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Smart Planning Boosts Livability in the 'Burbs

Smart Planning Boosts Livability in the 'Burbs | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Transit-centered urban design is moving well beyond the age of the automobile.
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A free bike? I haven't seen this development but will plan to see it soon. I would disagree with the fact San Mateo is the suburbs. Each one of our "little downtowns" are bustling. Including, San Carlos, San Mateo, and so on down the Peninsula. We use to use the term "bedroom communities" where neighborhoods were quiet, walkable,and close to a bite to eat or a book store. (Not so many bookstores anymore.) Even these quaint neighborhoods of our pocket cities between San Francisco and San Jose are becoming their own growing areas. Hopefully,we can learn ways to provide a walkable community as our areas become more urban, while keeping the friendliness of smaller, less urban neighborhoods.
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San Jose homes are the nation's most expensive, which makes even pricey places like Seattle attractive - Silicon Valley Business Journal

San Jose homes are the nation's most expensive, which makes even pricey places like Seattle attractive - Silicon Valley Business Journal | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
New data out this week from the National Association of Realtors shows why Seattle is attractive to tech workers compared to San Jose, the priciest housing market in the nation.
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Yeh, but it rains there! ��
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Buying a Home? 10 Financial Things You Shouldn't Do

Buying a Home? 10 Financial Things You Shouldn't Do | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

Buying a Home? 10 Financial Things You Shouldn't Do"

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Great tips from REALTOR.com.  However, don't let the job change criteria scare you out of trying.  Why?  If your job change is a promotion and within the same field (area of expertise), the lender may be fine with the change.  Also, recognize the six months leading up to your purchase is most important for organizing all your finances.  Consult with your local professional about how to improve your loan application.  It will save you money and reduce stress during the process.

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To Stage or Not to Stage? Survey Proves Home Staging Pays

To Stage or Not to Stage? Survey Proves Home Staging Pays | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
To Stage or Not to Stage? Survey Proves Home Staging Pays
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As a part of the full service package, Veridian Realty Group provide staging consultation and staging for every home listed.  Our staging team, makes the best use of every room to present the most appealing view of your home.  Contact us today to see how staging can help you obtain top dollar for your home.

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Top 10 Common Repair Costs

Top 10 Common Repair Costs | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Find out how much typical home repairs cost at HouseLogic, which gives estimates for home repair labor and how much materials cost.
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Fortunately, we do not have to worry about ice dams in California.  If you purchase a higher quality faucet for the kitchen or bath, look to see if they have life time warranty and complete the information to activate the warranty.  This can save money over time.  The labor to replace is minor compared to the cost of a new faucet. 

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GreenTRIP certification rates how well residential projects cut commutes - Silicon Valley Business Journal

GreenTRIP certification rates how well residential projects cut commutes - Silicon Valley Business Journal | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
GreenTRIP, by Oakland-based TransForm, certifies how well residential projects cut commutes
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Some have dismissed LEED certification as a glorified bureaucratic  process that does not transfer to real world needs.  But, this idea of GreenTRIP certification may actually appeal to consumers.  I can see future buyers making GreenTRIP certification as part of their home search criteria.

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How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On? - NBC News

How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On? - NBC News | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Soccer coach Amy Griffin was in a Seattle hospital visiting a young goalie who was receiving chemotherapy when a nurse said something that made the hair on G...
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Before we go for the artificial lawns, let's check this carefully.

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The ‘411’ on the ‘greening’ of the real estate industry

The ‘411’ on the ‘greening’ of the real estate industry | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ "The 'green' hype started with the younger generation but we are finding more and more that people are looking at going green as an investment and as a way to save money," she says. "Buyers are saying that 24 percent of their decision making process is made based on how energy efficient the home is."”
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Things You Should Be Doing Right Now if You Plan to Sell Your House This Spring

Things You Should Be Doing Right Now if You Plan to Sell Your House This Spring | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market this spring, the time to start preparing is now! "

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Before you spend money on preparing your home, talk with a real estate professional.  You want to make sure you are spending money on items that add value to your sale.  Inspections will help identify what items subtract from value.  As with any project, create a budget, and know the return on investment (ROI). 

