Author: Neil Collins (Neil Collins)

Collins: Where can we build housing? Here are some ideas

In a recent poll sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a business trade association, 82% said the cost of housing is a very serious concern. Regional housing affordability is at an all-time crisis level. With the median house price in Santa Clara County now approaching nearly $2 million, regional stakeholders must take aggressive action...

Collins: How can first-time home buyers compete?

Many Bay Area renters and tenants believe homeownership is out of their reach, but is that just a common misconception? “According to a survey conducted last year by the California Association of Realtors, first-time home buyers accounted for 49.4% of the transactions in Santa Clara County for 2020,” says Oscar Wei, deputy chief economist of...

Collins: An unprecedented opportunity to address the housing crisis

This month’s column is very personal to me because it really represents an intersection of two of my professional career paths—retail and housing. Before my role as CEO of the Santa Clara Association of Realtors, I spent nearly a decade working at the San Jose retail icon, Mel Cotton’s Sporting Goods. In 2005, I left...

Collins: A deep dive into the San Jose condo market

What a wild ride it’s been in the San Jose condo and townhouse market. For this month’s column, I wanted to go all the way back to March 2020 when the shelter in place order was first issued and compare the market trends to today. There was much made of “urban flight” when we first...

Collins: Unlocking the benefits of homeownership

In my past articles, I have focused on the state of the real estate market in the South Bay with topics such as future trends, economic impacts and housing inventory. It is no secret that the home ownership market is red hot right now, due to low inventory and incredibly high demand. Median home prices...

Collins: How does the 2021 housing market look?

Nine months ago when our world was turned upside down with a countywide stay-at-home order, none of us could have predicted the robust housing market we have been experiencing. Many of us were assuming similar outcomes as we experienced during the last great recession, but plummeting prices and mass foreclosures never materialized. In fact, sale...

Collins: What could Opportunity Housing look like?

There was much angst and debate this past year during the San Jose General Plan Review Task Force meetings when just the mere discussion to explore Opportunity Housing was presented. So what is Opportunity Housing? According to San Jose’s website, it would enable multi-unit housing on properties with a Residential Neighborhood General Plan land designation. Today...

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