Friday, February 3, 2017

FRIDAY - weekend chaser

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- 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

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California commercial real estate market trends continue, despite 2016 election results -
 “While the outlook for 2017 may look relatively good, the strong move towards online shopping, higher interest rates, a continued redefinition of the office environment and the dropping of fertility rates [remain the] driving factors in commercial real estate.” Among other findings, the survey provides continued evidence that we are experiencing the end of the boom in office space, that optimism remains strong among developers of multi-family dwellings, and that industrial markets — particularly the warehouse segment — remain on fire.

Real estate investors gear up for a big year - Real estate investments in Silicon Valley and around the country will slow down eventually, but 2017 won’t be that year, according to KPMG’s 2017 Real Estate Industry Outlook Survey released Tuesday.

Once red hot, Bay Area housing market still simmers -  With buyers competing for a notoriously tight supply of homes, prices keep rising, though not at the same clip as in previous years: “The overall trend this past year has been toward a moderation of price growth and at least a modest decline in sales,” said Andrew LePage, a research analyst with CoreLogic.

San Jose: City audit finds rent control policy needs more changes - Elected leaders last month directed City Auditor Sharon Erickson to study the city’s newly-modified rent control law, which covers about 45,820 units built before 1979. Following a heated debate, a split City Council in April voted to reduce maximum rent increases from 8 percent to 5 percent, create a registry to track rents and start a mediation program to resolve landlord disputes.

Realtors pick their top 10 hottest housing markets for 2017 - “We saw evidence of a stronger than normal off-season starting last September and October due to pent-up demand and surging interest from first-time buyers,” realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “Since the election demand seems to have intensified – potentially as a reaction to mortgage rates rapidly moving higher.”

How to Make Your Kitchen Island Your New Favorite Dining Spot - Use these tricks to create extra space for prepping and eating meals. Some of my favorites:

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