There goes the neighborhood -- as in the neighborhood is going from a poor place to a boom town.
The Bay Area real estate boom is now raising prices even in long-struggling areas like East Oakland, East Palo Alto and East San Jose, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
All-cash buyers, offers of free rent for a month for sellers and other offers are "sweetening bids" as "swarms" of investors and people looking to live in these lower-income areas descend on available homes, the newspaper reported.
In East Oakland, the median sales price is now $158,000 -- or 51 percent higher than it was just a year ago.
After losing half of its value from 2007 to 2009, homes in East San Jose are now selling at a median price of $415,000, 25 percent higher than in early 2012.
An Oakley couple interviewed by the newspaper noted that they had 22 offers for their home in a formerly blighted neighborhood full of weedy lawns and empty homes lost to foreclosure.
The buyer let them live there, rent-free for a month, while they searched for a new home in Fairfield.
In other words, this is an "extreme seller's market," the newspaper reported.