Accept

We use cookies in order to save your preferences so we can provide a feature-rich, personalized website experience. We also use functionality from third-party vendors who may add additional cookies of their own (e.g. Analytics, Maps, Chat, etc). Read more about cookies in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you do not accept our use of Cookies, please do not use the website.

Header Image

Blog Archives: September 2014

Autumn Home Staging: How to Set Your Home Up to Match the Warm, Rich Colors of Autumn

September 30, 2014
Can you believe that autumn is already here? Autumn is not only a great time to enjoy some cooler weather, but it is also a perfect time to sell a home. If you want to sell your house this autumn, these home staging tips will have buyers pounding down your door. Improve Your Curb Appeal Curb appeal is easily the most important factor when it comes to selling a home, and it is even more important in the autumn. Maintaining great curb appeal can be difficult in autumn because of all the falling leaves. Raking the leaves and planting some ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 12 Pages_9.30.2014

September 29, 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 just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not and report back to my clients. We had 22 pages last week. This ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – Sept 29, 2014

September 29, 2014
Last week’s economic news included several housing-related reports that provided mixed results with lower than expected sales of previously owned homes and higher than expected sales of new homes. The FHFA also released its House Price report for July, which noted that year-over-year home prices were lower than year-over-year prices reported in June. Here’s a look at the details: Existing Home Sales Lower, New Home Sales Higher The National Association of REALTORS® reported August sales of existing home sales fell to 5.05 million previously ...

Understanding Title Insurance and How It Impacts Your Mortgage Loan

September 26, 2014
When you buy a home, you will be given a title to your new property. A title is a legal document that proves you own the property, and in most cases the title excludes other parties from making an ownership claim. However, not all titles give you free and clear ownership of the property. Title insurance protects you and your lender from title disputes and other ownership issues that may arise. Here are just a few ways that title insurance can impact your mortgage. How Title Insurance Protects A Lender There are certain situations in which ...

Selling to Millennials: Three High-Tech Upgrades That Will Increase Your Home’s Appeal to Young Buyers

September 25, 2014
Millennials are finally starting to enter the real estate market after delaying home purchases for several years. With a completely new client base looking for homes, it is time to start making your home more appealing to these young buyers. Millennials are used to using high-tech gadgets every day, so they are going to desire these things in their new home. While there are several high-tech upgrades you can make on your home, these three will appeal the most to young homebuyers. Keyless Entry: Security for the New Millennium Keyless ...

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

September 24, 2014
This Week The median list price in SAN FRANCISCO, CA this week is $949,000. The Market Action Index has been trending down lately, while inventory is climbing. These trends imply a weakening market. Supply and Demand In the last few weeks the market has achieved a relative stasis point in terms of sales to inventory.  However, inventory is sufficiently low to keep us in the Seller’s Market zone so watch changes in the MAI. If the market heats up, prices are likely to resume an upward climb. Price The market seems to have paused around ...

National Association of Realtors, Existing Home Sales Slip in August

September 24, 2014
Sales of previously owned homes fell in August according to the National Association of REALTORS®. This was the first decline in sales in five months. Although not welcome news to homeowners and real estate pros, there is good news. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, as first-time buyers and moderate income families may now have an opportunity to find and buy affordable homes. Bidding wars and slim inventories of available homes made buying a home difficult for many prospective buyers in recent months, ...

House Hunting: Watch for These Five Small Signs That Can Indicate Much Bigger Problems with a Home

September 23, 2014
It’s not uncommon for homebuyers to recount horror stories about properties that appeared to be fine at first glance, but were actually hiding very expensive problems. If you fail to do your due diligence, you might find your dream house turning into a nightmare. The next time you walk through a house, pay attention for these five signs that the property might be hiding a unfortounate secret or two. Mold, Water Spots and Water Damage Older and newer homes alike may develop a leaky pipe or another similar plumbing issue from time to time, ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 25 Pages_9.22.2014

September 22, 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 just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not and report back to my clients. We had 27 pages last week. This ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – Sept 22, 2014

September 22, 2014
Last week’s economic news largely concerned the Federal Reserve’s FOMC meeting statement and a post-meeting conference given by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The FOMC statement indicated that the Fed continued its wind-down of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities and that its purchases are expected to cease after the next FOMC meeting. The FOMC statement said that committee members find the economy to be improving at a moderate pace and currently strong enough to further reduce the QE3 monthly asset purchases. The Fed seeks to achieve and ...

What is a Supplemental Tax Bill?

