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Utilities NOT Included — Now More than Ever

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Sep 1, 2020 6:36:00 PM

As we reported last month, rents are flattening or decreasing in many locations across the state. In San Francisco, where Livable is based, one- and two-bedroom average rents were down a shocking 11 percent in August compared to one year ago, according to data from listing site Zumper. With over 7 million in California filing jobless claims since businesses began closing in March, many are moving in with loved ones to save money or leaving the state altogether. This trend could lead to an even bigger drop in demand in the months ahead.

Back to School!

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Sep 1, 2020 12:21:00 PM

Remember Your ABCs

As we head into fall and the little ones head back to school, it’s important to point out that we grown-ups should also remember our ABCs: “Always Be Conserving”. 

How to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Jul 1, 2020 4:58:00 PM

 As the CEO of Livable, I have been so inspired by our incredible staff and what they've been doing to stay productive and support their communities during shelter-in-place. It isn’t easy to work as hard as they do for our clients, and still have time and energy to give to friends, family and front line workers as well. 

Is Help for the Housing Industry on the Way

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Jun 1, 2020 4:17:00 PM

 As we head into a summer unlike any we have ever experienced, there is reason for hope and reason for concern. With infection numbers down, states and cities are haltingly opening the doors to more and more businesses, beginning the important work of restarting our economy. At the same time, states that have reopened too quickly have seen a quick uptick in infections and hospitalizations. 

Could Lifting Restrictions Mean a Bounce Back in Rental Demand?

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on May 1, 2020 4:03:00 PM

 After weeks of remaining sheltered in place, May seems to be the month that all of our hard work staying home pays off. Many local and state governments seem to feel confident enough that the peak has passed to begin slowly reopening some nonessential businesses. From construction to real estate, many of the vendors property owners rely on should be returning to work this month, albeit with precautionary measures in place.

Keeping the Lights on During Dark Days

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Apr 1, 2020 3:39:00 PM

 It’s clear we are living in uncertain, and often frightening times. But rather than dwelling on the negative, I prefer to stay positive and focus on some of the amazing stories we are hearing about how this terrible virus is bringing us together as a community, as a nation and as one united planet. 

Find out why renters are getting richer and richer

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Mar 1, 2020 3:00:00 PM

 It used the be that the “American Dream” was synonymous with home ownership. But Millennials don’t seem to be putting the same emphasis on buying property as previous generations. In fact, the homeownership rate for those currently between the ages of 25 and 34 is 8 percentage points lower than Gen Xers and baby boomers when they were in the same age group, according to a report from the Urban Institute

What you need to know for 2020

Posted by Written with love by the Livable Content Team on Dec 1, 2019 1:44:00 PM

 As we get ready to say goodbye to 2019, it’s only natural to look ahead. In addition to what is sure to be a heated national political season in 2020, there are several statewide measures in California to keep an eye on, including a possible overhaul of Prop. 13 and another proposition that would allow municipalities to extend rent control to most units that are at least 15 years old. 

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Smart saver tip of the month

Insulating water pipes is a quick and inexpensive way to lower water-heating costs. The easy upgrade reduces heat loss and allows you to lower your buildings’ water temperature setting by two to four degrees. Plus, since water doesn’t take as long to heat up, less of this precious resource is wasted waiting for faucets and showers to get to the appropriate temperature.

On smaller buildings, this is a definite DIY job that should take less than a day to complete. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s website for a comprehensive shopping list and step-by-step instructions.