Recent Listing Featured In The Week Magazine


My recent listing at 2154A Market St was featured in the “Best properties on the market: Spectacular urban homes” section of The Week magazine.  (Granted, it had already been sold by the time the publication was printed, but that’s great exposure!) Your property could also reach 570,000 affluent, highly educated print readers and 12 million web viewers of The … Continue reading Recent Listing Featured In The Week Magazine

Featured Today On SFGate: 3 Of My Recent Transactions


High prices? No problem. Homes in Bay Area selling faster than anywhere else in the nation: http://t.co/1OOsIcC27D pic.twitter.com/qp1HOxjau7 — SFGate (@SFGate) April 16, 2015 I wouldn’t have been able to achieve these successful sales without the epic staging by Katrina Schissel of GiGi Park, my great photographers, my in house team, and especially my amazing … Continue reading Featured Today On SFGate: 3 Of My Recent Transactions

In The News | theFrontSteps On LearnVest


Check out this great article on LearnVest: “Spring 2015 Home-Buying Guide: 5 Insider Tips From Real Estate Pros Across the Country“, in which I am quoted along with a couple other agents from across the country (Chicago, Washington D.C.). It appears there are indeed other hot markets outside of our incredibly sizzling bubble of activity, … Continue reading In The News | theFrontSteps On LearnVest

“Foreclosures Up In San Francisco”, San Francisco Realtors Up In Arms


Yours truly was quoted in this article on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday (thanks for the kind emails and props): “The San Francisco market is completely different from five years ago,” said Alexander Clark, a Zephyr real estate agent and author of the blog TheFrontSteps.com. “There are definitely distressed properties … Continue reading “Foreclosures Up In San Francisco”, San Francisco Realtors Up In Arms

Buy Now or Suffer 8,000 Consequences?


Today I got this email from a friendly neighborhood Realtor: Hello everyone, I wanted to send out a friendly reminder about the deadline to take advantage of the first time home buyer tax credit.  The tax credit expires on Novemeber 30th, 2009.  However, assuming a 45 day escrow period from the time you buy to the time you close and get the keys, … Continue reading Buy Now or Suffer 8,000 Consequences?

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

Being a Landlord is Such a Drag…


I have to admit, watching the banks, AIG, the automakers, and finally, homeowners get a bail out, I did more than once cry out piteously: “But who the f— will bail out me?” Answer: Chris Daly. I didn’t really ask for this kind of bailout, but Daly’s constituents are largely renters; and hey, so is … Continue reading Being a Landlord is Such a Drag…

Obama Wants to Jump in on the Real Estate Crisis. Which Way should He Jump?


You might have already read Alex Clark’s article on the Bush plan to help homeowners, named optimistically “Hope for Homeowners.” Commenters on that post were less optimistic. Seems a lot of lenders won’t touch the program, though that might be because the program itself is new and everyone is so gun-shy right now. That leaves … Continue reading Obama Wants to Jump in on the Real Estate Crisis. Which Way should He Jump?

In the Spirit of Halloween and Election Season, Scary Technology that “Outs” Your Neighbors


Prop 8 is not one that encourages sedate emotion. People are either vehemently for it, or they are just as vehemently against it. The debate between the two camps, heated as it is, often erupts into full out fighting, which we all know from our rhetoric classes is actually the opposite effect civilized, fair debate … Continue reading In the Spirit of Halloween and Election Season, Scary Technology that “Outs” Your Neighbors

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 … Continue reading Horn tooting! theFrontSteps gets accolades (yet again)

Ask us: “When should I refinance, or purchase?” ABC7 News is listening!


Where readers ask and we try to answer. This one we’re actually doing for ABC7 News. David Louie is running a story tonight at 6pm, and was hoping we could help him and their viewers out. So….readers, and real estate peeps, don’t disappoint! ;-) Given the fact that interest rates took another dip recently, and … Continue reading Ask us: “When should I refinance, or purchase?” ABC7 News is listening!

A Hot Property and Great Quote


by Alex Clark From a reader, who I like to refer to as “El Dunno” regarding my mention in today’s San Francisco Chronicle Business section: Good Job, you made the Chronicle. I read about your Firehouse analysis. Too bad you weren’t quoted about your opinion of the value of the property if it were utilized … Continue reading A Hot Property and Great Quote

Coming Soon: “The Registry”


Having just been interviewed by a new publication in town, “The Registry”, we thought we’d pass the information along to all of you real estate obsessed readers out there, that there is, in fact, yet another avenue for you to get your fix. Look for us in the February issue…or maybe January, if we make … Continue reading Coming Soon: “The Registry”

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 … Continue reading We Made the Papers! But I must add…

Redfin reboots, or at least adds a SF Bay Area Page


This is all it really takes to get on our good side, and get us to check out a site…again, “We added you to our real estate blog links because we think your site is a great place for people to read up on the SF real estate market.-Redfin” That and cocktails at any reputable … Continue reading Redfin reboots, or at least adds a SF Bay Area Page