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San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Markets Survey

Note that it is not unusual for median home sales prices to peak for the calendar year in spring (Q2). This is due not only to heightened buyer demand, but also to the extreme seasonality of the luxury home market … Continue reading

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Housing Affordability in the San Francisco Bay Area

Home Prices, Appreciation & Ownership Costs; Affordability Percentages, Household Incomes, Interest Rates, Rents & Homelessness. August 2019 Report – including 30 illustrative charts. Housing affordability may be the largest social and political issue in the Bay Area, and the effects … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate August 2019 Report

Sales & Values by District and Price Segment, Special Circumstance Sales, Market Seasonality, the Luxury Home Market & Foreign Buyers. The May Case-Shiller Home Price Index was released in late July for the 5-county SF metro area. This chart illustrates … Continue reading

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CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index Update

The CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index does not evaluate median sales price changes, but employs its own proprietary algorithm to measure home price appreciation over time. Since its indices cover large areas – for example, the San Francisco Metro … Continue reading

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SF Multi-Family Residential Market – Compass Commercial

An interesting 2019 so far: Stock markets have hit new peaks; interest rates have hit multi-year lows; the SF unemployment rate dropped to a historic low; Bay Area unicorn IPOs have rolled out one after the other; SF residential and … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Area Home Prices by City, Town & Selected City Neighborhoods

An interesting 2019 so far: Stock markets have hit new peaks; interest rates hit multi-year lows; the SF unemployment rate dropped to a historic low; Bay Area unicorn IPOs have rolled out one after the other; SF residential and office … Continue reading

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San Francisco Median Home Prices Hit New Peaks – Compass Q2 Market Report

High stock markets, low interest rates, surging luxury home sales, limited inventory, a spring full of unicorn IPOs, and San Francisco – once again -hits new highs in median home sales prices. July 2019 Update After 2 quarters of no … Continue reading

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30+ Years of Housing Market Cycles in the San Francisco Bay Area

Below is a look at the past 30+ years of San Francisco Bay Area real estate boom and bust cycles. Financial-market cycles have been around for hundreds of years, from the Dutch tulip mania of the 1600’s through today’s speculative … Continue reading

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June 2019 San Francisco Market Report

High-demand/low-inventory spring market brings median home sales prices bouncing back to 2018 peaks. San Francisco luxury home sales hit new monthly high. Median Home Sales Prices We consider 3-month rolling median sales prices to be more reliable than single month figures, … Continue reading

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CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index Update

The CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index does not evaluate median sales price changes, but employs its own proprietary algorithm to measure home price appreciation over time. Since its indices cover large areas – for example, the San Francisco Metro … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate High-Demand Spring Market Slightly Below Last Year’s Home Price Peaks

With April’s end, we now have 2 months of spring season data unaffected by the end of 2018, when financial markets plunged. As of early May 2019, stock markets have recovered to hit new highs, interest rates are far lower … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate Home Prices, Sales & Statistics; Stock Markets; Interest Rates and Unicorns in Spring

A substantial portion of Q1 statistics reflect new listings and accepted offers occurring during the mid-winter market doldrums (Thanksgiving to mid-January). In November and December 2018, the stock market plunged drastically from its all-time high in September, and interest rates … Continue reading

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The San Francisco Real Estate Spring Market Begins

Spring 2018 was one of the hottest markets in SF and the Bay Area in the last 2 decades. Then the market began to cool in summer and autumn – demand, sales and appreciation rates generally dropping, while supply and … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate Heading into the 2019 Market

As of early February, the government shutdown is over – at least for a little while – the stock market has recovered dramatically from its late 2018 plunge, and interest rates are well down from November highs. A good number … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate Looking Back on 2018

There were almost too many local, national and international political, economic, social and ecological factors impacting the 2018 market to count. In the first half of the year, market conditions were about as hot as they’ve ever been, and there … Continue reading

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Bay Area Real Estate Markets Survey

We are always hesitant to make too much of a single month’s or a few months’ data: Short-term fluctuations in median sales prices and other market statistics are not uncommon and don’t always give definitive perspective as to where the … Continue reading

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30+ Years of Bay Area Real Estate Cycles

The CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller high-price-tier Home Price Index for the 5- county San Francisco Metro Area, illustrated above by the blue line, applies best to more expensive Bay Area housing markets such as most of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo … Continue reading

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Mixed Signals in San Francisco Real Estate Market

Autumn markets in counties around the Bay Area have seen significant shifts, with wide variance in the magnitude of these changes between counties. So far, San Francisco itself has seen less dramatic changes than other local markets such as Santa … Continue reading

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San Francisco Early Autumn Market Report

Due mostly to seasonal issues, median sales prices typically drop in Q3 from Q2 peaks, and did so this year as well. The median SF house price was up 15% and the median condo price was up 4% from Q3 … Continue reading

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The Multi-Unit Residential Property Markets of San Francisco, Alameda & Marin Counties

The big political issue facing the market is CA Prop 10, which, if passed in November, repeals the limits on local rent control laws enacted in the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. This would almost certainly have negative ramifications for owners … Continue reading

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CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index Update

The CoreLogic S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index does not evaluate median sales price changes, but employs its own proprietary algorithm to measure home price appreciation over time. Since its indices cover large areas – for example, the San Francisco Metro … Continue reading

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San Francisco September Newsletter

September is typically the single month with the highest number of new listings coming on market in San Francisco, a big spike in inventory which fuels the relatively short autumn selling season. Very early indications are that this September may … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate Market Report

We are pleased to announce that Paragon Real Estate has joined forces with Compass in order to deliver a new level of support and service for our clients. Founded in 2012, Compass is a real estate technology company now operating … Continue reading

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Seasonality: How Market Dynamics Change by Season

Seasonality typically affects inventory levels, buyer demand and median home prices, often in very significant ways – as is illustrated in the following charts. However, it is not the only factor affecting market conditions and trends – general economic conditions and financial … Continue reading

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SF Multi-Unit Residential Income Market

The Multi-Unit Residential Property Markets of San Francisco, Alameda & Marin Counties This report generally separates out the 2-4 unit and the 5+ unit apartment building markets, since they typically have different dynamics and values. All the statistics below are … Continue reading

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What Costs How Much Where in San Francisco

Median sales price is that price at which half the sales occurred for less and half for more. Average dollar per square foot reflects the livable interior space of a home and does not include garages, storage, rooms built without … Continue reading

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2018 YTD: A Wild Ride for San Francisco Real Estate

By any measure, the heat of the San Francisco market in the first half of 2018 has been among the most blistering ever. Probably only 3 or 4 other periods over the past 50 years have seen a comparable intensity … Continue reading

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Bay Area Market Survey: From Billionaires in Mansions to Flippers & Fixer-Uppers

The county and city appreciation percentages in the chart above were calculated by averaging changes in both median sales prices and average dollar per square foot values. We also incorporated S&P Case-Shiller SF metro area calculations based upon its algorithm … Continue reading

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Affordability & the Cost of Housing in the SF Bay Area

The California Association of Realtors recently released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI) for the 1st quarter of 2018, which measures the percentage of households that can afford to buy the median priced single family dwelling (house). In this analysis, affordability … Continue reading

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San Francisco Luxury House, Luxury Condo, Co-op and TIC Markets

As seen in the chart below, so far in 2018, SF luxury home sales have been very strong, higher than in any previous year since the recovery began in 2012. The recent stock market volatility notwithstanding, the economic confidence that … Continue reading

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SF Residential Newsletter: Hottest SF Neighborhood Markets

Before discussing neighborhood values, appreciation rates and market cycles, here are 3 overview charts on the entire city market. Citywide Home Values & Trends On a 3-month-rolling basis, median home sales prices in San Francisco yet again hit new highs … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Updates

Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart numbers do not refer to specific prices, but instead reflect home prices as compared … Continue reading

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Yet Another Dramatic Jump in San Francisco Median House Price to over $1,600,000

Consumer confidence is still soaring, and buyers continue to push aside concerns about recent financial market volatility, federal tax law changes affecting Bay Area homeowners, and interest rate increases, to fuel heated neighborhood markets throughout San Francisco. Houses have become … Continue reading

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Bay Area Real Estate Market Cycles