September 19, 2014
A lot of buyers ask me about the supplemental tax bill.  It can be a little confusing, but it’s a rather simple solution to resolve a timing issue. A supplemental tax bill is an additional tax bill that comes sometime after you close that charges you the difference in tax from what the seller was paying vs what you should have paid based on your new purchase price. This is to account for the delay in the assessor’s office keeping up with all of the tax bills and property transfers. For example, if the seller was paying on a tax basis of ...

Federal Open Market Committee, Fed Chair: No Rush to Raise Rates

September 19, 2014
Wednesday’s customary post-meeting statement issued by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve provided some relief to investors and analysts concerned that the Fed may soon raise its target federal funds rate. The target federal funds rate has held steady at between 0.00 and 0.25 percent since the inception of the Fed’s current quantitative easing program. The FOMC statement indicated that the committee does not expect to raise the target federal funds rate until the Fed’s dual mandate of maximum employment and ...

Median List Price for San Francisco Condos is $929,000

September 18, 2014
This Week The median list price in SAN FRANCISCO, CA this week is $929,000. Inventory has been lightening lately and the Market Action Index has been trending up. These are mildly positive indications for the market. Supply and Demand In the last few weeks the market has achieved a relative stasis point in terms of sales to inventory.  However, inventory is sufficiently low to keep us in the Seller’s Market zone so watch changes in the MAI. If the market heats up, prices are likely to resume an upward climb. Price The market seems to ...

Thinking About a New Floor? Five Excellent Reasons to Choose Hardwood Flooring when Remodeling

September 18, 2014
If you’re remodeling, you should seriously consider updating your flooring. A new hardwood floor will give your home an impressive look and prevent scratches and stains. Here are five very good reasons why you should consider a hardwood floor for your next remodeling project. Hardwood Is More Durable Than Other Materials Hardwood is much more durable and longer lasting than many other flooring materials. If there’s a lot of traffic in your home, hardwood floors are less likely to get scratches and dents than vinyl tiles or laminated floors....

It’s Not Just for Cooking! Five Excellent Uses for Olive Oil That Don’t Involve a Stove

September 17, 2014
Olive oil contains heart-healthy fats, making it a great choice for those concerned about a healthy diet. However, this amazing natural oil can also be used to solve a variety of household and beauty problems. A high-quality oil like extra-virgin olive oil tastes great for eating and cooking but for beauty and household purposes, a less expensive type will probably work fine. Remove Stickers And Price Tags Taking off price tags and stickers often takes time, and it can be a real challenge to remove the entire thing. Stop stressing and get ...

Market Focus Report August 2014

September 16, 2014
Most local markets continue to recover from a soft patch earlier this year. The macro trend is still positive; the micro trend involves more moderate pinching up and down the month-to-month timeline. This is not uncommon in a balanced market, but it’s been so long since we’ve seen one that we’re watching it with perhaps too much trepidation. Metrics to watch include inventory and prices, but also days on market, months’ supply and percent of list price received at sale. Declines in pending and closed sales activity may reflect strong ...

Tuesday Tour Schedule Released – 27 Pages_9.15.2014

September 16, 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 just about every week to scope out what’s hot and what’s not and report back to my clients. We had 23 pages last week. This ...

Roof Restoration 101: Preparing Your Roof for the Harsh Winter – and when to Call in Professional Help

September 16, 2014
While the days may be relatively warm and sunny right now, the transition to fall and winter will soon be upon us. Winter weather can be harsh, and it can also be destructive to your property. From the snow and ice to the frigid temperatures, winter can wreak havoc on a property. One of the best steps that you can take now while the weather is warm is to restore your roof to prepare for the harsh winter ahead. This effort today will minimize damage that the home may endure throughout the cold months of the year. Here are some steps you can ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – Sept 15, 2014

September 15, 2014
Last week’s housing related economic reports were slim, but an unexpected increase in weekly jobless claims gained attention. Analysts calmed concerns by noting that last week’s reading of 315,000 new jobless claims was not far removed from jobless claim levels before the recession. Expectations for last week’s reading were for 301,000 new jobless claims based on the previous week’s original reading of 302,000. The previous week’s reading was revised to 304,000 new jobless claims. Jobless Claims: 4-Week Average for Continuing Claims Hits ...

Turned Down for a Mortgage? What to Do if You are Declined – and How to Get Second Opinion

September 12, 2014
If you have been declined for a mortgage, you may think that buying that new home is out of reach. However, there are ways to turn a rejection into an approval and to find a more accessible loan. Here are just a few steps you can take to learn about your loan options and get the mortgage that works for you. Find Out Why The Mortgage Application Was Denied The first step to getting a second opinion is to find out why your mortgage application was denied. Banks commonly deny mortgages for reasons like a low credit score, a high debt-to-income ...

  • Go to page:
  • Page 1 of/ 3 ( 1-20 of 44 Records )