Here on the Peninsula, people are needing to get creative about housing. With limited space, rising populations and multi-generational families, finding housing that fits your needs can be tricky. San Mateo County is making a considered effort to promote and encourage residents to explore developing second units, or ADU’s. So what are ADU’s all about?
What is an ADU?
The term ADU stands for “Accessory Dwelling Unit”. This could be anything from a garage conversion to a free-standing structure on the property. Regardless of type, they are all self-contained and smaller than the primary structure on the property. Often known as in-law units, cottages or garage apartments.Read More
My friend Karen Wray works for a great company called Managing Moves and More on the Peninsula that specializes in decluttering, downsizing, and relocation, particularly for seniors. I love talking with Karen about these topics because I always get such great insight and amazing tips. As a project manager, Karen spends her time helping people prepare for life’s transitions, or to just make their lives a little less messy and stressful.
During one recent chat, I asked how I could cut down on the junk that I feel follows me wherever I move. Here are some of Karen’s tips to help cut down on stuff:
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So you’re thinking you might be ready to be a first time homebuyer? That’s so exciting – and totally overwhelming. Where do you start? How much is it going to cost you? How do you make sure you can get the home you want?
Take a deep breath, I’ve got you covered. These 5 tips will help you to be ready to roll once you get serious about finding your first home.
Make A Hobby Out Of Open Houses
Long before you start actively looking for a house, you should start going to open houses. It can be your weekend thing – a hike, brunch, open houses. So why would I tell you to go to open houses if you’re not remotely close to being ready to buy a place? Think of it as similar to an SAT prep class – you’re not ready for the final exam, but you are ready to learn how to take the test.
Growing up in the small Menlo Park neighborhood of Felton Gables, 4th of July was a big deal. A really big deal! We had the greatest neighborhood party – all the kids would gather at our house to make homemade ice cream, then run home to decorate themselves and their bikes for the parade. We had face painting, games, hula-hoop competitions and neighbors coming together to support each other, cook for each other and celebrate our country and our neighborhood. It goes without saying that 1976 was the biggest one of them all.
It was pretty idyllic.Read More
There’s no shortage of tech solutions when it comes to finding a mortgage. If you live on the Peninsula, you’ve likely seen the Caltrain wrapped in SoFi advertising and Rocket Mortgages (owned by Quicken Loans,) seems to be advertising on TV every other commercial. These, along with their main competitors Lenda and Guaranteed Rate, are great resources for home buyers. But are they the best way to go about procuring an actual mortgage?Read More