San Francisco Bay Area led the nation in overbidding in 2017

Nearly one quarter of U.S. home sales last year closed at over their listed price, according to a new Zillow study. This national average has increased since 2012, when 17.8 percent sold over-asking; in 2017 that percentage to 24.1. City specific focus The study is much more dramatic when we look at individual cities. In 2017,

San Francisco’s three priciest home sales of 2017

In  a year of much news: fake, verified, happy, sad, perplexing, real estate news has been equally bizarre. Everything from the tallest mixed-use building on the West Coast offering a $42 million penthouse to a fire-damaged Sea Cliff abode listing (with no interior pictures!) for $3 million made the headlines in 2017. For less drama,

Santa Cruz County: fourth least affordable real estate in the world?

  Love visiting Santa Cruz and think it might be fun to live there? You might not be able to afford it. But then again, neither can the people who already live there. Demographia International of New Zealand’s 2017  International Housing Affordability Survey posits that Santa Cruz County is the least affordable housing market in the

Sammy Hagar lists cliffside Hawaii home for $3.3M

On the cliffs above Waipio Bay, 0 E Waipio Road awaits a new owner, now that rock star Sammy Hagar has put it on the market. The home offers three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a guesthouse, a pool, spa and cabana — all of it nestled on 9.82 acres of lush Hawaiian land.

Three vintage homes showcase diverse, historical Berkeley architecture

With names like Bernard Maybeck, John Galen Howard, Julia Morgan, and William Wurster, Berkeley’s roster of prestigious architects is a long as the list of styles we might find in this city: everything from Edwardian to Bungalows, Arts and Crafts to Mediterranean, Tudor to Traditional, Mid-Century Modern, and Contemporary. This month, three vintage homes, all

Around the Bay Area, special rental offers and help for homeless fire victims

With North Bay fires still burning, we can’t yet know the exact number of people looking for shelter. Reportedly, an estimated 333-square-miles have burned, which means–for perspective–California’s scorched area is larger than New York City. Counting the now homeless is complicated. According to the Mercury News, “together, the Tubbs, Pocket, Sonoma, Nuns and Atlas fires

Increasing number of S.F. apartments offering ‘move in specials’

We all know the San Francisco rental market is tough. In recent years, it has presented challengers for renters, but now it seems to be getting tougher for landlords. If the number of “move in specials” is anything to go by, filling vacant units this fall isn’t as easy as it usually is. Though hardly scientific

More than $65 billion in real estate estimated to be at risk in the Napa and Santa Rosa areas

More than 170,000 homes are at some level of risk from the wildfires in Napa and Santa Rosa, which would cost over $65 billion to completely reconstruct, according to CoreLogic hazard risk analysis. CoreLogic said that of that total, 6 percent (or over 11,000) are at significant risk, while the rest are at low to