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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...

The Trump Era: What the Disruption Could Mean for the Economy and Housing Market

Executive Summary: Equity markets have responded positively to President-elect Donald Trump, as the incoming administration is viewed as pro-growth. Equity markets will remain volatile since it is not clear which campaign stances will actually become policies. Some of the stances — including abolishing trade agreements, removing favorable regulations on alternative energies, and ending the skilled-immigrants visa program — have potentially adverse impacts on California’s economic growth Higher inflation is expected due to some policies and plans, and that will put pressure on mortgage rates. Mortgage rates are projected to increase more than they would have due to higher inflation and continued volatility in equity markets, but they should still remain below 5 percent. For California’s housing market, removing the “walls” to new development remains critically important for affordability and the future of the state For more on what’s to come, join us on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. PST for Pacific Union’s exclusive real estate and economic forecast through 2019. America has been disrupted, to say the least. But for a state that is a cradle of disruption, the only thing Californians can do is embrace the challenge. With Donald Trump elected the next President of the United States, the ensuing years will be something of a conundrum, and the future depends on how many of Trump’s campaign stances become actual policies. After the initial shock, stock markets seemed to have responded favorably. It appears that Trump’s conciliatory speech helped calm investors, and that his confrontational campaign rhetoric may have been simply that. Also, pro-growth administrations are generally viewed favorably by investors. Nevertheless, we can anticipate more uncertainty...

Real Estate Roundup: Apple’s New Campus Boosts Silicon Valley Home Prices

APPLE’S NEW “SPACESHIP” CAMPUS CAUSING BIG HOME PRICE GAINS IN CUPERTINO Although Apple’s massive, circular new campus — dubbed the “spaceship” — has yet to open its doors to employees, it has been affecting nearby home prices for the past several years. That’s according to an October report by Realtor.com, which found that median list prices for homes located within a one-mile radius of the company’s new Cupertino office increased by 20.5 percent from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016 — almost double the appreciation rate in Santa Clara County. Since the Cupertino City Council approved the 2.8 million-square-foot building in 2013, home prices within a mile of the structure have appreciated by 18.4 percent on an annual basis. Currently, there are only 14 homes listed within a two-mile radius of the new building. One reason that highly paid Apple employees will shell out big money for modest suburban homes within close proximity to the spaceship campus is because of the crushing traffic jams that currently plague the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. When Apple’s new building opens, the company will employ 24,000 workers based in Cupertino. THE PROS AND CONS OF THE BAY AREA’S ROARING ECONOMY While freeway congestion is one major downside of the Bay Area’s thriving job market, a slim supply of homes for sale and low affordability conditions are likely to be the region’s largest hurdles moving forward. Citing data from the California Association of Realtors, The Mercury News reports that home prices in Alameda, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties surpassed their peaks earlier this year....