Top Five San Francisco Trophy Homes

Looking for new digs? Have an extra twenty million in Google stock burning a hole in your pocket? Match the recent Mega number? If so, then perhaps you’ll want to check out the five most expensive homes currently listed in San Francisco… 5. 34 Presidio Terrace ($11m) – Cheapest... Read More »

Economic And Real Estate Trends Report

Considering the purchase of an investment (rental) property in San Francisco? Thinking of leveraging an interest-only loan to finance a short-term speculative buy? Do yourself a favor and read The PMI Group’s latest Economic and Real Estate Trends report. The PMI Group is publicly traded residential mortgage insurer and... Read More »

Anti-Bubble Theory And The Seven Deadly Sins

In a self-described rant on Inman News, columnist Lou Barnes shares his perspective on the recent explosion of financial press coverage regarding a real estate “bubble”. In Lou’s own words: There is no evidence whatever that home prices are unsustainable, nor any evidence of widespread default. The bubble is... Read More »

Curb Appeal: 104 Collins

Curb Appeal: 104 Collins

104 Collins: Natural wood, earth tones, and succulents; equally at home in Sao Palo or Rio de Janeiro. (view full facade) Read More »

Design & Architecture: About

Bill Cosby once said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” We couldn’t agree more. “Great” design is subjective, and so are we. We can’t help it, and honestly, we wouldn’t want too. We believe that a distinct voice... Read More »

Greenspan Sees Local Housing Bubbles

While dismissing a national bubble, Alan Greenspan acknowledged signs of market “froth” and local housing bubbles during his address to the Economic Club of New York this evening. A couple of choice quotes: “We don’t perceive that there is a national bubble but it’s hard not to see …... Read More »

TIC Owners/Buyers Beware

Tenancy-in-common (TIC) units created through an Ellis Act eviction of previous building tenants may be denied eligibility for condo conversion in San Francisco. On Tuesday the San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected the condo conversion application for the six-unit building at 400-410 Vallejo based on Section 1386 of the... Read More »

Interest-only loans meteoric rise in the Bay Area

Financial savvy for some, financial folly for others. According to The Chronicle and LoanPerformance, in 2002 less than 20% of property purchases in San Francisco utilized interest-only mortgages. In 2005? Nearly 70%. And according the Federal Reserve, owners’ equity in household real estate has grown 46 percent over the... Read More »

We’re back…

Okay, so our “one week quiet period” actually lasted three months. Our bad. But now we’re back with a vengeance, more knowledge, and more insight. So without further ado… Read More »

SocketSite™ Quiet Period

In order to prepare for our official launch, SocketSite™ is heading into a one week three month “quiet period”. Behind the scenes we’ll be making a number of changes to provide our readers with a better site, more in-depth content, and a couple of new features. In addition, we... Read More »