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    Nationwide rankings for first-time homebuyers give poor marks to Richmond, Oakland

    A personal finance website released a list Monday ranking the best markets for first-time homebuyers, and some Bay Area cities, including Richmond, Oakland, Vallejo and Berkeley, found themselves at or near the bottom of the list.  
    The Preservation Action Council of San Jose presents a tour of San Jose homes designed by Wolfe & McKenzie, masters of the California Prairie style, on Aug. 23  
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    Navy veteran Mathew St. Denis and his wife Leah became first-time homeowners Friday when their family was presented with a house in Livermore from Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. Extensively rehabilitated as part of the national Veterans Build program, work on the formerly dilapidated, 60-year-old house was completed with the help of about 300 volunteers.  
    Lynne Herlihy
    A lifestyle is for sale down a pastoral country road that is just a little more peaceful, a touch slower and very charming.  
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    NFL asking artists to pay to play Super Bowl?

    Report says Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay may have been asked to contribute to play halftime show.