Author Archives: Andrew

Zillow’s “Zestimates” Probably Aren’t The Best Way To Figure Out How Much Your House Is Worth

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Kate Cox consumerist.com If you’ve been in the market for real estate lately — or even just idly browsing your old neighborhood from curiosity — you’ve almost certainly seen the “Zestimate” splashed across a property’s … Continue reading

Home prices are soaring — here are the 20 places where owners are reaping the biggest profits in 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017 Constance Brinkley-Badgett businessinsider.com If you’re looking to buy or sell a home this year, you probably know the housing market is booming in virtually every corner of the country. In fact, homeowners who sold in the … Continue reading

Bay Area population growth slows, some counties losing people

Wednesday March 22, 2017 by Kurtis Alexander sfgate.com Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Lolly Mitchell of Redwood City sits for a portrait in her living room nearly empty of furniture on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Redwood City, Calif. Mitchell … Continue reading

Why do some hate the nickname ‘Frisco’?

Saturday March 4, 2017 by Vinnee Tong, KQED sfgate.com Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle   FRISCO. Just try dropping that word into conversation these days and see what kind of response you get. Chances are good the nickname will be … Continue reading

Here’s a Better Way to Calculate the True Rent vs. Buy Costs

March 2, 2017 Jonathan Smoke realtor.com In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total monthly costs of renting vs. buying misses the … Continue reading

San Francisco now accepting bids to redesign “unwelcoming” Civic Center

January 23, 2017 by Adam Brinklow sf.curbed.com Mayor’s administration tired of plaza’s current look, suggests “thoughtful design” replace it   Courtesy City of San Francisco On Saturday, Civic Center Plaza hosted 70,000-100,000 people in one of the largest public demonstrations … Continue reading

Exercise Meets Sightseeing in San Francisco

January 23, 2017 Rachel Ward wheretraveler.com For many, the start of a new year is an ideal time to focus on staying active and spending more time outside. In San Francisco you can easily accomplish those goals while getting in … Continue reading

Here’s why mortgage rates will stay low

January 22, 2017 Alex Starace, Redfin businessinsider.com Mortgage rates were down this week, averaging 4.09 percent for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan, down from 4.12 percent last week. Last year at this time, the rate was 3.81 percent, according to Freddie Mac … Continue reading

Sale fails are up all over the country, San Francisco included

Monday, January 16, 2017 Anna Marie Erwert blog.sfgate.com On Jan 11, a new Trulia study examined the shadowy aspect of real estate sometimes called a “sale-fail,” when for-sale homes that fail to sell initially are placed placed back on the market later. … Continue reading

S.F. Tenant Forced Out by 315 Percent Rent Hike Wins $400,000 Settlement

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Dan Brekke ww2.kqed.org It was a spark for instant outrage in the midst of a San Francisco rental market gone mad: A woman renting an apartment in Bernal Heights announced on Facebook one weekend in March … Continue reading