Back in November, 2018 we first heard about a new component in the recently ratified San Francisco Symphony collective bargaining agreement (CBA) designed to offset the cost of housing in San Francisco.
According to inside sources, the exact language for that term were to be worked out post-negotiation. At the time, details were scarce but we’re starting to see some information emerge, such as this description from the musicians’ settlement bulletin (a document that provides an overview of changes to their CBA).
Real Estate Equity Sharing – To enable the purchase of a new home in San Francisco’s sky-high real estate market, a musician may now share a portion of their equity with the SFS, managed through an independent third party, through which the SFS will fund up to 10% of a 20% down-payment to a maximum of $200,000. This will relieve the pressure to come up with a full down-payment, a major obstacle for most young SFS musicians. This also serves a stated goal of the management to invest in the lucrative real estate market.
We’ll take a deeper dive once the full CBA language and realted details become available.