Friday, December 30, 2016

FRIDAY - rushing till the end

Hampstead Small Garden

Ah, the last entry of 2016 before we rush off into the new year. The whoosh sound of the new year is quite thrilling. Naturally, I look forward to serving your needs and helping you figure out some of those twist and turns for your real estate milestones. Onward and upward. Always. 

Enjoy the articles!

Friday, December 23, 2016

FRIDAY - never tired of the weekend

Junior League Holiday Home Tour
Photo by Janet Paik - Discover contemporary dining room design inspiration

Are you eager to get out of the office and start your holiday weekend? Me too. You've done an excellent job getting through this week, so go! Celebrate the holidaze with your loved ones. And maybe try not to check the email so much?

As usual, here are a few reads that I think you'll want to check out.


Friday, December 16, 2016

FRIDAY - staying cozy

Seaholm Condo, Austin Texas

- Fed Raises Rates for First Time in 2016
- Interest Rate Hike No Surprise and Will Be Easily Digested, Real Estate Pros Say
- First-Time Homebuyers Face Worsening Starter-Home Shortage
- Smile! San Jose, Nation's Largest City Without Fluoride, Finally Gets the Natural Mineral
- Home Truths: How the presidential election is affecting the Bay Area housing market
- 12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better


Friday, December 9, 2016

FRIDAY - sunsets never get old

Santa Monica - Mediterranean

- Facebook commits $20 million for affordable housing, other assistance
- Home Price Report Shows Prices Up 6.7 Percent in October
- Experts: Short-Term Home Rentals Have Little to No Impact on Housing Affordability
- FHA Loan Limits to Rise in 2017
- How California can ease housing crunch
- Landscape Lighting That Doesn’t Wake the Birds


Friday, December 2, 2016

FRIDAY - pulse check

- Post-Election Economy to Result in Higher Mortgage Rates
- S&P Corelogic Case-Shiller Index Reaches New High
- Listing your home in spring is great but listing in winter pays off, too
- Early 2017 is time to trade up
- Mountain View's 180: Increase housing stock by half
- Houzz Tour: Designer Divides and Conquers a Big, Open Loft


Friday, November 25, 2016

FRIDAY - zonked out

I take my days off pretty seriously. So I'll be spending today recovering from massive meals by opting outside. Whatever you end up doing today – enjoy it. I'll see you back at the office on Monday.

"Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love."
- David Levithan

Friday, November 18, 2016

FRIDAY - cruising into the weekend

Catalina Exterior Renderings

- Silicon Valley housing market an ‘outlier,’ according to economist
- 5 big real-estate trends to watch in 2017
- Connection between VC investment and housing prices in Silicon Valley
- How a Trump presidency will affect 15 industries
- 9 Global Events That May Change YOUR Real Estate Market
- Tricks to Hide Light Switches, Outlets and Toilet Roll Holders


Friday, November 11, 2016

FRIDAY - hallelujah

Greenpoint Townhouse

- Trump victory creates great divide among housing experts
- It takes two -- million dollars, that is
- Bay Area Voters Pass Housing Relief Measures
- Bay Area voters supporting BART renovation and extension to downtown San Jose
- Trending Now: 15 Dream Closets to Admire


Friday, November 4, 2016

FRIDAY - make space for more

Harvey Jones - Linear Kitchens

- Most Home Buyers Keep Their Options Open
- More than 75 percent of Millennials Have Made Compromises to Find Affordable Housing
- Shocking new studies: Silicon Valley’s ‘megacommute’ even worse than L.A.
- Ahead of election, cannabis investors watch, wait
- Real estate doesn’t make an economy
- Entry Refresh: 7 Bright Ideas for Front Porch Lighting


Friday, October 28, 2016

FRIDAY - liquid water droplets falling from the atmosphere

Small storage - Estelle 120

- At long last, Bay Area rental market cooling
- Mortgage rates dive, taking the benchmark below 3.5%
- New Home Sales Rise in September
- Google Fiber Project Halted In San Jose
- Half of US Homebuyers Are Millennials, Study Finds
- 8 Details That Sharpen Up Your Room Design