 

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7 beautiful rooftop gardens

7 beautiful rooftop gardens | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Want to add some serious value to your home without investing a lot of money? Try a rooftop garden
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I like #2 the best.  Great idea for some of our hill homes with garages on terraced lots. #sanjose #alumrock #losgatos

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Study suggests MLS played little or no role in nearly half of 2013 home sales | Inman News

Study suggests MLS played little or no role in nearly half of 2013 home sales | Inman News | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
An analysis by CoreLogic comparing public record transaction data with MLS data in four counties suggests 43 percent of 2013 home sales took place either outside of the MLS or with little or no MLS exposure.
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Time to ask the hard questions regarding "pocket listings".  Is this a way for brokers to double end deals? Are these brokers educating and acting at the highest fiduciary level for their sellers?  Is this a feeble attempt at brokerages to push back (by holding back information) against non-RE sites like TRULIA, ZILLOW, and the like?  Is this keeping demand higher than need be on MLS listed properties?  Who wins with pocket listings are nearly 40% of all sales?  What is your opinion?

concluded that “pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpufconcluded that “pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpufconcluded that “pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpuf“pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpuf“pocket listings” represented 26 percent of total home sales in some Northern California markets during the first quarter of 2013, up from 15 percent in 2012. - See more at: http://www.inman.com/2014/03/10/study-suggests-mls-played-little-or-no-role-in-nearly-half-of-2013-home-sales/?utm_source=20140310&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailyheadlinespm#sthash.CmKeofrQ.dpuf

 

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Bay Area rated #1 for selling a home

Bay Area rated #1 for selling a home | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
If you own a home in the Bay Area and you're thinking of selling, this is your market. Emeryville-based ZipRealty Inc.
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According to the article, " Bay Area has nearly a 1-to-1 ratio of residents per available homes, while the inventory nationwide is 6.6 homes per resident."  But this calculation is off due to non-resident buyers.  I would place it more 3:1 for Silicon Valley.  www.TalkToCJ.com

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10 great places to see rain forests

10 great places to see rain forests | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
“ Rain forests are natural theme parks, packed with plant, animal, and human diversity.”
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This is a great post to answer that "why" of paying attention to the global environment.
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Smarter Living: How to Automate Your Home

Smarter Living: How to Automate Your Home | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
“If you want to make your home smarter and work for you, look at these easy fixes to some of the house's longest-standing issues.”
Via Michael Stuart
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I personally am looking for the "set it and forget it" smart automation. Micro controlling our environments simply adds more clutter to our daily digital habits.
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Michael Stuart's curator insight, February 7, 2016 6:43 AM

Nest is a sleek, smart thermostat that learns your daily habits so it can raise or lower the temperature while you're gone to help you save money. It also connects wireless to your smartphone, so you can adjust the heating and cooling when you're away.

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Mapped: Harvard Says Rent’s Too Damn High

Mapped: Harvard Says Rent’s Too Damn High | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
...nearly half of the nation's renters spend more than 30% of income on housing while over 25%—about 11.2 million—have to spend over half their salary on rent.
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I am sure the number of people who can afford Harvard tuition are even lower. ��
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Hudson to develop - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Hudson to develop - Silicon Valley Business Journal | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
A developer is eyeing a seven-story building across the street from the new Whole Foods, meaning residents would never have to run out of kale or fair-trade quinoa flour.
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Add to this: " 785 – 807 The Alameda – a Retail and Residential Development.  The applicant proposes...to allow up to 98 residential units and approximately 22,660 square feet of commercial on an approximately 1.04 gross acre parcel located on the north side of The Alameda approximately 315 feet westerly of Stockton Avenue."

 

And...want to know more?  Check out Mr. J.C. Martin's LinkeIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/j-c-martin/73/7a2/4a6) where he describes more about the San Carlos /Ohlone Plan.   This plan will add about 1100 residents to this area around Diridon Station between San Carlos and The Alameda.

