Lumber prices have hit historic levels, making homes in California even more expensive. Builders say it’s causing a ripple effect that will price more people out of the market. Susie Steimle reports. (4-8-21)
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Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Hit California New Home Buyers HardLumber prices have hit historic levels, making homes in California even more expensive. Builders say it’s causing a ripple effect that will price more people out of the market. Susie Steimle reports. (4-8-21)
Home Buyers Waive Contingencies to Compete in Red-Hot Housing MarketOne way that buyers in this hot real estate market are making their offers stand out is by waiving contingencies. Realtors worry this will lead to lawsuits. Susie Steimle reports. (4-1-21)
California Realtors Advise Sellers to Ignore 'Love Letters' From Would-Be BuyersRealtors are discouraging home sellers from reading overly-personal appeals from prospective buyers, known in the industry as "love letters." Susie Steimle reports. (4-1-21)
Berkeley Hills Home Sells For $1 Million More Than The Asking PriceA home for sale in the Berkeley Hills has shocked the Bay Area real estate market. Betty Yu tells us it sold for $1 million more than the asking price.
Movers Relocate Historic San Jose Apartment BuildingSan Jose's Pallesen apartment building, constructed in 1910, was moved Sunday to save it from the wrecking ball. John Ramos reports. (3-28-21)
Historic San Jose Apartment Building Set to Be Moved SundayA 111-year-old apartment building at 14 E. Reed St. in downtown San Jose will be moved almost a quarter mile away to 4th and Reed on Sunday. Maria Medina reports. (3-26-21)
'Flex Pool' Program Matches Homeless San Franciscans to Vacant ApartmentsThroughout the pandemic San Francisco has seen an increase in vacant apartments, now people experiencing homelessness are being placed into those empty units. Susie Steimle reports. (3-26-21)
Campaign To Transform CoCo County's Oldest Adobe 'Rancho' House Into MuseumA fundraising drive has nearly reached its goal of saving and restoring the oldest home in Contra Costa County. John Ramos tells us that one day soon it may be a museum to fill a gap in the Bay Area’s history.
Some Energy-Saving Remodel Plans Hit Homeowners With Financing GotchasA state-approved program to help low-income homeowners make energy improvements to their property has had catastrophic and unintended consequences. Susie Steimle reports. (3-18-21)
Take A Look Inside SF's Newest Condominiums At The Four SeasonsAfter a slow year due to the pandemic, San Francisco condominium sales are starting to pick up. Betty Yu talks to a realtor and gets an exclusive preview of a new condo at the prestigious Four Seasons in San Francisco.
Project Home: Bidding Wars Return As Bay Area Housing Market Heats Up 1 Year Into PandemicIn the Bay Area’s housing market, bidding wars are back with a vengeance, nearly 1 year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Susie Steimle reports. (3/10/21)
East Bay Town Of Mountain House Sees Pandemic Real Estate BoomWilson Walker reports on residents in a small East Bay town near Tracy seeing their house values skyrocket (3-9-2021)
Social Housing Seen as One Solution to Home Affordability in Bay AreaDemocrats across the country say there’s one solution that can help solve the housing affordability crisis, it’s what’s known as "social housing." Susie Steimle reports. (3-5-21)
Oakland Releases Environmental Impact Report on Proposed Waterfront BallparkAnother step was taken Friday toward the construction of a new waterfront Oakland A's ballpark and adjacent development including a stadium seating 35,000. Wilson Walker reports. (2-26-21)
Advocates Seek 10-Year Policy Plan to Address California Housing CrisisMore than 100 housing bills have been introduced so far in the California legislature this year, an about-face from 2020 where housing took a backseat to the pandemic. Susie Steimle reports. (2-26-21)
Lawsuit: Elderly Homeowners Were Duped Into Signing Up For PACE Home Improvement ProgramAfter signing up for a program to make their homes energy efficient for no money down, Susie Steimle says elderly homeowners are dealing with liens and deceptive contractors.
Historic San Francisco Victorian Home's Sunday Jaunt Amazes OnlookersAfter almost 140 years at 807 Franklin St. in San Francisco, a two-story Victorian house has a new address. John Ramos reports. (2-21-21)
Below Market Rate Rent Discrepancies Widespread in SF Housing MarketIn a previous report, KPIX found that some affordable units in San Francisco have become more expensive than market-rate units. Susie Steimle found the problem goes deeper than originally thought. (2-19-21)
Burned House in Fremont Becomes Illegal Dump SiteA house destroyed by fire in Fremont's Centerville neighborhood has now become an illegal dump site and the community is outraged. Juliette Goodrich reports. (2-15-21)
Battle Brews Over Homeless Camp Eviction Order in SausalitoHomeless occupants of an encampment behind Dunphy Park in Sausalito are resisting a looming eviction order. Don Ford reports. (2-15-21)
Santa Clara County Unveils Tiny Homes To House People Who Are HomelessSanta Clara County has created dozens of tiny homes to help house homeless people. Kiet Do shows us how the county hopes to scale up the project.
Google Unveils Mountain View Development PlansGoogle is revealing its plans for a big development in Mountain View that includes affordable housing. Allen Martin reports. (2-4-21)
Project Home: Proposed Tax On Large Corporations Seeks To Address California Homelessness CrisisA proposal introduced in California's legislature seeks to address California's worsening homelessness crisis by taxing large corporations. Susie Steimle reports. (1/13/21)
Local Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Homelessness in New Streaming SeriesDon Hardy, an East Bay filmmaker, is tackling a timely topic of particular concern to Northern Californians: homelessness. Susie Steimle reports. (1-7-21)