Friday, October 21, 2016

FRIDAY - life's a rollercoaster


- Five signs you're ready to buy your first home
- 10 priciest metros where buyers can score the most down payment help
- Immigrants are closing gap in homeownership
- A surprisingly high number of first-timers now buying homes
- California home sales register nominal annual increase in September
- 12 Sleek Designs for Contemporary Garden Gates


Friday, October 14, 2016

FRIDAY - getting my rain dance shoes on

Potager or traditional vegetable garden

- Bay Area residents leveraging sky-high home prices to take out record loan amounts from credit unions
Dog owners, rejoice: Downtown San Jose welcomes park for pooches
California Housing: 40 Years Of Crisis And Counting
Real estate investors on U.S. coasts target cheap, out-of-state markets
Rent rebels: these people are getting creative to avoid ridiculous Bay Area rent
Tile Workbook: New Looks With Classic Subways


Friday, October 7, 2016

FRIDAY - hymn to the weekend


Mark Your Calendars; Satur-YAY 10/8/2016! Join Me!
- C.A.R. Releases Its 2017 California Housing Market Forecast
- Investors Eye More Real Estate Assets
- San Jose Shoppers Brace For Sales Tax Increase
- The Apple Effect: After Spaceship Campus Lands, Will Silicon Valley Prices Soar?
- How to Future-Proof Your Family Bathroom


Friday, September 30, 2016

FRIDAY - pumpkin spice all the things

Detroit Lakes Residence

Mark Your Calendars; Satur-YAY 10/8/2016! Join Me!
- California eases restrictions on ‘granny units’
- Bay Area wages soaring — but still can’t keep up with housing prices
- More indications that Bay Area homeowners are cashing in on high prices
- Virgin Hotels Checks-In to Silicon Valley
- 30 Furniture-to-Vanity Conversions You’ve Got to See


Friday, September 23, 2016

FRIDAY - s'mores supper imminent

LEED Platinum Residence "House for an Artist"

Mark Your Calendars; Satur-YAY 10/8/2016! Join Me!
- Remodeling Your Kitchen in Stages: Planning and Design
- 5 Reasons home sellers are sitting on the fence
- In the Bay Area housing market, it appears to be a game of cat and mouse.
- In the Heart of Silicon Valley, They Don’t Want New Jobs
- State court rejects bid to limit Ellis Act evictions
- 6 Nurseries That Wow With Bold Graphic Style


Friday, September 16, 2016

FRIDAY - better when you're bold

Hill Country Residence

Mark Your Calendars; Satur-YAY 10/8/2016! Join Me!
- 8 Ways to Make Your Remodel Last
- Coldwell Banker lists most expensive, affordable real estate markets in the U.S.
- It’s Eichlers vs. McMansions in growing Bay Area battle
- Home Appraisals Continue to Fall Below Owner Perceptions
- A Designer’s Top 10 Tips for Increasing Home Value


Thursday, September 8, 2016

FRIDAY - thinking happy thoughts

Upper Hay Lake

- 16 Stylish Built-In Sleeping Areas for Dogs
- What to Consider When You Finance a Home
- 9 Home-Buying Myths You Need to Stop Believing Immediately
- Homebuyers getting more anxious about affordability
- Sales of million dollar homes swoon
- Silicon Valley architecture: Apple, Google, Facebook lead the way
- 20 Top New Entries to Welcome You Home


Friday, September 2, 2016

FRIDAY - off to meet the weekend

My Houzz: An Urban Oasis in a Converted Studio Loft

- 16 Smart Ideas for Small Homes From People Who’ve Been There
- San Francisco's out-of-control housing market might start looking more 'normal' by the end of the year
- Silicon Valley homeowners earned enough to buy a Rolls Royce in the last 30 years
- Bay Area rents plateauing, studies confirm
- Average Fixer-Upper Home Lists for 8 Percent Discount; Buyers Save Only $11,000 For Renovations
- A Home Seller's Guide to Pocket Listings
- Celebrate the Rectangle With This Very Contemporary Tile Pattern


