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


Helping Flood Victims in San Jose - The San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations providing immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance to flood victims in San Jose. In February 2017, during one of the wettest winters in decades, several San Jose neighborhoods experienced severe flooding that has forced thousands of residents and businesses to evacuate their homes and caused significant damage to public and private property throughout the city. The most severe flooding has taken place in neighborhoods along Coyote Creek, which includes a number of low-income communities and mobile home parks that were submerged when Anderson Reservoir reached its capacity and began spilling into the creek. For the latest information, residents should go the City of San Jose Office of Emergency Services.

California home sales start 2017 on a strong note - While the current market conditions look promising for California, CAR’s senior vice president and chief economist, Leslie Appleton-Young, notes that rising interest rates could hamper the state’s housing economy.

Silicon Valley housing prices skyrocket - This upsurge in housing costs has not just materialized out of thin air.  There are a number of factors that drove it, but the one that tends to be the most effectual is the low supply of Bay Area real estate coupled with its high demand.

San Jose region’s traffic-congestion delays hit a new high - In 2016, drivers faced 144 hours’ worth of congestion-related delays in the San Jose metropolitan region, up from 92 hours just two years ago, according to the annual TomTom Traffic Index released Monday.

Landlords Are Taking Over the U.S. Housing Market - As home prices rise, new home construction slows, and demographics shift, the U.S. is increasingly a country of renters—and landlords.
Last year, 37 percent of homes sold were acquired by buyers who didn’t live in them, according to tax-assessment data compiled in a new report. That number may include second homes or properties acquired by investors who seek to fix up old homes and resell them at a profit. But it’s also a strong indication that landlords are playing a larger role in the U.S. housing market.

How to Design a Comfortable Home Office - Creating an ergonomic home office doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Some of my favorites:

Houzz Tour: American Traditional Warms Up a Melbourne Coastal Home

Mixed Texture Home Office

New Construction Home in Haverford

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