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Childproofing your home

Gates, Plugs, and Guards, Oh My: Childproofing Your Home April 13, 2017 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homeowner Tips There’s no way around it: If you are a new parent or are new to having children in your home, you will need to make a few adjustments. Some of these modifications are free, easy, and intuitive, while others will require a little more effort and perhaps a small investment. Here are some items, big and small, that you will want to consider when creating a child-friendly home. General Adjustments Baby Gates: You will want to invest in baby gates to limit access to rooms and off-limit areas to the little ones. Only use gates that are attached to the wall (not a pressure gate) at the top of stairs. Babyproof Your Fireplace and Hearth: You can do this in several ways: use a baby gate around the area, use a fireplace screen, or use a soft edge and corner guards, for example. Apartment Therapy offers some stylish ways to convert your fireplace into a safe area for babies and kids. Window Guards: Depending on the type of windows you have, there are different ways to make them safer for children. This parent guide explains window types and kid-proofing. Cordless Window Blinds: It is easy to find cordless window blinds these days; Parents offers more information on the choices. And if new blinds aren’t in the budget, head over to POPSUGAR to see nine ways to make your blinds child safe. Anchor Unbalanced and Heavy Furniture To the Wall or Floor: Bookshelves, refrigerators, dressers — kids like to climb...

Many Bay Area Tech workers are seeking jobs elsewhere

Real Estate Roundup: Many Bay Area Tech Workers Are Seeking Jobs Elsewhere April 10, 2017 by Pacific Union • Posted in Weekly Real Estate News Roundups Here’s a look at recent news of interest to homebuyers, home sellers, and the home-curious. BAY AREA TECHIES: ARE THEY MOVING OUT? A recent survey found that about 40 percent of Bay Area residents are thinking about leaving the region over the next few years. Now comes more sobering news for the Bay Area’s tech economy: Nearly as many tech workers are looking for jobs in other parts of the country. In an analysis of job-seeker activity on its website, Indeed found that 44 percent of all workers in San Francisco and San Jose are looking outside the region for their next position, a number that has grown sharply over the past five years. Thirty-eight percent of local tech workers are looking for jobs outside of the Bay Area, while only 2 percent of tech workers located elsewhere are seeking employment here. San Francisco and San Jose tech workers are among the nation’s shortest tenured, staying at a job between two and three years, well below the national average. Indeed speculates that since there are about 200 Bay Area tech companies with the potential for initial public offerings this year, many techies may be switching jobs relatively quickly for ambitious opportunities. Workers who are planning to leave the Bay Area may also be motivated by higher salaries in other tech hubs, as Silicon Valley isn’t actually the most lucrative job market. San Francisco’s average $93,171 salary ranks it fourth in the nation for...