Friday, August 26, 2016

FRIDAY - on the weekend chase

Fair Haven

- 10 Easy Fixes for That Nearly Perfect House You Want to Buy
- In recovering housing market, starter homes remain elusive
- What's your neighborhood score for aging in place?
-  Buzzwords That Bump Up a Sales Price
- 'Dual Agency' Transactions Under Scrutiny in California Court Case
- Hacker houses are proliferating in the Bay Area 
- 20 Ways to Store and Style Your Bike Inside

Friday, August 19, 2016

FRIDAY - got that full moon skip in my step

Urban Rooftop

- 7 Exterior Makeovers Show How Details Matter
- A Palo Alto Planning Commissioner Leaves Town—and Starts a Furor
- Affordability Crunch Puts Dent in California Home Sales, Price
- Bye-Bye, Empty Nests: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise
- Feds expand hunt for laundered money to pricey Bay Area homes
- Bill to Limit Police Property Seizures Sails Through California Assembly
- 10 Ways to Revamp Your Garden Shed


Friday, August 12, 2016

FRIDAY - let's stay in

Bathroom Renovation

How People Upgrade Their Main Bathrooms, and How Much They Spend

- How People Upgrade Their Main Bathrooms, and How Much They Spend
- Single Family Homes in the South Bay under $600k
- Make your home more appealing to young buyers
- In recovering housing market, starter homes remain elusive
- Homes in wealthier neighborhoods tend to have more bugs
- What the Google/LinkedIn land swap means to real estate
- 8 Ways to Remodel Your Indoor Kitchen to Get an Outdoor Vibe


Friday, August 5, 2016

FRIDAY - planet gazing after sunset

Truro Cape Cod

- To-Dos: Your August Home Checklist
- Most Home Sellers Think Now is a Good Time to Sell
- Landlord Nation: Boomers’ New Retirement Plan Is Millennials Paying Rent
- The plight of the modern-day renter
- U.S. Treasury Expands All Cash Buyer Rule to California
- Silicon Valley’s Latest Innovation: Next-Level Maternity and Family Benefits
- Small, Slim and Super: Compact Kitchen Islands That Offer Big Function  


Friday, July 29, 2016

FRIDAY - not giving up yet

Garage Update on Cavender

- Garage Cleaning Tips for the Overwhelmed
- Bay Area rents: still rising, but starting to level off
- Facebook’s Answer to Silicon Valley Housing Crunch: Build Apartments
- U.S. Homeowners Will Spend $321 Billion on Remodeling and Repairs This Year
- Bay Area's best up-and-coming neighborhoods to invest in
- Verizon to gain Yahoo’s Silicon Valley real estate
- 3 White Kitchens, 3 Different Styles


Friday, July 22, 2016

FRIDAY - hot dogs, cool nights

Dining & Living room

- A Cozy Dublin Condo Full of Smart Storage Ideas
- 10 ways homebuyers can improve credit scores
- NAR-Backed Condo Legislation Passes U.S. Senate, Offers Relief for Homebuyers
- Who’s leaving California? Not who you think
- Do jobs numbers indicate the strength of California's economy?
- California property taxes show sharp gains, especially in Bay Area
- 14 To-Dos to Make the Most of Summer


Friday, July 15, 2016

FRIDAY - highs and lows

JD Garden, Hillsborough

- Maximize Harvests With Square-Foot Gardening
- Time to Think About Refinancing Your Mortgage?
- Can Local Governments Impede Housing Markets?
- The Housing Market Is Waving a Red Flag
- Homes Within Walking Distance of Outdoor Music Venues Command Higher Premium
- Bay Area Rent Prices Drop, Downward Trend Could Continue: Report
- Kitchen Confidential: A Guide to 6 Island Styles


