Real estate

On the June 22, 2015 City Visions, host David Onek and a panel of experts uncover the few pockets of relative affordability left in the Bay Area's often prohibitively expensive housing market. 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, March 10th

Mar 10, 2015

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

S.F. Homelessness a picture of futility in 2015 // SF Gate

"For thousands of tourists and commuters, the first impression coming out of the Ferry Building isn’t Coit Tower or the downtown skyline, but the tents and carts that litter the landscape at neighboring Justin Herman Plaza. It’s just one of the scores of homeless encampments that have sprung up across the city.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Feb 10, 2015
Dan Brekke / KQED

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Locally and Nationally, renters pay dearly to cut commutes // SF GATE

Landlord/Tenant Laws and Disputes
Guests: Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.
Listeners with questions for James and Marc, please call 415-841-4134.
Also tonight, Your Legal Rights features our mini Call-A-Lawyer Night exclusively for listeners with landlord/tenant questions. While Your Legal Rights is broadcasting over 91.7 FM (online at, 7 to 8pm, off-air attorneys will be taking calls at  800-525-9917; for private/no-fee consultation on landlord/tenant questions, please call early.

Mortgage Debt Issues Confronting Retired/Retiring  Consumers
Guests: Frank Adam, Real Estate/Tax attorney; Keith Ogden, attorney with Community Legal Services of
East Palo Alto (a non-profit legal services organization); Cara Pierce, Reverse Mortgage and Housing Counselor.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests please call 415-841-4134.

Landlord/tenant Laws, Issues, and Disputes.
Guests: Landlord/Tenant Attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's on-air guests please call 415-841-4134.
Also, Nov. 19 is our special once-a-month Call-A-Lawyer Night, this time especially for  Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate questions. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts over 91.7 FM (online at, 7 to 8pm, listeners can call off-air attorneys, 800-525-9917, for private/no-fee consultation on any issues to do with tenancy or real estate.

Real estate markets run in cycles, and right now our regional market is soaring. While the national median price for a home is just over $200,000, the median price paid for a home in the nine-county Bay Area last month was just about $600,000.

Buying and selling homes: affordability/reporting defects
Guests: Frank Adam, Real Estate/Tax attorney/Real Estate Broker, and David Finkelstein, Real Property and Business attorney.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please be ready to call 415-841-4134.

Jen Chien


In the rapidly changing mid-Market area of San Francisco, the influx of new tech companies into a historically low-income neighborhood is causing some conflict, especially around commercial real estate. Geoff Link is editor and publisher of the Central City Extra, a monthly newspaper serving the Tenderloin, mid-Market, and SOMA neighborhoods. It's put out by the Study Center, a publishing house that also supports non-profits.

As a journalist, Link has been monitoring changes taking place in this part of the city as tech companies move in, including the displacement of a lot of neighborhood non-profits. He himself has been affected-- the Study Center has had to move twice in the last two years.  Link spoke to KALW's Ben Trefny in the offices of Central City Extra.

Liz Pfeffer