, released earlier this week under the auspices of UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project is the interactive map above — available with lots of supplementary data and case studies at the project’s website.

Finally, Some Good News About the California Drought - Before the impossible San Francisco real estate market, Silicon Valley and the drought, California was known for something a little sweeter: wine. With the drought bringing less water to fields, vintners are thrilled to say that wine grape quality has never been better. In fact, the 2014 wine grape harvest produced one of the best vintages this decade, according to the Wine Institute. Plants and fruits are actually thriving in the "deficit irrigation" (reduced H2O) environment.

Renting Less Affordable than Ever Before - In Denver and four California metros, both renters and buyers can expect to pay more of their income towards either rent or mortgage payments than in pre-bubble years. In hot San Jose, renters and buyers should each plan to put about 42 percent of their incomes towards housing.

Photo Flip: 77 Front Doors to Welcome You Home - Crossing the threshold is an event with these doors in a gamut of styles. Some of my favorites:





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