Thursday, July 7, 2016

FRIDAY - still smitten with the longer hours

Mark Feehily Collaboration

- The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating a Small Bedroom
- Mortgage refinances jump 21 percent on near record low rates
- How to Address California’s Housing Affordability Crisis
- Foreign Interest in U.S. Homes Cools
- Silicon Valley Investors Are Finally Getting Marijuana Religion
- The Joy of a Balcony: 16 Ideas for Your Little Slice of the Sky


Friday, July 1, 2016

FRIDAY - exploring the edge of summer

Green Hills

- 10 Principles of Organizing That Work in Every Room
- Homes with White Kitchens Sell for Less than Homes with Yellow Kitchens
- Palo Alto OKs plan that could save mobile home park through eminent domain purchase
- Bascom Group Closes 192-Unit Bay Area Apartment Community in Fremont, California
- Renters are paying more for less space
- 25 Big Ideas for Smaller Patios


Friday, June 24, 2016

FRIDAY - checking out the daytime moon

Laurel Way

The Simple Beauty of a Backyard Rock Garden

- The Simple Beauty of a Backyard Rock Garden
- C.A.R. analysis finds presidential elections have little impact on California housing market
- People Are Still Fleeing the Bay Area—But The Places They’re Moving to Have Changed
- Bay Area homes: prices up, sales down from 2015
- Bay Area consumers alerted to outbreak of hackers stealing mortgage funds
- Brexit Effect On US Real Estate: Why Millennials May Be Priced Out Of Some Markets
- 13 Decorating Tricks for a More Pleasurable Home Office


Friday, June 17, 2016

FRIDAY - going to play outside

2015 Parade of Homes

- 7 Steps to Stellar Shower Design
- Does the middle class life cost more than it used to?
- In Silicon Valley Suburbs, Calls to Limit the Soaring Rents
- 5 things to know about Governor Brown’s proposed housing plan
- Is Airbnb making your rent go up?
- Palo Alto: Housing Authority could try to use eminent domain to retain mobile home park
- Toll Brothers buys big Fremont site near BART, Tesla for 1,000-unit village
- 10 Ways to Embrace a Nook


Friday, June 10, 2016

FRIDAY - taking the long way home

East-West House

- How Long Is Your Contractor on the Hook?
- Home price appreciation to finally slow down?
- Bay Area Housing Market Slowing Down, Says Report
- Baby Boomers in Position to Control Market’s Direction
- Homeownership is valued, but remains expensive and hard to attain, report says
- The Battle for Fair Housing in the Bay Area: An Interview With Housing Activist Tony Roshan Samara
- 8 Ways to Grow More Plants in Small Spaces


Friday, June 3, 2016

FRIDAY - time to shine

Teddy Edwards Brooklands

- Kitchen Confidential: 8 Ways to Prep for Resale
- High Rents May Force Buyers Into the Market
- Where’s Housing Headed? A Google City, Maybe
- Homebuyers Worry Most About Cost and Competition in Latest Redfin Survey
- For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds
- The Newlyweds’ Guide to Buying a Home
- 6 Alternative Flooring Ideas to Kick Up Your Style    


Friday, May 27, 2016

FRIDAY - sun bleached


- 15 Dramatic Fireplace Transformations
- California REALTORS' applaud Gov. Brown's 'build by right' housing proposal
- Moving out of the Bay Area?
- Million-dollar homes: the new norm in Bay Area
- Amazon adds 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tracy
- Better Ways to Use Your Dining Room


Friday, May 20, 2016

FRIDAY - running up to the sunrise

Avon Home

- Kitchen Confidential: How to Measure Your Cabinets
- It's Not Too Late to Register to Vote!
- Realtors back flood-insurance bill
- San Jose housing prices: County's median hits $1 million for first time
- Dick Spotswood: Focus on jobs to solve state’s housing problem
- How to Raise Your Credit Score, Fast
- 12 Ways to Stretch Your Space


