Monthly Archives: November 2013

Chinese buying up California housing

“We are seeing a lot of Asians who are buying as an investment, but their kids are going to school here, so kids live in the home. They are looking at it more as an investment in education,” said Emile … Continue reading

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Techies revive communal living in SF Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California tech entrepreneurs are reviving the practice of communal living to reduce housing costs and bring together creative young people. The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/18GJqXD) reported that techies are taking over mansions and other large buildings … Continue reading

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S.F. housing costs drive out yet another family

In April 2012, I wrote a column about taking my eight-months-pregnant sister on Muni and the rudeness she encountered. Just one well-mannered rider out of dozens offered to give up his seat. Now, my sister is having an even more … Continue reading

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The Bay Area’s Real-Estate Bubble, from Both Sides

Tenant lawyers show a map with evicted residents relocating to New York, Florida, Hawaii, and even out of the country. Others have ventured across the Bay for the slightly cheaper—but also rising—rents of Oakland and Berkeley. “If I didn’t have … Continue reading

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Watch out! Worrisome housing signs appear in West

“Bottom line, on a monthly payment basis and relative to income needed to qualify for a loan, a house in California is far more ‘expensive’ than from 2004 to 2008, even though house prices are not back to peak levels,” … Continue reading

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