Category Archives: Economy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The National Housing Conundrum: Is There a Supply or Demand Shortage?

Original Post March 24, 2016 by Selma Hepp • Posted in Pacific Union Insights Executive Summary The biggest obstacle to a more balanced market between buyers and sellers is a lack of homes for sale. Many areas across the country … Read More

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