With an alarmingly dry winter and California reservoirs dropping fast, groundwater increasingly is keeping the state hydrated. It now accounts for about 60 percent of California’s water supply. But unlike its rivers, lakes and reservoirs, the state does not consider groundwater part of the public good. It does not regulate groundwater like it does surface…

Are you considering investing directly in rental real estate? With many people increasingly concerned about both stock and bond market valuations, you’re not alone. First, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of becoming a landlord: Income: With stocks and bonds both yielding about 2%, one of the main benefits of real estate is the ability to generate…

No matter what the location and what type of property, every buyer wants to feel they’re getting a great deal and aren’t paying the highest price, said Raifie Bass, an Aspen-based broker for Douglas Elliman. And purchasing a property in a transitioning neighborhood is one way a buyer can optimize potential appreciation and growth. But…

You probably already knew this, but: California has the country’s highest rents. Nine of the U.S. cities with the most expensive one-bedroom apartments in June were in California, according to data from Zillow, a real estate research firm. In San Francisco, a median one-bedroom apartment listing asked renters to pay $3,395, the highest in the country….

SACRAMENTO — A full-fledged housing crisis has gripped California, marked by a severe lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families. The median cost of a home here is now a staggering $500,000, twice the national cost. Homelessness is surging across the state. In Los Angeles, booming with construction and signs of prosperity, some people…