San Francisco Ranked One of the Best & Worst Cities In America


How does San Francisco compare to other major metros? It depends on who you ask–just this week, two outside sources ranked us as both tip-top and bottom-of-the-barrel. First, the annual Best Cities rankings dubbed San Francisco the third best city in the US right now, out of 100 American metros ranked. Best Cities’ top two … Continue reading San Francisco Ranked One of the Best & Worst Cities In America

Maximum Overbid: San Francisco Continues To Shock Us


You know how if you do a job for long enough eventually you become accustomed or even jaded to its ups and downs, no matter how shocking? Well, this is not one of those jobs: You’d think after so many overbids every week we’d have seen it all–and hey, maybe we really have. But these … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: San Francisco Continues To Shock Us

Just Listed | 690,692,692B Wisconsin | Potrero Hill | $1,995,000


I wish I had more time to go into detail about this property, but I guess you’ll just have to follow the link to the detail page, or better yet, come say Hi! this Saturday or Sunday from 12-2pm. This is a truly unique, one-of-a-kind property in San Francisco loaded with charm, history, and potential. … Continue reading Just Listed | 690,692,692B Wisconsin | Potrero Hill | $1,995,000

SF Struggles To Clean Up Streets & Sidewalks Yet Again


After the cost of housing and the homeless crisis, likely the biggest complaint many San Franciscans and would-be San Franciscans have about SF is that our streets and sidewalks are chronically dirty. In truth, street conditions ary a lot from neighborhood to neighborhood and even block to block, but the state of the asphalt remains … Continue reading SF Struggles To Clean Up Streets & Sidewalks Yet Again

The Real Estate Records SF Crushed In 2021–and the Ones We Didn’t


According to the real estate aggregate site Redfin, it’s been a wild year for housing across the US, as they have recently published a ranking of ten real estate records broken across the US in 2021. Actually Redfin’s records only go back to 2013, so this might not be all that historic of a year–but … Continue reading The Real Estate Records SF Crushed In 2021–and the Ones We Didn’t

The Three Numbers That Show SF Hasn’t Built Enough Housing


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

The Latest SF Liquefaction Zone Maps (for those who must know)


Did you feel it? At about 7:30 PM last night, the US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake below one corner of El Cerrito’s Sunset View Cemetery, about 4.9 kilometers down. (That’s three miles, more or less.) It was really just a little bump and rattle, measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale–barely worth noticing, although people … Continue reading The Latest SF Liquefaction Zone Maps (for those who must know)

What Should a “Starter Home” Cost In SF?


Take a moment to consider 2574 46th Avenue, a two-bed, one-bath Outer Parkside classic now for sale: The new listing calls this a “wonderful starter home,” but can/should a “starter home” really cost $1.55 million? One perspective is that the concept of a “starter home” is anachronistic in the context of a city like San … Continue reading What Should a “Starter Home” Cost In SF?

We Answer Everyone’s Questions About San Francisco


People have questions about San Francisco, and we’ve got the answers. People use Google for all sorts of things, including trying to find information about our bayside city; some queries are everyday, some are highly specific, and some are even a little weird, but all of them are needful to one degree or another. We … Continue reading We Answer Everyone’s Questions About San Francisco

The San Francisco Exodus That Isn’t


Renters are fleeing San Francisco en masse, except only kind of and sort of and perhaps not really. That’s the conclusion from the latest “migration report” released last week by the rental platform Apartment List, which seems to include ill omens for SF’s rental market but upon closer inspection reveals a much more nuanced story. … Continue reading The San Francisco Exodus That Isn’t

What a “Detached” Home Really Means In San Francisco


“Don’t let the address fool you,” the new ad for 1168 Fell Street warns prospective buyers, assuring everyone that although this three bed, three bath home is technically qualified as a condo, it’s really “fully detached and sits in the rear of the lot.” Does the concept of a detached condo even make sense? Well, … Continue reading What a “Detached” Home Really Means In San Francisco

Just Sold: Richmond District; Noe Valley; Larkspur


So much great content coming out of theFrontSteps lately. It’s our continued effort to keep you and yours educated on all things San Francisco real estate, and beyond. But it’s closing deals for our wonderful clients that keeps food on the table and the stoke high. With that said, here are a couple recent closings … Continue reading Just Sold: Richmond District; Noe Valley; Larkspur

Maximum Overbid: When You Try To Lose But Win Anyway


This week’s number one overbid, 1559 18th Avenue, barely ekes its way into first place by clearing just over 152.5 percent of its asking price after a mere eight days on the market, which in any other context would sound incredible but in SF is really just normal, if you can wrap your brain around … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: When You Try To Lose But Win Anyway

In San Francisco, Spooky Addresses Scare Off Big Home Sales


It’s the haunted season, and even real estate can be scary–or at least, certain homes seem to have a talent for scaring buyers. As realtor gossip often has it, homes saddled with a supposedly sinister street number, like 13 or 666, are supposed to suffer depressed home values. But is it true, or just more … Continue reading In San Francisco, Spooky Addresses Scare Off Big Home Sales

Maximum Overbid: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet


Here’s an overbid riddle for you: When can being just average also make you the best? The answer: When you’re selling a home like 1826 23rd Avenue, far and away our top overbid for the week after closing for more than $1.52 million from a $899K asking price, a margin of well over 69 percent. … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Home Prices Soar Across Bay Area Since 2020


What does it cost to buy a house in San Francisco? It’s not an exaggeration to say that the world wants to know–SF real estate prices make headlines internationally all the time. In a raft of data just released by the California Association of Realtors, the median sales price of a house (not condo) in … Continue reading Home Prices Soar Across Bay Area Since 2020