Homesharing in LA: Finding a Roommate in Los Angeles

Posted by Silvernest Team on Dec 18, 2020 1:11:03 PM

When it comes to housing costs, Los Angeles is one of the toughest markets in the nation. According to a recent analysis by Zillow Research, LA renters spend 45% of their income on the typical property (spending more than 30% is considered “cost-burdened”). Homeowners in the area aren’t much better off, spending nearly 44% of their income on the typical mortgage (based on current prices). To make matters worse, if you’re among the many San Francisco or San Jose residents found by Zillow to be earning a lower income, you have a whole lot less to live on after paying those high housing costs.  

5 Takeaways for Homeowners from Our Interview on Torchlight's Eldercare Illuminated

Posted by Amy Ford on Dec 9, 2020 10:00:00 AM

For many of us in 2020, our homes have never seemed more like protective fortresses. Even in our protection, however, far too many of us are still feeling the financial impact of this unprecedented time. If you’re one of the 1 in 3 Americans who’ve found difficulty covering usual household needs this year, this should come as no surprise.

Thankfully, your home can protect you from more than just the elements – in fact, it’s an incredible asset. Homesharing is a great way to earn passive income while also benefitting from social connection with a compatible housemate.

When I spoke to the Torchlight team on their Eldercare Illuminated podcast, I kept the impacts of the pandemic in mind. Beyond the finances, there’s a lot to gain from homesharing for those of us nearing retirement or caring for a loved one. Let’s take a look at five discussion points from the interview that felt most pressing for today. We were only able to cover a portion of the podcast topics in this blog, but please click here if you’d like to listen to this special episode of Eldercare Illuminated in its entirety.

 

How COVID-19 is Shifting Our Values for the Better

Posted by Silvernest Team on Sep 21, 2020 10:12:35 AM

Many of us have been touched by COVID-19 in deeply personal ways, whether we’ve fought the virus ourselves or suffered the loss of someone we love, a job we value and/or the lifestyle we once enjoyed. This is a cascade of change, for all of us, and it’s going to take time to adjust. 

 

One big change you may not have expected is actually pretty positive: the pandemic is shifting our values in ways that make life healthier and more meaningful, foster deeper connections, and can even help our pocketbooks and the planet. Let’s take a look at what this means. 

 

Why Post-Pandemic “New Normal” is Ripe for Homesharing

Posted by Silvernest Team on Sep 4, 2020 5:04:00 AM

 

Change is happening everywhere. The pandemic is altering lifestyles, housing and economic realities for millions of Americans. Where we can bounce back, fortunately, we’re doing it. Work from home? Used to it. Zoom calls all day? We’re pros. Elbow bumps in lieu of handshakes? A little awkward, but doable. It might not always be pleasant, but we’re adapting.

 

What Is CBD? 5 Reported Benefits (and a Free Sample)

Posted by CBDistillery Team on Jul 1, 2020 4:10:40 PM

In recent years, you have probably started to notice the explosion of products containing CBD and people touting its benefits. There are CBD oils and tinctures, dermal patches, dog and cat foods, beauty products…the list goes on. With all this publicity, it’s natural to wonder what CBD is, whether it’s safe, how to apply/ingest CBD products and how those products interact with your body to produce the reported wellness benefits. The team at CBDistillery™ put together this quick overview for the Silvernest audience.

Intergenerational Living for Lifelong Growth

Posted by Silvernest Team on Jun 29, 2020 12:45:36 PM

Over the last 100 years or so, the American economy—and, in many ways, our culture—has been hyper-focused on efficiency and specialization. Interestingly, this focus has changed our lives and relationships too. In a speech given at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival, author and CEO Marc Freedman shared how post-industrialized America began to “specialize” experiences by age in a way that previous societies had not, and the trend has only accelerated over the years. This kind of segmentation is efficient for marketers, education, military service and medicine… but we’ve lost something along the way.

 

10 Ways to Be a Silvernest "Superhost"

Posted by Sue Ronnenkamp on May 28, 2020 8:03:00 AM

During a recent short transition from my last homesharing arrangement to my current one, I stayed at an Airbnb. That’s where I learned about and experienced their "Superhost" classification, and it made me think about what the Silvernest equivalent might look like.

 

7 Smart Tips for Homesharing During COVID-19

Posted by Silvernest Team on Apr 10, 2020 3:37:42 PM

No doubt about it, these are strange days for most of us. COVID-19 is changing daily life very quickly and on a global scale. Naturally, when the rest of the world seems crazy, home is where we feel most comfortable and safe.

 

If you're homesharing or have roommates, shelter-in-place can be stressful—even for the best of friends and most loving of family members. But the truth is, you and your roommate must rely on each other more than ever right now—you’re in it together, quite literally!

 

Here are our tips for making this time at home with your roommate(s) as smooth as possible.

 

Silver Linings: A COVID-19 Resource Library

Posted by Silvernest Team on Apr 7, 2020 1:52:28 PM

Women Starting Movements Interview with Wendi Burkhardt (Video)

Posted by Silvernest Team on Jan 17, 2020 2:21:00 PM

Watch Sara Connell interview Silvernest CEO Wendi Burkhardt for the Women Starting Movements Series.