Friday, August 18, 2017

FRIDAY- cosmic kerfuffle on monday, wear shades



As someone who visits many different neighborhoods, the importance of good neighbors is often underappreciated. Good neighbors make our life in a neighborhood safer, happier and more fun. We also tend to have more peace of mind. Although we can choose our friends but not our neighbors, we must remember that we get what we give.  By fostering a healthy and respectful relationship, everybody stands to gain. So let's start creating better futures today.

- 9 Built-In Garden Benches to Relax On
- Study: The income needed to buy a home in the Bay Area has doubled in five years
- Homebuyers put less and less skin in the game, adding to the market's overall risk
- As Home Prices Keep Climbing, Here's What You Need to Know
- Multi-Million Dollar Home Sales Spiking In Santa Clara County
- Tech Firms Find New Opportunity in Emerging Hotspots
- 10 Keys to a Well-Functioning House

Extra credit reading:
- Neighborhood Etiquette

Enjoy!

Friday, August 11, 2017

FRIDAY - making breakfast for dinner




- 10 Ways to Make Weeknights Feel More Special
- Scammers Target Real Estate Buyers Through Email Schemes
- Higher Housing Prices and Tight Inventory Drag Down California Housing Affordability
- 2017 Begins with Spike in Number of Renters Shopping for Homes
- Former Sunnyvale mobile home park to become 108-unit housing project
- BART stations in Milpitas and Berryessa won’t open early after all
- Decorating Master Class: 10 Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them


Enjoy!

Friday, August 4, 2017

FRIDAY - wrapped up in daisy chains




- Dwarf Citrus Trees Offer Miniature Size With Maximum Flavor
- Homeowners Can Spend More Than $9,000 a Year on Hidden Homeownership and Maintenance Costs
- Here’s what $500,000 will get you in the Bay Area housing market
- Bay Area real estate prices between a simmer and a boil
- Report: Rents rise in San Jose for sixth straight month
- San Jose flood response: An ‘A’ in aftermath, ‘F’ in foresight
- 9 Smart Charging-Station Solutions for Decluttering Your Cables

Extra credit reading:
- Addressing California’s Greatest Real Estate Need

Enjoy!

Friday, July 28, 2017

FRIDAY - find your temple



5 Invaluable Lessons From a Landscape Architect
- Homeownership is a Sound Investment
- Bay Area real estate: Home prices leap to yet another record high
- What Silicon Valley employees are doing with their red-hot stock grants
- Here's where the Bay Area's 'best-value' neighborhoods are located, according to Trulia
- These Bay Area homes were built by Joseph Eichler to be affordable and now cost millions
- 10 Low-Maintenance, High-Fun Backyards

Enjoy!


Friday, July 21, 2017

FRIDAY - may your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears





- Could Technology Make You More Neighborly?
- Bay Area real estate: Region leads California in cost per square foot — and the tightest housing supply
- Bay Area rent increases leave wage gains in the dust
- Steph Curry did it. How do you lose money in the Bay Area real-estate market?
- The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis
- What Do Home Buyers Buy after Moving
- Sheds for Every Kind of Garden

For extra credit reading:
- Can San Jose Revitalize Local Food and Farms in Silicon Valley?
- 5 Healthcare Trends Impacting Medical Real Estate In The Bay Area
- Six Trends Poised to Reshape Homeownership Demand

Enoy!

Friday, July 14, 2017

FRIDAY - one day closer to the weekend



- 11 Foolproof Storage Solutions for Corner Kitchen Cabinets
- Bay Area property assessments hit $1.6 trillion after 7.4% rise
- Lack of affordable housing hampering Bay Area growth
- Housing woes, labor shortages might “disrupt” Bay Area economy, forecast says
- Bay Area rents: Oakland rises, San Francisco and San Jose decline — but little relief
- Facebook village? Social media giant to build 'social housing'
- Trending Now: 4 Ways to Design a Home Office

Enjoy!

Friday, July 7, 2017

FRIDAY - feeling like a golden girl



- This Under-$100 DIY Project Can Transform a Room in a Day
- And they’re off! 3 Bay Area cities snag top spots in study of fastest-moving US markets
- Real Deal: California housing market rebounds in May, but inventory remains low
- Tech Is Booming, But Lack Of Affordability Is Pushing Everyone Else Out, CRE Experts Say
- Bay Area rents see summer jump
- As real estate boom continues, what impact on the Bay Area economy?
- Peek Inside These 12 Romantic Courtyards and Walled Gardens

Enjoy!


