If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Sales at a glance: real estate highs and lows]]> This week's summary of property sales in the Palo Alto area shows homes going for less than $1 million in four of five local cities. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Portola Valley to Mountain View]]> The big sale in Mountain View on this week's list was a 29,600 square foot lot with a home in the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood, which went for $3,600,000. ]]> <![CDATA[Decorating for the Lunar New Year]]> To more than 9,000 Palo Alto residents of Chinese descent, February can be as festive as December. Only a few weeks after removing the Christmas tree, some decorate the living room in a completely different way for Lunar New Year.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> A strong local tech economy, low inventory and multiple layers of demand were among many factors that continued to support property prices in Palo Alto. What's the outlook for this year? Is the tide finally going to turn?]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week's Home Front column features an educational neighborhood stroll through Downtown North, a rose care workshop and talk on the importance of bees. ]]> <![CDATA[A Fresh Look]]> Choosing a paint color for your home's exterior can be daunting. But following these easy steps you can give your home more curb appeal, protect it from the elements and increase its resale value.]]> <![CDATA[Matchmaking for mulch]]> A new service called Chip Drop is bringing wood chips directly to homeowners' driveways -- for free. ]]> <![CDATA[Rent Watch]]> Can a disabled tenant ask for an exemption from a rent increase? This week's Rent Watch column answers that question. ]]>