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I had coffee the other day with Mike Lanza, a fellow who has developed a website specifically looking for neighborhoods around North America that still have children playing outside in front of their homes.  His website is called Playborhood.  Mike has had a hard time finding any neighborhoods in...
It happens every year.  Parents lining up, sleeping bags in hand, wine and food being passed, a jolly good time be had by all, except this is for a coveted space in the 2008 Kindergarten class at San Mateo's Baywood School.  Registration doesn't even begin until February 1st, which is this Friday...
I saw my first blossoms out today while driving up Truesdale Blvd. in Burlingame.  I always get excited when I see them, and today it was the Tulip Magnolia popping out in flower.  Wow, it's the middle of January and spring flowers are beginning to come out and it's one of my very favorite trees ...
 Winter Bliss in Tahoe!  What is a better scene then a clear blue sky and clean white snow blanketing the countryside?  We're here in the Tahoe basin, really in the outskirts of Truckee at Old Greenwood, with some of our family taking in the winter season far from San Mateo County.  We Wish You A...
When you buy property in California your property taxes are determined by the sale price.  Generally, the new property tax bill will be around 1.25% of that sales price.  Part of your closing costs include property taxes but they are at the rate of the seller, not the buyer and when the county as...
Several years ago I was part of a community group discussing affordable housing in San Mateo County.  What was most interesting to me was how many people participating had no idea what affordable housing meant.  They made some pretty wild assumptions and generally that meant that it was ghetto ho...
As the year comes to an end, people  generally pick up their spending because, after all, they want to be generous to their family and friends, right?  Reconsider if you're at all thinking of buying a new house next year. Yes, there is plenty of money available for mortgages but only if you have ...
EEK, the year 2007 will end in 3 weeks!  Does anyone buy a house during this time?  Well yes, they do and if you are in the market to buy a home, it's a great time to do it.  But, if your house is for sale, don't forget to keep it looking Just Right, because your future buyer just might be out th...
  Real Estate is a funny business and I don't mean it sarcastically but literally.  It's a very easy business to enter.  Take some classes, take a test, pass it, get a license from the state, and put the license with a broker and you can say you're in Real Estate.  But, ah ha, are you?  The schoo...
The last parcel of land left in Foster City is going to be developed with mixed use housing and possible retail.  There is still a 2 acre parcel that will either house a charter high school or possibly a performing arts center.  If you live in Foster City, which would you like to see built?Foster...

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Commenting primarily on seven cities on the San Francisco Peninsula where I live, work and play. I believe that education about the real estate process is key in my desire to help people find their next home. If you are looking for research data about a community I write about, I have it. If you have questions about how to buy a home for the first time, I like answering those questions and educating you about real estate. Are you considering a Divorce in your life? Don't do it without talking to me first because there are huge financial ramifications to keeping the family home. You need to talk to a Realtor before talking to an attorney in order to protect yourself. Want more info about why? Read my blog.