Friday, February 17, 2017

FRIDAY - just add popcorn

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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

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Higher Wages, Seasonal Price Declines Hold California Housing Affordability in Check -
Rising wages and seasonal price declines held California’s housing affordability steady in fourth-quarter 2016, even while interest rates rose moderately, C.A.R. reported.

Who’s Accountable for the California Housing Crisis - California’s affordable housing crisis has reached an epidemic level, with rents at an all-time high and homeownership rates at their lowest since the 1940’s. Still, despite the housing crunch, California has some of the country’s toughest laws requiring affordable housing. But as the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit uncovered, those rules are rarely enforced, leaving millions of people looking for alternative ways to live.

Realtor.com Names Top 10 Suburban Hotspots - Two critical factors driving the popularity of these hotspots are close proximity to thriving urban centers and strong household growth. The suburbs on the list are located just outside urban centers that are 20 percent hotter than the average metro, where homes are viewed 1.4 more times than the average home included in the study. Additionally, these suburban hotspots have seen an average of 18.8 percent household growth over the last seven years, which is 2.4 and 2.8 times more growth than other suburban and urban neighborhoods, respectively.

Rebound anticipated for Silicon Valley commercial real estate - Santa Clara County’s commercial real estate market suffered a slump in 2016 compared to the white-hot year of 2015, but the sector should bounce back this year, according to a new forecast.

What’s in Store for the Luxury Real Estate Market in 2017? - Eight years after the housing bubble, homebuyers are still exercising caution. This is particularly seen in the luxury real estate market, which ended 2016 on a slow note. A combination of oversupply and rising housing costs in cities like San Francisco and New York left buyers feeling choked out. Will the market improve in 2017? Experts have mixed feelings.

20 Compact Islands Fit to Serve - Readers share photos and details of how they’ve incorporated small islands into their kitchens. Some of my favorites:

Reader submitted compact island


Reader submitted compact island


Reader submitted compact island


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