Author Archives: Bill Smith

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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Brexit: Something Is Rotten in Denmark.

Executive Summary: The United Kingdom’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union, otherwise known as “Brexit,” was not accounted for in global financial markets prior to the vote. Thus, stock market volatility is sorting out the anticipated effects going forward. … Read More

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8 Smart Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill Costs

Hero Images/Getty Images Energy use sneaks up on you. One day, you think you’re being responsible—flipping off lights, not running the AC excessively, turning the TV off after “Game of Thrones”—and the next day, you’re standing slack-jawed by the mailbox, staring at … Read More

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SMART plans dry runs in September, sets $3.50 one-way base fare

Sonny Hogg, president of VenTek Transit, shows the user interface of the SMART train’s new ticket vending machines at the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District offices in Petaluma, Calif. during a district board meeting on May 18. VenTek is … Read More

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6 Reasons Real Estate Agents Aren’t Extinct

kokouu/Getty Images It’s 2016, and it seems our need for real live people is ever-diminishing. There’s self-checkout instead of cashiers, selfie sticks instead of photographers, self-driving cars, self-watering plants, self-administered colonoscopies … well, you get the idea. Given that technology has … Read More

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Million-Dollar Homes New Normal in Top Urban Markets, Says Report

Original Post By BARBARA ELDREDGE @BARBARAELDREDGE May 19, 2016, 8:58AM A $13.25 million home on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. A new report shows million-dollar listings make up more than half the homes for sale in San Francisco.Zillow More than half … Read More

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Positive Trends in Venture-Capital Activity to Impact Bay Area’s Tech Employment

Original Post May 12, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary Despite the drop in venture-capital (VC) activity and IPOs in the last quarter of 2015 and into the first quarter this year, confidence among … Read More

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‘The Crazy Way I Paid Off My Mortgage Fast’

andresr/iStock Original Post By Jennifer O’Neill | 6:00 am ET | April 27, 2016 The average American homeowner owes $164,217 on his mortgage. That’s a hefty sum, which explains why most of us chip away at paying it back over, oh, 30 years. And yet, certain homeowners pay off … Read More

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How To Find The Best Real Estate Agents In Your City

Posted in: Insights for Home Buyers, Insights for Home Sellers by Top Agent Network | March 24, 2016 When you’re selling a unique and valuable property, the importance of using a top-ranked agent can’t be overstated. In any given area, the top 10% of … Read More

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Marin Voice: Life sciences — building the economic well-being of Marin

By Robert Eyler and Christopher L. Stewart | Original Post 04/07/16, 11:30 AM PDT Sometimes what’s going on hides in plain sight. In the past couple of weeks, several reports have caught our attention both because of what they pointed out … Read More

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