Friday, July 28, 2017

FRIDAY - find your temple



5 Invaluable Lessons From a Landscape Architect
- Homeownership is a Sound Investment
- Bay Area real estate: Home prices leap to yet another record high
- What Silicon Valley employees are doing with their red-hot stock grants
- Here's where the Bay Area's 'best-value' neighborhoods are located, according to Trulia
- These Bay Area homes were built by Joseph Eichler to be affordable and now cost millions
- 10 Low-Maintenance, High-Fun Backyards

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Homeownership is a Sound Investment - More than 80 percent of survey respondents in NAR’s 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey view owning a home as “a good financial decision,” but 60 percent are also concerned about costs, now and in the future. Affordability, in fact, was identified by respondents as one of their top five challenges, ahead of employment security. Forty-four percent of respondents report the lack of affordable housing in their community as a “big” or “fairly big” issue.

Bay Area real estate: Home prices leap to yet another record high - The real estate business usually cools off in the summer, but this market is proving to be a pressure cooker. The median price of a single-family home in the region was $779,000, up 9.7 percent from a year earlier, the CoreLogic real estate information service reported Wednesday.

What Silicon Valley employees are doing with their red-hot stock grants - For some employees at such high-flying tech businesses with vested shares on their hands, it’s now a tempting opportunity to sell and cash out. Yahoo Finance spoke to tech workers to learn what they plan on doing with stock. Several employees professed to selling their shares and using at least some of that cash to the snap up real estate, while another employee plans on holding onto their Amazon stock indefinitely.

Here's where the Bay Area's 'best-value' neighborhoods are located, according to Trulia - Trulia calculated the best-value neighborhoods based on six categories including the number of “starter homes,” the percentage of properties that would take up between 25 to 31 percent of a starter homebuyer’s household income, median price per square foot and the percentage of residents in the area with a 30 minute commute or longer.

These Bay Area homes were built by Joseph Eichler to be affordable and now cost millions - The Los Altos History Museum sits smack in the middle of a red-hot Silicon Valley neighborhood. The median sale price of a single family home in ZIP code 94022 is $3,525,000. How ironic, then, that the museum’s latest exhibition focuses on a time when Santa Clara Valley land could be had for a relative pittance and a developer with a vision could build thousands of affordable, custom-designed homes. We are talking about Joseph Eichler, whose open and airy, light-filled houses sold half a century ago for around $40,000 and are the subject of “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses,” which runs through Oct. 8.

10 Low-Maintenance, High-Fun Backyards - These outdoor spaces minimize yard work and keep the focus on enjoyment. Some of my faves:





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