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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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
- Younger Bay Area residents support new housing, but older generation is more hostile
- Open-Plan Living: Partition Your Way to Comfortable Spaces


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


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


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


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


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


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


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
- 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


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


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


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

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


Friday, January 6, 2017

FRIDAY - back into the groove


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!