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