Out of recession comes recovery; recovery builds into market over-exuberance; over-exuberance leads to negative adjustment; negative adjustment sparks recession. Begin again.The scale, length and triggers of each part of different financial and real estate cycles can vary dramatically, but the … Continue reading

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Economic Context Factors Underlying Housing Markets

The real estate markets in the SF Bay Area are parts in an overall economic reality that includes a number of financial, demographic and psychological components – all of which are impacting each other in constantly changing ways. Some are … Continue reading

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Media Reports Suggest Major Bay Area Decline

The sources of the data behind the below (and many more) articles: an online survey by a PR company; an analysis of traffic on a real estate website; the alleged cost of a U-Haul to Las Vegas; anecdotal opinions from … Continue reading

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A Selection of Charts about Debt

Most of the charts below come from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. We have not had time to comment on each chart and what we believe its significance to be (and, in any case, we are probably unqualified … Continue reading

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Long-Term Trends in San Francisco Real Estate

The great advantage of reviewing annual data is how often the market trend lines clarify into a straightforward dynamic, instead of the constant up and down fluctuations often seen in monthly or quarterly data charts. (Monthly data is constantly being … Continue reading

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No Let Up in SF Real Estate Market – a Paragon Report

So far in 2018, the market seems to have brushed aside any concerns about increasing home prices, rising interest rates, and new federal tax law changes. It is still very early in the year to come to definitive conclusions about … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index

Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart numbers do not refer to specific prices, but instead reflect home prices as compared … Continue reading

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San Francisco Luxury Home Market Report

After cooling somewhat in late 2015 and 2016, the San Francisco luxury home market bounced back in 2017 to hit new highs in the number of sales. Note: Our report online contains several dozen updated analyses of the San Francisco … Continue reading

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SF Spring Events Calendar

There are plenty of fun things to enjoy in the city this Spring. Take a peek at these events in our Spring 2018 events guide.

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Housing Affordability in the San Francisco Bay Area

The California Association of Realtors recently released its Housing Affordability Index (HAI) for the 4th quarter of 2017, which measures the percentage of households that can afford to buy the median priced single family dwelling (house). In this analysis, affordability … Continue reading

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A Survey of San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Markets

Our newly updated median home price maps for the entire Bay Area by city, for San Francisco by neighborhood, and then specifically for the Marin, Diablo Valley & Lamorinda, and Wine Country markets. To access them, click on the map … Continue reading

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Positive & Negative Factors in Bay Area Real Estate Markets

I am often asked how one development or another might affect SF and Bay Area real estate markets – tax law changes, interest rates, soaring stock markets, foreign buyers, migration trends, housing affordability, climate change, new home construction, and so … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate Market – New Year Report

The median SF house sales price in 2017 was $1,420,000 (up from $1,325,000 in 2016), and for condos, it was $1,150,000 (up from $1,095,000). Looking just at the 4th quarter, median prices were $1,500,000 for houses (up from $1,350,000 in … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index

Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart numbers do not refer to specific prices, but instead reflect home prices as compared … Continue reading

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Long-Term Trends in San Francisco Real Estate

The great advantage of reviewing annual data is how often the market trend lines clarify into a straightforward dynamic, instead of the constant up and down fluctuations often seen in monthly or quarterly data charts. (Monthly data is constantly being … Continue reading

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Changing Dynamics in California Migration Trends

We just crunched the numbers on a recent U.S. census report tracking population migration to and from California in 2016, and illustrated them in the chart above. Though this chart refers specifically to state data, the trends illustrated almost certainly … Continue reading

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30+ Years of San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Cycles

Below is a look at the past 30+ years of San Francisco Bay Area real estate boom and bust cycles. Financial-market cycles have been around for hundreds of years, all the way back to the Dutch tulip mania of the … Continue reading

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San Francisco Demographics – Who We Are; Where We Come From; What We Believe; How We Live; What We Do

There is no city on the planet quite like ours, and here are some of the details. Compiled by Paragon Real Estate for your entertainment and, perhaps, mild edification. Ancestry, Age, Religion, Education, Employment, Language & Politics A Miscellaneous Selection of Diverse … Continue reading

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Affordability & the Cost of Housing in the SF Bay Area

Home prices, affordability percentages, monthly housing costs and income requirements for SF, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa & Solano Counties This national affordability chart above employs a different methodology than the CA county charts below: The … Continue reading

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2017 SF Holiday Events Calendar

There are many great things to enjoy in our wonderful Bay Area now through January. Take a look at some of the events that will “Add a little sparkle to your holidays” in our events guide this winter season.

