THE BUZZ BLOG
  • San Francisco’s Incredibly High Costs to Build

    We all know that high demand and a shortage of housing units both drive up the costs to live in San Francisco.  Yet one thing that isn’t discussed as often is San Francisco’s part in these high c...

  • Do You Make Enough to Buy?

    My last post showed us median home prices in the Bay Area.  Now let’s look at income.  The chart below compares median income by county. The difference in income among the top three (Marin, Santa ...

  • San Francisco Median Home Price Now Above $1.5m

    Yes, you read that correctly.  Today a median house in San Francisco is $1,580,000, the highest in the Bay Area. And while not in this chart, a median condo is $1,125,000. Wondering what a median pri...

  • When Selling a Home is Like Selling a Secret

    When I moved here in the mid-80s, I learned San Francisco on foot by climbing its hills and counting its blocks. Back then the City unfolded itself to me in a series of unexpected moments as I stumble...

  • The Latest San Francisco Real Estate Report

    Still want some charts about the SF Real Estate Market?  You can get your fill from our most recent Compass San Francisco Real Estate Report.  If you’d just as soon hear my Cliff Notes version...

  • The Transformation of a Grand Old Lady

    My Victorian listing on Bush Street sat virtually untouched for over 70 years before we got it ready for sale. This video shows the “before and after” transformation framed by a terrific b...

  • Looking to Become a Millionaire?

    DID YOU KNOW?  Warren Buffet who turned 89 this past weekend, made over 95% of his fortune after the age of 50 years.  95%!!! He only became a billionaire at the age of 56.  Just like that $50 mill...

  • How Strong is the Bay Area Market?

    We’re topping it off with charts this week! For those of you who are just here for the graphs and data, I will not be offended if you leave off after you’ve digested the data below: We’ve ha...

  • Single Family Home Rentals on the Rise

    DID YOU KNOW? Demand for single-family rental homes is surging, and homebuilders are now stepping in, redesigning and reimagining the sector — and becoming landlords themselves. In 2018, about 43,00...

  • Affordability Crisis Spreads to the Heartland

    What began on the coasts, in areas like New York and San Francisco, is now radiating into the nation’s heartland, as well as to cities from Las Vegas to Charleston, South Carolina. Entry-level buyer...

  • Fun Things to Do This Weekend July 27-28

    One of the many reasons I love this city is that there is ALWAYS something fun to do.  Here are just a few things to check out this weekend. “Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase July 28th, 7:00pm...

  • Secrets to Happiness

    DID YOU KNOW? 95-year-old billionaire Charlie Munger’s advice for a happy life is worth repeating: You don’t have a lot of envy.  You don’t have a lot of resentment. You don’t overspend y...

  • Luxury Russian Hill Remodel. Before and After Pictures

    1750 Taylor #504 is a luxury co-op that sits at the apex of Russian Hill. It was purchased in its original condition by a real estate agent named John Farnham in 2016 for $1,667,250. John’s plan...

  • Happy Fourth of July

    San Francisco’s fireworks show will get under way Thursday at 9:30 p.m. or thereabouts from the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Here are a f...

  • More Sleep Please

    DID YOU KNOW? 78% of adults are losing sleep over work, relationships, retirement and other worries, according to a study released by Bankrate.com. 56% of Americans are lying awake at night worrying a...

  • Homelessness in CA jumps significantly

    DID YOU KNOW? Housing affordability is fueling a crisis of homelessness in California, despite billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded efforts (higher property taxes in LA). Homelessness jumped 12% and...

  • LGBT notable events in 2019… so far

    In honor of Gay Pride this month, let’s review all the LGBT victories in 2019 so far.  I love seeing all these RIGHTS and bans finally happen.  HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!! JANUARY Same-sex marriage become...

  • Home Prices Still Rising

    DID YOU KNOW? National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in April 2019 and are forecast to increase by 4.7% from April 2019 to April 2020. The April 2019 HPI gain was down from the April 2018 ...

  • Babies born in the U.S. are at the lowest level in 32 years

    DID YOU KNOW? 3.79 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2018, down 2% from 2017, a 32-year low. The total US fertility rate has generally remained below the “replacement” level of 2.1 since 197...

  • Easy-breezy ways to eliminate more plastic

    Our wonderful state of California has been at the forefront of limiting single-use plastics with statewide bans on plastic bags, straws and bottles.  And while this is amazing, I can’t help but not...

  • How well are you positioned?

    The position of a home is a key factor when deciding what to buy. It’s also key when selling – doing so can help you highlight attributes that may be important in a buyer’s eyes, yet often ignor...

  • Median San Francisco Home Prices

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  • Hey, Roomie!

    With San Francisco real estate the highest in the nation, it’s easy to feel you’ve been priced out of the market.  Are you starting to wonder how you’ll ever afford a home?  Maybe it’s time ...

  • 2019 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

    April 27 – May 27 The esteemed San Francisco Decorator Showcase benefitting the San Francisco University High School financial aid program is underway and the photos I’ve seen so far are nothing s...

  • Fun Things to Do This Weekend May 3-5

    One of the many reasons I love this city is that there is ALWAYS something fun to do.  Here are just a few things to check out this weekend. MUTEK San Francisco 2019 (2nd Edition) May 02, 5:00 PM ...

  • Bay Area is now the most expensive place to build

    According to a recent report by the British consulting firm Turner & Townsend, the Bay Area has just topped the list of most expensive metros in the world for construction. Yes, you read that corr...

  • It’s Swell to be WELL

    DID YOU KNOW?  Is WELL certification the next LEED certification? A LEED certified building became a marketing status symbol about 10 years ago indicating a heightened awareness of green building fea...

