The Week of September 22 is the Best Time to Buy a House


Here’s a wild statistic. It turns out that the week of September 22 — this very week right here — is the best time to buy a new home in the United States. That’s according to information released from that shows 41 out of 53 U.S. markets show more inventory and less competition over this seven-day stretch. Interesting, no? The Nitty Gritty I wrote about seasonality recently, and there’s nothing new about the notion that people tend to list and buy

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Change Afoot in Seven San Francisco Neighborhoods


Anyone with a passing familiarity of San Francisco knows it’s one of the priciest markets in the country. The tech boom following the Great Recession, paired with a limited housing market, created an imbalance that’s only getting worse. One of the hallmarks of San Francisco is the tangle of red tape and restrictive zoning laws and political hurdles in place to preserve local character. But it’s fair to say this has come at the expense of locals themselves, who are

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Recession Obsession – What Does it Mean for Real Estate?


Unless you live under a rock, it’s hard to avoid the dire warnings about an impending recession. Dedicating an entire blog post feels like adding a little fuel to the fire, but clarification and perspective are always useful. So if the idea of a recession makes you anxious, especially in terms of real estate, stop, breathe, and read on. The Definition of Recession A recession, by definition, is a period of temporary economic decline spanning at least two quarters. Trade and

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Solar in San Francisco


Way back in 2016, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Better Roof Requirements for Renewable Energy. It was legislation that made San Francisco the first major city in the country to mandate solar panels on new construction – residential and commercial – ten stories and shorter. The law went into effect into 2017, piggybacking on an existing California law that required new buildings to set aside 15 percent of roof space as “solar ready,” i.e. clear and out

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