How the Democrats' "blue wave" could impact consumers

Regardless of your politics and which set of alternative facts you choose to believe, it’s hard to deny the country experienced a “blue wave” in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, with Democrats taking the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kid-oriented hair salon moves into Los Altos

Pigtails & Crewcuts, a hair salon designed especially for kids, is set to open in Los Altos in early December.

Reyna Patel and Sneha Bhavan – sisters-in-law, close friends and now business partners – aim to bring something new to the Peninsula. Both moms of young boys, they saw a need for a salon tailored to children.

SILVAR earns award for global achievement

Courtesy of SILVAR
The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors received the Diamond Global Achievement Program Award for 2018 from the National Association of Realtors earlier this month.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors Global Business Council received the Diamond Global Achievement Program Award for 2018 from the National Association of Realtors at the Realtors Conference & Expo earlier this month in Boston.

SILVAR President Bill Moody and Executive Officer Paul Cardus accepted the award on behalf of the council.

SVCF selects president after board search

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation Board of Directors recently named Nicole Taylor the organization’s new president and chief executive officer.

Officials on the Board Search Committee said Taylor is a leader who brings together a background in Bay Area philanthropy, nonprofit administration and fundraising with experience in both the private and public sectors. Foundation officials noted that Taylor embodies their values of “courage, collaboration, accountability and more.” Taylor will meet with all SVCF staff in the coming weeks.

What does 'contingency' mean in a real estate contract?

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How to determine the actual affordability of student loans

A four-year bachelor’s degree is commonly considered the minimum entry point for the higher-paying jobs of the future. But if you are going to borrow money to complete one, you can and should determine in advance how much you can afford to borrow based on the career you wish to pursue.

Suppose you are interested in becoming a software engineer. You can use data from to figure out how much you can borrow. Visit and click “Major” to sort the data. Software engineer is the degree with the 48th best earning potential.

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