Friday, June 30, 2017

FRIDAY - from sea to shining sea



How to Cool Down a Room
- In the Bay Area, even starter homes can cost $500,000
- Rent or Buy? 2017 Begins with Spike in Number of Renters Shopping for Homes
- Why Can’t They Build More Homes Where the Jobs Are?
- California and Bay Area housing set to get even pricier, says UCLA
- How to know when to refinance
- 10 Outdoor Updates for Summer That Won’t Break the Bank

Enjoy!


Friday, June 23, 2017

FRIDAY - making plans for my summer journey



- How to Recycle or Repurpose Your Kitchen Sink
- Google village presents San Jose with a tightrope
- Bay Area home prices keep trending up, up, up … though not everywhere
- Boomers nearing end of life may boost home cities
- Extreme heat: Tips to stay cool during warm weather
- See the Many Ways to Use Modular Shelves

Enjoy!


Friday, June 16, 2017

FRIDAY - scraps of wisdom



These Urban Art Pieces Invite Connection With People and Place
- Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invests $5 million to help teachers buy homes
- Google Invests In Modular Homes to Combat Silicon Valley Housing Crunch
- Millennials undaunted by competitive housing market
- Fannie to Loosen Mortgage Requirements
- Led By China, Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate on the Rise
- 7 Alternatives to the Painted Accent Wall

Enjoy!

Friday, June 9, 2017

FRIDAY - mobile homes to mansions and back again



- America Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday
- Silicon Valley Real Estate: Prices Up, but Sales Down
- San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek among best places to raise family
- Google in talks on possible 6M-square foot downtown San Jose office
- San Jose downtown property buyers widen footprint, spend $124 million
- Art installation adds purpose and color to San Jose park
- 21 Top Design Ideas From This Week’s Stories

Enjoy!

Friday, June 2, 2017

FRIDAY - a nice warm cup of covfefe



11 Ways to Make an Impact With Color in a Room
- Silicon Valley Realtors take homeownership concerns to the Capitol
- Bay Area Homeowners, Real Estate Agents React to Lawsuit Over Zillow Estimates
- Report: Cheaper to buy than rent in Bay Area
- Bay Area jobs-housing rebalance needs government upgrade: builder group
- Butler: How the village system is helping seniors
- Make an Entrance With a Dramatic Front Door

Enjoy!

Friday, May 26, 2017

FRIDAY - dance everything




- Photo Flip: 50 Cool Ideas for Outdoor Showers
- 130 bills proposed in Sacramento to address housing crisis
- Bay Area home prices reach record highs, but sales tumble
- San Jose City Council approves Greyhound condo towers
- San Jose Considers Outlawing Section 8 Discrimination
- 10 Great Ideas for What Lies Beneath (the Stairs)

Enjoy!


Friday, May 19, 2017

FRIDAY - until the day was gone




- A Small Fixer-Upper Offers a Guide for Flippers
- San Jose City Council declines to enact mobile home park closure policy
- Why Stanford is buying apartments in Los Altos
- California housing market downshifts in April
- California housing affordability inches up in first quarter
- Op-ed: Homeownership creates pathway to wealth
- 12 Ways To Make Any Bathroom Look Bigger

Enjoy!

Friday, May 12, 2017

FRIDAY - hammock time



- 10 Reasons to Skip Having That Yard Sale
- Why this Bay Area neighborhood ranks as California’s 'healthiest' homeownership market
- San Jose: Long-sought renter protections against eviction take effect
- California’s Fading Promise: Millennial Prospects in the Golden State
- Realtors share concern about Trump’s tax reform proposal
- Is the Traditional Real Estate Model Under Pressure?
- 9 Ways to Create a Kid-Friendly Living Area

Enjoy!


