Month: November 2012

U.S. Housing market continued to improve in October

From purchases and prices to builder sentiment and construction, the U.S. housing market is making consistent gains. The latest evidence came in reports Monday that sales of previously occupied homes rose solidly in October and that builders are more confident than at any other…

Here’s What’s Happening In North America’s #1 Housing Bubble

2001: After years of moving sideways, home prices took off Canadian home prices mirrored U.S. home prices surging from 2001 to 2008 when they suddenly plunged during the global financial crisis.  Since 2009, however, they have once again been on a tear again as…

The New Nursing Home is a ‘ Granny Pod’ In The Backyard

There’s a new alternative to elder care in the U.S., and it’s in the backyard. A company called MedCottage is now selling high-tech cottages, nicknamed “granny pods,” to families looking for affordable ways to care for aging family members, according to Fredrick Kunkle of The…

2012 Christmas events in the Bay Area

In a part of the world where there’s virtually no chance whatsoever of a white Christmas, there are still plenty of opportunities for an old-fashioned Christmas in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read on to get some ideas on how to plan a traditional…

No Fall Slowdown in Bay Area as Buyers Snatch up Luxury Homes

The housing market is supposed to slow down as we get deeper into the fall season and inch closer to the holidays, but something very unusual is happening here in the Bay Area. Not only is the market remaining active overall, there’s been a…

Lake Tahoe is officially open for business — as long as business comes

. After a welcome snowstorm hit earlier this week, several of the region’s largest ski resorts decided they would get the season started early. But after last season’s bust, it’ll be interesting to see how many skiers actually show up to hit the slopes….