San Francisco Tech Buses

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In San Francisco, a city never intended nor built for the amount of traffic it now accommodates, tech buses are common and often a bone of contention. According to a joint survey by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Council, more than 800 tech buses drive on Bay Area roads daily. No specific… Continued

March 7, 2017

San Francisco Neighborhood: Duboce Triangle

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The Duboce Triangle neighborhood (also known as Mint Hill)  is a tiny San Francisco neighborhood that includes Duboce Park, a park many dog-owners love. Duboce Triangle sits between the Castro and Eureka Valley, the Mission District, and the Lower Haight.   Duboce Park is a mainly residential neighborhood whose central location brings it popularity. Nightlife,… Continued

March 2, 2017

The Future of San Francisco/Bay Area Housing

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Although ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently approved a blueprint for housing and transportation growth for the San Francisco/Bay Area, seeing those plans and blueprints realized is far from certain. It is indeed so difficult to get buy-in not only from many Bay Area suburbs, whether in Marin, Alameda or Contra Costa counties, but… Continued

February 23, 2017

San Francisco Housing Battles

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Let’s begin with Sacramento’s density bonus bill, the California affordable housing law which has been called a developer giveaway by some city officials and San Francisco housing activists. The question is whether this bill will produce sufficient affordable housing and the limits advocated in the bill are what is in question. The bill allows developers… Continued

February 21, 2017

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Home Buyers?

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Interest Rates have been expected to rise for some time and the Fed has announced that they will rise slowly throughout 2016. Even though, we are still in a low-interest rate environment and will likely continue in it for some time. Overall, rising interest rates will continue to have little effect on buyers. The main… Continued

February 16, 2017

From Gas Station to Condos

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Land is difficult to find and at a premium in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area. In that light it comes as no surprise that a number of gas stations are being redeveloped into condos. This also falls into the ‘highest and best use’ category as the new zoning allows for more… Continued

January 27, 2017

30 Van Ness

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The site at 30 Van Ness is city property. San Francisco owns this site, which potentially could be developed as residential units or as office units or as a combination of both. Currently city agencies are occupying the building but that arrangement ends in 2019. The City & County of San Francisco brought the site… Continued

January 16, 2017

Selling A Property in San Francisco

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  You might think that selling a home, a condo, TIC or multi-unit building in San Francisco is quite straightforward, given the high demand for property in San Francisco.  In reality, it takes deep local knowledge of the San Francisco real estate market and its idiosyncrasies.   Market knowledge combined with statistical analysis and preparation… Continued

January 15, 2017

New Condos on Van Ness close to CPMC Hospital

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  Watch for construction of the 239-unit condo project on the former KRON tv site to start in early 2017. The project was recently approved by San Francisco’s Planning Department. This condo development will sit among a number of other condo buildings on Van Ness Street, among them 1001 Van Ness, 600 Van Ness, and… Continued

January 2, 2017

Obama’s Call to Build More Affordable Housing

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The lack of affordable housing ails American cities, including San Francisco and the Bay Area. Word of this has reached the outgoing Obama administration and President Obama recently addressed the issue by calling on communities to stop opposing and resisting new development. The Obama administration even released a housing toolkit to provide concrete strategies to… Continued

December 23, 2016