A plugged-in reader’s comment:
Remember all the excitement over Google millionaires buying up places with cash? We are now entering a period of huge tech layoffs (see Sun as one of many examples). I’m simply pointing out that this is yet another factor that is going to have a substantial negative impact on the market, particularly in the southern half of the city (which is much more than Ingleside and Visitacion Valley).
Sun employee (for the moment), checking in. I don’t think they are going to do layoffs for a few weeks, but I do think that 6k number might actually be a little low in the end.
A huge percentage of Sun’s engineers telecommute at least part time so the impact will be spread out over most of the Bay Area.
What they’re really talking about with this layoff is a cut in product lines, from top to bottom. There are a couple that are really housed elsewhere and it may not hit the Bay Area much at all. I think it will probably cause more pain in the RE market in Broomfield CO than it will here.
∙ TIC Troubles Via The WSJ (But We Wouldn’t Discount That Downturn) [SocketSite]
∙ Sun to cut up to 6,000 workers, 18 pct of staff [SFGate]
∙ The Google Chart Of The Day (And A Bit More Foreshadowing) [SocketSite]