Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Yes, the trend is more quickly seeping out of San Francisco. Tenant in Common divisions of duplexes, fourplexes and apartment buildings is becoming more accepted in the Peninsula and the South Bay. The impressive Andy Sirkin is speaking this Wednesday Sept. 19th to a Silicon Valley audience of buyers interested in dividing fourplexes to live in. With a little down payment and a good credit score, people can get into a unit for nearly $250,000 or less in pricey San Jose. There are limitations to this TIC arrangement, although they will wane as the market accepts it more. I'll be listening to Andy Sirkin tomorrow in San Mateo as he speaks on his specialty of writing legal documents governing the TICs
The tide of foreclosures is rising in even the most solid of areas in Silicon Valley. I do believe though this is just a distribution of wealth from those with shaky financials to those who are ready to benefit from this weakness. There are very many people watching for short sales, foreclosure sales and bank REOs. The low rate of return in local investment properties also makes these low cash flow investments at least as attractive as their alternatives. There is also the ease of flipping a house that was well-acquired. The wealth of this valley will offset any difficulties that a small percentage of people are feeling.