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Silicon Valley will never stretch your dollar.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that your hard-earned dollar doesn’t go far in California. According to, the relative value of $100 in California is $88.57. In Mississippi the relative purchasing power of your $100 bill is a thrifty $115.74, plus people who live in Mississippi get to spell the name of their state frequently. M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I. Goodness, I haven’t had that much fun in years.

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We’re Number One!

The following will or will not be cause for celebration, depending on whether you’re a Peninsula home buyer or a Peninsula home seller:

“For a seventh consecutive quarter, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. was the nation’s least affordable major market, with only 11.1 percent of homes sold in the second quarter [of 2014] affordable to a family earning the area’s media income of $100,400.”


Millenials say they’re willing and anxious to get ‘burbed.

Just recently a client who knew first-hand how hot the competition is for anything with Cupertino schools asked me if I thought this mania for ‘burbs with platinum-level schools has staying power. After all, the tech industry is well-established in San Francisco. Twitter, Salesforce, Pininterest, Zynga and others employ an estimated 68,000 techies who are making the City their own and presumably loving every minute of it.

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Are you ready to buy?

Real estate booms are huge social movements that sweep all but the most cynical or alienated before them. Everyone is either buying a house, or talking about buying a house, or talking about why this is the wrong time to buy a house. This kind of momentum, bordering on mass obsession, sucks people into the market who may not belong there.

So ask yourself, why am I in the market?