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

Enjoy!



What If Tech's Biggest Diversity Problem Is Silicon Valley Itself? - Mountain View, which houses the bulk of Google’s operations, has a population that is 61 percent white, 21 percent Hispanic and just 2 percent black, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It also has a median home price of $1.4 million, according to Zillow. The situation is similar in other municipalities where top tech companies reside, including Cupertino, California, for Apple; Menlo Park, California, for Facebook; San Francisco for Twitter and Seattle for Amazon.

Americans buying bigger, pricier homes - The size of new homes rose last year with the average size climbing to about 2,720 square feet in 2015, up from about 2,660 square feet the previous year, according to data released by the National Association of Home Builders. Almost half of the homes started last year had four or more bedrooms, and one out of four had garages with room for three or more cars. Clearly Americans' love of space remains strong, but this preference is making new homes less affordable for a bigger swath of buyers.

From California to Florida, mansion prices are falling across US - The world's economic woes from China to Russia to South America are damping sales in the high-end real estate market. Haywire overseas stock markets and dropping currency values caused in part by plummeting oil prices are dulling demand for mansions, penthouses and winter escapes.

Outlook for commercial real estate growth through 2018 looks bright - Despite higher interest rates and slower economic growth, confidence on the part of developers indicates a positive outlook for commercial real estate growth through 2018, according to a survey released Wednesday by UCLA economists.

Campus considers housing options for additional students entering next year - With the university preparing to take in 6,500 additional students next year and UC Berkeley itself expecting 750 new students, the campus is looking at options to house its share.

10 Ideas for a Lighter, Brighter Living Room - Give your space a brightening boost all year round by making the most of every bit of daylight. Some of my favorites:



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