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Dynamic October Market in SF Real Estate

The October 2017 median house sales price in San Francisco surged over $100,000 above the previous peak in May to hit a new high at $1,588,000 (sales reported by 11/5/17). A major factor was that October was a record-breaking month … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Area S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index

Since Case-Shiller Indices cover large areas – 5 counties in the SF Metro Area – which themselves contain communities and neighborhoods of widely varying home prices, the C-S chart numbers do not refer to specific prices, but instead reflect home prices as compared … Continue reading

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Seasonality & the San Francisco Real Estate Market

Seasonality typically affects inventory levels, buyer demand and median home prices, often in very significant ways – as is illustrated in the following charts. However, it is not the only factor affecting market conditions and trends – general economic conditions and financial … Continue reading

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Q3 SF Real Estate Market Review

Year-over-year, a low inventory homes market dropped even lower, while buyer demand increased to keep the pot boiling in San Francisco through the third quarter, when activity typically cools down between the spring and autumn selling seasons. Since closed sales … Continue reading

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The Multi-Unit Residential Property Markets of San Francisco, Alameda & Marin Counties

We recently completed a report placing the Bay Area housing market within the context of a wide variety of other economic dynamics, such as population growth, employment and hiring, the stock and the IPO markets, consumer confidence, interest rates, commercial lease rates, … Continue reading

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The Economic Context Behind Housing Market Trends

The real estate markets in the SF Bay Area are parts in an overall economic reality that includes a number of financial, demographic and psychological components – all of which are impacting each other in constantly changing ways. Some are … Continue reading

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Luxury HOUSE Market Update for San Francisco

The autumn selling season is a big one for the San Francisco luxury house market: Last September saw a record-breaking spike in new listings hitting the market, leading to a similar spike in October sales. It will be a couple … Continue reading

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Luxury Condo Market Report for San Francisco

The autumn selling season is a big one for the San Francisco luxury homes market: There is usually a very significant spike in activity between Labor Day and the beginning of the mid-winter slowdown in mid-November. It will be a … Continue reading

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A Hot Autumn Market in San Francisco?

Generally speaking, late summer market dynamics (or, for that matter, during the mid-winter doldrums) are not of great significance and do not tell us much about where the market is heading. September, however, is usually the single month with the … Continue reading

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1000+ Things to Do in San Francisco & Bay Area

Out of town guests are arriving, the kids are hungry, the dog is restless, or you are just lying on the couch reading email and need something to motivate you to get up and out of the house. Dinner, brunch, … Continue reading

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Bay Area Home Prices, Incomes & Demographics

Which counties are most expensive or most affordable, have the highest overbidding and appreciation rates? Which are healthiest, most educated, have the highest incomes or worst poverty percentages? What cities have the biggest, most expensive homes? And where do Bay … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate: The Paragon Mid-Year Report

After hitting new monthly highs in May, San Francisco houses and condos hit new quarterly peaks in Q2 2017. However, median house price appreciation, $100,000 above its previous high, has been more dramatic over the past 2 years than median … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Area Apartment Building Market

Before jumping into the specific financial metrics pertaining to the market itself, below is a review of some of the major economic context issues which underpin the market: rent rates, new construction and employment. Bay Area Rent Rate Trends San … Continue reading

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Escaping the June Gloom

8 Unique Day-Trips in Northern California  

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Crazy Hot Market – Again

As Buyers Compete for an Inadequate Supply of Home Listings, San Francisco Median House Sales Price Soars to $1,500,000 in May June 2017 Report Home price appreciation, overbidding asking prices, supply and demand dynamics, the SF luxury home market & … Continue reading

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Paragon Real Estate’s 2017 San Francisco Farmer’s Market Guide.

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A Second Wind for San Francisco Real Estate?

