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Blog Archives: May 2014

Creative Window Treatments That Will Totally Reinvent Your Home

May 30, 2014
There are a number of ways that you can improve the look and style of a room without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, painting and stenciling are the most affordable ways to bring new life and unique detail to an old room. But if you’re intent on taking it to the next level, look no further than your windows. Your options are nearly unlimited when it comes to sprucing up your windows – and the great news is that with a little creativity, you can use many products that are relatively inexpensive to buy. Creativity doesn’t cost a ...

Five Elegant Lighting Ideas That Will Transform Your Living Room

May 29, 2014
When it comes to selling your home, there are many measures you can take as a homeowner to increase its value and appeal. You can often accomplish this through something as simple as updating your home’s light fixtures. Here are some easy lighting solutions you can bring into your home that will transform your living room, and make the space much more appealing to your prospective home buyers. Add A Chandelier For A Shimmery Focal Point Here’s how you can lend your living room an air of class that can’t be paralleled: install a beautiful ...

Median List Price for San Francisco Condos is $949,000

May 28, 2014
      This Week The median list price in SAN FRANCISCO, CA this week is $949,000. Inventory has been decreasing lately but the Market Action Index is falling also. With days-on-market climbing, these are relatively negative implications for the market. Supply and Demand Market appears to have begun to cool.  As we’re still notably in the Seller’s zone, prices have not yet adjusted.  If the market continues to cool, then expect prices to follow lower. It may take a few more weeks of slack demand for prices to reflect and begin to fall.  ...

Stop The Rot: The Easy Guide To Preventing Dry Rot In Your Home

May 28, 2014
Did you know that dry rot is ironically created from having too much moisture come in contact with wood? The fact is many homeowners are unaware that dry rot is even setting in, so the first step toward prevention is being able to diagnose possible areas of exposure before dry rot becomes a major renovation expense. Remember that dry rot to your foundation can be an extremely costly repair and will definitely figure prominently into the total value of your property when a house inspection is completed prior to a sale. As well, fungus and ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 15 Pages

May 27, 2014
Tuesday tour (aka Broker’s Tour) is not just for brokers anymore – the public is invited and welcome to attend.  In fact, it’s one of SF’s best kept real estate secrets. Many of the properties on the tour are open for the first time. For serious buyers, this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the weekend crowds. Plus, many of the open houses are catered – BONUS! Click here for a full schedule I go out every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not so my buyers don’t have to.  It also allows me to keep a pulse on the ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014
Last week’s economic news was dominated by speeches given by Federal Reserve presidents, the minutes from April’s FOMC meeting and commencement address given by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The latest readings for new and existing home sales were also released. Federal Reserve Speeches Suggest Concerns Over Monetary Policy Dependence, Low Inflation Here are highlights of comments made by each of the Fed presidents’ speeches. Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Fed, and John Williams, President of the San Francisco Fed, spoke at a conference ...

DIY Play House: Easy Play House Designs Your Kids Will Love All Year Long

May 27, 2014
When it comes to creating a play house for your kids, you are limited only by your time, imagination, and to some degree, your budget. Most play house designs are constructed out of affordable wood products, and the plans are generally box-like in appearance. If you have the appropriate tools on hand, the project can take only a couple of weekends to construct. Whether you choose a simple “look out” fort or a fully gable-roofed design, your kids will thank you for years to come. Of course, the benefit to you is that they will have something ...

Stage Your Home For Spring: Tips For Using The Season To Your Selling Advantage

May 26, 2014
Spring has arrived! The flowers are blossoming, the greyness of the sky is clearing, and the air is warming. The best season to sell your home is here, and with the added natural light and blossoming colors, you can easily take advantage of the benefits of spring when it comes to selling your home. Make sure to show it for all it’s worth, and follow these simple tips for staging your home in spring that will make your home the one listing that buyers can’t resist. Fresh Flowers: Put Mother Nature To Work Nothing says spring like fresh-cut ...

Protect Your Home When You’re On Vacation With These Five Simple Tips

May 23, 2014
When making plans for a fun-filled vacation, you shouldn’t forget implementing certain home security measures to ward off thieves. Nobody wants to return home only to find that intruders had ransacked the residence from top to bottom. If you’re going away on vacation, make sure you protect your home against break-and-enters with these five tips. Alarm Intruders With Audible Deterrence Measures Installing a professional home security alarm is one of the most cost-effective ways for people to protect their homes when they are away. Buying ...

Vegetable Garden 101: Get The Kids Started On A Veggie Patch Project Today

May 22, 2014
Thinking about ways to engage your children in gardening and educational opportunities outside of the classroom? Creating your very own veggie patch with them is a great way to help them develop interest in the wonderful hobby of gardening! Growing a vegetable garden links together many concepts your children are learning about in school while teaching them the art of discipline, responsibility and delayed gratification. Here are some great tips on how to nurture this project with your children. Choose Pick-And Eat-Vegetables The joy of ...

