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

Enjoy!



San Jose: City looks to landlords to help house residents displaced by Feb. 21 flood - At a packed community meeting Thursday night, Mayor Sam Liccardo said the city’s top priority is to find “stable housing” for 500 families still unable to return home after the Feb. 21 flood. To that end, the city has called on owners of vacant apartments, condominiums, duplexes and single-family homes to make them available, Liccardo said. Property owners interested in providing short- or intermediate-term housing options for flood victims should visit www.SCCHousingSearch.org or call 1-877-428-8844 for information on how they can list their units.



Seller’s market? Bay Area home sales slip, but prices soar - In Santa Clara County, the median price of a single-family home rose 11.4 percent from a year earlier to $960,000 — 4 percent under last spring’s $1 million peak. Bucking the region’s sluggish sales trend, transactions in Santa Clara County actually rose 11.2 percent over the same period. The market is “frothy,” especially for entry-level homes, said Pacific Union agent Adam Touni, who is based in Palo Alto, where a so-called starter home can cost $2.5 million. “I haven’t seen this kind of activity in two years.”


Silicon Valley’s real estate race reaches working-class Alviso - Long an affordable island of calm amid the Bay Area’s superheated economy, Alviso is becoming one more bedroom community for the steady influx of workers drawn to Silicon Valley. Its close proximity to the tech industry’s global nerve center makes it an attractive prospect for renters and homebuyers, who may not know a thing about its colorful history. But as tech money and gentrification become facts of life, locals — some whose families have lived here for generations — fear their home will lose a portion of the charm that drew them to Alviso in the first place.


Population growth in the Bay Area slows, as job growth eases - Population growth in the Bay Area is slowing, with several local counties seeing more people leaving than moving in, new data from the U.S. Census showed this week. The counties most affected are Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, which all saw more people move out than move in during the time period the data covers, from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. The overall Bay Area population grew 0.7 percent to 7.68 million in that time. Much of the population fluctuation is tied to the region's job market, which is cooling.


Real Estate Choices Help California Meet Climate Goals and Grow Local Economies - Building the right kind of housing in the right places can help California meet its 2030 climate goals while growing the economy, according to a new report from the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Next 10. Right Type, Right Place: Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development through 2030 finds that encouraging new housing development in infill areas would spur economic growth, reduce monthly household costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions, keeping the state on track to achieving its climate goals.


11 Surprising Ways Wallpaper Can Elevate Your Ceiling - Wallpaper isn’t just for walls. Use it on the ceiling to change the look and mood of a room. Some of my faves:







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