San Francisco Inventories On The Rise

Although a 16% increase in the San Francisco for-sale listings is hardly substantial, it is directional (and important to note). According to the New York Times: For-sale listings have also swelled throughout California, according to the California Association of Realtors. In the San Francisco Bay area, they have increased... Read More »

Pier Wars

Pier Wars

We’d like to believe that we’re such a force in San Francisco that we were singled out as recipients of a very nice voicemail asking us to take a look at the Stop Pier 39 website. But damn, that message sounded suspiciously like a script. Good thing we’re pushovers.... Read More »

First Housing Maps Now Trulia

Another housing “innovation” is upon us with Trulia Real Estate Search. Think MLS meets Google Maps meets your local agent’s site. Trulia is an independent and unbiased residential real estate search engine that gives you free and open access to real estate information. Trulia helps you search homes for... Read More »

Tour Grand Buena Vista Park Homes

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s annual Home Tour is this Saturday, October 8, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost $20 for SFMHS and BVNA members ($25 for non-members) and the Tour will feature Buena Vista Park homes. Registration for the SFMHS tour, co-sponsored by the Buena Vista... Read More »

Uppity Academics

It’s doom and gloom Wednesday. Not only are the economists at UCLA’s Anderson school calling the peak of the California real estate market, they’re putting 50/50 odds on a statewide recession by the end of 2007. California’s housing boom appears to be peaking, and the resultant slowdown is expected... Read More »

Three Months Of Stagnating Prices In San Francisco

According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), the median sales price of a SF Bay Area home was $730,360 this past August (and sales volume dropped 3.7% compared to August ’04). While this does represent a $6k increase in the median sales price from July ‘05, it is... Read More »

Renting Is The New New Thing

While the Times is more eloquent, the Chronicle is obviously closer to home. Another testimonial for renting over buying in the Bay Area: After 15 years as a homeowner in the Bay Area, I’ve cashed out and taken advantage of a bizarre situation: Homes that sell for a fortune... Read More »

Renters Rejoice

Feeling blue or left behind because you’re a lowly renter in the Bay Area? Don’t. The New York Times echoes our insight, debunks a number of home-owning myths, and reaches the following conclusion: In the Bay Area, renting might be more financially savvy than buying. Yes, even accounting for... Read More »

Calling All Tips

Calling All Tips

We’re taking the rest of the week off. And encourage you to do the same. And while you’re at it, grab the camera and a notepad and stroll around your neighborhood. Take some pictures, scribble some notes, uncover a scoop; and then drop us a line. Then do the... Read More »

Dueling Academics

A new study by researchers at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School suggests that housing prices in San Francisco are NOT overvalued. The study, titled “Assessing High Housing Prices: Bubbles, Fundamentals and Misperceptions”, points to “basic economic factors, including low interest rates, strong income growth and... Read More »