Since the year began, preliminary data has been trickling in regarding the Bay Area and city economy, and the commercial and residential real estate markets in particular, that appears to indicate that things may be heating up again after clearly … Continue reading

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Supply, Demand, Money & Demographics: 10 Factors Behind San Francisco’s Real Estate Market

A consideration of the main factors at play behind the current San Francisco real estate market, some of which reflect general macro-economic trends and some of which are specific to the city itself. As we’ve seen in 1989, 2001 and … Continue reading

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San Francisco Real Estate in Early 2017 – Preliminary Indications of Market Direction

In recent months, there have been multiple reports in local media about Big Drops in San Francisco Home Prices! But, umm, we are not seeing it, neither on the ground in the hurly burly of buyers and sellers making deals, … Continue reading

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What Costs How Much Where in San Francisco

Below are 3 charts from our updated 9-chart report that breaks down which neighborhoods one is most likely to find a home within a specific price range, whether house or condo. The report covers homes from under $1 million to … Continue reading

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San Francisco Rent vs. Buy Comparison

Comparing the PURCHASE of a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, 1080 square foot condo at the 2016 median San Francisco sales price of $1,150,000, to the RENTAL of a comparable apartment at a San Francisco market rate of approx. $4,400 to $4,600/month rent … Continue reading

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Where to Buy a Home in San Francisco for the Money You Want to Spend

The charts below are based upon San Francisco home sales reported to MLS during the 12 months from 2/16/16 – 2/15/17, breaking out the neighborhoods with, generally speaking, the most sales within given price points. Other neighborhoods not listed did … Continue reading

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San Francisco Home Value Tables by Neighborhood, Property Type & Bedroom Count

These tables report median sales prices, average home size and units sold, by property type and bedroom count for a variety of San Francisco neighborhoods. If you are interested in data for a neighborhood not listed, please contact us. The tables follow the map in the following order: houses by bedroom count, condos by bedroom count, and 2-unit building sales. Within each table, the neighborhoods are in order of median sales price.

The analysis is based upon sales reported to San Francisco MLS in 2016 by December 22.…

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Where to Buy a Home in San Francisco for the Money You Want to Spend

Where to Buy a HOUSE for under $1 millionThe overall median HOUSE price in the city in 2016 was $1,325,000, so the under-million-dollar house is becoming increasingly rare. For context, in 2011, 75% of San Francisco’s house sales were below $1,000,000; that percentage has dropped to 24% to 26% (depending on how one is measuring). The vast majority of house sales in this price segment now occur in a large swath of neighborhoods running across the southern border of the city,…

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Ups & Downs in Bay Area Real Estate Markets

We have updated our median home price maps for the entire Bay Area by city, for San Francisco by neighborhood, and then specifically for the Marin, Lamorinda & Diablo Valley, and Wine Country markets. To access them, click on the … Continue reading

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100 Best Places to Live in the USA

U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.

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2016’s Greenest Cities in America

Tree hugger or not, all humans have a responsibility to protect the planet. Fortunately, 74 percent of Americans agree with that statement today. The rest still worry that “going green” would cost the economy some serious green and result in major employment cuts.

On the contrary, “more jobs are created for each unit of electricity generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels,” according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Moreover, the UCS points out that fossil-fuel technologies tend to be capital-intensive,…

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San Francisco Home Price Maps

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Median House Sales Prices in 2016

Median prices almost always conceal large disparities in the prices of the underlying individual sales: In San Francisco for example, median house prices by neighborhood range from $600,000 to $6,000,000. There will be similar disparities in Oakland and San Jose, and even within smaller towns and cities as well: Values can change street by street and block by block. Median sales prices are generalities.

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SF Luxury Home Market Report

In this report, various price thresholds will be used for the luxury home designation, depending on when the chart was first created, if different property types are being combined, or simply to look at the high-end market from slightly different … Continue reading

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Housing for a Growing California: Details on My Housing Reform Bill

Today, I’m releasing more details on my housing reform bill, Senate Bill 35 — the Housing Accountability and Affordability Act. A fact sheet is attached at the end of this post.

