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A recent proposal to limit congestion in downtown San Francisco was recently announced by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Modelled after a program used ...Read more

by Donna Aldrich, Certified Mortgage Planner, Special to Mermeltown.com

1 December 2008

To quote an old song, ‘what a long strange ride it’s been,’ and the ride continues. Today, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) declared that we have been in a recession ...Read more

Ok, this post is clearly not about San Francisco real estate, but I can't resist.

I have always been fascinated by networks and how community gets created, and always love to connect two people who will benefit from knowing each other (that gives me huge satisfaction). I have been a ...Read more

For the last two months, as the stock market has been sliding, it seems as if the number of buyers in San Francisco has been slowly dropping off as well. We have always had a way of measuring supply—the number of listings in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). But we have never had a way of ...Read more

Ok, I knew there were going to be big changes at 313 Duncan Street. Four years ago, I represented the seller of this Victorian. The Before: a two bedroom, one bath home with an unconventional layout. It had two sliding glass doors connecting the living room and the kitchen to the rear deck and ...Read more

There has been a lot of news in recent weeks about companies in the red, the bailout of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, and the $700 billion Bailout Plan, the volatility in the stock market and red states and blue states. (By the way, my friend Monica noticed in last night's debates that Obama ...Read more

In the last month, there have been four new sales recorded in North Beach. All of these properties sold below their original asking prices (even the private sale at 733 Filbert Street #1, which was added to the MLS to provide comparable sale data, sold for less than asking!).

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Several food bloggers in the Bay Area recently participated in a Hunger Challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Food Bank. They agreed to spend a week feeding themselves on $3 per day. This is the amount of money that many in the Bay Area have on a daily basis to feed themselves. ...Read more

Today's lead article in the Chronicle's Business section discusses the accurate picture of what is going on with Bay Area housing prices. Often, the media ...Read more

While most of the news is dominated by the slow-down in the economy, I have two good things to report.

First, Slow Food. The Slow Food Movement started in Italy in the mid-80s as an antidote to the fast food that ...Read more