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A Market (And Columnist) In Transition

Last April, Inman News columnist Dian Hymer wrote, “Should I buy in a hot real estate market?” This January, “Buyers gain power in today’s real estate negotiations”. In February, “Balanced market creates new approach to home selling”. And this morning? Welcome to “Cooling real estate market presents challenge for... Read More »

Et Tu Inman Redux

The Inman Blog continues to raise the eybrows of their bread and butter (i.e. the industry) as they offer the following three quotes to characterize the health of the California housing market: “The market came to a screeching halt in February” (attributed to“long-time Realtor in Sausalito”), “It is the... Read More »

San Francisco Sales Slide In February

According to DQNews, “Bay Area home sales remained at their lowest level in five years in February, as price increases continued to slow….” San Francisco sales volume is off by almost 19% compared to 2005, and although the median sales price rose 1.5% last month, year-over-year appreciation now stands... Read More »

The Bear

A loud “Amen!” with regard to reducing your exposure to “variable-rate or interest-only loans”, but damn, even we’re not as bearish as financial consultant, and author (Sell Now! : The End of the Housing Bubble), John Talbott: “According to San Francisco’s LoanPerformance.com, half of all Bay Area home buyers... Read More »

Weekend Update: Sales Follow-Up

Lots of questions with regard to sales activity for three of the New Developments we’ve recently profiled, so let’s do a quick rundown to kickoff the weekend (and help you plan your open house stops this Sunday): 1. 1725 Washington: Three (#3, #9, #14) of the fourteen units we... Read More »

The San Francisco Stare-Down

So is it a simple war of the wills, or a real war of the wallets? From the New York Times: Along much of the East and West Coasts, home buyers and home sellers are engaged in a stare-down. Many buyers, having heard that the real estate market is... Read More »

REALTOR© Hoisted Upon His Own Petard

Yesterday SocketSite caught a local Realtor, and popular blogger, using statistics from the MLS to prove that demand is outstripping supply in the San Francisco housing market (and to “back up what is usually gut-feeling about the San Francisco housing market”). While we applaud the Realtor for attempting... Read More »

San Francisco Sales/Prices Trend Down

On a year-over-year basis, home prices are up 6.1% in the Bay Area (8.1% in San Francisco County) according to the California Association of Realtors. Yes, single-digit year-over-year appreciation for San Francisco County. Historically irrelevant, but it’s quite a change from the past couple of years of “guaranteed” double-digit... Read More »

San Francisco Population 400,000?

Results of the Bay Area Council’s annual poll have been released. Although 35 percent of respondents ranked transportation as their highest concern, 19 percent said housing was the biggest problem. Forty percent said they have considered moving out of the region, and 70 percent of those cited high housing... Read More »

Speculators in San Francisco?

An excerpt from this week’s Surreal Estate: Recently, San Francisco has added protections to make Ellis Acting less desirable. Just this week, the California Court of Appeals upheld a new law that would compel landlords to give each legal tenant 120 days’ notice and $4,500 (up to three tenants)... Read More »