First off, I want to congratulate Redfin for their wisdom and continued support, as well as thank them for my employment. One year ago, I officially began writing for Sweet Digs, subsequently becoming editor, and the Bay Area blog was launched with 7 bloggers. We covered Sonoma County, SF, parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, as well as the northern and southern end of Alameda County. Since that time, we have lost a few bloggers and gained even more. We are currently up to 9 total, working hard to cover 6 counties. With almost 2000 blog posts under our belts, we feel we are evolving to meet the needs of our community and are, hopefully, serving you well. We are a non-revenue generating arm of Redfin composed of independent writers with a passion for real estate. The fact that Redfin allows us to continue to do what we love deserves big kudos in my book.
As further proof of their love of the Bay Area, we are announcing that we have hired another blogger, who will be covering San Francisco. The Sweet Digs team welcomes David Gordon as our newest writer. David will be covering the northern part of San Francisco, including the neighborhoods of SOMA, Pacific Heights, Hayes Valley, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, and the Marina, and he has a passion for all things real estate. Born and raised in South Dakota, he spent his formative college years bouncing around between colleges in South Dakota, Missouri, and Kansas on baseball-instigated transfers. He finally got a degree in economics and moved west. He is the former owner of two SF properties that he sold himself and has an extensive knowledge of San Francisco and East Bay real estate. David owns a construction staffing company and is looking forward to the day when he can sell his business and become a full-time real estate developer and investor. He and his two cats, Flash and Fuzz, live in the Mission.
Also new: We have reorganized our Neighborhoods to make them more encompassing and true to each blogger’s territory:
- Contra Costa County: This is Janis Mara’s neck of the woods and was previously absent from the Neighborhood header, as we didn’t initially cover this county.
- Marin County: Knee-deep in water last week, Jenny Fung manages to write about all things Marin with a sense of humor, persevering even when evacuations are called for.
- San Francisco North: As described above, David Gordon takes over where Scott H. left off.
- San Francisco South: Anna Hibble, one of our original bloggers and an absolute workhorse, continues to cover both the south end of the city, as well as Daly City.
- San Mateo County: That would be me, Susan Brady, covering primarily Redwood City, San Carlos and Belmont, with occasional reports on Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park, San Mateo, Burlingame and other northern county cities.
- Santa Clara County: Brenda Keener brings you news from San Jose and its environs, which was previously the San Jose/South Bay neighborhood.
- Alameda County: Berkeley/Oakland: This is Tracey Taylor’s territory, previously known as Berkeley/Oakland.
- Alameda County: Oakland/Alameda/Pleasanton/Livermore: Alison Ching is covering this large chunk of land, with a few more cities strewn about here and there.
- Alameda County: Hayward/Fremont/Newark/Union City: Blogger Sue Herz covers the southern end of the county, previously listed as Fremont/Newark/Union City.
And in case you missed my post yesterday, Redfin rolled out a new version of the listing page. New fonts, new layout, much larger map, the addition of eAppraisal.com, as well as nearby similar listings and sales, and listing price history. Redfin got it right with these new additions. It gives you even more information to make an informed decision on homes and their potential sales price. So don’t forget to check it out, or just click on one of the links below, to see what’s been done to help you, the consumer. They have also added blogs in Boston and Washington DC for our East Coast brethren.
So now we are caught up on all the news and bring you February—a February with 29 days this year, meaning one more day to bring you the latest in real estate in the Bay Area. Thank you for your continued support and readership.