Why Are San Francisco & WeHO (CA's 2 Gay Capitals) Ranked Most Walkable Cities? Because We Like to Strut Our Stuff!
2 hot men walking in SF. Surprise, surprise
Walkability is the hottest trend in real estate! Unlike prior generations, the new crop of buyers driving the business is Gen X, Y, Millenials who don't wanna drive 20 minutes to get a latte! Homes located close to things to do, shops, cafes (aka LIFE) sell faster and for more than those homes where you need to hop in a car. Who wants to commute to buy groceries!?
If you are shopping for a house, try to stick to properties that have a high walk score. It will be better for re-sale value, less harm for mother nature and most importantly, you'll burn more calories walking to cool stuff to do.
Is your city on the list of the nation's most walkable cities? If not, check out WalkScore which ranks how walkable your property is!
Read my feature article for Frontiers Magazine, where I round up the top trends in decor in their annual "Our Home Design Guide" issue.
-What colors are hot?
-Has Madonna brought gold back into vogue?
-Is indoor wicker furniture the next hot trend?
-Why locally made pieces are cooler!
I love writing for this publication cause they let me be me. ("Love Your Small Unit", "Turn Your House into A Green House")
Side note: I love that the cover is an Asian hottie! Who was the last Asian Cover Boy? Probably me.
This ain't your grandma's trailer park! Leave it to IKEA to bring mobile homes into the 21st century. Check out their new line of prefab homes (called Aktiv), which start at $80k. True, you ain't gonna raise the Brady Bunch there, but for singles or young/retired couples this is a great option! It's akin to living in a hotel suite. Like for me, it's perfect. I'm low maintenance, no frills, no partner, no kids, no pets, no plants. (violins). The only hurdle is finding a piece of land. A piece of earth in a metro area that allows this is rare, and if it exists, bet your life that lot is gonna be 2-4 times 80k!! More pix here.
Cash Buyers Squeezing Out Traditional Home Seekers (NPR), Cash Buyers Are 'Mopping Up Inventory' (Realtor Magazine), Cash Buyers Lift Housing (WSJ). Clearly, it's all about the Benjamin's! I can personally attest to this from my SF/Silicon Valley clients. The amount of dough in this area is unbelievable! As the main portal to Asia and mecca of tech industry, all cash offers are dominated by Asian and tech buyers. Who are the primary all cash buyers in your market?
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