James Turner’s research into writing San Francisco Values included buying a home in San Francisco in 2003. This edifice remains in his name, though currently occupied by tenants blessed with sufficient income to cover Jim’s ever-changing mortgage payments. It was during the recent real estate bubble that Jim was struck by the rather extreme social behavior of those brave or insane enough to jump into San Francisco’s housing market. He currently earns his daily bread as a videographer, operating a growing company that produces public relations video for online distribution. Jim’s background includes writing and producing TV news in New York and San Francisco. He also has a decade’s worth of experience as a freelance producer in the P.R. field, creating video press releases for Microsoft as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Armed with a Masters in Journalism from NYU, a never-ending fascination with real estate and architecture, along with various incarnations of San Francisco residency, Jim faced down his word processor and memorialized the real estate blood sport now known as San Francisco Values.
Think the real estate market's rough now? It's nothing compared to San Francisco's heady bubble days. Just ask Ella Barker, the city's top broker. She's used to the hourly price increases. What does surprise her are the splashy murders surrounding the sale of the San Francisco's priciest mansion ever. Ella wants to close the sale. The murderer prefers to kill the deal, no matter what the price.