By Tim Hunt
Pleasanton real estate snapshotUploaded: Mar 28, 2019
Despite the steadily increasing home prices in Pleasanton, buyers have yet to reach the “pain point” according to Dave Stark of the Bay East Association of Realtors.
Dave updated the Pleasanton Men’s Club this month on the local real estate scene. Among the nuggets in his talk were comparing the price run-up in the early to mid-2000s to prices since the recovery kicked in during 2009. Median prices in Pleasanton peaked at $850,000 in 2006 before dropping to $810,000 in 2008. The low point was $685,000 in 2009. Since then, median prices have climbed to $1.3 million and increased 9 percent, 9 percent and 10 percent in the last three years.
The current market snapshot, year-over-year, showed time on the market increasing from 20 to 25 days and percentage of asking price dipping slightly from 102 percent to 99 percent. It’s still a healthy market.
The number of homes sold have varied in the last five years from a low of 614 to a high last year of 694—every year fell into that range.
Dave’s takeaway is that Pleasanton remains a very desirable place to live and, like other coastal areas in the state, we suffer from the long-term shortage in new housing, particularly single-family.
For a trained attorney, Rep. Eric Swalwell sure puts aside his background to behave like a pure politician.
So, it is that he and two fellow East Coast Democrats have reintroduced the “Journalist Protection Act.” The bill singles out crimes against journalists for special federal prosecution.
It’s pandering and a response to President Trump’s barrage—a well-deserved barrage looking at Robert Mueller’s report—of fake news. Swalwell and others argue that president’s rhetoric can spark attacks on journalists.
Just save it, congressman.
Journalists deserve special protection no more than any of the American citizens do. It’s completely unnecessary, but panders to the mainstream media where our congressman is a frequent guest. The First Amendment already guarantees a free press.
It’s like the “hate crime” legislation that made politicians feel better for doing something, but just add another unnecessary layer. A crime is a crime—prosecute it as such without having to try to determine motive.