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If You’re Gonna Relocate To San Francisco, Now You Know A “Best” Blog To Help You

Much to our surprise, we popped up on Relocation.com as one of the “Best Real Estate Blogs In San Francisco”.

We love a good review and you know we’re sharing it with you, so tell your friends:

The Front Steps from Alex Clark [that's me!] is a great guide to San Francisco real estate, including market observations, interesting tidbits on the city itself, nice photography and a snarky style that makes for interesting reading.

This is definitely not your typical real estate agent blog – and we can be thankful for that [Amen!].

Sometimes agents can take the blog thing a little too seriously and never dare show a little leg when writing. Clark has no problem with that. His walkabout category is a particularly fun and insightful read.

Lively comments section as well. It’s the kind of blog I’d read just to see what’s going on San Francisco real estate wise, even if I wasn’t moving there.

We’ll take it! And we thank relocation.com for the kind words. We do tend to be a bit snarky, but at least now I can tell my mom it’s paying off!

-Press release about the best San Francisco real estate blogs too
-Yahoo Finance PR page

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Alex (the editor/Realtor)

Welcome to our new site!

Welcome to the new look of theFrontSteps. Although I was hoping to change the site up completely, I learned a lot from my attempt on .ORG to steer me into keeping things very much the same, but changing servers to allow more flexibility on future features, posts, and anything else.

The first thing I have to say is a HUGE shout out and thank you to Reggie Nicolay at My Tech Opinion. Without his help, it’d be another couple weeks before we were able to go “live”. Do me a favor and click through to his site and check out all that they do.

A major change you’ll notice…advertisements. Click some ads and help me put shoes on my kids’ feet, and food on the table…can’t say that. (After all I am a Realtor and if you haven’t noticed the market is in the toilet, so they’re telling me, but I still haven’t seen it.)

The site is still technically under construction and there are a lot of little things that still need to be done. So don’t be surprised if you run into a bug from time to time, and please don’t hesitate to let me know (thefrontsteps@gmail.com).

That’s it. I hope you like it. I hope you come back. And I hope you tell all of your friends and family. Now if you’ll excuse me, after all of this, I need a cocktail!

Mac it is…learning (and vacation) begins

Getting to know the San Francisco real estate market is (relatively) easy, getting to know a new iMac is something altogether daunting. Have no fear, I will prevail and theFrontSteps will be running at full speed come August 25th or so.

Yup, I bought a new iMac, this one to be exact, and there is lots to learn and lots to set up (particularly the annoying little MLS not working on Safari thing), and I (alex) am leaving on vacation… proper vaction. I expect Fluj will do some posts while I’m away, so go easy on the guy, have fun, be civil, and thanks for all the great tips on what to buy when it comes to a Mac. (I got the iPhone too, and will certainly be setting up blog posting from it, so that will be cool.)

Summertime…….. and I’m outta here!

(p.s. Don’t be surprised if I do a post here and there, so make sure to either subscribe to theFrontSteps via email, or set up your RSS feed so you’ll know when new content is on the site.)

(p.p.s. I might be on Twitter tweeting, so feel free to check that out if you can’t resist.)

Horn tooting! theFrontSteps gets accolades (yet again)

Nobody likes a jumpclaimer, especially in these here parts, but every now and then you gotta toot your own horn.

Just as soon as The Registry gets their newest edition up and running online, we’ll link to it, but for now, this is what was said in a recent column “Navigating the Bay Area Real Estate Blogosphere”, where they took a look at (IMO) the best of the local real estate blogs (save for a few):

The Front Steps

Founded and maintained by Realtor Alex Clark, who also writes an independent real estate newsletter (sfnewsletter.com) and a column for the San Francisco Examiner, The Front Steps is a down-to-earth perspective on the San Francisco real estate market. It hosts a variety of features-informative charts, graphs and photos-as well as entries on crime waves in certain areas or debates between Realtors on housing inventory. The blog stays San Francisco-based, which endows endless information for anyone who lives in the city or aspires to do so. The blog provides tremendous data on the market and should be on any professional’s and serious market insider’s watch list.

No…they were not paid or wooed into writing that. But we’ll take it.

Definition of jumpclaimer: Somebody who always points out their best tricks.

Check me out on Examiner.com

I have a new gig at Examiner.com, and I hope you’ll join me there from time to time. I still expect to do the lion’s share of my writing here and on sfnewsletter, but this sounded like an opportunity I shouldn’t pass up.

Check it out, and as always, help spread the word.

[Update: Ugly mug idn't it...]

-S.F. Real Estate Examiner [Examiner.com]

Come join the San Francisco Real Estate party

As “Missionite” says, we’re trying to get everyone in the same sandbox. The party is over at theFrontSteps.ORG, but where are you? Come join, start a discussion, throw up a few videos and so much more. It’s waaay more interactive than all this top down dribble we spew on a (almost) daily basis over here. ;-)



What’s up with the silence?

As many of you know, this little San Francisco Real Estate blog (not so little anymore) is a hobby. My main focus is still selling real estate in San Francisco and making sfnewsletter the best it can be. I’m currently working with many clients, as well as enjoying seeing sfnewsletter take off, not to mention we’re in the process of developing a new theFrontSteps. So hang tight, and we’ll be back to normal (new) programming before you know it.


Alex Clark (the editor)

p.s. We’ll still be posting during all of this, but on a less voluminous scale.

Our new comment policy

Take note: comments are no longer moderated.

You can view our new, elaborate, multi-paged, legal document here.

Essentially, “as of 1/16/2008 comments will no longer be moderated. You are free to say whatever you like. We will be reading and watching, but if you get into a heated discussion with someone, be prepared to defend yourself and certainly don’t ask us to take care of it. You’re all grown ups (so we assume), so try to keep things civil, have fun, and share insight.

If you have a story or tip you’d like published to the front page of our site, please send it here. Otherwise, we wish you healthy discussions, and arguments. Please don’t turn this into a Craigslist Housing Forum.


Alex Clark (the editor)

We Made the Papers! But I must add…

Maybe my interview that ran in this article on SFGate, which will also be in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle, wasn’t necessarily the best spin on what I actually said over the 45 minute conversation with Carol, but a little publicity is always good, and Carol does, for the most part, do a very good job reporting on the market and its idiosyncracies, and I thank her for it. However, there are a few things I must add based off of a lot of emails, and all the comments I’ve read around the internet regarding that column.

Yes, I firmly believe the market is still good, but nowhere in that very sentence or article did the words, “it’s always a good time to buy” come out of my mouth, so don’t jump to that conclusion about “all Realtors”. If you’d read the “walk down Lake Street” in its entirety, you would have seen it does represent what is happening in our market…some properties are selling quickly with multiple offers, some are getting stale, and some have had multiple price reductions and still not sold, and that is in a prime area like Lake St. That is what’s happening now, and you’ll never, ever, ever see me predict where things are going. I have no idea, nobody does, but if things continue the way they are, the future doesn’t look all that gloomy. However, to call my mood about the market “cheery” is a stretch, to say the least, but I’m cool with it Carol, really, I am.

Realtor haters (I read the comments on the SFGate article and get a fair bit of your animosity via email and in the comments, so I know you’re out there)… I’m determined to show you that what comes out of this site and the sfnewsletter is not Realtor talk and is truly the most accurate picture of what is happening in this market. By “this market”, I mean San Francisco. If you think all Realtors are created equal, you are so wrong. Any Realtor worth their weight would likely tell you the majority of their business comes from referrals, and you don’t get referrals if you do a shitty job. Continue reading