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Homeowners

San Francisco supervisors voted to approve the legalization of in-law units on April 1, 2014. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Supervisors Approve Legalization Of In-Law Units

Now, property owners can voluntarily apply to legalize their in-law units, of which there are thousands in San Francisco.

04/02/2014

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Realtors Launch Campaign Opposing Richmond’s Eminent Domain Plan On Mortgages

An association of Contra Costa realtors have started running radio ads in opposition to the City of Richmond’s plan to use eminent domain as a way of helping financially struggling homeowners.

03/17/2014

A home for sale in Richmond. (CBS)

Richmond’s Eminent Domain Plan Moves Another Step Forward

The Richmond City Council has set up new guidelines for the proposal.

12/18/2013

Foreclosed homes on Lucas Street in Richmond (CBS)

Richmond Demands Wells Fargo Drop Lawsuit Over Eminent Domain Mortgage Plan

The mayor of a financially struggling East Bay city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank’s headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of “underwater” mortgages.

08/15/2013

Foreclosed homes on Lucas Street in Richmond (CBS)

Richmond Threatens Eminent Domain To Address Foreclosure Crisis

The city is the first in the country to take the step of threatening eminent domain to handle underwater mortgages.

07/30/2013

Solar panels on the roof of a Bay Area home. (CBS)

Californians Installing Solar At High Rates; Incentive Programs Running Out

This despite the state’s incentive program winding down with its goal nearly achieved.

07/12/2013

Property Taxes

Property Tax Hikes Coming To Santa Clara County Homeowners

128,000 homeowners in the South Bay will soon see increases on future property tax bills.

06/28/2013

Windmills (Fred Tanneau/Getty Images)

Residents Plan To File Suit After San Leandro City Council Approves Windmill

Halus, a company that installs refurbished windmills for the purpose of generating electricity, has proposed erecting a 100 ft. tall windmill roughly 500 ft. from the boundary of Heron Bay.

04/02/2013

A pit bull dog. (CBS)

Insurance Company Drops Pit Bull Coverage For California Owners

It’s a breed ban for the much-maligned pit bull, as a major insurance company has dropped coverage for the the dog’s owners.

02/12/2013

A sale pending sign stands in front of a home for sale in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drop In Bay Area Inventory Squeezes 1st-Time Home Buyers

Despite low mortgage rates and attractive prices for starter homes in many pockets of the Bay Area, plenty of first-time home buyers are finding the door closed to them, nonetheless.

10/12/2012

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