(Image of tea leaves by Richard Corner)
The weather vane is whipping to and fro. Tea leaves are magically shifting. Stats are twitchy and erratic.
The only thing you can be sure of is change. So — if you’re thinking about buying or selling — act before you get confirmation that the market has turned in whatever direction you’re waiting upon or dreading. When everything becomes crystal-clear, it’ll be way too late.
For 2015, I predict:
- The San Francisco market will continue in its girls-gone-crazy-bikini-party mode. Here’s curbed.com’s take on our “steadfastly bonkers” market.
- Rents will continue to be the highest in the nation. Maybe it’s time to buy?
- San Francisco is still a great place to raise kids (click for video), so don’t leave town!
- As the year progresses and interest rates rise, it’ll only get more competitive for buyers. Stop watching sales prices from the sidelines and make your move before money prices increase.
- Drive times to, from and within SF will continue to increase. Plus, parking will be increasingly harder to find and more expensive when you do find it. Consider locating where you won’t need a car. Transit first, baby!
- 2015 will be a lot like 2014. To refresh your short-term memory, here’s what Q4 of 2014 looked like.
In addition, top-10 lists (as well as top-5, -6, -14 and -20 lists) will continue grabbing your already-scant attention. (I encountered at least TEN top-ten lists re. 2015 real estate while researching this.)
My advice is to shun statistics, analysis and speculation, and do whatever it is you’re yearning to do. Sell now. Buy now. Or stay put now. It’s six of one, half dozen of another.