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The Tale of ‘U’: Listen to Yourself to Get the Design You Want

The Tale of ‘U’:  Listen to Yourself to Get the Design You Want

As an interior designer and stylist, I am often asked about the “new trends” emerging in home goods. It would be easy to be pithy and declare with absolute certainty…

Love Letters

Love Letters

My partner Taylor and I have a fierce, running debate about “love letters” from buyers to sellers. For those of you who do not know what a real estate “love…

What You Should Expect

What You Should Expect

OK, I’ll just say it. Real estate agents are a dime a dozen. Many people believe agents aren’t even necessary in order for them to buy and sell real estate.…

Follow in Their Footsteps

Follow in Their Footsteps

As we celebrate Pride each June, it’s easy to overlook those courageous souls who forged the path for LGBT rights well in advance of the Stonewall Riots in 1968. Elsie…

Ring Them Bells

Ring Them Bells

Since June is upon us and Gay Pride and marriage equality are on my mind, I am taking a break from remodeling to share some of my favorite ideas for…

What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

What to Expect When You’re Inspecting

I attend as many of my clients’ home inspections as possible. One reason is that I care. The other reason is to learn the basic things to look for prior…

Real Estate: What’s Happening

Real Estate: What’s Happening

REAs I was looking for some possible topics to discuss this month, I came across a collection of ideas posted on the website for the California Association of REALTORS® (CAR).…

Vicious Cycle: Here Comes the Neighborhood

Vicious Cycle: Here Comes the Neighborhood

From the Harvard Review, July 26, 2012: The addition of one same-sex couple for every 1,000 households is associated with a 1% increase in home prices in US neighborhoods that…

Five Design Trends for Today and Tomorrow

Five Design Trends for Today and Tomorrow

An important part of my job as a designer is to spot emerging trends in the marketplace and to help my clients decide if these trends are right for their…

LGBT Community: Pioneers of Gentrification

LGBT Community: Pioneers of Gentrification

(Editor’s Note: With this issue, the Bay Times welcomes new columnist America Foy, a top-producing real estate agent at Sotheby’s International Realty. Foy has over a decade of experience in…

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