How much new housing does San Francisco need? Housing watchers can argue this point all day without breaking for lunch and still never reach a conclusion. But if you just want to underscore the need, the Public Policy Institute of California, an SF-based nonpartisan non-profit, examined census data for every California county and boiled it … Continue reading The Three Numbers That Show SF Hasn’t Built Enough Housing
For generations, San Francisco has been a renter majority city. Estimates vary, but the San Francisco Planning Department calculates that as many as two-thirds of SF residents rent their homes. The conventional wisdom is that US renters are getting a bum deal in the long run, because for most homes in most cities they’d ultimately … Continue reading Is It Cheaper To Rent or Buy In San Francisco?
Other than lurking anxiety about earthquake hazards, the thing that preys most heavily on most people’s minds when pondering a move to San Francisco is how much it will cost? The simple answer to that question is, “A lot,” whereas the more complex answer is, “A lot…but it depends.” On Wednesday, the National Low Income … Continue reading How Much It Really Costs To Rent In SF
Sunday marks California’s 170th Fourth of July since becoming a state in September of 1850–which means it’s also been that long since the great Potrero Hill land rush scheme, a strange historical boondoggle that tried to leverage California statehood into real estate riches. As anyone who ever visited knows, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and parts of … Continue reading Potrero Hill’s Great Patriotic Land Rush (that didn’t work out)
If there’s anything more contentious in California than the cost of a home itself, it’s how (and how much) the state taxes those who do eventually end up with their name on a deed. Thanks to Proposition 19, some Californians’ property taxes are changing this year, leading to new opportunities for certain homeowners and a … Continue reading Prop 19 FAQ: How Wildfires & Jeff Bridges Changed Your Property Tax
Did you know that fifty years ago, 76% of twenty-six year olds in America lived with their spouse? Today, that share has plummeted to 24%. In fact, twenty-six year olds are now more likely to live with a parent than with a spouse. A new study from Apartment List (because we’re suckers for interesting data) … Continue reading In San Francisco “Unrelated Households” Have become 31% More Common
Did you know that SF supervisors passed legislation to give non-profits the right of first offer and refusal to purchase a multi-unit building? They sure did. It was supposed to go into full effect on June 2, 2019, but it seems there are few kinks to iron out. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community … Continue reading Is COPA half full or half empty?
When most people think of San Francisco, they think hills…steep, steep hills, which we have a-plenty. But hills lead to valleys, and valleys lead to the flats, many of which are landfill, many of which can and often do flood (think atmospheric rivers and king tides). I know, it’s hard to imagine this city with … Continue reading San Francisco 100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map & Your Property
My friends over at Redfin just did a great report ranking the top 10 Cities to live without a car, and guess what…San Francisco wins. They asked me to share it with you, so here you go: — What makes a city livable? People have differing views, but for many city-dwellers, proximity to restaurants, grocery … Continue reading No Car? No Problem | San Francisco Rated Best City In The Nation To Live Without A Car
Living well means something different to everyone. For some of us, it means indulging in all the luxuries life offers, and to others it means living a healthy, active lifestyle. Luckily, and why we live here, San Francisco offers both. Recently the folks over at Trulia shared their perspectives on living well in this Best Neighborhoods post, which coincided with … Continue reading San Francisco Takes Top Honors On Trulia’s Best Neighborhoods List
From one of our colleagues in the industry, “Just FYI, I was notified today by another agent who ran into a family of fake buyers. Here’s more info about the fake buyers: They use the name Anna Harrison, phone number 415-200-5532. Jason Torres is the partner and there is an older gentleman claiming to be … Continue reading Agents & Sellers Beware: Fake Buyers in San Francisco
It only took seven months, but in the end, it got there. SOLD for $440,000 UNDER asking! You read that correctly, this 6-bedroom single family home in Mission Terrace at 100 Delano Avenue just closed $440,000 below the original (back in March) asking price of $1,600,000. After a price chop to $1.5, then $1.4, then … Continue reading $440,000 Under Asking | Personal Chapel Maybe Included, Wallpaper Definitely
The new S&P Case-Shiller Index for August was just released on Tuesday. The prices for homes in the upper third of prices – which dominate in most of San Francisco, central and southern Marin, and central Contra Costa – ticked down a tiny bit in summer, exactly as they did last summer. These short-term fluctuations … Continue reading August Case-Shiller Index | San Francisco Bay Area
I have a great listing currently for sale at 1487 Chestnut Street (corner Gough & Chestnut) here in San Francisco, and of the 50 or so people I actually had the chance to speak with at yesterday’s Open House, all of them (not kidding) asked if this property is built on landfill, and thus in … Continue reading Liquefaction Zones Of San Francisco’s Marina District
Living in San Francisco, I not only help my readers buy and sell property, but I also support new technology and innovation that has the potential to enrich our lives. Recently I came across a cool company, Boxbee, that is helping San Francisco residents get organized and reduce clutter. So with a little help from … Continue reading 5 Tips To Maximize Living In A Small Space
Are you one the millions of people that take BART in, out of, and around the city? Have you ever wondered how our public transit stacks up to other major metros? Well…it just so happens some fine folks at the UNC School of Government’s MPA Online Program took it upon themselves to have a look, … Continue reading How Does San Francisco Public Transit Stack Up Against NYC, Chicago, Boston, And DC? Answer Below: