santa clara county: Inter-county migration in the San Francisco Bay Area - 02/27/19 07:54 PM
The analysts at Compass continue to compile interesting statistics regarding housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. The more I know and the better I understand trends, the better able I am to be a resource and help to my clients.
The figures below show recent inter-county migration trends based in the U.S. census "Flows Mapper" covering the period 2012-2016. I've included the 3 areas in which I work, San Francisco, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County. 
Based on my experience and knowledge of where my own clients go and come from, I am not surprised. Much of the outflow to Alameda and Contra Costa … (15 comments)

santa clara county: Housing Affordability in CA's Most Expensive Counties - 02/20/19 08:13 PM
Twenty-eight percent of California households could afford the median-priced home in the fourth quarter of 2018, down slightly from the same time in 2017.
However, California's four million-dollar housing markets--San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin and Santa Clara Counties all saw affordability improve year over year.
 
(interior of a house in San Mateo County)
All four California counties where it takes seven figures to buy a home can be found in the Bay Area, and they were all among the 10 in the state that saw housing affordability increase from the fourth quarter of 2017.
The California Association of Realtors’ latest Housing Affordability Index says that 28 … (8 comments)

santa clara county: How did the SF Bay Area real estate market finish 2018? - 01/17/19 07:38 PM
How did the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market end the year 2018?
Bay Area home sales were up by 1 percent year over year in 3018, while the median price rose by 12 present.
The Chief Economist of Compass, Selma Hepp, also shares that:
Santa Clara (Silicon Valley) and Sonoma (think wine country)  ended the year with sales declines, while San Francisco outpaced the previous year with a 9 percent increase. Sales of homes priced higher than $1 million outstripped 2017 activity by more than 20 percent. Overall, the Bay Area's 2018 median home prices were up by 12 percent from … (18 comments)

santa clara county: The SF Bay Area doesn't have seasons.....or does it? - 09/14/15 02:31 AM
Mixed in with the drop-dead gorgeous beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, there's a subtlety to this part of California.
San Francisco and San Mateo counties have moderate temperatures due to the influence of the adjacent Pacific Ocean which keeps us cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the inland counties of California. This allows us to get outdoors and play year round. However, sometime I hear people say, "I miss the changing seasons" and I hear a yearning in their voices.
We do have changing seasons here, more subtle perhaps, but lovely. You feel it in the air; … (9 comments)

santa clara county: Assessment Appeals in California - 03/09/10 04:05 PM
 
Good information for those of us in California posted by our colleague, Ron Largent. I've found San Mateo County and Santa Clara County to be quite proactive in reassessing properties; San Francisco (in my one experience) was very reasonable, too.
 
New information on Assessment Appeals*** - The State Board of Equalization developed a video designed to provide information to taxpayers regarding the appeals process. The video is entitled Your Assessment Appeal and was developed as a collaborative effort between the Board's Taxpayers' Rights Advocate Office and the County-Assessed Properties Division. Additionally, assistance and input was provided by many of … (2 comments)

 


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