Buyers and sellers have been asking if the real estate market is going to drop after we get out of this mess. The answer is: it will. It is not a question of if, but when, and how much damage this crisis will do to our economy.
2020 is here and, as with every year, people are preparing for the big push in the spring real estate market. Activity in the first two months has been decent with good buyer demand and still very little inventory.
According to recent surveys, the number one concern San Francisco residents have is the high cost of housing. For the first time, housing beat out previous issues such as homelessness, Muni, potholes and unemployment. But what can we do about it?
The Sunset District single-family median home prices rose for the eighth year in a row with median prices appreciating by 3.4 percent in 2019 and a 124 percent increase since the low of 2011.
The Richmond District single-family home prices rose for the eighth year in a row with median prices appreciating by 5 percent in 2019 and a 122 percent increase from the low of 2011.
As 2019 comes to an end, we have had an amazing year in the real estate market. The question being asked at the end of the year is always: “Where is the real estate market headed?”
My November column has always been about the election and the ballot measures as they relate to real estate. But, if you have looked at your voter pamphlet, you will notice that this year it is actually a manageable size, unlike the “telephone books” we have received in the last few years!
In an attempt to battle the rising rent and the housing crisis, the California legislature passed AB-1482 in September which will put a rent cap on properties statewide and make it harder to evict a tenant after 12 months of occupancy.
Do you feel that each year goes by faster and faster as you get older? I sure do. Just like that, summer is over, schools are back in session and we are into the fall season!
I have been asked this questions several times this past month: “Should I put more towards my monthly payment to pay off my mortgage earlier?” That is a great question and the answer depends on your personal financial picture.
I examined the single-family home markets in the Richmond and Sunset districts because these two markets generally track very closely together and compared them against the data in San Francisco as a whole.
A new ordinance that passed at the SF Board of Supervisors is becoming law on June 2. It will affect all sales of buildings of three units and up. The legislation is known as the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act, or COPA for short.
As housing prices soared with the current real estate cycle, the housing crisis has gotten worse and though many solutions have been proposed, the push for more Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have gained some traction recently.
With the median priced single-family home selling for about $1.6 million in San Francisco, this is a serious investment and requires that you prepare carefully and consider your choices before you make the jump into home ownership.
I am seeing more properties coming onto the market and preparing for a good spring selling season. The factors affecting optimism seem to be the instability of the stock market and buyer hesitations that we might be at the top of the market.