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Renting: What $3,000-a-Month Gets You in Big U.S. Cities

Zillow By Catherine Sherman Home value appreciation is expected to slow down some this year, but in major metropolitan areas like Manhattan, real estate prices are heating up. City dwellers may find it's more in their favor to rent, but rents also continue to be high in several parts of the country. Here's a look at... Continue Reading »

Healthiest Housing Markets Report: The West Leads the Rest

Jeff Chiu/The Associated Press By Cory Hopkins According to the newly released Zillow Market Health Index, the nation's healthiest housing markets in October were clustered in California and the rest of the West. Zillow's Market Health Index, calculated on a scale from 0 to 10, is a new measure designed to illustrate... Continue Reading »

Highest and Lowest Priced Housing Markets in America

realtor.com By Donna Fuscaldo Real estate inventory may be low across the country, but not every housing market is experiencing rising home prices and has bidding wars breaking out. According to a recent study from Coldwell Banker, outside of the nation's most pricey housing markets, the average price for a... Continue Reading »

Homes for Sale in America's Most Walkable Big Cities

Zillow By Catherine Sherman With bike sharing programs and car service apps on the rise, it's easier than ever to get by without wheels of your own. But nothing compares to the ability to walk to restaurants, schools and parks from your own front door. Here's a look at homes for sale in the five most walkable big... Continue Reading »

Top 10 Cities for Child-Free Living

American households are changing, becoming more unconventional -- and one of the most dramatic changes is that they're much less likely to include children. Time magazine explored "The Child-Free" life in a recent cover story that trumpeted it as perhaps the new way of "having it all," and cited a birthrate that's at its... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Program Offers $100,000 Home Loans to 1st Responders

San Francisco wants to make it easier for first responders to actually live in the city they're sworn to protect. In a new program that debuted this week, active members of the police, fire and sheriff's departments can apply for up to $100,000 toward a down payment on a home in San Francisco, where real estate prices are... Continue Reading »

Museum-Quality Neoclassical Estate in San Francisco (House of the Day)

Neoclassical museum-quality estate or artful English-style green home? This week's #housepornthurs was a landslide: Nearly all of our voters opted for the opulent Neoclassical estate in San Francisco. Just like us, true ostentatious luxury always grabs their attention! This amazing home feels like you're stepping into... Continue Reading »

Joe Montana's Former San Francisco Condo for Rent

Whether you're rooting for the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl or not, you'll probably still agree that former 49ers quarterback (and all-around football legend) Joe Montana has scored some touchdowns in real estate. Not only does he have a stunning $35 million Tuscan-style estate in California's Wine Country,... Continue Reading »

Listing Fail: Buy This House Without Seeing What It Looks Like Inside

We at AOL Real Estate love a good surprise -- just not when it comes to buying a house. After all, if you're putting all your hard-earned savings into a home, it's only natural you want to know exactly what you're getting! Clearly, the seller of this San Francisco home didn't quite get that memo. The listing states that... Continue Reading »

America's Most and Least Affordable Cities to Buy a Home

By Michael B. Sauter After years of weak housing markets, home sellers are hopeful that this spring's homebuying season will finally lift prices. In positive news, RealtyTrac reported in March that national foreclosures fell to their lowest levels in five years. Unfortunately, the number of homes that received... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: San Francisco Home Is Simply Poetic

Author William Saroyan once famously said, "San Francisco itself is art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel, every home a poem." Well if all of that was literal, then this home would easily have a Nobel, Pulitzer and Bridport Prize under its belt. Blessed with unparalleled views of San Francisco's hills... Continue Reading »

Open Houses of the Week: Jan. 7-8

There's something about that "Open House" sign that acts like a magnet. Whether you're looking for a new place to live, keeping tabs on real estate in your neighborhood, or just angling for a sneak peek at someone else's private domain, the lure of an open door is strong indeed. Kick off the new year with a bang, as we... Continue Reading »

California Home Prices Up 30% Since Bottom

California, here we come! One of the earliest-hit areas in the housing crisis, the Golden State is showing definite signs of real estate rebirth. Since February 2009, the median price of existing, single-family homes in the state has grown nearly 30 percent, according to the California Association of Realtors, after... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Contender for Oldest Home Hits Market for $3.8M

With its colorful cast of owners and near-miraculous longevity, the house on 31 Alta St. may be the oldest -- and at least the most interesting -- home in all of San Francisco. And if the price is right -- the home just went on the market -- you can add your name to a list of bootleggers and seafarers who once called it... Continue Reading »

Ugly Real Estate Listing Photos: How to Avoid Them

Internet real estate listings are full of photos of homes for sale, allowing buyers to spend hours looking at pictures. With such a large selection, you'd think that real estate agents would think twice before allowing poorly photographed homes to appear in their listings. But still, there are plenty of ugly listing photos... Continue Reading »

