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!



2 Weeks After San Jose Flood, Many Evacuees Still In Shelters - Two weeks after the flood that saturated much of downtown San Jose, dozens of families are still stuck in shelters, awaiting an uncertain future and desperate to find more permanent housing.  At the Seven Trees Community Center, nearly 200 flood victims are staying here because they have nowhere else to go.

Trump Budget Considers $6 Billion Cut to HUD Funding - Over the past few weeks, President Donald Trump and Congress considered different massive budget cuts in order to increase military spending, leaving some fearful that the cuts could impact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As it turns out, their fears were confirmed as reports now show the Trump administration is considering more than $6 billion in cuts at HUD. This cut would go towards Trump’s goal to cut domestic spending by $54 billion and could decrease HUD’s budget 14 percent to $40.5 billion in fiscal 2018, which begins in October.


Bay Area home sales: ‘Flat is the new black’ -  “Economic growth in the first half of 2017 is expected to remain tepid with the balance of 2017 uncertain. Until the tax and trade policies of the new (Trump) administration become clearer, we believe our ‘Flat is the New Black’ market perspective will remain intact.”


Sales of homes under $500K plummet in Bay Area - Property Radar estimates that, even though sales are down and growth is happening only in the highest price bracket, median prices still went up over the year.

Luxury home sales jump in Silicon Valley - Mike James, president of Coldwell Banker, noted that “luxury homes took an average of 54 days to sell during the month, which is a bit longer than a year earlier but still a relatively quick pace for homes in that price range. The region faced a restricted level of available homes for sale and a very healthy level of buyer demand.”’

11 Nice-to-Have Upgrades for Your New Home - If you can afford these optional upgrades, they can personalize your home and make it more functional. Some of my favorites:







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