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

Enjoy!


Facebook commits $20 million for affordable housing, other assistance - Facebook, like other Silicon Valley tech firms, has a complicated relationship with low-income residents who fear job growth sparked by the tech industry is driving up housing prices and rents. Now, the Menlo Park tech firm wants to friend some of its most vocal critics by committing $20 million over five years for affordable housing, job training and assistance for tenants at risk of losing their homes.

Home Price Report Shows Prices Up 6.7 Percent in October - Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 6.7 percent year over year in October 2016 compared with October 2015 and increased 1.1 percent month over month in October 2016 compared with September 2016, according to the CoreLogic HPI.

Experts: Short-Term Home Rentals Have Little to No Impact on Housing Affordability - Nearly all housing experts surveyed last month in Zillow's quarterly survey agreed short-term home rentals like those offered on Airbnb® and HomeAway® do not have a meaningful and large impact on housing affordability, according to the latest Zillow® Home Price Expectations (ZHPE) Survey.

FHA Loan Limits to Rise in 2017 - The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced the agency's new schedule of loan limits, and due to an increase in housing prices, most areas in the country will see a slight increase in loan limits in 2017. These loan limits are effective for case numbers assigned on or after Jan. 1, 2017, and will remain in effect through the end of the year.

How California can ease housing crunch - Affordable housing is a pressing issue for many California families. Although low incomes and insufficient federal subsidies are somewhat to blame, so is the inadequate level of new housing construction. This partly results from local opposition to new construction, especially when it increases density. State government could address the problem by enhancing and enforcing current laws, increasing participation in the planning process and shifting some planning decisions to regional or state levels.

Landscape Lighting That Doesn’t Wake the Birds - You can reduce light pollution in your landscape with these 6 downlighting and dark sky practices. Some of my faves:

Yard & Rear Facade

LED Outdoor Lighting

Dallington Terrace

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