Staff Writer – San Francisco Bay Area

CoStar Group, US-CA San Francisco

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Staff Writer – San Francisco Bay Area

Job Description

Since 1987, CoStar has been on a mission to create efficiency and transparency in commercial real estate. Innovation, a passion for excellence, and providing our customers with exceptional value are at the core of CoStar Group – and why CoStar has been named to both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100 Index.

CoStar Group has served as a respected source of news for the commercial real estate industry for more than two decades, and now we are now expanding our award-winning news platform by adding positions and resources to take our journalism to the next level.

We are seeking a talented and motivated journalist to report and write about the Bay-area commercial real estate environment. This position would be based in our San Francisco office and we expect the selected candidate to report to the office four days per week at minimum. You will be expected to produce a steady stream of stories about the people and projects changing the face of some of one of the most dynamic and prominent metropolitan areas in the nation.

Essential Functions:

  • Demonstrate an ability to break news and produce engaging features and trend stories for an audience of commercial real estate professionals.

  • Cultivate and manage a bench of knowledgeable sources and expert contributors.

  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of current affairs and commercial real estate news by reading key publications, looking for opportunities to help CoStar stand apart.

  • Follow generally accepted journalism ethics and standards to report the facts, including a commitment to truth, accuracy, fairness and impartiality.

  • Use readership and social media data to gain a better understanding of the news our readers are most interested in to help shape future coverage.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 2 plus years of experience reporting and writing for a daily publication.

  • Experience reporting and writing for a daily publication.

  • A portfolio showcasing your top work.

  • Results oriented with a proven ability to prioritize, drive and achieve results while working to deadlines under pressure.

  • Comfort with digital media, with a creative flair for images and other visual content to accompany reports.

  • Business journalism experience preferred.

  • Proven ability to uncover breaking news.

  • Solid web headline and story writing skills, with a command of AP Style and a knowledge of SEO and social media best practices.

  • Ability to work within a collaborative environment.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher required; ideally in journalism, communications, or a related discipline.


Founded in 1987, we are a NASDAQ listed company with a market cap of over US$30B and sit alongside other notable names such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple. Behind some of the most well-known brands in the industry, CoStar Group includes CoStar, the largest provider of CRE research and real-time data; LoopNet, the most heavily trafficked mobile and online real estate marketplace;, the premier rental home resource for renters, property managers and owners; STR, the leading provider of performance benchmarking and comparative analytics to the hotel industry; BizBuySell, the largest online marketplace for businesses-for-sales; and Lands of America, the leading operator of online marketplaces for rural real estate.

As a technology company, we are the trusted partner for all commercial real estate professionals empowering many of the most well-respected landlords, development companies, brokerage firms, banks, lenders, investors and government agencies with our data products and leading marketplaces. 

We do this by actively researching the commercial real estate markets and providing data, analytics, innovative tools and powerful marketing platforms in the U.S. and Internationally to help our clients transact with one another. CoStar continues to win multiple awards including one of Forbes most innovative companies (2017) and Fortune’s fastest growing companies (2018). Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar Group maintains offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Canada, and Asia with a staff of over 6,000 worldwide.


Working at CoStar Group means you'll enjoy a culture of collaboration and innovation that attracts the best and brightest across a broad range of disciplines. In addition to generous compensation and performance-based incentives, you'll be supported in both your professional and academic growth with internal training, tuition reimbursement, and an inter-office exchange program.

Our benefits package includes (but is not limited to):

  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage: Medical / Vision / Dental / Prescription Drugs

  • Life, legal, and supplementary insurance

  • Commuter and parking benefits

  • 401(K) retirement plans, with matching contributions

  • Employee stock purchase plan

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Complimentary gourmet coffee, tea, hot chocolate, prepared foods, fresh fruit, and other healthy snacks.

Become part of a team of professionals enjoying the opportunity to learn, do, and grow in a rewarding atmosphere. But don't just take our word for it -- see why our team chose to work at and stay at CoStar Group:

We welcome all qualified candidates who are currently eligible to work full-time in the United States to apply.  However, please note that CoStar is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

This position offers a base salary range of $57,000 - $94,000, based on relevant skills and experience and includes a generous benefits plan.



CoStar Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing

About CoStar Group

CoStar Group is the leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets.

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