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So does that mean it’s the time to buy?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

So here we all are – bouncing along the housing market bottom.  While this bottom bouncing doesn’t feel great, trends indicate that the worst is behind us here in the Bay Area.   So does that mean it’s the time to buy?

Once the foreclosure mess really begins to clear up, say housing economists, the traditional drivers of the housing market—demographics, affordability, loan availability, employment and psychology—should take over.

While we are still working through some foreclosure activity in the Bay Area many of our local housing markets are performing well – with stable to increasing median prices, brief market times and decreasing available housing supply.   (more…)

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Ryan-Young Guest Blog: How to Create the Perfect Home

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

First of all, it is important to realize that everyone has a different vision of just what a perfect home looks like. To some it means that everything matches, others believe that every item within has to have a story behind it. Some people simply believe love surrounds the perfect home. In a sense all of these things are true.

The perfect home surrounds you with warmth, gives you a good feeling all over, and makes you look forward to just being there.

So how do we create that wonderful space in which we are going to want to come home to? Always start with the basics.


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Real Estate News Roundup

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Builder Online shares the 10 Green Building Trends for 2011.  Sharing and comparing energy usage is one, will you share your energy usage on Facebook?

SFGate reports that Redevelopment plans threatened by CA budget cuts

Brown’s forecast for California: A long slog to full recovery  Read more.  Do you agree? (more…)

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What’s New in Technology for your Home?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about The next frontiers of technology.  Technology and what is new in technology is particularly relevant to the homes that we build and our prospective home buyers, so I thought I would make this a regular piece to highlight what is out in the market place.  As always, we want your input, is there something that you want to see?  Let us know in the comments or send us an email by clicking on the name of author of the post.

Here’s what’s new in technology for your home and real estate: (more…)

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Color-ize your SummerHill Home

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

We all dream of having the perfect home – that is always in style.  Picking the perfect color scheme for your home can sometimes seem as difficult as quantum physics.  Don’t be afraid!  We are here to help you out with the upcoming color trends that the design industry has for fall and winter.

Colors for the Season

Remember playing in your grandmother’s jewelry box?  You would find all types of vintage gold jewelry encrusted with faux saphires, rubies and amethst.  Imagine living in that world with gorgeous jewels surrounding you.  This season it is all about elegance, luxury and power, influenced by jewel tones. (more…)

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The Question: To tweet, or not to tweet

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Over the weekend, I saw an article in USA Weekend about Twitter (note: I adapted their headline) about what it would have been like if Twitter were around 100 years ago.  Twitter is radically changing the way that we communicate and share information.  It also could be considered a throw back to telegraphs with a modern twist?

The big question is whether the changes are for the best.  For example, I’d love to share all of the quotes that our Divisional Sales Manager, Lisa sends out, but most of them are too long.  Even though I use TweetDeck to Tweet and it has a “auto-shorten” function by the time it gets done shortening it, it is completely incomprehensible.


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Design Trends: Contemporary and Low Maintenance

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The current trend is toward the more contemporary finishes with an overall ease of maintenance.  This is most predominate in the selection of  polished or metallic finished flooring and countertop materials.

Stunning contemporary design of new home at Redwood Gate in Palo Alto.

Stunning contemporary design of new home at Redwood Gate in Palo Alto. (Photo courtesy of Gunn High School Photography Class 2009)


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Redefining the American Landscape Dream

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

As Americans, we’ve historically had a love affair with our lawns. Visions of pastoral bliss are conjured up with fantasies of the open plains, the Wild West, and the grand estates of English and French country sides.

During the first half of the 20th Century, we were building homes with a majority of the outdoor landscape devoted to lawns. Plus we devoted a lot of time and energy to pampering, manicuring and protecting our patches of green.


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Get Connected in Your New Home

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Yesterday, I tweeted about this cool new memory chip from Apple that allows you to download photos from your camera to your computer wirelessly, yes, wirelessly.  Now I haven’t tried it yet, but I would like to as I am inevitably searching for a the connection cable when I want to download photos at work to upload on our Facebook pages or even here for our blog.

This got me thinking about our new homes.  One of the things that sometimes goes unnoticed is how easy it is to have your own home network. (more…)

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Summer-ize your SummerHill Home

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

From: Design Line Interiors

This summer it’s all about the “stay-cation”. Instead of spending hard-earned dollars on vacations that come and go in a week, invest in creating a permanent vacation residence within your own walls!  Remember its not about the location…its about the memories you make.  Follow our tips on how to create your own slice of paradise with a few quick and easy summer projects.


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