housing market http://kalw.org en In San Francisco, rent control gets personal http://kalw.org/post/san-francisco-rent-control-gets-personal <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rent control has been a way for cities to regulate their housing prices and evictions since World War One, in the wake of a big housing shortage in New York. But that doesn’t mean it’s common. In fact, only a handful of cities in the United States have rent control, like New York City, Los Angeles, a few cities in the Bay Area and San Francisco.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:29:28 +0000 Isabel Angell 40867 at http://kalw.org In San Francisco, rent control gets personal In legal grey area, West Oakland resident discovers free house http://kalw.org/post/legal-grey-area-west-oakland-resident-discovers-free-house <p></p><p class="p1">Like everywhere in the Bay Area, home prices in Oakland have recently gone through the roof. The price of a house there is up almost 70 percent in the past two years. But West Oakland resident Steve DeCaprio has discovered an unusual way to acquire a home for free. DeCaprio has become an expert in finding and taking over abandoned homes – and it’s not as illegal as it might sound. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:34:35 +0000 Jeremy Dalmas 40443 at http://kalw.org In legal grey area, West Oakland resident discovers free house The luxury of living in a tiny house http://kalw.org/post/luxury-living-tiny-house <p>From a young age, many of us dream of the houses we’ll own. But those dreams don’t get into the reality of how much houses cost. These days, buying a house means getting a mortgage – which can wind up taking decades to pay off. And that’s if you keep from defaulting – defaults in the Golden State are more than double the national average.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:36:22 +0000 Jon Atkinson 21483 at http://kalw.org The luxury of living in a tiny house