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U.S. regulator: Be wary of reverse mortgages

Some industry analysts, including U.S. bank regulator, John Dugan, believe that reverse mortgages could be the next subprime mortgage product to gain traction.  Dugan says that while reverse mortgages can be beneficial, they also share some of the characteristics of the riskiest types of subprime mortgages. 

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Get your $8,000 HUD tax credit now

Qualified, first-time home buyers using a Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgage now can apply the $8,000 federal tax credit toward their down payments, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced.

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North Beach Festival – June 13 & 14

Saturday, June 13 and and Sunday, June 14, 2009
10 am – 6 pm. Free.

The country’s original outdoor arts & crafts festival celebrates its 55th anniversary with Juried Arts & Crafts Exhibitions and Sales, Celebrity Pizza Toss, Live Entertainment Stages with Alternative, Rhythm & Blues, Latin Rock, Pop Rock, Reggae, Salsa and Swing, Cooking Stage, Celebrity Chefs, Assisi Animal Blessings (2:00 pm, both days, Vallejo/ Columbus), Arte di Gesso (Italian street chalk art 600 block of Vallejo).

Location: Washington Square Park, 1200-1500 blocks of Grant Avenue and adjacent streets in North Beach. Click here for directions.

Information: 415/989-2220.

Sponsor: North Beach Chamber of Commerce, 556 Columbus Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94133 Phone: 415-989-2220; Fax: 415-989-6427

Validated Parking $3.00; 9 am – 10 pm:  Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay, between Battery & Drumm. A “Park & Ride Shuttle” bus departs every few minutes. Ask for the Broadway/Columbus stop. The festival is one block north. Return stop at Grant & Broadway. Look for the red and white “Park & Ride” sign. The ONLY validation stamp is located at Calzone’s Restaurant, 430 Columbus. No purchase necessary.

Familiar S.F. neighborhoods gain new names

San Francisco Chronicle

Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, May 29, 2009

It’s not the Western Addition – it’s NoPa. It’s not the Financial District – it’s the Barbary Coast. The gritty Hells Angels enclave known as Dogpatch? Now one of America’s hottest ZIP codes, according to the current edition of Men’s Journal magazine.

The continual turnover in names, boundaries and reputations is enough to make an old timer’s head spin.

“A confusing and inconsistent mess,” according to a 1977 attempt to list 144 distinct neighborhoods in California Living, the magazine of the San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle.

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31st Annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

JUNE 6 – 28, 2009


Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes
The beginning of a new season for the cultivation of corn in Tabasco is represented through a blessing dance and a celebration of the crop’s vibrant colors in Fiesta Tabasquena, accompanied by tambores drums and flutes specific to the region.

Athira Pratap
Ohm Kaara! depicts two forms of Shakthi, the Hindu Goddess—the Goddess of Knowledge and the Goddess of Power—in a struggle between good and evil portrayed in the swift rhythmic steps (Nritta) and expressions (Natya) of the South Indian classical dance form bharatanatyam.
Presidio Dance Theatre
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Union Street Festival: June 6 & 7

San Francisco’s Union Street
Eco-Urban Festival
Saturday, June 6, & Sunday, June 7, 2009
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Union Street ~ Gough to Steiner
San Francisco, CA

In its 33rd year, The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco’s largest free annual events. In 2008 we added an eco-zone to the event where we reserved two blocks of the six block Festival for green exhibitors, businesses and educational displays.

This year the east entrance of the Festival, (beginning at Gough) will again feature arts and crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials and eco-friendly exhibits. Additionally, the Festival showcases 150 arts & crafts booths, 25 gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment and bistro style cafes.

San Francisco is a forward thinking city and the Union Street Festival with its eco-urban theme helps promote the value of Green thinking in all aspects of our day to day lives.

The Festival is held on San Francisco’s fashionable Union Street where historic Victorians have been transformed into popular boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Over 100 staff members are on-site to assist exhibitors and the public. Parking is available three blocks from the event site.

Ph: 800-310-6563 ~ Fax: 415-456-6436
Union Street ~ Always a Celebration

31st Annual Carnaval San Francisco

California’s Largest Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration
May 23rd & 24th
10am – 6pm

One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists.
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Renting instead of Selling

Depending on your circumstances and current market conditions, renting one’s home instead of selling it is certainly an option worth considering, but here are a few additional factors to keep in mind as you make your decision:


In San Francisco, renters typically reduce property value for the following reasons:

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San Francisco International Art Festival

San Francisco International Art Festival
May 20 to May 31, 2009

The sixth annual San Francisco International Arts Festival is taking place amidst what can only be described as extraordinary times. Many people are being forced to confront some of their most fundamental assumptions about society and the world we live in. It is in these vacillating and uncertain that the arts are so important. Artists are the gateways to inspiration, the agent provocateurs of tantalizing ideas, and the shamans who can reveal truth and meaning through the intangible acts of movement, gesture, melody and word.

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