Your Kitchen: The Heart of Your Home

The kitchen is not only where the food is, it’s also where the heart is. Your kitchen is often the prime space in a home where family and friends gather informally to share special celebrations and connections. Are you considering a kitchen remodel in 2017? Remodels are growing more popular now that our economy is recovering from the recession. Following the latest trends, I notice...

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Another Amazing Year…

2016 went by too slowly in some cases, but also quite fast. I wanted to take time to show gratitude for all that I have. I enjoyed a fantastic Christmas together with my wonderful extended family. My husband’s family came to our house for turkey dinner and merriment. Ages ranged from 1-100, literally (Michael’s dad is 100). We are so fortunate to have strong family...

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There’s Always Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

       I am a walker. My husband and I walk almost daily in various peninsula neighborhoods. We walk the Bay Levee Pedway, Edgewood Park trails, or just on city streets. Sometimes we tackle the steepest hill we can find (aspire higher!); other times we stroll more leisurely. We often talk to neighbors (like PJ, who grows amazingly hot peppers in his front yard!)....

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Is Your Dream Home a Castle?

They say your home is your castle, but there are other castles in the bay area that you may want to explore. On the peninsula we have the three sisters nearby: Kohl, Carolands and Ralston mansions. Ralston is being refurbished, but there are opportunities to experience Kohl and Carolands. But what if you want to stay overnight in a mansion? That can be arranged! It’s...

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Passionate about LOCAL

I’m loving the festive holiday lights going up in all the neighborhoods – it’s such a joyful heartwarming treat just to drive up & down a few unfamiliar areas of town exploring the variety of light shows. While driving Eucalyptus Ave in San Carlos is always on my holiday to-do list, I’ve found a number of neighborhoods in our peninsula that do a great job...

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Holiday Festivities Guide

‘Tis the Season of Joy, the perfect time to celebrate with your family and friends. I would like to present you with the perfect way to celebrate by offering you a guide to Holiday events and festivities happening in and around the Bay Area. Be merry and enjoy the most beautiful time of the year! Happy Holidays, Rumana Jabeen & Associates Holiday Parades Lighted Yacht Parade...

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November 2016 – After the Election

An unanticipated negative result of the presidential election is that interest rates jumped .25%-.375% higher in just two days following the election. This is only the second time that significant a rise has occurred that fast. The immediate effect of this on housing sales is that buyers borrowing capacity just dropped. For example, let’s say someone qualified last week for a $1,000,000 loan at 3.75%....

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Last Minute Guide to Halloween Events in Bay Area

A Comprehensive List of Events for Halloween Weekend If you aren’t sure what you want to do this All Hollow’s Eve, here are some great events to check out in the Bay Area. Have a spectacular day! Halloween Hoopla in Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, San Francisco. The San Francisco Dungeon, San Francisco. Redwood Symphony – Halloween Family Concert in Redwood City. Halloween Haunted Hangar at Hiller...

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San Francisco home prices are highest in the country – but so is their equity

By Britt Chester, INMAN Staff Writer Published September 27th 2016 CoreLogic finds home value gains restoring negative equity nationwide Key Takeaways The percentage of negative equity homes dropped to 7.1 percent in the U.S., or roughly 3.6 million homes. Economists at CoreLogic believe home prices will rise another 5 percent over the year, which would free up another 700,000 residential properties from negative equity. San...

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