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Lovely home in the award winning lake community of Auburn Bay - this is Heartland Homes popular Parker Model.  It has 1320 sq ft of developed living space plus a basement ready to be developed. Open concept main floor has hardwood flooring and 2pc bathroom. The upper level has 3 bedrooms and 2 b...
01/26/2009
I was just watching the Early Show and they are interviewing kids about what first things they think Obama should do in the White House.  It was adorable - the usual "take his daughters to a water park" and "put in some bean bag chairs in front of a TV and sit down and watch TV"  kid stuff.  But ...
01/15/2009
DID YOU KNOW in a recent survey...92% Of people surveyed said "Green" features are important when buying property74% of consumers surveyed buy environmentally friendly products60% are willing to pay more for such items55% say they make a special effort to patronize retailers with a green reputati...
01/12/2009
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  Color is such an important part of how we perceive the world.  From sunrise to sunset we experience our world fully only in relation to the colors we perceive.  And, while there are commonalities in how we perceive color and its effect on us, each of us experiences color differently.  Some love...
01/08/2009
Yesterday afternoon I went to an open house in Berkeley, CA where they were doing a seminar on cohousing.  The Architect/Builderspoke first and you could really see his passion for the project, which is a two home/condo structure in West Berkeley with communal entrance and courtyard.  Most of you...
01/05/2009
 When we first saw this home with the orange carpet and old wooden paneling, it seemed like we'd gone into a time machine.  Unfortunately I didn't look like I did in the 70's, only the room did.  With such dated décor, a price reduction couldn't be far behind.  The room was underutilized and depr...
01/03/2009
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 California dreaming - I am constantly amazed and overjoyed by this wonderful area we live in.  There are surprises around every corner - beautiful vistas, incredible hikes through redwood forests or coastal wetlands or around lakes hidden away - private and beautiful and often only 5-10 minutes...
01/03/2009
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  October 17, 1989 I am working a new job in the financial district of San Francisco (back then I was a recruiter, placing finance and accounting professionals)  and I leave a few minutes before five to go to an event in the East Bay with a friend.  We get in her car and join the mass of fellow ...
01/03/2009
I was just working today with a redesign client in Castro Valley and, like most people in our current reality; she is trying to save money wherever possible.   Our current project is her master bath which is very dated, brown 70's tiles and linoleum combined with old, ugly wood cabinets that crea...
01/02/2009
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The comments to my last blog "Go Green in 2009" by Dallas Realtor® prompted me to write this second blog to clarify and tell you some fabulous facts about going green.  Green Factoids from the LGLS Certified Professional course: • The 40% of new homes Dallas Realtor® thought was too low actually ...
01/01/2009
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