Friday, May 13, 2016

FRIDAY - hanging out in the front yard

Strand House

- How to Hide Your Home's Mechanics
- Bay Area homes: more affordable this quarter than last
- REAL ESTATE: How jobs help on housing front
- Palo Alto office, condos proposal would double footprint
- Where is California’s housing inventory?
- California employers urging legislative action on workforce funding


Friday, May 6, 2016

FRIDAY - ready for a surprise

Design Plans

- What a Landscape Architect Wants You to Know About What They Do
- 'Double agent?' A rift over how real estate is bought and sold reaches the California Supreme Court
- 5 things about California's high housing costs
- Go West to Find the Hottest Real Estate Markets
- Tesla adds an important 1 million sq-ft of space near the Fremont Factory
- East Palo Alto: Landlords can increase rent by 2.4% starting July 1


Friday, April 29, 2016

FRIDAY - acting like summer, walking like rain


- 13 Design-Friendly Storage Solutions for the Bathroom
- Skills Gap Is Hurting America’s Housing Market
- New Study Examines Impact of Parental Money on Millennial Home Buying
- Boston Properties buys big Santa Clara site in changing neighborhood
- RANKED: The 15 most expensive cities in the world for renters
- Where Millennials and the Working Class Can No Longer Afford to Live
- How to Make Your Kitchen a Sociable Space


Friday, April 22, 2016

FRIDAY - you've got the butterflies all tied up

Roundhouse Blue Kitchens

- 10 Storage Solutions for Kitchens With Character
- Home prices see highest increase since 2007
- Survey Finds Investors Shifting to Niche Properties
- San Jose City Council Lowers Rent Control Cap to 5 Percent
- Fast and fresh: Casual dining scene changing quickly in Bay Area
- Bay Area rents still rising, just not as quickly as before
- 9 Ideas for Brick That Break the Mold


Friday, April 15, 2016

FRIDAY - sumthin' sumthin'

Modern Landscape

Schedule an appointment to donate blood with the Stanford Blood Center
- 5 Ways to Use Trees to Create a Sensational Garden Space
- Menlo Park: Nonprofits double down on affordable housing
- California doesn't have enough housing, and lawmakers aren't doing much about it
- Here’s Who’s Likely to Reap the Benefits of Recreational Marijuana in California
- Ford's planned new headquarters borrow some Silicon Valley sheen
- 12 Must-Haves for Aging in Place


Friday, April 8, 2016

FRIDAY - rise and shine

Pacific Palisades

Schedule an appointment to donate blood with the Stanford Blood Center
- To-Dos: Your April Home Checklist
- Does Increase in Home Renovation Plans Suggest People Unwilling To Move?
- Why Aren’t New Homes Going Up That Millennials Can Afford?
- California's economy expected to outpace that of U.S. this year
- Bay Area rent-control fight heats up
- Remake Your Backyard Into a Mini Farm


Friday, April 1, 2016

FRIDAY - playing in the dirt

Schedule an appointment to donate blood with the Stanford Blood Center
- What to Know About Adding a Deck
- Rising construction costs squeeze housing supply
- The Apple effect: Cupertino retail project for sale at $1,276 per square foot
- Palo Alto, Atherton crack top 10 priciest ZIP codes in the U.S.
- In San Francisco, Dedicated Locals and Tech Patrons Are Fueling an Art World Resurgence
- 10 Creative Ways to Establish a Kitchen Focal Point


Friday, March 25, 2016

FRIDAY - frolicking into the weekend

Schedule an appointment to donate blood with the Stanford Blood Center
- Scammers Phish for Mortgage Closing Costs
- South Bay School District House Hunting for Teachers
- Could More Student Housing Relax All Bay Area Rents?
- Palo Alto residents who earn up to $250,000 a year to qualify for SUBSIDIZED housing in new affordable housing plan as teachers, cops and janitors are forced out of the city
- 12 Built-In Storage Solutions for Small Spaces


