We Never Said Playing The (Condo) Lottery Would Produce A Win


“2010 Condo Lottery: Previous participation may not yield additional tickets Dear Plan C Member, Ticket sales for the 2010 Condo Conversion Lottery have been announced by the city and will begin on Monday, November 23rd (additional information can be found here). As you may be aware, it has been the practice of the City to … Continue reading We Never Said Playing The (Condo) Lottery Would Produce A Win

Success Story: A Buyer Finally Becomes an Owner


  This blog is graciously donated by Missionite, long time reader of and writer for The Frontsteps, as well as writer of his own blog, Submedian. FINALLY GOT ONE Well we finally got one. We just got the keys and haven’t moved in yet. Despite the market conditions we didn’t get a steal, paid over … Continue reading Success Story: A Buyer Finally Becomes an Owner

So It’s Been Awhile, but…


So Alex is leaving town for awhile, chasing the big waves instead of the big buyers, and I’m standing, inadequately and ill fittingly, in his shoes. You may — or just as likely, may not– recall I used to guest write here on these Front Steps some time ago. Alex was nice enough to invite … Continue reading So It’s Been Awhile, but…

SF: A City with Room to Grow-up Healthy?


    The Where Blog, dedicated to intelligent discourse on urban life, recently posed the following question: How do people stay sane in crowded cities? Quoting E.M. Cioran, Whenever I happen to be in a city of any size, I marvel that riots do not break out every day: massacres, unspeakable carnage, a doomsday chaos. … Continue reading SF: A City with Room to Grow-up Healthy?

Coming Soon! And, Coming Later!


Realtor Kevin Gueco writes a very sunny review for the coming soon Mosiaica 601 condo project (pictured above) in his SFNewDevelopments blog. There’s definitely some room for pleasant surprise in the announced price  (pleasant to me, anyway, since I selfishly find all condos I cannot afford to be unpleasant): “Mosaica 601 announced last week that … Continue reading Coming Soon! And, Coming Later!

A Worse Punishment for Sisyphus: Policing Noise in a Metropolis


Hello out there, theFrontStep Readers! You may (or just as likely, may not) know my name from my blogs for Redfin. I’ve kindly been invited to write also for theFrontSteps, so here I am, on the steps, with my first blog. So here’s the setting: last night, 2:00am, sultry night, people walking up from the … Continue reading A Worse Punishment for Sisyphus: Policing Noise in a Metropolis

Ask Us: How sound is our building as it relates to earthquakes


Where readers ask and we (the community) try to answer: Hi, I own a building with 4 other people here in San Francisco and we need to get good advice on how structurally sound our building is re: earthquakes. I want to be able to trust the opinion and not be concerned with getting an … Continue reading Ask Us: How sound is our building as it relates to earthquakes

Why San Francisco Real Estate is so strong, the things you can’t measure on a calculator


There are some unquantifiable measures of value that nobody seems to consider when pondering the future of San Francisco real estate. So many of us stay within the confines of San Francisco, sit at our computers and debate the strength of San Francisco real estate, and whether it will rise or fall, but rarely do … Continue reading Why San Francisco Real Estate is so strong, the things you can’t measure on a calculator

Crime on the rise in Bernal Heights?


It seems to be the week of getting edumucated on theFrontSteps. First chickens, now rising crime in Bernal Heights? We have no factual evidence to support what we’re saying, but the information has come to us from a very reliable and trustworthy source. We’re hoping you (the reader) can shed some light on the matter. … Continue reading Crime on the rise in Bernal Heights?

Ped vs. Muni…again!


File this under absolutely nothing to do with real estate, but everything to do with living in San Francisco. This is such a common problem that the only trauma hospital in San Francisco has its own classification for accidents like this, they call it “Ped vs. Muni”. You’ve seen it before, you’re sitting at a … Continue reading Ped vs. Muni…again!

Real Estate, Sex, our Top Posts and Last Thoughts of 2007


No surprise here…sex sells…very well, and it even helps sell real estate, or at least Realtors. Our most popular post of 2007 was …and the Nominees for Sexiest Realtor in San Francisco are…. Second up was obviously the the results of said contest. Third up was our Battle Royale: San Francisco or New York City…if … Continue reading Real Estate, Sex, our Top Posts and Last Thoughts of 2007

Real Estate Bubbles and California’s Economic Growth, Part 1


by Alexander Clark via YouTube and Humboldt State University School of Economics Amongst the sea of utterly useless bits of crappy real estate videos on YouTube, I was able to find this very informational piece that made me wish I was back in Santa Barbara attending a lecture. (Okay, maybe it was the carefree lifestyle … Continue reading Real Estate Bubbles and California’s Economic Growth, Part 1

The first step to remodeling


by Rik Goodell: Before calling contractors for a remodel project or an addition, do your homework so you’re ready when they get there. Talk it over with your partner (husband, wife, lover, live-in, significant other…these things were easier to write when I still thought “PC” meant personal computer). Make a list of what each of … Continue reading The first step to remodeling

“A new way to tap equity without going into debt”


If ever there was a headline that caught our attention, this was it, “A new way to tap equity without going into debt”. On Friday, Carolyn Said of the SF Chronicle did an article about a new company, Rex & Co. that “bills itself as the first company offering a way to make home equity … Continue reading “A new way to tap equity without going into debt”