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Aug. 24, 2019

Fannie Mae Predicts Two More Fed Cuts This Year

Fannie Mae economists are forecasting two more quarter-point interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve this year, expecting that the Fed will move to cut rates in September and again in December. That could bode well for lowering mortgage rates for the remainder of the year. Even though the Fed’s ...

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Aug. 23, 2019

Sausalito Art Festival celebrates 67 years with all-new style and three days of music

The Sausalito Art Festival has some surprises in store for art, music, and wine lovers.

When the festival gates open for Labor Day weekend, visitors will find a reinvented and modernized event with a new sculpture garden at the entrance, high-tech art exhibits, new branding throughout the grounds, and wine ...

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Dec. 30, 2017

Community Focus: How Vallejo became America’s hottest real estate market in 2017

Vallejo is a proverbial phoenix that has risen from the ashes. It has demonstrated remarkable resilience and growth, bouncing back from financial troubles and refurbishing its reputation among its Bay Area neighbors in less than a decade.

As early as mid-2016, Vallejo was being hailed by Realtor.com as America’s ...

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Dec. 14, 2017

Community Focus: Why Concord is the best place to raise a family

With nearly 130,000 residents, Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County and the 8th largest in the Bay Area. Located just over 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, it’s an inviting suburban escape that keeps you close to all the best highlights that the bustling Bay Area ...

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Dec. 12, 2017

Community Focus: Pristine habitats near Martinez now open to the public

On National Trails Day in June 2017, the Contra Costa County city of Martinez officially opened a newly expanded 1,185-acre Fernandez Ranch. The new, publicly accessible recreational space is a gateway to miles of multi-use trails that are sure to please outdoor hobbyists and enthusiasts. The site also boasts ...

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Dec. 7, 2017

Community Focus: Benicia named one of the top waterfront communities in the US

For an idyllic waterfront lifestyle that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bay Area, beautiful and historic Benicia in Solano County may just be the town for you.

Notable for its small-town charm and affordable cost of living, Benicia ranked 34th among 227 waterfront towns and ...

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Nov. 30, 2017

Keep an eye on these 5 hot San Francisco-based startups

A city that embraces passion and innovation, San Francisco has a well-earned reputation as the world’s premier hub for startups. Here are 5 of the best ones out there today and the exciting ideas they are pushing to help change the world:

  1. Modsy: Interior design for the internet age

    Do ...

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Nov. 28, 2017

Experts sound off on 2018’s hot interior design trends

Going for a fresh new look for your home in 2018? Start with these top trends in interior design:

  1. Color is back in fashion

    Conservative and “safe” shades of grey, beige, and the in-between “greige” are on their way out, according to renowned interior designers Timothy Corrigan, Alex Papachristidis, and ...

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Nov. 23, 2017

Why San Carlos is the "City of Good Living"

San Carlos City of Good Living

San Carlos is synonymous with the good life – it continues to attract new residents simply because the quality of life is unparalleled.

Its motto, "The city of good living," still rings true today for the following reasons:

  • Excellent climate – The city gets more than 260 sunny days each ...
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Nov. 21, 2017

Belmont’s community values shape its economic development

Belmonts Values

The peninsula community of Belmont is located roughly halfway between San Jose and San Francisco, making it ideal for those who want to live within commuting distance of these major employment hubs.

But this scenic community has more than just location going for it – its robust economy makes it ...

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