The Blog

  • Jul


    Are People Really Leaving the Bay Area in Droves?

    For years now, reports have been circulating of people fleeing the Bay Area in favor of cities with comparable job opportunities and a lower cost [...]

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  • Jun


    Fannie & Freddie Want to Make it Easier for “Gig” Workers to Get Mortgages

    Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the country’s two largest sources of mortgage money, are reportedly working on ways to make qualifying for a home purchase [...]

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  • May


    A Historic Decision: California to Require Solar Panels for New Homes

    On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved a policy requiring virtually all new homes to incorporate solar panels.  The requirement will take effect in 2020, [...]

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  • Apr


    Going Green: Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Options

    The last RealSmart Fund Fixer Mixer was a special “50 Shades of Green” event, to which we invited a few of our trusted vendors to [...]

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  • Apr


    Shelly’s Top Green(ish) Paint Colors

    We recently held a “50 Shades of Green” themes St. Patty’s Day party, to which we invited several of our trusted vendors to showcase eco-friendly [...]

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  • Apr


    What Does Legal Marijuana Mean for CA Real Estate?

    Thanks to a yes vote on Prop 64 in 2016, recreational marijuana became legal on January 1 of this year. While local governments grapple with [...]

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