The Newsroom @Home: What’s the coronavirus pandemic doing to the Bay Area real estate market?

On June 25, 2020, Bay Area News Group housing reporter Louis Hansen spoke with real estate professionals about market trends, historical precedents, and home buying and selling with coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Zillow senior principal economist Skylar Olsen gave details on the Bay Area market and how the real estate industry has been affected by COVID-19 and also how it differs from the 2008/9 recession. When the conversation transitioned to the broker end of real estate Ramesh Rao, Seniors Real Estate Specialist and realtor for Coldwell Banker Realty, and Sandy Jamison, broker and owner of Tuscana Properties, explained how one can buy or sell a home during this time. They explained that Silico Valley might not be the most popular kid in class anymore and that working from home orders have played a role in the shifting real estate business.

What is The Newsroom @Home?

For the past year, we have been holding In Real Life events where readers get the chance to meet some of our journalists in person. Since this is not possible with limits on large gatherings and social distancing, we created The Newsroom @ Home to bring you discussions and insights virtually as we all figure out how to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past few months, we have brought our readers discussions about restaurants in the Bay Area dealing with COVID-19, diving into the behind-the-scenes stories of how our photojournalists shot some of their favorite photos, a candid conversation with author Robin Sloan and more. To see upcoming events or catch up on any you missed, go to, or

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