La Eace: San Francisco Housing Rents Climbing Faster Than Most Know

By Rob La Eace As of late, it seems the only things hotter than our home sales market is our rental market—and of course our San Francisco Giants! Who would...

McNellis: On Private Equity and Real Estate

By John McNellis “Behind every great fortune lies a great crime,” Honore de Balzac, the French novelist, supposedly claimed. While this may be true in France, (besides the tactical retreat,...

McNellis: The Chapter After Eleven

By John McNellis Put Mervyns, Blockbuster and Lassie together, and what do you have? Two dogs and a money-maker. If you own retail property, what did you have with Chevys...

McNellis: To Everything There is a Season

By John McNellis The Bible’s book of Ecclesiastes tells of a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to rend and a time to sew. A time to kill...

Polentz: Here Comes the Sun

By Michael C. Polentz For those who have been watching from the sidelines, the solar industry has had its ups and downs over the past few years. For those who...

Electric Charging Stations Are Next Commercial Property Frontier

By John Kalb Consumers are buying electric vehicles in greater numbers and beginning to create demand for charging stations in workplaces, public places, shopping centers and apartments. The famously progressive...

La Eace: ‘X’ Rated

By Rob La Eace As we round graduation time, I’m reminded of high school. My least-favorite subject was mathematics. I’m a creative type, and those rascally equations allow no margin...

McNellis: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

By John McNellis Our last column ended with questions: Why would a seller ever permit a listing broker to keep 100 percent of a sales commission? Why let a broker...

McNellis: Sex, Lies and Off-Market Deals

By John McNellis Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, eating nothing and resisting the devil’s temptations. Along a similar, if less biblical parallel, the Internal Revenue Service permits one 45...

Hobstetter: America’s Cup and the Legacy Opportunity

By David Hobstetter Races come, races go, but what legacy do they leave behind? In the run-up and excitement to the world’s most-followed sailing competition, the America’s Cup in 2013,...