First Month Living Without a Car

Recently, I moved to San Francisco and as part of the move I decided to sell my vehicle and live car-less. I felt (and feel) that I could get most of my transportation around the city done with bicycle or public transportation. So long as I can get to/from work and to/from a grocery store, then I should be fine. I’d like to report in on my progress … [Read more...]

I Quit My Day Job – If You’re Going to San Francisco (Part 2 of 3)

  I haven’t yet decided if I should wear flowers in my hair. Over the past three and a half year, I have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. I have mixed feelings about leaving and mixed feelings about the area in general and am excited to see what a new area has to offer. First, the pros of Dallas: the food and the low cost … [Read more...]

Real Bay Area Income and Home Calculator, 2011 Edition!

Quick Links (Skip the Descriptions!): The Real Bay Area Income Calculator The Real Bay Area 'Home Affordability' Calculator The Real Bay Area Income Graph The Real Bay Area Calculator Limitations Data Sources and Thank Yous This post contains lots of dynamic features. If you are reading this in a feed or email please click through to the … [Read more...]

Bay Area Home Pricing – and Why It’s Probably Not a Bubble

The San Francisco Bay Area, generally agreed to include the nine California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma, is one of the wealthiest regions in the United States.  From its powerhouse engineering and business schools to the Venture Capital firms in Menlo Park and Palo Alto; … [Read more...]

Shaking Up a Real Estate Market Near You…

I recently purchased my first house here in the Bay Area, and I did it in a decidedly non-traditional way.  For a few years I had been reading about a smaller real estate company known as Redfin which operated in a more hands-off way than a normal real estate firm.  Redfin leverages technology and a slick user interface to help its users (most of … [Read more...]

Facebook vs the IPO

And just like that, soon after this article was published, documents revealed that Facebook planned to hit the 500 private investor cap in 2011, requiring them to disclose financial information or go public soon after. At this hour, Facebook is still mum on which of the options it is planning on choosing. The dates you should circle?  April 2012- … [Read more...]


The official U-3 unemployment rate is now 9.6%, up a tick from the 9.5% we saw last report.  However, private employers added 67,000 jobs in August, while July's numbers were revised upwards to 107,000 private sector positions and June numbers were also adjusted to 61,000. California is suffering disproportionally in the current economic … [Read more...]