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

Enjoy!


Mountain View's minimum wage headed to $15 by 2018 - In a 5-2 vote, the council agreed to hike the city's minimum wage in phases. It's currently set at $10.30 per hour, but will rise according to the following schedule....

When Apple Employees Move In, Housing Prices Go Up - In 2010, the difference between the price of the median Apple worker’s home and the median San Franciscan’s home was about $150,000 in 2010. This year, it is close to $400,000. The Journal only studied this phenomenon for Apple employees because running the same analysis for other companies was too resource-intensive. Apple’s employees obviously aren’t singlehandedly responsible for these changes, but they are emblematic of other tech companies’ workers’ presence in the city.

Fed again delays interest rate hike - In a statement released Wednesday by the Fed, the FOMC members said that in an effort to “support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4% target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate.”

Delivering On The Promise Of Connected Homes - In the span of a few short years, connected devices have entered the homes of millions of Americans, and are now poised for a new wave of growth. In this survey, approximately 2,000 U.S. households were asked for their views on the connected home, revealing distinct customer segments and key issues that need to be tackled in order to unlock growth.

Housing Will Still Expand Despite Economic Weakness - Hhow is the housing market playing out and what is the outlook?  In short there is plenty of pent-up housing demand to keep the positive momentum rolling. Home sales, new construction, and home prices have all been rising and will continue to rise. In fact, it will be housing market gains that will enable the broad U.S. economy to avoid a recession.


10 Reasons to Embrace White Walls - Do they strike you as even more boring than watching white paint dry? Consider what makes them the darling of so many. Some of my favorites:



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