4 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe This Winter

Meteorologists are predicting that this year’s winter may bring the strongest El Niño on record, As with past El Niño years, this means we’re likely in for a lot of rain.We’re all eager to see the rain again, but if you’re not prepared , your home may be at risk when the storms come. Here..



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San Francisco Neighborhood Affordability

Where to Buy a Home in San Francisco for the Money You Want to Spend The charts below are based upon 2015 YTD transactions reported to MLS by July 24, 2015 . We’ve generally broken out the neighborhoods with the most sales within given price points. To a large degree, if you’re buying a house in San Francisco, your..



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Things to Do in San Francisco

1000 Ways to Enjoy San Francisco & the Bay Area Guests are coming, the kids are out of school, or you just want to do something different than usual. Summer has arrived in one of the most beautiful and multi-dimensional places on earth, and here is a wide variety of ideas for making the most of it: Dinner, brunch,..



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Buyers Challenged – Sellers Rejoice

Another Challenging Spring for Buyers Four Angles on San Francisco Home Price Appreciation   Short-Term Trend Line: Since the Recovery Began in 2012 Longer-Term Trends: 1993 – 2015 Neighborhood Appreciation Snapshots – May 2011 – May 2015 Central Sunset, Central Richmond & Noe Valley: Median House Sales Prices SoMa, Eureka Valley & Marina: 2-Bedroom Condo Median Sales Prices..



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Water Conservation Around the House

If you have lived in California for any length of time, you know that water conservation is just part of your daily routine. There are so many ways to conserve water. You can take shorter showers, not let the faucet run while doing dishes or brushing teeth, and only use washing appliances for full loads. Installing low-flow..



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TRID is coming August 1st

Attention all buyers and sellers!  The new TRID, TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule goes into effect on August 1, 2015.  It is very important to understand what this rule is and what kind of impact it will have on escrows and closing on time!   On August 1st, 2015 the Loan Estimate replaces the GFE and early..



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Market Update – 2 – 4 Units

The San Francisco Market for Buildings of 2-4 Residential Units 2-4 unit residential buildings contain about 80,000 or 21% of the housing units in San Francisco. This report will assess only such smaller apartment buildings that have notbeen converted to condos or exclusive-use TIC units: Condos and TICs are considered different property types than unconverted 2-4 unit..



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Just Listed – 1320 – 1324 Castro St.

1320 – 1324 Castro Street List Price: $2,350,000 Two-unit, mixed-use building Upstairs vacant residential unit 3 BR / 1 BA Ground floor commercial – tenant is Contigo restaurant Total square footage: 2748 (per seller) Zoning: Noe Valley Commercial Excellent Noe Valley location Separately metered for gas and electric between units Recently renovated commercial space with..



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The Time Value of Money vs. Real Estate Today and Interest Rates Tomorrow

The other day a client of mine from my business school called me up, and we reminisced about the days we spent together grueling over our finance classes.  He said to me that what we studied was so theoretical, and he rarely ever uses some of the finance theories we grappled with during our three years..



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Staging Your Home? It’s Worth It!

When talking to sellers, the question that I receive the most is whether to stage the home.   Staging a home can seem very expensive, but the benefits of staging a home generally far outweigh the initial outlay of money. What advantages can staging a home bring? Buyers find your home most often through websites. Having beautiful photographs..



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