Friday, May 5, 2017

FRIDAY - pack the essentials


- 12 Ways to Fill Your Built-In Planter
- Trulia's 'Heat Map' Is A Fascinating Look Into Urban America's Real Estate Market
- Bay Area home sales strong: Median price close to record high
- More expect home values to continue rising
- In Silicon Valley, even mobile homes are getting too pricey for longtime residents
- Realtor website surveys homebuyer preferences
- Try Dimensional Tile for a Designed Look

Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

FRIDAY - stuffing my eyes with wonder



- 380-Square-Foot Loft Doesn’t Waste an Inch of Space
- Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan, Say Realtors
- Rents Rise at Slowest Pace in Five Years
- 1 in 5 Bay Area home buyers are looking to leave: Here’s where they’re going (map)
- Milpitas BART Station to open in December, VTA…
- Amazon expands brick-and-mortar bookstore to Silicon Valley
- What to Look for in a House if You Plan to Age in Place

Enjoy!


Friday, April 21, 2017

FRIDAY - takin' the scenic route


- How to Recycle Your Kitchen Cabinets
- San Jose City Council approves policy against no-cause evictions
- Renters view down payment as largest barrier to homeownership
- Teacher, teacher, can you live here?
- Top Cities for Millennials
- Home sales and prices jump across the Bay Area, California
- Homeowner value estimate continues to outpace appraisals
- Trending Now: 6 Popular Ideas for Decks and Terraces

Enjoy!


Friday, April 14, 2017

FRIDAY - cruising out of the rain and into the sunshine



- 6 Ways You Can Save on Your Garden Renovation
- Should borrowers wait to save 20% down or buy now?
- San Jose flood: Struggling residents get a hand from nonprofit
- San Jose: Council mulls new condos planned for Japantown
- Is California housing hot or cold? 2 reports offer polar opposite views
- Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand
- 10 Tile Layouts You Haven’t Thought Of

Enjoy!


Friday, April 7, 2017

FRIDAY - it's been so long since we've last met



- How to Write a Design Brief for Your New Home or Remodel
- Is the Rent Too High? Renters May Be in Luck in These Cities
- A new fight over California rent control is coming
- San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco job markets expected to cool
- SAN JOSE APPROVES CAR PROGRAM TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS
- Younger Bay Area residents support new housing, but older generation is more hostile
- Open-Plan Living: Partition Your Way to Comfortable Spaces

Enjoy!


Friday, March 31, 2017

FRIDAY - work/eat/sleep a little




- 8 Times in Your Life to Take Advantage of a Major Declutter
- San Jose: City looks to landlords to help house residents displaced by Feb. 21 flood
- Seller’s market? Bay Area home sales slip, but prices soar
- Silicon Valley’s real estate race reaches working-class Alviso
- Population growth in the Bay Area slows, as job growth eases
- Real Estate Choices Help California Meet Climate Goals and Grow Local Economies
- 11 Surprising Ways Wallpaper Can Elevate Your Ceiling

Enjoy!


Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY - let's go somewhere



- 7 Things to Make Room for in a Small Home
- California home sales start year off strong…but will that last?
- February pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey
- Homebuyers Face Bidding Wars on Scarcer-Than-Ever U.S. Listings
- How to Prepare Your Budget for Buying Your First Home
- Scam Alert: How To Avoid Utility Fraud
- What to Look For in a House if You Have Kids

Enjoy!


Friday, March 17, 2017

FRIDAY - it takes a village



- Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers
- Reporting Change Could Raise Credit Scores, Risk
- Fed Raises Rate for Second Time in Three Months
- Somehow, Bay Area home prices went up yet again in February
- Waging the fight for affordable housing
- The state's housing crisis won't be solved unless Californians embrace new home building, report says
- Great Home Project: Pass-Through Kitchen Window

Enjoy!

Friday, March 10, 2017

FRIDAY - let's wing it and see how far we fly



- How to Grow a Modern Pollinator Garden
- 2 Weeks After San Jose Flood, Many Evacuees Still In Shelters
- Trump Budget Considers $6 Billion Cut to HUD Funding
- Bay Area home sales: ‘Flat is the new black’
- Sales of homes under $500K plummet in Bay Area
- Luxury home sales jump in Silicon Valley
- 11 Nice-to-Have Upgrades for Your New Home


Enjoy!