Real Estate Agents Grab for Rental Listings as Sales Stagnate

I've lived in three apartments in San Francisco over the past decade. For each one, my landlord has always been a "mom and pop" team, an older married couple who bought the house or building as income property or kept it after they moved elsewhere, and decided to handle the renting and tenant management duties themselves.... Continue Reading »

Tiny Urban Condos Attracting Young Buyers

It's not surprising that recent college grads want to live in bustling urban areas. What's surprising is how much space they are willing to give up these days to buy condominiums in super-cool city locations. In an effort to keep prices down for cost-conscious young buyers, new apartment buildings around the country are... Continue Reading »

Bay Area Home Sales Soar: Will It Last?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, real estate sales were up in May, thanks to the increase in home purchases due to the tax credit rush. According to DQ News, sales for median to high end neighborhoods rose, helping take the median price for homes north of $400,000 for the Bay Area -- the first time in 21 months. Good news... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Home Prices Rebound; What $685K Can Buy You

The housing market is bouncing back in San Francisco, where sales of houses and condominiums jumped 50 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier. Improving technology stocks and a limited housing supply are credited with the increase. And not just more homes were sold, but at higher prices, with the median price... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Bernal Heights Becomes Foodie Hotspot

Only a few years after young families created a real estate boom in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood, another is happening in the neighborhood -- in the food business. And not just new restaurants, although those are cropping up and adding unique tastes to residents' culinary choices, but also butcher shops,... Continue Reading »

Home for Sale in San Francisco's Emerging Bernal Heights, $1.1M

San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood is undergoing a transition that's taking it beyond what it's been known for: excellent hilltop views of the city. For a little more than $1 million, you can buy a house in this vibrant neighborhood. It's not likely to stay that affordable for long. The New York Times recently... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Condo: Short Hop to Giants' Ballpark, $1.8M

The San Francisco Giants are off to a hot start this season, making the prospect of living near the team's ballpark an especially appealing adventure. This condo at 657 Third St. is two blocks from AT&T Park, and you can just hear the stadium calling your name as you walk by on a game day -- or is that crowd noise? Continue Reading »

San Francisco Homes for Sale Under $500,000 in the Mission District

What can you get for less than $500,000 in and around San Francisco's Mission District? A good question. San Francisco real estate is very expensive; land is scarce in the city. Still, half-a-mil should yield something. We'll compare three homes selling in the neighborhood to see what you can get -- and how to get more. A... Continue Reading »

San Francisco: Homes in Theater District for $499K or Less

Every time I visit a big city, I like to spend a week doing nothing more than going to a live theater performance every night, with sightseeing and a fancy dinner wrapped around it. For $499,000 in San Francisco that can be done by buying a home within walking distance of its theater district, allowing you a place to stay... Continue Reading »

San Francisco: Prices Drop on Telegraph Hill

For millionaires it must always be a good time to enter the housing market. After all, they can still afford a home when prices are high, and now that they're low again, million-dollar bargains abound. Recent price drops in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill make the area worth looking at again. I recently wrote about a... Continue Reading »

Portland and Seattle: The New San Francisco Suburbs

What do some people do when they can't afford their soaring housing prices of San Francisco? They move to the suburbs. Guess what's constituting as a suburb of San Francisco these days? Cities as far as Portland and Seattle, 600 to 800 miles to the north. In this age of telecommuting this type of scenario is now an... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Homes for Sale Under $2M

What does just under $2,000,000 get you in San Francisco? We'll compare three houses -- one downtown, one in Hayes Valley and one in the Sea Cliff neighborhood -- to see what San Franciscans can get for their money. Continue Reading »

San Francisco Homes for Sale: Under $3M in Haight-Ashbury

You've got to love San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. This is where it all happened, man, during the Summer of Love. You can take a walking tour of The Haight, as it's called, and come across houses where the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix lived. Located near the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park, the... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Pacific Heights for Less Than $2M

Living in the San Francisco neighborhood of Pacific Heights is expensive. Home prices average $3.1 million, and some mansions price for as high as $13.5 million. But for less than $2 million, we found three excellent homes in Pacific Heights. Much of the affluent neighborhood was built after the 1906 earthquake, although... Continue Reading »

I Want This San Francisco House: Presidio Heights Fixer-Upper, $2.9M

Of course $2,995,000 is an outrageous amount of money to pay for a fixer-upper house. But in San Francisco's Presidio Heights neighborhood, it's a deal if you consider how far prices have dropped in the stylish neighborhood in the past year. The house at 3150 Jackson St. is for sale for $2,995,000, although a Trulia... Continue Reading »

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