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Blog Archives: January 2017

How a New Law Would Let California Pressure Cities to Build More

January 27, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF State senator Scott Wiener explains how he wants to give teeth to state rules requiring that cities build. As soon as former San Francisco lawmaker Scott Wiener finished swearing in as state senator in December, he announced a new law that, if passed, would all but force cities to build more new housing until they meet state goals. At the time the actual bill on file was a placeholder for work in progress, and Wiener didn’t announce many details. This week, once again, he took to Medium to put some meat ...

The Art to Adorn Van Ness Avenue

January 27, 2017
Source: Socketsite The construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project that’s now underway includes a public art component which the Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo has been commissioned to fulfill. Known for employing a broad palette of “vibrant colors, eclectic forms, and industrial materials,” Pardo’s proposed installation is slated to adorn the future McAllister BRT Station, across from and adjacent to San Francisco’s City Hall.  And the concept design will be presented to the City’s Architectural Review Committee next ...

The Mark Company Report January 2017

January 26, 2017
New Construction The following section contains sales information and updates for actively sellingdevelopments with 20+ Market Rate units. Project List* 1450 Franklin, 181 Fremont Residences, Lumina, LuXe, One Mission Bay, Rockwell, Rowan, Seventy2 Townsend, Summit 800, The District, The Pacific, The San Francisco Shipyard - Phase II * Sorted in alphabetical order

Presidio Heights Area Report - Single Family Homes

January 26, 2017
Welcome to Area Report, an exclusive Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage report that informs you of residential real estate sales activity and regional trends. It complements the Market Report, giving you a broader look at the real estate market. The Market Summary below offers a look at sales activity for the prior month and year, along with current year-to-date statistics. The graphs depict different aspects of the real estate market for the specific market area. Please contact me if you would like more information on current market trends.

SF Tenant Scores $400,000 Payout After Massive Rent Hike

January 18, 2017
Source: Brock Keeling - Curbed SF “A warning to landlords who want to be greedy” Former Bernal Heights resident Deb Follingstad’s rental horror story was enough to keep many a San Franciscan up at night. Back in 2015, her landlord increased her rent by a jarring, inhumane 315 percent. Follingstad and her boyfriend were living in a rent-controlled pad in Bernal Heights, shelling out $2,145 for a two-bedroom flat above a former gas station and garage at 355 Bocana. Her then landlord, Nadia Lama, sent her a notice informing her that rent ...

SF Homeowners May Have to Pay for Fallen Trees

January 16, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF Homeowners could pay up to $1,500 to remove one of the city’s 300 fallen trees. Last weekend’s storm toppled an estimated 300 to 350 trees in San Francisco, sometimes sundering large branches and sometimes sending the trunks themselves crashing down. Naturally, the Department of Public Works will remove any obstructions from streets and sidewalks, and if a tree is damaged but still standing it may have to be removed as well. However, as CBS SF points out, the homeowners could end up having to pay the ...

San Francisco County Area Report - Single Family Homes

January 13, 2017
Here is your latest Area Report, analyzing data as it affects a specific market area. The Market Summary below offers a look at sales activity for the prior month and year, along with current and past year-to-date statistics. The graphs cover several different aspects of the real estate market. Note how some of the graphs break out trends by price increments. Please contact me if you would like more information on your current market.  

Title Considerations on Mechanics Liens

January 10, 2017
Source: Cornerstone Title Company The subject of mechanics liens is a complex one, as evidenced by the fact that many sections of the California Codes deal with the subject. It is not the purpose of this article to offer legal advice or even to attempt to summarize all aspects of the current laws pertaining to mechanics liens, but rather to clarify title insurance underwriting guidelines and requirements concerning these liens.  Who can file a mechanics lien in California? Any licensed person or business who provides work or materials to ...

Most Expensive Bay Area Neighborhoods, Ranked

January 05, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF Site insists that 72 percent of nation’s most expensive ZIP codes reside in California. Which Silicon Valley ZIP codes are expensive? All of them. Which is the worst? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. But if you want more robust analysis than that, you’ve got plenty of options. Forbes released their list of the nation’s most expensive ZIP codes last month, for example, and naturally the Bay Area was all over it. The money mag ranked Atherton’s 94027 ZIP (which covers the entire city) the ...

San Francisco’s Second-Tallest Building Finally Breaks Ground

January 03, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF A slightly soggy red carpet greeted city bigwigs and developers Thursday, as a morning shovel ceremony finally kicked off construction on what will eventually be San Francisco’s second tallest building. Mayor Ed Lee promised that rain means good luck on auspicious occasions as he talked the project up as a community benefit and a way to foster closer ties abroad. Standing at a podium flanked by one American flag and one Chinese flag, Lee, who just returned from a trip to China, praised Oceanwide Center ...

Warriors Mission Bay arena to break ground January

January 02, 2017
Source: Adam Brinklow - Curbed SF It’s official. Barring any utterly unforeseen disasters, the Golden State Warriors will break ground on their new, 18,000-plus seat arena in Mission Bay first thing in the new year. Contractor GSW Construction promised as much in their December 8 presentation to the Citizens Advisory Committee, and the San Francisco Business Times confirmed the January timetable last week. The actual structure of the David Manica-designed arena won’t begin materializing until the third quarter, but demolition and ...

The Mark Company New Construction Report

January 02, 2017
Source: The Mark Company