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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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....


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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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?

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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?

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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?

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - 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...


NYC penthouses getting higher - literally and in price

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - Wed, 01/04/2012 - 17:00
When former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill put his 15 Central Park West penthouse on the market for $88 million back in November, eyebrows where raised. At $88 million, the price clearly set a new high bar for Manhattan real estate. The most expensive residential transaction occurred in 2006, when a...


Unsexy House Porn, 2012 Edition

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - Tue, 01/03/2012 - 17:09
2011 is offically history, but not before we take a second to enjoy the worst house porn of the year. Welcome to Unsexy House Porn, 2012 Edition. Though the label "porn" could seem promising to some, enticing to others, lurid- or just plain gross- to still others, viewers who overdo their...


In SF, higher priced homes fared better

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - Wed, 12/28/2011 - 17:00
The big news on the real estate front this week was the release of the S&P/Case-Shiller index, which tracks home values in 20 major metropolitan cities across the country . Disappointing news is closing out the year as national home prices continued their drop, but more than expected. The...


Thinking of selling? Winter listings have best results

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - Mon, 12/26/2011 - 15:00
It's officially winter and the holiday rush is pretty much over. Now what? For those who have been pondering the idea of selling, winter - believe it or not - is actually the best time to sell a house. This is very contrary to what popular opinion holds (and what I thought as well), but online...


Gavin Newsom celebrates in new Kentfield house

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - Fri, 12/23/2011 - 17:30
It's been a busy month for Lt. Gov and former SF mayor Gavin Newsom. Not only is he back in full swing at PlumpJack , he and his family bought a house in Kentfield. Over the summer, Gavin packed up his family out of SF and headed north to Marin. They played house at wife Jennifer's parents'...


Zynga home to sell at sizable loss?

SF Gate Real Estate, Real Estate Blog - Thu, 12/22/2011 - 18:35
Though the jury is still out on the investmen t potential Zynga stock may offer, Zynga's founder, Mark Pincus, is taking an $880K hit on his Cole Valley home. The Pincus family bought this pad back in halcyon days of pre-bust real estate, when the millions of dollars were flying around quite a...


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