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QuickLinks: Grab-bag Wednesday

DataQuick Reports Record Bay Area Prices

According to DataQuick, the median price for a Bay Area single-family home hit $651,000 last month (versus $643,000 in July, and up ~19% from last August). At the same time, however, the number of sales fell 4.1% from 2004 and “…insiders say the number of homes for sale has... Read More »

Not Such Trivial Knowledge

Know the difference between a Benjamin Moore Mulberry, Behr Plum Jam, and Glidden Valhalla? What about the difference between a Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, and a San Francisco Stick? Neither did we until readers tipped us to these two sites: Colorcharts – billed as the “online library of... Read More »

Start Listening To Those “Academics”

If you don’t heed the warnings of the academics, at least take a lesson from the history books. Excerpts from a recent article in Knowledge@Wharton: What’s driving this market? Most important: Are these loans ticking time bombs that could shock the financial markets and economy... Read More »

SF MLS Quietly Removes Listing Dates

It appears that the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service has quietly removed listing dates from the properties on its website. In other words, the public can no longer see how long a property has been sitting on the market. Not only disappointing, but a bit suspicious as well. For... Read More »

Octavia Boulevard Rebirth

Octavia Boulevard Rebirth

Rumor has it that this Friday will mark the grand re-opening of Octavia Boulevard in Hayes Valley. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse to check out the pagoda. Update: Friday it is, with an 11am ribbon-cutting ceremony at Octavia and Market (freeway on-ramp will be open to motorists... Read More »

Ellis Act Blunder

The San Francisco Superior Court recently tossed the Ellis Act eviction notices for all the tenants of 1357 Folsom Street based on a notification technicality. Andrew M. Zacks, which handles the vast majority of Ellis Act evictions for landlords in San Francisco, failed to provide a crucial piece of... Read More »

We’re Down With Lao

Lao Tzu, a sixth century B.C. philosopher, is quoted as having said, “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” Or said much less eloquently, and applied to the real estate market: The problem is that no one can predict the precise peaks and valleys... Read More »

Ice Charades

Looks like Potrero has some “steep” competition as a group of Pacific Heights residents are gathering support to keep the ice on Fillmore. · Save The Jump – ICER Air 2005 Read More »

A Somber Reminder

In 2001, and prior to 9/11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified the top three “likeliest, most catastrophic disasters facing this country”: 1. A terrorist attack on New York City 2. A hurricane hitting New Orleans, and 3. An earthquake in San Francisco It’s time to be prepared... Read More »