 

Ready to sell your cute little bungalow on Cleaves? Understanding how these developments will impact the quiet bedroom neighborhoods around the Rose Garden and Willow Glen will be critical to planning future real estate decisions.  Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

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Community Energy Program - Sustainability (County Program) - County of Santa Clara

Community Energy Program - Sustainability (County Program) - County of Santa Clara | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
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Good idea to sign up for updates on this program available to Santa Clara County homeowners.  Up to $6,500 in rebates for improving the efficiency of your home.

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UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton forecasts strong economic growth through 2015 - Charlotte Business Journal

UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton forecasts strong economic growth through 2015 - Charlotte Business Journal | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
The economy has expanded for 68 consecutive months and is already the sixth-longest period of uninterrupted growth on record. It will move into fifth place all-time if the string continues through July. First place on that list? A run of 120 consecutive months of growth from 1991 into 2001.
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All I can say, is loosen the lending purse strings just a little.  The pendulum has swung too far and needs to come back to reasonable, well documented lending to help home buyers and sellers improve their own financial wealth and participate in the continued economic recovery.

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Study: Consumer Loan Wallet Materially Changing For All Ages

Study: Consumer Loan Wallet Materially Changing For All Ages | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

QFor the 20 to 29 age tier, however, the percentage of mortgage loans that made up the consumer loan wallet has dramatically decreased in the last decade. In 2005, mortgage loans accounted for about 63 percent of borrowing in the consumer loan wallet. By 2009, that number had dropped slightly to 59 percent, but by 2014, it had plummeted to about 42 percent.

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This could support the projections regarding the impact of student debt, affordability for metro areas, as well the impact of QM (Qualified Mortgage) standards reducing the acceptable debt-to-income levels required to obtain loans.  Equally at play is the ability to qualify for a conventional mortgage with 20% down, when most in this age tier are only starting out in their careers and do not always have a large savings accessible.  The counter to these points include more assistance from parents on first time homes, low interest rates (1981 rates 12%, 1991 rates 8.25%, 2014 4.25%), and more loan products available with low down payments or down payment assistance through housing programs.

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Energy-Efficient Homes Made of Plastic for the Texas coast?

Energy-Efficient Homes Made of Plastic for the Texas coast? | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
This 5,300 square-foot family home was built in the 19th century, yet with the exception of a few old beams, it's now made of plastic. Plastic would also be a great exterior finish material for the Texas coast?
Via Michael Stuart
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No exterior painting?
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Retirement: Is This a Good Time to Downsize? | Realty 101

Retirement: Is This a Good Time to Downsize? | Realty 101 | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Downsizing isn’t just a way to save creaky knees from a two-story home. It’s also a way to free up equity to use during retirement.
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Great post! Make a plan, is a critical step.  Prepare for downsizing by reducing belongings, creating a budget, and researching areas before placing your current home for sale. 

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San Francisco now offering up to $200,000 in down payment assistance | Inman News

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Go Beyond the Basics When Interviewing Architects

Go Beyond the Basics When Interviewing Architects | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
Before you invest all that money and time, make sure you and your architect are well matched beyond the obvious levels
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Great questions.  Add: Which portfolio pages do they linger on when showing you their work?  And don't forget the gut feeling of "Do they get me and what I want?"

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Woman Keeps Up Mortgage Years After Death

Woman Keeps Up Mortgage Years After Death | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it
They say nothing in life is certain but death and taxes, though it may be time to add mortgage payments to that list.
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Just another reason to check that auto pay page ever so often!

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Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes

Huge Solar Farms On California’s Public Lands Could Power 170,000 Homes | Green Real Estate | Scoop.it

The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that it has given final approval to two sizable solar projects on public lands near the Nevada-California border, which when operational are expected to provide a combined 550 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough to power about 170,000 homes and create 700 jobs.

The announcement represents a milestone for President Obama’s renewable energy efforts. With the approval of both projects, there now are currently 50 utility-scale renewable energy projects either currently generating energy or slated to be generating energy on public lands...


Via Lauren Moss, Wes Thomas
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More Jobs! "The first project approved, the 1,685-acre Stateline Solar Farm in San Bernardino County, CA, is expected to generate up to 300 megawatts of power, create 400 construction jobs and 12 permanent operation jobs."

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 25, 2014 7:18 PM

What do you think would you rather have a pipe line on these lands?