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    Posted on August 27th, 2008

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    Palo Alto Real Estate: Nuts, or What?

      Memo to: Palo Alto Homebuyers From:  A Lonely Case-Shiller Index   Re: Didn’t you get the original memo? We’re tanking I tell you, TANKING! Stop paying so much, you’re making me look BAD!   Ok, so I know, I know, there is some redeeming purpose somewhere in averages and statistics. I just haven’t found […]

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    Posted on August 21st, 2008

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    Are Edgewood Park Homes Not Hotcakes Anymore?

    Ok, just generalizing here — I seem to have seen many more homes for sale in Edgewood Park languish on the market than ever before. Now granted, I know, the market for homes above $1.5M or so doesn’t move as quick as it did 2 years ago.  But boy, are sellers’ expectations of value completely […]

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    Posted on August 18th, 2008

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    A “Green Mortgage”? What on earth????

      Does that mean it's the Chia Pet version of a mortgage? It's no secret that energy-efficient improvements, such as installing double-paned windows and additional ceiling insulation, can save you money every month, not to mention pay for themselves in the long run. But how do you come up with the cash to pay for […]

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    Posted on August 6th, 2008

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    Mountain Home Road : Foreclosure-Free Zone and Awesome Running Spot

    One of my fav training areas when I'm training for a marathon, is the town of Woodside.  A fairly athlete-friendly town (for bikers and runners), there's a myriad of loops, trails, and parks to run through. One of my favorite training runs, though, is the 4.9 mile loop around Mountain Home Road, aka the "Foreclosure-Free […]

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    Posted on August 4th, 2008

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    The Housing Rescue Bill — What It Means to You, Part 2

    No, it doesn’t mean you’re getting the “shaft”… I was associating rescuing with heroes, action characters that help us get out of trouble, etc.. What better representation than good old Isaac Hayes? Ok, so it’s a stretch, I know. Anyway, here’s the second segment, continuing from yesterday, on what the elements of the newly signed […]

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    Posted on August 3rd, 2008

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    The Housing Rescue Bill — and What It Means to You, Part 1 of 2

    Saw this great summation floating around email at work this week.  The housing rescue bill, signed into law July 30, 2008, is full of goodies and not-so-goodies for homeowners and those who aspire to be homeowners. Here are some highlights.   First-time homeowner tax credit The law will extend a tax credit of up to […]