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Blog Archives: August 2018

Napa Valley Real Estate Report August 2018

August 28, 2018
Fortune Magazine’s recent article “The End is Near for the Economic Boom” is representative of the cautionary tone of a growing number of financial advisors, investors and economists that the expansionary economy we’ve had since 2009 is nearing its end. Facebook’s dramatic 20% share price one-day drop (it’s still down over 17%) and Netflix’s 18% share price decrease may have injected further buyer caution into a market where prices were already showing signs of leveling off. Napa’s three-month rolling median home sales prices are up ...

Southern/Central Marin County Real Estate Report August 2018

August 28, 2018
Fortune Magazine’s recent article “The End is Near for the Economic Boom” is representative of the cautionary tone of a growing number of financial advisors, investors and economists that the expansionary economy we’ve had since 2009 is nearing its end. Facebook’s dramatic 20% share price one-day drop (it’s still down over 17%) and Netflix’s 18% share price decrease may have injected further buyer caution into a market where prices were already showing signs of leveling off. Southern/Central Marin’s three-month rolling median home sales ...

San Mateo County Real Estate Market Update – August 2018

August 27, 2018
The news from a growing number of sources points to an economic shift looming on the horizon. Fortune Magazine’s recent article “The End is Near for the Economic Boom” is representative of the cautionary tone of among many financial advisors, investors and economists that the expansionary economy we’ve had since 2009 is nearing its end. Dramatic drops in some notable tech stocks (Facebook, Netflix to name two) may have injected further buyer caution into a market where prices were already showing signs of leveling off. In San Mateo County, ...

San Francisco Real Estate Market Update: August 2018

August 27, 2018
Fortune Magazine’s recent article “The End is Near for the Economic Boom” is representative of the cautionary tone of a growing number of financial advisors, investors and economists that the expansionary economy we’ve had since 2009 is nearing its end. Facebook’s dramatic 20% share price one-day drop (it’s still down over 17%) and Netflix’s 18% share price decrease may have injected further buyer caution in a market where prices were already showing signs of leveling off. However, San Francisco home sales prices inched up, though condo ...

Charitable Remainder Trusts: A Primer

August 25, 2018
Michael Minson
A charitable trust lets you donate generously to charity, and it gives you and your heirs a big tax break. However, if you just want to make a few small charitable gifts, then a charitable trust probably isn't worth the bother. You need to do some serious thinking before you set up a charitable trust. Charitable trusts require that that you give up legal control of your property, and charitable trusts are irrevocable -- once the trust becomes operational, you cannot change your mind and regain legal control of the trust property. The ...

1031 Exchange - A Primer

August 25, 2018
Michael Minson
Like-kind exchanges (1031 exchange) can be an important tax savings device for people who own investment property that has gone up in value. In a like-kind exchange (also called a Section 1031 exchange), you can defer paying taxes upon the sale of property by swapping your property for similar property owned by someone else. The property you receive in a like-kind exchange is treated as if it were a continuation of the property you gave up. The result is that you postpone the recognition (taxation) of gain by shifting the basis of old ...

Why You Should Always Work With a Full-Service Brokerage

August 20, 2018
If you work with a discount brokerage instead of a full-service brokerage, you end up working with an agent who won’t go the extra mile for you. Looking to Buy? Search All homes Looking to Sell? See why you should work with us When buying or selling a home, why should you work with a full-service brokerage instead of a discount brokerage? Ultimately, you should work with a full-service brokerage because of its incentive structure. Many of the agent positions at discount brokerages are salaried, meaning they get paid the ...

Sunnyside Facelift

August 19, 2018
Michael Minson
The sellers of 142 Foerster had grown up in this traditional Sunnyside home. The house served its family well for 30+ years, raising three boys and hosting dozens of birthday parties, anniversaries and holiday meals. And as these things go, the years had taken a toll on the property. We see this a lot in San Francisco and have built our processes and our team to find the hidden value and help the sellers capitalize on it. The sellers hired Michael and the Level Up Group to maximize the value it had accumulated over their lives as owners....