Author Archives: Bill Smith

9 Things Typical Homeowners Insurance Doesn’t Actually Cover

designbase/iStock Think your home insurance policy covers every mishap that can come your way? Keep thinking, friends. The exact instances that are and aren’t covered by typical home insurance depend entirely on the details of your policy—and, contrary to what you may think, each policy … Read More

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A Brief History of the Haunted House

The “Hatbox Ghost” is one of the most beloved attractions in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. (Flickr/HarshLight) How Walt Disney inspired the world’s scariest Halloween tradition The scariest haunted house of 2016 is in a 40,000-foot office park on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. Named House … Read More

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Peace of Mind Is a Well-Stocked Earthquake-Preparedness Kit

When was the last time you refreshed the supplies in your earthquake-preparedness kit? What? You don’t have one? In one of the most active earthquake zones in the world? You’re not alone, of course. It’s a fact of life that … Read More

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Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in October

Ah, October. Temperatures are dropping, the days are growing shorter, and the pumpkin spice latte is, in a word, inescapable. But before you go hog wild with the Halloween decorations and settle in for that horror movie binge session, take some … Read More

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Facebook Takes All of 432,000 SQFT Commercial Space at 181 Fremont in San Francisco

Jay Paul’s San Francisco development at 181 Fremont Street has just added Menlo Park’s Facebook as its commercial tenant, according to two sources who track leasing information in San Francisco. The new, mixed use, 70-story tower that features 432,000 square … Read More

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5 Things Your Accountant Wishes You Knew About Owning a Home

Elizabeth Simpson/Getty Images What’s not to love about tax season? The chill you get when you realize you owe the IRS thousands, the fear that you may be getting a bit too aggressive on your deductions, the fleeting hope you’re due for a big return … Read More

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Five best: Where to dine with kids in Marin

Give the kids a dose of old school at Marin Joe’s in Corte Madera. (IJ photo — Alan Dep)  Making the choice to take the kids out to dinner can be a parental dilemma. Is it an opportunity to do … Read More

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Buying a House With Cash? Don’t Forget These Added Expenses

ismagilov/iStock There’s no question that buying a house with cash will make you feel like a million bucks. Maybe you came into a large inheritance, or you’re just really good at saving. Either way, paying the price of the home in full means … Read More

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7 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before Your Home Inspection Even Begins

(iStock) What are some questions to ask a home inspector? Given this professional is charged with checking out a home for any flaws before you buy it, he’s an important safeguard who could protect you from purchasing a lemon—and squandering tons … Read More

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Pacific Union Quarterly Report – Q2 2017

For the most part, the number of Bay Area homes for sale did not improve in the second quarter from one year earlier, except in Marin County and Sonoma Valley. Consequently, home prices rose in all regions year over year … Read More

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