Riotous Living Anyone?

According to a study by the California Building Industry Association, Bay Area homeowners have increased the equity in their homes by roughly $234 billion over the past five years. Which, if the basic assumptions of the study were neither biased or flawed, would be quite impressive. The study assumed... Read More »

San Francisco ScrapHouse Nearly Complete

San Francisco ScrapHouse Nearly Complete

Blitz-built from salvaged materials (including street signs, phonebooks, and fire hoses), ScrapHouse will open to the public tomorrow (6/2). Built in conjunction with World Environment Day 2005, ScrapHouse is billed as an opportunity to see “creative, real-world solutions for re-use and green building” and “illustrates the possibilities–as well as... Read More »

Curb Appeal: 3132 Laguna

Curb Appeal: 3132 Laguna

3132 Laguna: A surviving bit of character on a block of nondescript facades. ( Read More »

Great Advice For Buyers

James Stewart at SmartMoney hits the nail on the head. If you’re a first-time buyer looking to purchase a primary residence and you can easily afford the down payment, ongoing mortgage, taxes, and upkeep – just do it. Don’t try to time the market, just do it. Current mortgage... Read More »

San Francisco’s Housing P/E

As sales prices have risen, and rents have dropped, San Francisco’s residential “rent ratio” has climbed to a nation-wide high of 34.1 (according to The New York Times). We’re higher than New York City (25.4) and San Diego (28.9), and up from a rent ratio of 12.5 in 2000.... Read More »

Bet On A Bubble (Or Not)

We don’t know whether to be extremely terrified or slightly intrigued. Quite honestly, we’re a little bit of both. Promoted as an opportunity to “Hedge, Speculate, and Invest” in specific real estate markets without actually buying property, HedgeStreet’s “Hedgelets” allow just about anyone to take a position on the... Read More »

Real Estate Investment Clubs On The Rise

Since the end of 2002 the number of real estate clubs affiliated with the National Real Estate Investors Association has grown 300%. And since 1999, the number of stock market clubs has dropped nearly 50%. Remember back when all water cooler, coffee house, and cocktail chatter revolved around stock... Read More »

Condo Conversion, TIC, and Ellis Act Overviews

Goldstein, Gellman, Melbostad, Gibson & Harris, LLP provides a trio of articles on Condominium Conversion, Tenancy in Common, and Owner-Occupancy/Ellis Act Evictions in San Francisco. Some spin, but generally well written and great overviews. Keep in mind that recent developments (such as the Board of Supervisors recent application of... Read More »

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 »