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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 »

We’re Tired of Being Number One

Once again the San Francisco Bay Area ranks number one in the state. According to the California Association or Realtors (C.A.R.), the average San Francisco Bay Area household income falls $102,230 short of the qualifying annual income ($170,370) required to purchase a local median-priced home (the highest gap in... Read More »

Real Estate Vs. Real Behavior

A great post (and quote) brought to our attention by Ben Jones’ The Housing Bubble 2 this afternoon.  First the quote: ‘I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.’ (Sir Issac Newton having lost his shirt in the South Sea bubble, 1721) And... Read More »

Here We Go Again

Remember last May when we first suggested you take a look at the Spring PMI Risk Index? And then how two months later Kiplinger’s finally gets around to publishing a story about the report and gets all the press? Well, here’s another two-month head start for the SocketSite community…... Read More »

To Sell, Or Not To Sell

The majority of San Franciscans are trying to figure out if (or how) they will ever buy a house in the current market, while a minority find themselves contemplating a sale of their primary residence in order to “cash out” on a bubble. CNN/Money weighs in with four options... Read More »

Sales Activity: National Versus Local

According to the National Association of Realtors, national existing home sales came in at a record setting annual pace of 7.33 million homes as measured in June. And according to the California Association of Realtors, statewide home sales are up 3.6% as compared to June of 2004. Sales activity... Read More »

Not The “P” But The “E”

Not The “P” But The “E”

You might recall our previous discussion about San Francisco’s housing P/E. In summary, it’s out of whack. From an investing perspective, while the cost (Price) of an investment in San Francisco real estate has risen, the returns (Earnings) have remained flat. This suggests that the majority of buyers are... Read More »

Kiyosaki Speaks

When Robert Kiyosaki speaks, the masses seem to listen. Sparking an investing revolution with “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, Kiyosaki recently shared his thoughts about the current real estate craze with Carol Lloyd of “Surreal Estate” fame. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m still buying real estate,” he told me, adding... Read More »

Dueling Reports

If you read the Examiner, the median sales price of a San Francisco home is now $760,000 (a reported 16.4% gain from 6/04); and if you read the Chronicle, the median sales price is now $800,000 (a reported 15% gain from 6/04). Both papers credit DataQuick as their source.... Read More »