Median List Price for San Francisco Condos is $950,000

May 21, 2014
      This Week The median list price in SAN FRANCISCO, CA this week is $950,000. Inventory has been lightening lately and the Market Action Index has been trending up. Though days-on-market is increasing, these are mildly positive indications for the market. Supply and Demand The market has not shown strong directional trends in terms of supply and demand. However, inventory is sufficiently low to keep us in the Seller’s Market zone and prices have been moving upward as evidence. Price While this week the median didn’t fluctuate ...

Maximize Your Backyard’s Privacy With These Unique Ideas

May 21, 2014
  If you’re a homeowner, your backyard is probably a space where you look forward to spending private, quality time watching your children play or entertaining dinner guests. The privacy you and your family treasure could suddenly be put at risk if your neighbors finish renovations allowing them to see into your backyard, or if a tree that once hid your backyard from view needs to be removed. If you’re looking to reclaim the privacy you’ve lost in your yard, here are some options you will want to consider. Your Property Line Is A Natural ...

FOMC Noted Retail Sales In March Reached Highest Level Since September Of 2012

May 20, 2014
The FOMC of the Federal Reserve released its customary statement after its meeting concluded April 30. FOMC members said that the economy is improving after a winter lull caused by poor weather. The national unemployment rate remains high, although some improvement in labor markets was reported. Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth, although FOMC said that the restraint is diminishing. FOMC Monitors Inflation, Further Reduces Asset Purchases The FOMC statement reflected members’ concerns about the inflation rate remaining below its ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 19 Pages

May 19, 2014
Tuesday tour (aka Broker’s Tour) is not just for brokers anymore – the public is invited and welcome to attend.  In fact, it’s one of SF’s best kept real estate secrets. Many of the properties on the tour are open for the first time. For serious buyers, this is a great opportunity to get a sneak peak before the weekend crowds. Plus, many of the open houses are catered – BONUS! Click here for a full schedule I go out every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not so my buyers don’t have to.  It also allows me to keep a pulse on the ...

Give Your Home An Instant Facelift, Wallpaper Is Back

May 19, 2014
Though it can be an entirely different story for a trend shift in the opposite direction, which then requires you to get out the soaking bucket and scraping tool, wallpaper coming back into style is a home décor blessing for many. Wallpaper is back in – in a big way! – and it’s making your dreams of accomplishing a fashionable living space come true much faster and easier than you could have imagined. Quite frankly, wallpaper can do the “fashionable home” trick to virtually any room in your house, adding that touch of warmth and personality ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014
Last week’s economic news was relatively flat, but highlights include the NAHB Housing Market Index for May, which posted its lowest reading since May 2013. Although analysts expected a May reading of 48, the May 2014 index reading was 45 as compared to April’s reading of 46. The NAHB reported that rising home prices and unpredictable job markets were factors in builders’ loss of confidence. Although the economy is growing stronger, many would-be homebuyers remain skeptical of economic conditions and remain on the sidelines. NAHB: Stronger ...

4 Places Real Estate Agents Say, “Don’t Go Cheap!”

May 16, 2014
As most real estate agents will tell you, remodeling, decorating or repairing your home can go a long way towards getting it sold. For that matter, it can add value to your property in case you want to sell later – that is, if you don’t choose the wrong places to buy cheap: Windows – Never buy a window based on which one is cheapest. You want windows that look good, and, as most real estate agents will recommend, you want energy-efficient windows. During 2009 and 2010, you may be eligible for a Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency of up ...

Five Places Mold Could Be Hiding In Your Home

May 15, 2014
Even the most aesthetically pleasing homes can have mold issues. A type of fungus that thrives on moisture, mold can trigger symptoms such as itching eyes, asthma attacks and bouts of sneezing or coughing. As a result of the possible health issues, mold is the sort of problem that should be dealt with prior to listing a home, and people who are in the market to buy a home would do well to have a licensed professional conduct a mold test on any home they’re seriously interested in buying. What follows is a rundown of five places in the home ...

Median List Price for San Francisco Condos is $1,099,500

May 14, 2014
      This Week The median list price in SAN FRANCISCO, CA this week is $1,099,500. The Market Action Index has been trending down lately, while inventory is climbing. These trends imply a weakening market. Supply and Demand The market has not shown strong directional trends in terms of supply and demand. However, inventory is sufficiently low to keep us in the Seller’s Market zone and prices have been moving upward as evidence Price Prices hit another all time high this week. Given current conditions, prices continue to march higher....

My Listing at 594 10th Ave is Featured in the Wall Street Journal

May 14, 2014
My gorgeous Grand Craftsman listing is featured in today’s issue of the Wall Street Journal online edition. 594 10th Avenue is the Inner Richmond’s Grand Craftsman, fully updated to modern standards. The home was originally built in 1910 and meticulously restored and updated in 2014. Capable of hosting dignitaries and large families effortlessly, this 4,790 square foot home (per floor plan) has seven bedrooms with five en-suite bathrooms and two half baths, an expansive formal dining room and living room, a grand foyer and staircase, a ...

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