Friday, May 26, 2017

FRIDAY - dance everything




- Photo Flip: 50 Cool Ideas for Outdoor Showers
- 130 bills proposed in Sacramento to address housing crisis
- Bay Area home prices reach record highs, but sales tumble
- San Jose City Council approves Greyhound condo towers
- San Jose Considers Outlawing Section 8 Discrimination
- 10 Great Ideas for What Lies Beneath (the Stairs)

Enjoy!



130 bills proposed in Sacramento to address housing crisis - Legislators in Sacramento recently introduced 130 bills to avert what could be the worst housing crisis in California. This comes amid the Bay Area’s standing reputation as the country’s most expensive housing market.

Bay Area home prices reach record highs, but sales tumble - Industry experts said the lack of supply is contributing to both fast-rising home prices and the feeble sales activity. “There is a real lack of inventory right now, although there are signs that more houses are coming on the market,” said realtor Craig Gorman, a past president of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors and the sales manager of the Intero Meridian office in San Jose. “The biggest challenge buyers are having is there are just not enough homes to choose from. Unfortunately, a lot of people have been priced out of the market.”

San Jose City Council approves Greyhound condo towers - The City Council Tuesday unanimously approved permits and environmental studies for a project that will replace the former Greyhound Lines station at 70 S. Almaden Avenue with two residential towers. The 23- and 24-story towers will include 708 condominiums and 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail in a project city leaders say will boost tax revenue and downtown activity.

San Jose Considers Outlawing Section 8 Discrimination - Federal fair housing law bans discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, family status, disability or age. But it has no stipulation about discriminating against income sources. Section 8 housing choice vouchers are available to low- and very-low-income Santa Clara County residents (those earning no more than 30 and 50 percent area median income respectively). Voucher holders pay 30 percent of their income to rent. The housing authority pays the rest directly to landlords, with federal funds. The average wait time for receiving a voucher is eight to 10 years and the housing authority is no longer accepting new applicants on the waitlist.

Deal saves Palo Alto mobile home park residents from eviction - The Santa Clara County Housing Authority has agreed to buy the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park for $40.4 million, ending an effort by the owners to close the 4.5-acre complex at the corner of El Camino Real and Los Robles Avenue and sell the land for high-end development.


10 Great Ideas for What Lies Beneath (the Stairs) - Secret forts, libraries, wine cellars, sewing stations and more make the most of this often-overlooked space. Some of my faves:








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