People always want to know how the market is doing and when is a good time to buy.
Time in the market refers to the more time you spend owning or holding property, with patience, the market will almost always reward you with a return on your investment. The sooner you jump in, the sooner you can reap the benefits. The great thing about the Bay Area is you can literally close your eyes and point at a property, and it's probably going to appreciate in your favor. Statistically, when you hold a property for 7-10 years, you will likely see a return. In some micro areas, you can see a return in as little as 3-5 years.