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August 2018
August 2018

Due to the booming tech sector and strong foreign interest, northern California continues to lead in the luxury price growth across the U.S., according to a Realtor.com report released Thursday.

On May, 19 out of the 91 major U.S. markets Realtor.com tracks posted double-digit price growth in the luxury segment, which is defined as the top 5% of the sales in each market.

Six markets in northern California made the list: Santa Clara (14%), Santa Cruz (13%), San Mateo (13%), Sonoma (10%), San ...


August 2018
August 2018

20. Albany High School
Down nine spots from last ranking
Academics score: A+
Teachers score: A+
Clubs and activities score: C
Diversity score: A
College prep score: A+
Health and safety score: A- Photo: Natasha Dangond, The Chronicle

Photo: Natasha Dangond, The Chronicle

Most public schools in the Bay Area will re-open for the upcoming school year at the end of the month, and ranking and review site Niche has released its analysis of the best public high schools for the 2018-2019 school year.

The rankings are based on "rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users."

In addition, Niche ...


July 2018
July 2018

Zephyr MarketTracker Market Insights | Recent Sales | Local News Median Sales Price Avg. Days on Market # Homes Sold % List Price Received $1,412,500 36 722 103% Recovery, and Then SomeSince the economic decline in 2008, the Bay Area has come back strong. This month, we’ve included the Case-Shiller Index. This value rated index compares the sale prices

July 2018
July 2018

SFGate team- Updated

After the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 12,000 Bay Area residents found themselves displaced permanently or temporarily. Of those whose homes remained intact, many were temporarily without water, electricity and phone service.

In order to prepare for a major earthquake, SFGate has compiled a list of supplies the American Red Cross recommends you keep on hand.

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WATER

-- Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink ...


July 2018
July 2018

The Marin traffic study showed that 72 percent of trips were within the county and 24 percent were to or from the county. Pass-through traffic accounted for the rest. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal

The Marin traffic study showed that 72 percent of trips were within the county and 24 percent were to or from the county. Pass-through traffic accounted for the rest. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

Much of the traffic in Marin is from residents traveling within the county, according to a study using data collected from mobile devices that will be reviewed by the Transportation Authority of Marin later this month.

The agency ...


July 2018
July 2018

By Adrian Rodriguez, Marin Independent Journal

 

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The property at 500 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley has been approved for residential and retail development along one of the city’s busiest corridors. (James Cacciatore/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)
The property at 500 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley has been approved for residential and retail development along one of the city’s busiest corridors. (James Cacciatore/Special to the Marin Independent Journal)

 

Mill Valley residents are crying foul over a proposal to build 28 condominiums in place of a previously approved, but never built, nine-unit complex.

“I thought nine was a lot, but ...


December 2017
December 2017

How long do appliances last? It depends on the type and the brand

From Household stuff, a Flipboard magazine by Billy

Whether you’re buying a home or just thinking about replacing an appliance, it’s always smart to know how long that expensive piece of…

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August 2017
August 2017

Article by Jennifer Fernandez, Jetsetter

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PHOTO BY cdrin/Shutterstock

Whether you're visiting San Francisco for a long weekend or a week, there are more than enough diversions within city limits to fill any itinerary.

But even more worthy adventures await those who venture outside the urban landscape, from quirky small-town haunts to world-class wining and dining and natural wonders you won’t find anywhere else.

Here are four easy day trips to check out on your next SF getaway.

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July 2017
July 2017

Article BY MEGAN BARBER AND BROCK KEELING

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Photo BY Patricia Chang

Known around the world as a first-rate destination, San Francisco has carved out an enviable reputation for test its steep rolling hills, pastel-painted Victorians, cable cars, and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But the city is also a mecca for families, with a laundry list of kid-friendlyattractions that go way beyond the cliched tourist destinations (we're looking at you, Alcatraz).

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June 2017
June 2017

Article by Madeline Stone

When it comes time to sell your home, you might consider making some changes to make it more appealing to buyers.

According to a new analysis by Zillow, paint color should definitely be a change you consider.

After analyzing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up with a list of the colors that performed the best.

For example, homes that are painted "greige," a shade somewhere between light gray and beige, tended to ...


May 2017
May 2017

Article by 

If you’ve been in the market for real estate lately — or even just idly browsing your old neighborhood from curiosity — you’ve almost certainly seen the “Zestimate” splashed across a property’s Zillow listing. But now, multiple lawsuits are claiming those numbers are so far from realistic that they’re actually harmful, and Zillow itself is launching a contest, hoping to crowdsource a better Zestimate.

The estimates are based on a proprietary formula, Zillow says — ...


May 2017
May 2017

Article by Bay Area News Group

The median price of a single-family home in Marin hit $1,127,500 in March, approaching the record high of $1.2 million set last summer, a real estate analysis firm said Thursday.

Sales volume rose 8.7 percent over the same period for detached homes, according to Irvine-based CoreLogic. The firm said 200 single-family homes were sold last month.

In the Marin condo market, prices edged up from $600,000 to $605,000 between March 2016 and last month, or 0.8 ...


May 2017
May 2017

Article By Constance Brinkley-Badgett, Credit.com

Here are the 20 places where owners are reaping the biggest profits in 2017

If you're looking to buy or sell a home this year, you probably know the housing market is booming in virtually every corner of the country.

In fact, homeowners who sold in the first quarter of the year realized an average price gain of $44,000 since purchasing their home, a new ATTOM Data Solutions report shows. That equals an average 24% return on purchase price ...


March 2017
March 2017

Article by carrie schwab-pomerantz

Key Points

  • Buying your first house is a financial as well as personal long-term commitment. Are you ready for both?
  • Crunching the numbers on mortgage, down payment and ongoing costs is essential before you even begin to look.
  • The better prepared you are, the better deal you can make.

 


Dear Carrie,

I'm ready to buy my first house but my friends think I'm crazy to take on that financial commitment. Can you help me figure out how much house I can ...


March 2017
March 2017

Article by Jonathan Smoke | Mar 2, 2017

In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total monthly costs of renting vs. buying misses the important fact that a significant portion of every mortgage payment goes toward the principal balance, building equity for the homeowner.

That principal payment is really a forced savings program which grows over time. And that’s a key reason why homeowners on ...