Interest Rate Watch!!

Posted In: Economy, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, General Real Estate News, Mortgage & Finance
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Finally some good news for the housing market!  Mortgage rates went down again, with the 30-year fixed-rate down nearly a full point from November, when it peaked at just over seven percent!!  According to Freddie Mac research, this one percentage point reduction in rates can allow as many as three million more mortgage-ready consumers to qualify and afford a $400,000 [...]

Magical Mushrooms Moments

Posted In: Alameda County, Albany, Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids
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  Magical mushrooms around the bay?  Yes!  It used to be that you would have to head to the hills to see mushrooms, but not this year!  The rains brought on some incredible fungi around town. After a friend showed me photos of some incredible mushrooms, I gathered up my family to go on a magical mushroom walk through the [...]

Ladybugs are everywhere!

Posted In: Alameda County, Fun for Grown Ups, Fun for Kids, Oakland
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We have all seen a ladybug here and there, but have you ever seen thousands of ladybugs in one place?  Every winter these “lady beetles” surf on over to the Oakland Hills and drop down at the exact same spot in Redwood Regional Park. They gather to keep warm and perhaps make a “friend” or two. Where to find the [...]