2013 Inaugural Pictures|
January 18,2013 at the Oakland Museum
Perks to Living in Oakland
But why limit yourself? There are great neighborhoods throughout Oakland, including Uptown, Downtown, Adams Point, Piedmont Avenue, Grand-Lake, Fruitvale, Dimond, and Laurel.
Upgrading Street Lighting to Improve Safety
Oakland is working with PG&E to upgrade streetlight fixtures in several East Oakland neighborhoods in an effort to improve public safety and reduce the city's energy costs
Bay Area's Median Home Price on the Rise
Home buyers in the Bay Area paid a median $429,000, which was 4.6% more for a home than last month and 17.5% from the prior month. That was the highest level since August 2008, real estate firm DataQuick of San Diego reported.
Redeveloping Oakland's Army Base
The $1 billion effort to redevelop Oakland's former Army Base into a jobs-generating logistics and warehousing center took a major step forward Tuesday when city leaders and developers signed off on a series of key agreements."This is about job creation and realizing the vision of a working waterfront," developer Phil Tagami said after a brief ceremony at City Hall.
Oakland Youth Radio wins top White House award.
An Oakland-based after-school program called Youth Radio will receive a top award from First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.
Housing Market is Reviving: Jumbo Home Loans
The jumbo loan is making a comeback, a welcome trend for Bay Area homebuyers and one more sign the housing market is reviving. "The high-end homes market is reviving because buyers feel the combination of good prices and low interest rates make today a good time
to buy," said Wells Fargo spokesman James Hines. "The availability of low-rate jumbo loans, therefore, is enabling these consumers to buy homes and finance them."
Paying Cash for Bay Area Homes
In a normal market, cash buyers would typically be empty-nesters and retirees downsizing to a smaller place with money from the sale of their former home, said DataQuick's Andrew LePage.
But in 2012, a quarter to nearly a third of all sales of existing single-family homes in the region were to cash buyers. A third to half of condos that changed hands went for cash, the company reported.
Oakland Zoo Recieves $1 Million Donation
Christmas came early for the Oakland Zoo this year in the form of an anonymous $1 million check.
NAR Member Benefit Helps Realtors® Take Care of Their Homes
Realtors® help people achieve the dream of homeownership, but are often also homeowners themselves. A new offer through the REALTOR Benefits® Program will help members of the National Association of Realtors® who own homes prolong the life of their air conditioning and heating systems.
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax
Learn the most important takeaways for REALTORS® when it comes to the 3.8% tax that's part of health care reform.
Buying beats renting in most U.S. cities
For people who are willing to stay put for a few years, buying a home has become a much better deal than renting in almost every major housing market in the nation.
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