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The Story Within The Story

The Story Within The Story

Okay, while we might have branded “Mid-Market eyed for unusual projects” a non-story, it’s the story within the story we actually find quite interesting. In specific, the “tiny condo” movement. “…Group I is building 60 tiny condominiums a block from Market Street. The project has attracted attention because of... Read More »

Just A Typo (But Not Ours)

Our eyes widened as we did the math this morning. The Examiner reported a median San Francisco home/condo sales price of $786k in July of 2004 versus $804k in July of 2005…that’s an anemic 2.3% annual growth rate! But alas, it was just a typo in the print edition... Read More »

Bay Area Sales Slowdown

According to DataQuick, July Bay Area home sales were down 11.9 percent from the month prior. Interesting, but not too surprising considering the typical summer real estate slowdown. Perhaps more telling, however, is the fact that San Francisco sales were down 21% compared to July of 2004 (i.e. apples... Read More »

Home Prices Up (And Down)

According to the latest survey by the National Association of Realtors®, existing single-family home prices in the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont MSA increased by 12.3% over the past 12 months (versus 13.6% nationally). Impressive, but trending down from a nearly 15% gain from 2003 to 2004. And we’d still like to... Read More »

Reading Between The C.A.R. Lines

According to the California Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a San Francisco Bay Area home increased 1.8% from May to June. At the same time, C.A.R. reports that the affordability index (i.e. percentage of households that can afford a median priced home) in San Francisco County... Read More »

We’re Raising The “Bubble Alert” Level To Yellow

We’re wishing we hadn’t already used-up our “An ARM (And Quite Possibly A Leg)” headline. Considering how alarmed we’ve been with the explosion of ARM financing, we’re down right terrified with the adoption of “option ARMs”. A couple of excerpts from today’s WSJ article “Sore ARMs? A Peek Inside... Read More »

Survey Says…

We need a bigger audience. SocketSite’s first “Highly Scientific Real Estate Survey” garnered slightly fewer responses than we hoped (well okay, a lot fewer). Considering we’re tracking around 10,000 views a month, and doubling every 30 days, you’d think that we might get a little more love participation from... Read More »

Euro Subterfuge

We’re tired of hearing it: “Compared to London or Paris, San Francisco looks cheap to the Europeans. Especially with the strength of the Euro.” All the while the London market seems to be tanking, and according to the Economist, “Investors from outside North America bought $8.6 billion-worth of real... Read More »

Opinion Survey: Last Chance

Have an opinion about where the San Francisco real estate market is headed over the next two years? Willing to challenge the “Industry Experts”? Today’s your last chance to take SocketSite’s Highly Scientific Real Estate Survey (a whopping four multiple choice questions). Come on people, every vote opinion counts.... Read More »