Scientists Study How Room Designs Affect your Work and Mood

While it’s not exactly a scientific study of Feng Shui as the Chinese practice it, research is beginning to prove how room qualities such as ceiling height, views, and type of light affect peoples moods, ability to socialize, and critical thinking.   All of which lend more weight to what artists and stagers have long known… Architects have long intuited that the places we inhabit can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. But now, half a century after Salk’s inspiring excursion,

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Takin' It To The Streets

City officials decided to shave costs, given the city’s huge budget deficit and Muni’s fiscal problem, by cutting street sweeping in more than 20 neighborhoods, in August, but what they didn’t anticipate was the loss of almost four times more money than it saved. City officials knew the change would lead to a loss in revenue from parking tickets but are they willing to keep with the trend? If so, the transit agency will be out more than $3.8 million

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New Appraisal Rules Adopted by Fannie Mae & Freddic Mac

As of May 1st, the Federal Housing Finance Agency has mandated that loan officers CANNOT select or pay appraisers. The Home Value Code of Conduct (HVCC), as it’s called, outlines appraisal-related practices to which lenders must adhere with respect to so-called “conventional” or “conforming” loans that they want to sell to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. It’s intended to remove conflicts of interest some feel are inherent in the loan officer/appraiser relationship. In the coming months these new rules from

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San Francisco Real Estate Activity Over the Past Two Weeks

Statistics for the Past Two Weeks, SF homes, condo’s and TIC’s New Listings: 315 – slightly up from 306 Back-on-Market: 64 – slightly down from 67 Price Reductions: 207 – substantially down from 273 Went into Contract (Contingent): 171 – down from 185 Contingent REO (bank owned): 7 – down from 11 Went Pending: 164 – up from 151 Sold: 104 – down from 133 Sold REO (bank owned): 9 – down from 20 Expired/Withdrawn: 131 – substantially down from

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