Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ

Amazon has reviewed the proposals from potential candidate cities for its second North American headquarters location, and it found 20 of those the most promising.

The mayors of these top 20 cities will now fight to the death in a Battle Royale-style island arena… er wait, no actually they’ll just move on the next portion of Amazon’s submission phase, which includes further proposal evaluation and working directly with the candidate cities on getting more info.

Without further ado, here are the cities that made the cut – 20 out of a total of 238 original applicants.

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Rent-control expansion fails in Sacramento

San Franciscans swarm state capital to boost, decry rent-control law

Hundreds of San Francisco and Bay Area residents trekked to Sacramento Thursday morning, waiting in lines that stretched out of the State Capitol building, to tell the California State Assembly whether they oppose or support AB 1506, a bill that would give cities the opportunity to create new rent-controlled housing.

The bill ultimately failed to pass the Housing and Community Development Committee, falling one vote short of the necessary threshold to move forward. However, backers of the bill, which would repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act, promised to revive it.

Tenants groups like Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and the SF Tenants Union boarded buses before sunrise at Civic Center in order to make it to Sacramento for the 9 a.m. hearing. While lawmakers calmly listened inside, shouting matches broke out in the hallway outside as hundreds of Californians, both pro and con, waited their turn to speak.

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Apple announces second campus, promises to bring 20,000 jobs

Part of $350 billion U.S. investment, it may set off Amazon #HQ2-like scramble among cities

On the heels of the frenzied competition between cities for Amazon’s HQ2, Apple announced earlier todaythat it will also be building a second headquarters somewhere in the U.S.—setting off similar excitement among cities and local leaders.

According to a report in the Associated Press, Apple will be building a second headquarters over the next five years that will employ an estimated 20,000 workers, all part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The company plans to announce the location of the second headquarters by the end of the year.

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Strong Economic Indicators Present In All Of San Francisco CRE

San Francisco’s commercial real estate market shows many positive signs for growth in 2018.

Multiple CRE products are going up right now, which is relatively uncommon, according to Vanguard Properties Director of Investment Sales Alex Kolovyansky, who spoke during a recent Bisnow event.

Office, industrial residential and hotel are all experiencing up cycles, Kolovyansky said.

“The San Francisco residential market has been growing by leaps and bounds,” he said.

In 2017, 6,500 transactions were completed in the residential market, of which 35% were for homes and 51% were for condos. A very small percentage of the transactions were for investment properties and 2.3% were for apartment buildings. Kolovyansky said 147 old and new apartments traded last year.

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As Rents Rise, Advocates in Multiple Markets Push for New Rent Control Laws

In most parts of the U.S., lawmakers are currently not allowed to create new rules to limit by how much landlords can raise rents at their properties.

In November 2018, voting ballots in California might include a question on rent control. Right now, California law restricts the spread of rent regulations on housing built after 1995, in addition to many older properties.

Some housing advocates want to change that. A proposed law that would have allowed more rent regulation died in the state legislature in 2017. Now advocates including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the San Francisco Tenants Union are pressing the same proposal as a ballot initiative.

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Developers in contract to buy Oakland tower site

Two developers are in contract to buy a tower site next to Oakland’s 19th Street BART station, potentially kickstarting construction.

Danville-based Behring Cos. has an option to buy the land at 1900 Broadway, according to an agreement filed in November. The deal hasn’t closed.

John Herr, executive vice president at Lincoln Property Co., said at a Bisnow event on Wednesday that the company is partnering with Behring on the project. It would be Lincon’s first project in Oakland, and the company would join a wave of new developers that are fueling the city’s biggest development boom in decades.

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Presidio Terrace: South Bay couple sues to win back street

Jilted investors trying to crowdfund legal fees

Tina Lam and Michael Cheng, the South Bay couple who bought the privately owned Presidio Terrace street for a mere $90,100 in 2015 and then saw the legal sale overturned by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, are now suing the city in Superior Court to undo that decision.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross report that Lam and Cheng’s attorneys are arguing that the board overstepped its authority. The suit comes as no surprise, since Cheng telegraphed his intentions to sue by taking the unusual step of opening a GoFundMe page to finance the action.

According to Cheng’s “Presidio Terrace defense fund” campaign, he and Lam feel slighted and singled out by San Francisco lawmakers, particularly Supervisor Mark Farrell, whose district includes Presidio Terrace.

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Why Zillow says San Jose is the nation’s hottest housing market in 2018

Driven by quickly rising home prices and a tech job market that continues to draw more workers, the online real estate database Zillow has projected San Jose to be the nation’s hottest housing market in 2018 with San Francisco fifth in its top 10 list.

California, North Carolina and Texas each have two cities in Zillow’s top 10, which is based on a mix of six variables:

  • Its own home value and rent index forecasts for the year,
  • Income growth estimates,
  • Population growth,
  • Unemployment rates,
  • Job openings per person.
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What Do Single-Tenant Net Lease Deals Offer High-Net-Worth Investors?

HNW investors are especially attracted to single-tenant net lease deals in the retail sector.

For more and more high-net-worth (HNW) real estate investors, dollar stores and drugstores make for a winning combination, although these assets can turn into losers if the sole tenant leaves.

Office and hotels still draw a lot of attention—and dollars—from HNW investors. But a rising number of them are betting on single-tenant net lease properties such as dollar stores, drugstores and fast-food restaurants to help round out their portfolios.

By and large, net lease properties are magnets for HNW investors because they’re viewed as safe, recession-proof assets that preserve cash flow and yield.

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Bill could add millions of new homes next to California’s public transit stations

California State Senator Scott Wiener proposed a trio of new housing bills on Thursday, including one that would make it easier to build taller projects near public transit.

Wiener (D-San Francisco)’s SB 827 calls for the statewide removal of single-family home and parking requirements for projects within a half-mile of transit hubs like BART, Muni and Caltrain stations.

The bill would mandate height limits of at least 45 feet to 85 feet for new projects, depending on how close they are to transit. Cities would be able to raise height limits beyond those minimums, and developers could also build smaller projects within the areas if they chose.

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