Nov
16

America’s Safest Cities

Posted In: For the Heck of It, Places
SIX CALIFORNIA CITIES LISTED AMONG AMERICA’S 25 SAFEST Six cities in the state of California — more than any other state — are among the top 25 safest cities in America, according to the 13th annual Safest City Award. California’s “safest” cities are Mission Viejo (#3), Irvine (#7), Thousand Oaks (#11), Lake Forest (#15), Simi Valley (#17), and Chino Hills [...]
Nov
16

Does that drip keep you up at night?

Posted In: Home Improvement, Home Maintenance
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The past decade has proven an increasing demand for water in our homes, industry, and agriculture, resulting in water shortages in many parts of the United States. In certain parts of Texas homeowners can only water their lawn on Thursday’s between 5pm and 10pm. One can only assume that this upward trend will continue and this, together with the effects [...]
Oct
29

Give a dog a bone

Posted In: Good ol' Fashion Humor
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Just sold: Brand new, custom home with hardwood floors, recessed lighting, custom paint and a flat screen TV. Sales Price? $13,500. Think you can’t afford a home in the Bay Area? Maybe not for yourself, but you certainly can for your four-legged pooch. Ranging in price from $800 – $25,000, doggie duplex’s, cottages, and mansions are all the rage. A [...]
Oct
24

Mr. Bubble is for the tubs: 2007 Market Forecast

Posted In: Economy, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Local Market Statistics
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Hmmmm…so the results are in. The median home PRICE in California is expected to drip, er, drop 2% in 2007 while home sales will drop 7% compared to 2006. But what about us here in the Bay Area? Chris Thornberg, an economist with Bay Area-based Beacon Economics claims “The market is flat and the bubble has popped.” Ouch, that is [...]
Oct
24

Hot and Cold

Posted In: For the Heck of It, Places
‘Whether it’s cold or whether it’s hot’ People who wonder why housing is so expensive in Los Angeles overlook one obvious reason: No snow.Yes, it’s raining here today, but on New Year’s Day Los Angelenos and their dogs walked along the beachfront beneath crystal clear blue skies and brilliant afternoon sunshine. Natives wore lightweight jackets while tourists sported shirt sleeves.Yes, [...]
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