 

California is in a housing shortage due to decades of underproduction of housing at all income levels. Too often our cities aren’t taking their responsibility seriously to build housing for people who live and work in our communities, and this hits middle income, working class,…

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Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young

Over the past decade, many American cities have been transformed by young professionals of the millennial generation, with downtowns turning into bustling neighborhoods full of new apartments and pricey coffee bars. But soon, cities may start running out of millennials. A number of demographers, along with economists and real estate consultants, are starting to contemplate what urban cores will look like now that the generation — America’s largest — is cresting.

 

Millennials are generally considered to be those born between the early 1980s and late 1990s or early 2000s,…

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Millennials Look to the Suburbs, Not Cities, for First Homes

These charts show the breakdown of San Francisco home sales as reported to the city’s Multiple Listing Service in 2016 (as reported by 12/21/16). These analyses are sorted by city districts and neighborhoods by the number of transactions in different sales-price … Continue reading

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San Francisco District Home Sales Breakdown

These charts show the breakdown of San Francisco home sales as reported to the city’s Multiple Listing Service in 2016 (as reported by 12/21/16). These analyses are sorted by city districts and neighborhoods by the number of transactions in different sales-price … Continue reading

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15 Warm Weather Winter Vacations For People Who Hate The Cold

Brrr, it’s cold out there! Trade in the snow for some fun in the sun at these tropical and summery escapes.

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Snow-Covered Architecture Around the World

A light dusting of snow makes everything a little more beautiful—even some of the most incredible architecture in the world. As winter gets into full swing and the flakes begin to fall, we’re visiting snow-covered sites across the globe, from Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, in Plano, Illinois, to the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing. See how historic and contemporary architecture is transformed by the elements into peaceful winter wonderlands.

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Gold, Google, Facebook & San Francisco Homes

This first chart is a somewhat lighthearted, but we believe accurate look at how various 2011 investments would have played out through 2016. (FB is dated from its 2012 IPO.) When calculating appreciation, purchase and sale dates are critical factors, … Continue reading

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35 Stunning Home Library Ideas For The Perfect Quiet Moment

Most rooms in our homes serve a practical purpose for life’s daily routines, but a cozy home library can be a space for those rare moments of peace and quiet. These beauties from Dering Hall have inspired us to sit back, pour a cup of coffee, and crack open the latest must-read.

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Home Price Tables by SF Neighborhood

These tables report median sales prices, average home size and units sold, by property type and bedroom count for a variety of San Francisco neighborhoods. If you are interested in data for a neighborhood not listed, please contact us. The … Continue reading

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Real Estate Cycles, Interest Rates & Neighborhood Appreciation Trends

The first chart below is a simplified graph based on the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index illustrating percentage increases and decreases in prices for houses in the higher-price tier. The markets in San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo and Lamorinda/Diablo Valley … Continue reading

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Rising Interest Rates & Bay Area Housing Affordability

Changes in interest rates affect local, national and international economies in a bewildering variety of positive and negative ways depending on the segment, and there is vehement disagreement as to what rate or rate movement is best, or most dangerous, … Continue reading

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All young trees need water

Though Friends of the Urban Forest only plants tree species that are tolerant of drought, every young tree will need weekly irrigation in order to get established. We recommend watering 15-20 gallons in one watering every week for the first two years, and 15-20 gallons every other week in the third year.

After three years, most trees are established enough to grow on their own and only need supplemental irrigation if they show signs of distress.…

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Pop a cork for this beauty

If you have room for a bigger tree, consider the Cork Oak (Quercus suber). This species does very well in San Francisco because it’s adapted to the Mediterranean climate and tolerates drought. This stately, spreading evergreen provides comfortable shade on sunny days.

The Cork Oak is named for its thick, insulating bark, which is the centuries-old sustainable source for bottle corks. Starting when the tree is 25-30 years old,…

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Multiple Angles on a Changing San Francisco Market

Median sales prices usually jump in autumn, to a large degree because of the seasonal increase in luxury home sales, and that is what happened in October. The combined house and condo median sales price was up 6% from October … Continue reading

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San Francisco’s Hottest, Most Competitive Neighborhood Market

Since the market recovery began in 2012, various districts have taken the lead as the hottest markets in San Francisco: The affluent and prestigious Noe-Eureka-Cole Valleys district and Pacific Heights-Marina district led the recovery out of recession. Later South Beach/SoMa, … Continue reading

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