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The Supreme Court’s In The House

Last Monday the Supreme Court squashed a long running challenge by the owners of the Hotel San Remo in North Beach concerning a $567,000 fee they were required to pay to the city in order to convert their property from rental units to hotel rooms. Having already lost legal... Read More »

Unclear On The Concept

Making money through arbitrage (e.g. flipping) is dependent on an inefficient market. Condo Flip™ is attempting to create a marketplace for builders, buyers, and sellers, in order to make transactions more efficient for the flippers. Wait a second… Read More »

Yes! Yes! No.

The title naturally caught our eye (Why You Can’t Afford a House in San Francisco), and we think the author’s analysis gets off to a strong start. But then he sputters. And falls flat. The entire premise of this article is that housing prices should be directly correlated with... Read More »

It’s A Seller’s Squirrel’s Market

Within a month of putting her two-bedroom house in San Francisco on the market recently, homeowner Linda Gao had five offers, each one above her asking price of $699,000. So before accepting the most-attractive bid, she threw in an extra condition: If you want to buy my house, you... Read More »

Freakonomics Freaks NAR

Freakonomics just moved to the top of our summertime reading list. Pointing to data that suggests that “full-service” “realtors get 3-4% more for their own houses and leave their own houses on the market 10% longer” than their clients’ properties, and suggesting that “discount” brokerages might be the way... Read More »

Mixed Messages

A reader just forwarded a newsletter from her local Realtor®: Sales are up!…blah, blah, blah…supply is tight!…blah, blah, blah…the market is strong!…blah, blah, blah…but “t may be a good time to re-evaluate your home as one of your best investments.” Wait a second… Read More »

(No)HousingBubble.com Smackdown Dust Settles

It’s official, and the bubblemongers have loudly spoken. HousingBubble.com outsold NoHousingBubble.com by a margin of $2,250 $2,225! (and yes, HousingBubble.com sold for $2,250 $2,225 so you do the math) We’re feeling a bit foolish for investing that $9.49 on the domain registration and eBay listing fees. It’s not an... Read More »

HousingBubble Market Lacks Froth

After three bids, the HousingBubble.com domain name sold for $2,225 (slightly below the sellers “buy it now” price of $250,000). Apparently there’s not much “froth” in the HousingBubble domain name market. Only seven hours left in the NoHousingBubble.com auction… Read More »

Update: Bubble Domain Smackdown

Realty Baron coined the phrase, we just borrowed stole it. In any case, here’s the auction update: HousingBubble.com: one day left and only one bid of $1,000 (but over 900 gawkers and a couple of “encouraging” comments which kind of freak weird us out) NoHousingBubble.com: no bids, zip, zilch,... Read More »

NoHousingBubble.com

No doubt you’ve heard that the HousingBubble.com domain name is up for auction. But what happens if a bubble fails to materialize? Well here’s your opportunity to put all those bubblemongers in their place. That’s right, the NoHousingBubble.com domain name is now up for auction! What better way for... Read More »