Author Archives: Bill Smith

Fixes for Your Remodeling Regrets

The new high-gloss cabinets show every fingerprint, the handsome farmhouse sink is a wine-glass graveyard. You sprang for the best your money could buy. So why aren’t you totally elated? Here, readers reveal the downside of some of their upgrades, … Read More

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Weekday Hike: Stunning Views and Great Eats in Tiburon and Belvedere

Original Post by Chas Blackford | Sep 08, 2016   If there’s one thing the movies have taught us, it’s that arriving by boat always makes the destination more romantic. Give picturesque Tiburon that advantage by starting your weekday hike with a quick … Read More

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Uber takes out $8 million permit on Oakland building

Uber-sized work begins turning Beaux-Arts into high-tech Original Post by Adam Brinklow Sep 1, 2016, 3:01P Courtesy Lane Partners Next time you drive by the old Sears building at 1955 Broadway in Oakland, take a closer look. You might not … Read More

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San Francisco: America’s Most Livable Big City

Original Post August 24, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Consumer Advice Just last month, survey results found that homeowners in the San Francisco metro area are the happiest in the U.S., with more than 8 in 10 locals calling … Read More

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What Does the “Shift” in the Housing Market Really Mean?

Original Post August 16, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Economic Straight Talk, Market Conditions, Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary: Housing markets are increasingly more divergent across the nation, and job growth in each market plays a large role. … Read More

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Title Insurance — Is It Really Necessary?

Original Post August 5, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Consumer Advice Title insurance is one of those arcane parts of the homebuying experience that many people don’t pay much attention to — until they have to. So it seems reasonable … Read More

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15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgage? How to Decide

Original Post By Jamie Wiebe | 4:00 pm ET | August 2, 2016 Banks offer a dizzying array of mortgage options, and one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is how long your home loan will last. In other words, you’ll have … Read More

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San Francisco: Home to America’s Happiest Homeowners

Original Post July 28, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Industry Surveys & Studies The Bay Area’s excellent job market and high wages, pleasant climate, and natural splendor are attracting plenty of new residents from all over the globe, … Read More

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An Etiquette Guide for Homebuyers and the Home-Curious

Original Post July 22, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homebuyer Advice Maybe you’re a first-time buyer and you’ve never walked into a complete stranger’s home and poked around in the closets and up in the attic before. Or … Read More

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Tiburon rated California’s third-safest place to live

 A sailboat leans into the wind near Tiburon, which was named third in safety in the state based on its low crime rate. IJ photo — Frankie Frost By Janis Mara, Marin Independent Journal | Originally Posted: 07/06/16, 6:19 PM … Read More

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