I just learned about a great loan that only requires only a 5% down
payment, no PMI (private mortgage insurance, which saves about
$300-$400/month), and you do not need to be a first time home buyer or
earn below a certain income, like some of the programs out there.
love finding surprises around the city that helps to explain its
history. Along with a friend for a walk around the ball park and the
Embarcadero, I came upon this plaque embedded in the sidewalk on King
St. I knew that the area was landfill but I didn't know how far back it
was created. I remember reading accounts of the landfill around the
Marina created from the debris from the 1906 earthquake. This might have
been a part of that plan, although it began the year before.
If you're in the mood for a little culture, you won't want to miss
two concerts coming up in San Francisco, and both of them are FREE!
San Francisco scored 100 in a new report that analyzes a city's
recycling efforts, according to the insert that came with my garbage
bill from RecologySF.com (I'm
probably one of the few who reads the insert that comes with my bill).
The next closest city was Seattle with a score 83.1, then Los Angeles at
A seller whose home is Green Certified will sell for more than a
comparable one that is not. At least, that's the hope of San Francisco's
assessor-recorder, Phil Ting, who is developing a green-grade program
that would place the green certification on a home's property record.
But is this incentive enough for homeowners to improve the efficiency of
Here's another very cool idea for people who like to build things: TechShop,
"a workshop that provides access to tools and equipment, instruction,
and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the
things they have always wanted to make."
This is the appropriate tagline for SFMade.org,
a San Francisco organization that is "focused on building San
Francisco’s economic base by developing the local manufacturing sector".
The website is a great source for finding companies that manufacture
and produce their products in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Association of Realtor’s Market Focus report for
July 2011 is a monthly analysis of the state of the housing and mortgage
markets, as well as the local economy.
San Francisco, CA – August 22, 2011 – Seventeen of Zephyr’s top-producing agents have committed to participation in edMatch, a new independent non-profit organization for local businesses and individuals to "match" funds raised in San Francisco’s public schools. The funds are then distributed to all 113 schools on a per-student basis.
I found this very cool Twitter
handle that monitors the earthquakes around the San Francisco Bay Area.
It's surprising (or maybe it shouldn't be?) just how many earthquakes
occur on a daily basis that we don't feel (at least I don't!).