housing market

11:29am

Thu March 13, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

In San Francisco, rent control gets personal

Apartments in San Francisco (wallyg/flickr)

 

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.

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4:34pm

Mon March 3, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

In legal grey area, West Oakland resident discovers free house

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.

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5:36pm

Tue January 8, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

The luxury of living in a tiny house

Jay Shafer, owner of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, in front of one of his homes.

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.

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