  • Mad for Marble

    Marble seems to be all the rage these days.  It’s popping up in remodels everywhere and has secured a spot on almost every 2019 design trends list.  It is taking over countertops, floors, walls. ...

  • Better Together

    DID YOU KNOW? Those who believe in the concept of oneness – that all things are connected and interdependent – are more satisfied with their lives than people who don’t share this belie...

  • Talkin’ Real Estate with Ryan Scott

    I had the pleasure of doing my second radio program with KGO’s Ryan Scott a couple of weeks ago. Ryan and I have a shared love of real estate which makes these shows a lot of fun to record.   We st...

  • Increase the Value of Your Home – On Our Dime!

    Many of our sellers worry about the up-front fees involved in getting their home ready for sale. Fortunately, Compass came up with an exclusive program to overcome this obstacle.  The Compass Concier...

  • Taxes Are Almost Due

    The dreaded April 15th deadline is almost upon us.  For those of you who have already completed your tax returns, Congratulations!!  You are on top of things and must be relieved.  As for the rest ...

  • A WIN for Electric Cars!

    DID YOU KNOW? In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel cars in Norway last month. 58.4% of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, a historical high. Norway’s Parli...

  • Tightening FHA Loans

    DID YOU KNOW? The FHA told lenders this month it would begin flagging more loans as high risk. Those mortgages, many of which are extended to borrowers with low credit scores and high loan payments re...

  • The Spring Selling Season is Upon Us

    DID YOU KNOW? Homes listed in the first week of April get 14% more online views on average and are likely to sell 6 days faster than the average during the rest of the year. Homes sold in April are al...

  • 30+ Years of Bay Area Real Estate Cycles

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  • Fifty Shades of (Interior) Grey

    DID YOU KNOW? According to Architectural Digest, Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball and Storm Grey AF-700 by Benjamin Moore are two of the most popular grey colors for home interiors.  Grey has tak...

  • Don’t Forget the Hallway

    Too often a hallway is treated like a neglected cousin. In doing so a tremendous opportunity may be overlooked. That ‘lead-up’ that a hallway provides from an entry or transition to anothe...

  • Why People Pay So Much to Live Here

    In spite of having less square footage, smaller lots, and homes that even touch each other (I can’t tell you how many newcomers are surprised by that), San Francisco continues to be a HOT real e...

  • Where have all the Sellers (and Buyers) Gone?

    Where have all the Sellers (and Buyers) Gone? The chart below is an attempt to identify what counties nationwide have the highest number of residents migrating to and from the Bay Area. It was created...

  • The “Should-I-Renovate-or-Buy-a-Better-House” blues…

    I’ve heard that a home dramatically shrinks as soon as an owners’ children start to walk. Other diminishing factors can be aging parents moving in, teenagers who want their own space and more room...

  • Don’t “Guesstimate”

    Getting a firm grip on the numbers is the first thing a home buyer needs to do when undertaking the “search/find/buy” process. Until you know and understand what you can comfortably afford, there...

  • What Does Comprehensive Marketing Mean For Your Home Sale?

    In order to expediently sell your home for the best price possible, we at Compass must launch a comprehensive marketing campaign in order to show your property in its best possible light. But what doe...

  • The Hunt for a New Home is On!

    The following tips for finding the right home are geared for newbies to the market– and for veterans who could use a brush-up on the basics. 1. Make a List of “Must Haves” and ̶...

  • Interest Rate Trends Over Time

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  • Daunted by Disclosures?

    Disclosure packages in San Francisco can run up to four inches thick–especially if the property is a condo in a large building. But buyers can cruise through them more quickly if they know how t...

  • The Shrinking Apartment

    DID YOU KNOW?  According to a new report from real-estate website RentCafe and data-analytics firm Yardi Matrix, the average size of a newly-built rental apartment has shrunk by 52 square feet, or ...

  • San Francisco Home Price Appreciation

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  • Sold: 1470 32nd Avenue

    Magic Doelger Art Moderne. Four Bedrooms (Three Up; One Down). Two Baths. 1,730 Square Feet per Tax Records ...

  • The Comforts of Home

    Home is where we set the pattern of our days. The best ones create lovely habits. When I lived on Grove Street in NOPA, I adored reading in bed where I enjoyed a view of Buena Vista Hill. In my curre...

  • When A House Becomes A Home

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  • San Francisco Real Estate Statistical Trends

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  • Homeownership is Declining Among People Ages 24-32

    DID YOU KNOW? Homeownership among people ages 24 – 32 fell 9 percentage points, to 36% from 45% between 2005 and 2014? According to the Fed said. many factors affected the homeowner rate but abo...

  • A Word About the Luxury Market

    The luxury market ($2.5M+) held up well in 2018 when it comes to sales volume. We did have some disappointed Sellers, however.   A Spring in our Step This first chart shows the number of condo and ...

  • How to Write a Real Estate Ad

    Write It Like You Mean It– The following six tips come from copy writers who have helped me in the past– (shout out to Cynthia Long), a sales trainer and speaker named Matthew Ferrara, an...

  • SF Home Value Trends & Days on Market

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  • ‘Don’t Cut the Agent Out’

    Years ago, when I was taking some time off from actively selling real estate and focusing on family matters and on my real estate investments, a guy rang my doorbell and said he was looking to buy so...

  • In The Doggy House

    There’s something about a property that doesn’t sell within the first month it hits the market. Usually it’s due to overpricing. Perceived as a poor value, it develops an ugly stigm...

  • San Francisco Real Estate Market Overview Statistical Trends

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  • How NOT To Sell Your House

    I’ve been thinking lately of all the weird things sellers do without thinking to put buyers off when they go to look at houses. If your house is on the market or you are thinking of selling, her...