Friday, March 18, 2016

FRIDAY - cannonball into the weekend

- Fed leaves interest rates unchanged, sees only two hikes in 2016
- High prices a drag on California's housing market
- Report Reveals if It's Better to Own Near Target or Walmart
- Lauded private school plans second Silicon Valley location
- Google buying eight buildings from NetApp in Sunnyvale
- Easy-Living Features That Add Comfort to Your Kitchen


Friday, March 11, 2016

FRIDAY - early to rise

- New Survey Shows Real Estate Boom Threat to Nonprofits Across Bay Area
- Finally, some good news about the Silicon Valley housing crisis
- The Evolving American Household: Growth in Multigenerational Living
- If a real estate ad says ‘vertical garden,’ it’s probably in SF
- 11-story hotel planned for Santana Row area
- How to Make Your Living Room More Inviting


Friday, March 4, 2016

FRIDAY - trying to outrun the rain

- 10 Tips for Beginning Gardeners
- Case Shiller Housing Report: Market Strength is in the Numbers
- Study Reveals Boomer Generation Housing Preferences
- One in Four Homebuyers Cites High Rent as Reason for Buying
- Data Reveals Best Window to Sell Homes Faster and for the Highest Price
- Real estate: Bay Area flippers get more bang for their buck
- Your First Home: Beautiful Basics and Multitaskers for Every Room


Friday, February 26, 2016

FRIDAY - woke up singing

- How to Visually Lift a Low Ceiling Without Renovating
- Schedule an appointment to donate blood with the Stanford Blood Center
- How Gentrification Is Forcing Californians Out Of Their Communities
- No sign of a slowdown: The most and least affordable Bay Area cities for home owners and renters
- Sales at a glance: an East Palo Alto million-dollar home
- Megadeal for affordable housing in East Palo Alto closes; all eyes on new owner's next move
- Architectural Details Make All the Difference


Friday, February 19, 2016

FRIDAY - ain't no sunshine

- 8 Surefire Vegetables and Herbs for Beginning Urban Gardeners
- Building Permits, Housing Starts Rise in January
- Investors with Cash Edging Out First-Time Home Buyers
- Low Down Payment Loans Are Back
- Bay Area home sales: Strongest January in three years
- Bay Area housing: What $635,000 median price really will buy you
- Kitchen Planning: How to Make Your Galley Work Better


Friday, February 12, 2016

FRIDAY - let the candles burn

- 13 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tackling a Renovation
- Is a home the new luxury item?
- Homeowners Reap Bigger Savings on Car Insurance
- Buying Beats Renting in Less Than Two Years
- Bay Area housing squeeze: Millennials hurt the worst
- El Camino Hospital buys 16 acres in south San Jose for new hospital facility
- 11 Ways to Create a Beautifully Styled Bookcase


Friday, February 5, 2016

FRIDAY - curious asides

- Bay Area real estate: Coldwell Banker exec predicts upbeat 2016 market
- Home Equity Increases in 2015
- Cupertino group submits signatures for growth-control measure, with sights on Vallco redevelopment
- Yelp not moving into Palo Alto's College Terrace Centre
- Photo Flip: 80 Stairways to Style Heaven


Friday, January 29, 2016

FRIDAY - waiting games

- What If Tech's Biggest Diversity Problem Is Silicon Valley Itself?
- Americans buying bigger, pricier homes
- From California to Florida, mansion prices are falling across US
- Outlook for commercial real estate growth through 2018 looks bright
- Campus considers housing options for additional students entering next year
- 10 Ideas for a Lighter, Brighter Living Room


Friday, January 22, 2016

FRIDAY - stalking the planetary alignment

- First-Time Buyers: How Much Down Payment Do You Really Need These Days?
- Housing Affordability Constrains
- The 3 things that will kill your real estate deal
- Bay Area rents: up another 10 percent in 2015
- Home Remodeling Activity Looking to Gain Steam
- 10 Popular Design Trends to Carry Into the New Year