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House Passes Stimulus Bill, Senate What Next?

We pulled this directly from a C.A.R newsletter: The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Economic Recovery Package, by a 244 to 188 vote. Amid all the negative economic news we’re hearing on a daily basis, this is good news, as the bill contains a number of issues critical to REALTORS® and the […]

Obama Wants to Jump in on the Real Estate Crisis. Which Way shoul...

You might have already read Alex Clark’s article on the Bush plan to help homeowners, named optimistically “Hope for Homeowners.” Commenters on that post were less optimistic. Seems a lot of lenders won’t touch the program, though that might be because the program itself is new and everyone is so gun-shy right now. That leaves […]

In the Spirit of Halloween and Election Season, Scary Technology ...

Prop 8 is not one that encourages sedate emotion. People are either vehemently for it, or they are just as vehemently against it. The debate between the two camps, heated as it is, often erupts into full out fighting, which we all know from our rhetoric classes is actually the opposite effect civilized, fair debate […]

A Worse Punishment for Sisyphus: Policing Noise in a Metropolis

Hello out there, theFrontStep Readers! You may (or just as likely, may not) know my name from my blogs for Redfin. I’ve kindly been invited to write also for theFrontSteps, so here I am, on the steps, with my first blog. So here’s the setting: last night, 2:00am, sultry night, people walking up from the […]

Government Unveils Hope For Homeowners (H4H) Program

BUSH ADMINISTRATION LAUNCHES “HOPE FOR HOMEOWNERS” PROGRAM TO HELP MORE STRUGGLING FAMILIES KEEP THEIR HOMES Detailed Program Eligibility Requirements Announced WASHINGTON – The Bush Administration today (10/1) unveiled additional mortgage assistance for homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The HOPE for Homeowners program will refinance mortgages for borrowers who are having difficulty making their payments, but […]

Taking Over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Some Clarification

If you’ve been wondering what all of this Government takeover of Fannie and Freddie means, you’re hardly alone, so we just went ahead and copied what we just read to give you some different perspectives of what is being said in the real estate world. We take zero credit for this, it all came from […]

Installing ultra low-flow toilets at point of sale

We recently caught wind (through Realtor Advantage Online) that As reported almost two years ago, San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission is planning to propose an ordinance that would mandate the installation of ultra low-flow toilets in residential properties at point of sale (i.e., before properties are sold). [A] former aide to soon-to-be Senator Leno, is […]

Daly Madness: Ordinance to place two-unit buildings into condo co...

If you haven’t noticed we’re just spitting out the SFAR Advantage online as it keeps getting better the further towards the bottom we read. Just when you think it is over, Daly strikes again. Daly Introduces Ordinance Placing Two-Unit Buildings in Condominium Conversion Lottery Supervisor Chris Daly introduced a proposed ordinance that would place two-unit […]

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