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The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance
If you’re thinking about refinancing, you should understand the appraisal’s essential role in the process.

U.S. Veteran, Kelly Carlisle's Non-Profit Acta Non Verba Is Just What Oakland's Youth Needs
Carlisle founded the non-profit Acta Non Verba in 2010, promptly beginning an urban farm project for young people in Oakland, Calif. The program’s goal is to teach the city's elementary school and middle school students about farming, while providing them with an escape from the violence and poverty within their community.

10 hottest housing markets for 2014
This blue-collar city and its posh surrounding suburbs benefit from neighboring San Francisco's spillover.

Love Letter to Oakland: History meets the future in Chinatown
Chinatown has a continuously vibrant Oakland neighborhood for almost as long as Oakland has been a city. As early as 1870, Chinese businesses were clustering in the area around 8th and Webster. “Chinatown is the oldest and still thriving community of residents and businesses, having an identity that goes back over a century,” said Roy Chan, Project Director for the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project.

What To Expect From Housing In The Second Half Of 2014
Although the headlines each month can create high drama as the numbers go up and down, the theme so far this year is this: we’re steadily on the road back to normal.

Jerry Brown Announces New Oakland Development With Investment From China
Brown announces a $1.5 billion Chinese investment in an Oakland waterfront construction project. Plans call for construction to begin in 2014 on 3,100 residential units, 200,000 sq.ft. of retail and commercial space and 30 acres of parks and open space.

Oakland Turning into Hot Market for Business and Real Estate
The National Venture Capital Association ranks it the 11th most attractive city for tech startups.

A Freeway, A Neighborhood, and a Garden: North Oakland's Grove-Shafter Community Garden Project
A plot to join two dead end streets in a community effort.

Oakulture: Visit Oakland, Nightlife Beyond First Fridays, The Oakland Music Festival Arrives
Nightlife (and culture) happens here pretty much every day of the week, and, quiet as it’s kept, the local DJ scene features some of the best-curated genre nights in the entire bay, tended with loving care by a coterie of the usual suspects. The visual art scene, at least in the quarters Oakulture frequents, is more subtly cool than over-the-top cliquish swagger.

"Above and Below" OMCA show Depicts the Bay's Past, Present, and Future
Just in time for the opening of the East Span of the Bay Bridge, the Oakland Museum of California opens its latest showing in the series of exhibitions about the San Francisco Bay.

5 Projects That Lower Your Home’s Value
Most upgrades, renovations, and home improvement projects raise a home’s resale value. But in this episode of Destination Home Sabrina Soto, host of HGTV’s "The High/Low Project," reveals five renovations that can do just the opposite.

Seven Reasons to Visit East Bay Farmer's Markets This Fall
As more locally-grown produce has been popping up on grocery shelves, you might feel like you could skip the farmers’ markets and just hit the supermarket. If you do, you will miss out on some delightful organically grown treats.

Six Ounces to Fine: Two Mile Wines from Oaklandia
Wine drinkers are fortunate to be in Oakland at a time when creativity, brains and urban winemaking has reached a stride of excellence. Some pretty intriguing characters are behind the scenes as well, including the people of Two Mile Wines.

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct.
Mortgage rates are below the levels of a year ago, having fallen in recent weeks after climbing last summer when the Federal Reserve began talking about reducing the monthly bond purchases it was making to keep long-term rates low.

Jumbo Mortgage Rate Falls To 14-Month Low
The latest Treasury bond rally continues to benefit anyone looking to buy a home, as mortgage rates, which tend to follow Treasury yields, remain close to 2014 lows

Landlords say San Francisco anti-eviction law unconstitutional
A San Francisco law requiring landlords to pay large sums of money to tenants before removing a property from the rental market was challenged in federal court on Thursday amid rising tensions between renters and landlords in the expensive city.

Million dollar homes: West Coast fixer-upper
A video on a historic property

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