Friday, March 3, 2017

FRIDAY - oh friday


- How to Waste Less Food
- Bay Area home sales lose steam, but prices climb — a little
- Realtors warn of new industry scam
- California Needs 1.8 Million Homes to Meet Demand
- Home Buyers Say Rising Interest Rates are Top Concern
- Case by case, legal aid attorneys battle displacement in the Bay Area
- 12 Smart Storage Solutions to Reduce Clutter

Enjoy!



Friday, February 24, 2017

FRIDAY - the sun shines for everyone


Tuscan House



- 4 Practices for Healthier Landscapes
- Helping Flood Victims in San Jose
- California home sales start 2017 on a strong note
- Silicon Valley housing prices skyrocket
- San Jose region’s traffic-congestion delays hit a new high
- Landlords Are Taking Over the U.S. Housing Market
- How to Design a Comfortable Home Office

Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2017

FRIDAY - just add popcorn

Boston City Apartment



Wi-Fi: What It Is and How to Make It Work Better in Your Home
- Higher Wages, Seasonal Price Declines Hold California Housing Affordability in Check
- Who’s Accountable for the California Housing Crisis
- Realtor.com Names Top 10 Suburban Hotspots
- Rebound anticipated for Silicon Valley commercial real estate
- What’s in Store for the Luxury Real Estate Market in 2017?
- 20 Compact Islands Fit to Serve

Enjoy!

Friday, February 10, 2017

FRIDAY - let's stay home

Architect Valentines

Happy early Valentine's Day! As some of you may or may not know, I'm a big fan of staying home whenever I can. My home is far from perfect, but it's wonderful to me. I love my habits of stalking my neighbor for signs of life at his place, squirrel-watching, listening to the birds / trees / kids (the sounds have been pleasantly amplified due to the rain), and trying to figure out which favorite chair (I have several favorites) I will be sitting in to finish off whatever thing the day requires. All of this before I turn the key in the front door.  Home is definitely where my heart is. I'm curious, what are your home rituals / what do you love about your home? Feel free to drop me a line :) 

On to the reads! Enjoy!


Friday, February 3, 2017

FRIDAY - weekend chaser

Spa Bath in 1915 Colonial


- How to Check the Quality of a Contractor’s Work
- California commercial real estate market trends continue, despite 2016 election results
- Real estate investors gear up for a big year
- Once red hot, Bay Area housing market still simmers
- San Jose: City audit finds rent control policy needs more changes
- Realtors pick their top 10 hottest housing markets for 2017
- How to Make Your Kitchen Island Your New Favorite Dining Spot

Enjoy!


Friday, January 27, 2017

FRIDAY - fired up, ready to go

Winkley Workshop

- Garden Steps Can Take Your Landscape to a New Place
- Study Finds January, February Great for Buying
- Rising Mortgage Rates Are Dampening First-Time Buyer Plans for Spring
- Trump’s swift mortgage move angers real estate industry
- These 3 East Bay housing markets are among state’s “healthiest”
- Creating Housing That Older Americans Will Need
- Reconsidering the Old-Fashioned Vestibule

Enjoy!


Friday, January 20, 2017

FRIDAY - brass in pocket

- 10 Things You Should Do When You Work From Home
- These Are Becoming Millennial Magnet Cities
- First-Time Millennial Homeowners Are Aspirational but Practical
- Down Payment Costs Home Buyers an Average of 2/3 of Annual Income
- Housing Headed for the ‘European Model’
- For a Classy Look, Pair Brick With These 9 Hardscape Materials
Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

FRIDAY - god save the queen

Bumble Bees

- Industry Expert: The Only Thing to Fear in 2017 is Fear Itself
- Zillow predicts hottest neighborhoods in San Jose metro, Oakland
- Brown Revisits Plan to Increase Housing Construction Statewide
- Tiny houses rise as an economical option but face legal barriers
- The 3 Biggest Reasons You Can’t Sell Your Home
- What an Open-Plan Addition Can Do for Your Old House

Enjoy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

FRIDAY - back into the groove

Products

Happy New Year to you all, you straight up crushed it in 2016. So, with a fresh new year/day/moment, let's be proactive about finding and creating opportunities for ourselves and each other. Start small, go big, make adjustments - every bit counts; go forth and conquer. 

As usual, new reads enclosed.  Enjoy!