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Indianapolis, here we come: What the Bay Area median buys you in the Super Bowl host city

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 18:00
When thousands descend upon the city of Indianapolis this weekend to view the showdown between the Giants and the Patriots, local residents probably won't bat an eye. The city of Indianapolis is used to playing host to the rest of the country, as it does every year for famous Indy 500. How does...

Apartment once allegedly trashed by Tim Lincecum hits the market

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 17:46
We know, we know: It's Superbowl fever. Baseball has to wait its turn. But real estate waits for no one, and when the apartment where our own Little Timmy allegedly partied like a rock star- or like a criminal, if you read the lawsuit that way- came up for sale, we had to take a look. And we'll...

Suped up for the Super Bowl: Homes for sale with decked out man caves

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 17:30
As the end of the pro football season draws near, football fans across the country are probably dreaming of the ideal TV room or hangout - aka the man cave - to host their Super Bowl extravaganza. Well, look no further. Real estate website Zillow scoured current listings on the market...

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Freddie Mac Betting Against Homeowners?

Tue, 01/31/2012 - 17:26
Had a gut feeling Freddy Mac wasn't someone you'd like to have a beer with? According to recent NPR reports, your gut was right; but you may still be sickened when you read just how right. These reports, the results of an investigation launched by the nonprofit news groups NPR and ProPublica...

Marin also sees slim pickings on homes for sale

Mon, 01/30/2012 - 17:00
Same time last week, we blogged about the diminishing supply of homes for sale in SF and the Bay Area . According to our friends at Redfin , available homes for sale are at a 12 month low. This was just another data point in what we've been hearing since October . Over the weekend, the ...

In SF, still better to rent than buy

Fri, 01/27/2012 - 16:30
Home prices have come down, but still not far enough that it makes sense to buy over rent. This is according to a data from, that recently released their 2011 Rental Housing Report. Out of the 20 metro areas, the San Francisco metro area had the highest Buy v. Rent ratio and the...

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Best Cities to Find Jobs? Check the Bay Area

Thu, 01/26/2012 - 17:30
The good news: the country's jobs are growing, rather than shrinking. In fact, according to, an international job statics aggregator, "The job posting growth of 2010 continued through 2011. In December, employers advertised 50% more jobs online than a year prior." The bad...

Tom Brady & Gisele get heat for their new $20M mansion

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 17:01
Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen have a few reasons to celebrate. Not only is Tom returning for another Super Bowl bid, but the 22,000 square foot mansion they've been building in Los Angeles' Brentwood district is finally finished. Tom and Gisele bought the land for $11...

49ers not only football stars feeling a loss

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 11:30
Yes, we're all disappointed, especially if we're not just fans of 49ers, but actual players of that team. But who else in the football world is suffering a loss right now? Two words: Joe Montana. Intriguingly, Montana was a 49er himself, and many times a part of a team that beat the Giants....

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Year of the Dragon predicted to bring boost to real least in China

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 18:00
Happy Year of the Dragon! With the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Chinese zodiac turns its sights to the the Dragon. Of all 12 signs in the zodiac, the dragon is thought to be the most auspicious and powerful of them all - and typically associated with prosperty. Because this year is the...

SF becoming a seller's market?

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 17:15
Back in October, we wrote about the lack of homes for sale . Despite what one would think about a still very weak housing market where prices continue to trend down, the supply of available homes for sale is following suit. In December, the number of homes for sale in San Francisco hit a 12 month...

Time to bet on housing?

Wed, 01/18/2012 - 16:00
Everyone has their predictions for where the housing market will head in 2012. Some are still pessimistic and see no stop to the declines ahead but others are singing a more positive tune, including many on Wall Street. Some prominent hedge funds as well as big name bank Goldman Sachs are putting...

Discrimination in real estate - it still happens

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 17:30
Unfortunately, in this day and age, discrimination in housing is still alive in many parts of the country. In California, the Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for a landlord, managing agent, real estate broker, or salesperson to discriminate against any person because of the...

Marin councilman and architect ruffles neighbors' feathers over addition

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 20:00
Earlier this week, Anna Marie Hibble wrote about the yet to be built Kapor home still in Berkeley planning, regulation, and review limbo, even after 2+ years time. Over in Marin, Jeff Kroot, a councilman for the city of San Anselmo who is also an architect, is also getting some neighborly heat...

Florida homeowner almost loses home from an 80 cent typo

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 17:00
Paying your mortgage to the exact penny is important, particularly if you on a mortgage modification program and making trial mortgage payments. AOL Real Estate writes that Tom Mudie, a Florida homeowner, found out the hard way when foreclosure proceedings were going to begin on his home when...

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The politics of building in Berkeley Hills: Kapor home still in limbo

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 18:36
Think NIMBYism and the politics of new construction difficult in SF? Don't forget Berkeley, that easterly neighbor, where Lotus founder and impressively prodigious philanthropist Mitch Kapor and his wife, Freda Kapor Klein, still awaits approval to build their home at 2707 Rose Street. The fight...

More people moving to California?

Mon, 01/09/2012 - 19:00
For the longest time, it's been known that California was losing residents. While there is still natural population growth, there was always more folks moving out of the state than moving in. But, could that be reversing? The OC Register wrote last week about 2011 data noting an inbound trend...

Tiger's ex knocks down $12 million Palm Beach house

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 17:00
Oh, what's $12 million when you've got hundreds to spare? Apparently, it's the price Tiger Woods' ex-wife, Elin Nordegren was willing to pay for location, location, location. The North Palm Beach oceanfront house that she purchased for $12.3 million last year was recently demolished to make way...

3 Most Expensive Home Sales of the Year

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 18:02
?? Sure, the past year was been tough for real estate, but it seems like the rich and famous of the world did more than okay in this department, as evidenced by so many popular real estate stories of 2011 (including this recent one On the Block's Jenny Pisillo ). For while 2011 ushered in...

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