S&P, China and the Bay Area Real Estate Market

Not so long ago, grave concern regarding the Chinese stock market decline and its effect on the U.S. economy filled the media and blogs. The words “bubble” and “crash” were used a few million times in regards to the U.S. stock market and the Bay Area real estate market. Wouldn’t it be interesting to revisit the issue to double-check how it all turned out (so…

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Luxury Home Segment Cools Down “Affordable” Homes Market Remains Competitive

San Francisco led the Bay Area and the nation when its real estate recovery began in early 2012. Within the city itself, the more affluent neighborhoods led the rebound from the 2008 – 2011 recession and saw the highest rates of home price appreciation. That dynamic began to shift in 2014, when the more affordable neighborhoods began to take the lead in demand and in…

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Newly Released Case-Shiller Index

The new S&P Case-Shiller Index for August was just released this week. The prices for homes in the upper third of prices – which dominate in most of San Francisco, central and southern Marin, and central Contra Costa – ticked down a tiny bit in summer, exactly as they did last summer. These short-term fluctuations are common and not particularly meaningful until substantiated by a…

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Paragon Real Estate Group Continues Expansion In East Bay

  Paragon Real Estate Group has announced the addition of 25 highly productive luxury Realtors in its newly opened office in Danville, CA. This is Paragon’s second foray outside of its prolific San Francisco home-base, having opened in Marin County earlier this year. Robert Dadurka, CEO, made the announcement and stated, “We grow and thrive by hiring and working with highly skilled individuals with undeniable…

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The new look of SFMOMA which is opening May 14, 2016. WOW!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announced that a thoroughly transformed SFMOMA will open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016, offering nearly three times the previous exhibition space, featuring 260 works from the Fisher Collection, a first showing of more than 600 artworks promised to the museum, the debut of the new Pritzker Center for Photography and an outward-looking…

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

The S&P Case-Shiller Index for the San Francisco Metro Area covers the house markets of 5 Bay Area counties, divided into 3 price tiers, each constituting one third of unit sales. Most of San Francisco’s, Marin’s and Central Contra Costa’s house sales are in the “high price tier”, so that is where we focus most of our attention.” The Index is published 2 months after…

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City Arts and Lectures at the Nourse Theater

Fascinating conversations at City Arts and Lectures at the Nourse Theater recently by two speakers from opposite ends of the religious spectrum from the atheist Richard Dawkins to the scholar Karen Armstrong. More great speakers coming up!

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show // Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, now in its 34th year, is the oldest and most prestigious art and antiques fair on the West Coast. Held at Fort Mason each fall, the FAS presents 60 of the finest art and antiques dealers from around the world and is fully vetted by the vetting committee, organized in cooperation with the Antiques Dealers Association of California (ADAC)….

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Months Supply of Inventory, Seasonality, and its Relationship to Pricing

We’ve always known that seasonality plays a big role in real estate, but this Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) chart shows: 1) The lower-priced (under $2m) market has the most competitive supply and demand dynamic. 2) How much more seasonality affects the luxury home end of the market. Homes under $2m ebb and flow by season, but the fluctuations are much more dramatic in the…

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