Photo Challenge: Door

How does color influence a door? I dunno… a door is a barrier to entry. If it’s colorful, it’s attractive. Perhaps, making the idea of entry more attractive. What good is that if I can’t get in?

Have a great weekend!

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Which way will the wind blow?

April saw a pretty goodly-sized bounce in Bay Area median home prices. May, well, in May the wind blew from the east and knocked the figure down a little.

If you’re visiting the Bay Area, be sure to check out the late afternoon or sunset at Mussel Rock Park in Daly City. You will be standing on the San Andreas Fault and the epicenter of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, get a great view of Pacifica to the south and, sometimes, see a lovely sunset. It all depends on which way the wind blows (and how far out the fog bank is that evening).

See the May 2015 DQ CoreLogic figures here.

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Say Good-Bye to the Old

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Say Good-Bye to Candlestick Park!

The trend splitting the Bay Area continued this month but with a little less vigor. The four “high-tech” counties that ring the western, eastern and southern edges of the San Francisco Bay continue to see strong employment growth. The five northern and far eastern counties have seen employment flatten or trend downward.

Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties have seen employment growth of between roughly 4% and 9% over the past six months.

Their low-tech cousins in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties have seen an average decline in employment of -1.19%.

See the Bay Area Employment Summary here.

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Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv

When I think of the colors of the rainbow I hear the word rainbow and I think Judy Garland. I don’t always think in straight lines.

Somewhere over the Rainbow has been covered many times. Jane Monheit sings my second favorite version of the classic from the Wizard of Oz. Roberta Gambarini has a wonderful version, too. Judy, though, brings one simple thing to the original song version… her innocence. It’s simple, yet elegant… charming, yet powerful. It really does stir your imagination.

Have a great weekend!

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Photo Challenge: Off-Season

Twin Peaks Off-Season View

Twin Peaks Off-Season View

San Francisco is busy during the summer… not so much in the winter.

Here are a couple of tourists enjoying the February no-crowd view from Twin Peaks looking north over the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County.

Enjoy your off-season! See the Photo Challenge Here.

Joe

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Is it all downhill from here?

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Or, are we only just beginning to climb?

After a period of flat median housing prices, the San Francisco Bay Area median home price has bounded upward like a speeding bullet train. It’s tough to figure out, however, if it is a typical California bullet train to nowhere or a sign that the economy is beginning to boil and pop.

According to the CoreLogic Data Brief for the San Francisco Bay Area, the Bay Area median home price hit $657,000 in April 2015. It is approaching the all-time high of $665,000 that was set in June and July of 2007. It does, however, appear to be driven by more sales at the upper end of the price range as 66% of the home sales in April were above the $500,000 mark.

In keeping with the April employment trends, Marin, Solano and Sonoma did not participate in the big bounce this past month. It will be an interesting summer around the BBQ pit after board surfing on the Bay… I’ll be the guy with the camera, not the wetsuit.

See my summary of the April 2015 DQ CoreLogic figures here.

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Bay Area Counties Diverge

An interesting trend is splitting the Bay Area this spring. The four counties that ring the western, eastern and southern edges of the San Francisco Bay have seen strong employment growth over the past six months. The five northern and far eastern counties have seen employment trend downward. What’s separating them besides the Hayward Fault?20150608-poppies-DSD_5813_v201_v2

High-tech!

Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties have seen employment growth of between roughly 3% and 9% over the past six months.

Their low-tech cousins in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties have seen an average decline in employment of -2.7%.

See the latest (April 2015)

Bay Area Employment Trends

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6 Month Trends Here.

 

 

 

 

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