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Blog Archives: January 2016 — December 2016

Tuesday Tour Sheet for October 18, 2016

October 17, 2016
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 peek 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. For help with San Francisco ...

Bernal Heights Sets New Sales Price Record (Barely)

October 10, 2016
Of all the talk about a shift, balancing, correction, or the real estate economics descriptor du jour, Bernal Heights seems to be oblivious to the conversation. In fact, Q3 2016 is marked as the highest median sale price for the neighborhood ever.  With a median sale price of $1.4M for single family homes, it eeks past the previous record of $1.39M set in Q1 2015. Bernal has been cooling over the past five quarters, with modest gains and even some losses quarter over quarter.  In fact, just a year ago, median sales price in Q3 was down ...

Tuesday Tour Sheet for September 27, 2016

September 26, 2016
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 peek 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. For help with San Francisco ...

Tuesday Tour Sheet for September 20, 2016

September 19, 2016
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 peek 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. For help with San Francisco ...

5 Easy Ways to Brighten up Your Curb Appeal

September 16, 2016
It can be easy to forget, but the first thing people will see when they come to your home is the outside, so it’s important to have a well-maintained and picturesque property that represents the inside of your home positively. If you’re looking for a few ways to boost your outdoor space, here are a few tips to help with curb appeal. Plant A Flower Bed Whether you decide on a tiny plot or a much larger space, a splash of flowers is great for adding a warm, homey atmosphere to your front yard. This can easily be done by going to your local ...

Trying to Decide Whether or Not to Sell Your Home? Here Are 5 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

September 15, 2016
Selling a home, especially one with sentimental value, is never an easy decision to make. There are many factors that go into determining if the home is ready to be listed and if the seller is actually ready to part with it. Answering some simple questions can go a long way to help an owner decide whether or not it’s time to try and sell. How Much Work Does The Home Require? Some houses and condos are ready to hit the market immediately, but others have serious problems that would need to be disclosed to interested parties. It may not be ...

SF Median Homes Sales Prices Down 9.5%

September 14, 2016
You don’t have to look much further for an example of the shift than Potrero Hill.  The pictured property is at 2119 22nd St Ave – a major fixer in a prime location.  A year ago, this property would likely have made the cover story for the largest overbid, with developers falling all over themselves to get a foothold in one of the city’s priciest and most desirable sunny neighborhoods.  But paying too much for a fixer is so last year.  Last month, this property sold for 15% under the list price.  Sure it was right by the highway, and tenant ...

Don’t Even Think about Selling Your Apartment or Condo Without These Key Renovations

September 14, 2016
Fail to complete these renovations before selling your condo and you may be missing out on huge profit gain! Don’t sell yourself short, tackle these reno projects before your home hits the market to maximize offers. #1: Is It Time To Paint? Painting is one of the most cost effective ways to make a property look newer, bigger, and brighter. Scuff marks and scratches are one of the most common types of wear-and-tear, but they’re also a huge turn-off to buyers, which makes this easy renovation is a no-brainer. Choose paint colors that are ...

Can You Use a Reverse Mortgage to Buy Your Next Home? Yes, and Here’s How

September 13, 2016
Most people who have been on the market for a home are familiar with what the term ‘mortgage’ means, but many have not heard of a reverse mortgage and aren’t aware of how this product can benefit them. If you’re nearing retirement and are contemplating a new home or even relocation to another community, here are the details on a reverse mortgage and how this option may benefit you. What Is A Reverse Mortgage? While many homeowners may not have the net worth to be able to buy another home without selling their current one, a reverse mortgage ...

Tuesday Tour Sheet for September 13, 2016

September 12, 2016
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 peek 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. For help with San Francisco ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016
Few economic reports were released last week due to the Labor Day Holiday. The Federal Reserve released its Beige Book Report, which documents anecdotes shared with the Fed by its regional business contacts. A job openings report, weekly jobless claims and Freddie Mac’s survey of mortgage rates was also released. Fed’s Beige Book: Approaching Election Dampens Business Growth According to the Federal Reserve’s survey of business contacts within its 12 districts, November’s election is causing business owners to take a “wait and see” position ...

Buying Your First Home? Learn These 5 Essential Home Maintenance Skills as Soon as Possible

September 09, 2016
New homes can be scary. But when you take the time to think about it, and plan ahead, maintaining a home is easier than you think a manageable mix of experience and common sense. Here are five skills that will help maintain your new home for years to come. Fixing A Toilet It’s not as daunting as it sounds. Just remember that toilets work with gravity the water wants to flow freely. Don’t be afraid to open that tank up and adjust the floater and valves as needed. Occasionally run the water (flush the toilet, turn on the sink) in unused ...

Buying for Retirement: 3 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Buy Your Retirement Home Before You Retire

September 08, 2016
Many people dream of buying their ideal retirement home after their career has come to a conclusion – with all that extra free time it seems like it’d be the most logical time to shop around. However, many real estate professionals strongly recommend that their clients find a retirement property before they’re off the payroll. While it may seem like a big time commitment to find a new home while you’re still busy with your work there are several significant financial benefits to purchasing your retirement home before you actually do retire....

Real Estate Investing: 3 Insider Tips to Winning House, Land or Foreclosure Auctions

September 07, 2016
House, land and foreclosure auctions can be one of the most nerve-wracking ways to buy a property. However, if you prepare yourself with proven bidding tactics, auctions can be a great way to purchase your dream home at a competitive price. If you’re in-it-to-win-it, familiarize yourself with these top three tips and tricks before attending a real estate auction. Give The Right Impression While you may not have control over what other bidders are willing to pay for a property, you do have some control over their perception of whether or ...

Real Estate Investing: How to Find Great Deals on Undeveloped Lots with Big Potential

September 06, 2016
Purchasing a plot of land can be one of the best investments to make. A landowner has great (but not unlimited) freedom in how to develop their plot, and land never expires so its potential is essentially infinite. That said, buying undeveloped or vacant land can be risky business, so read on to find tips on purchasing a plot. Do Your Homework: Before You Get Onto The Land Before anything else happens, figure out your priorities. Decide what you want the land for, what amenities and what location you want, what you’re looking for in terms ...

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – September 6, 2016

September 05, 2016
Last week’s economic reports included readings on pending home sales, construction spending and consumer sentiment. Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for June were released, along with several labor-related reports including national unemployment, ADP Payrolls and Non-Farm Payrolls were also released along with weekly readings on new jobless claims and Freddie Mac’s survey of average mortgage rates. Case-Shiller: Home Price Growth Holds Steady in June According to the Case-Shiller 20-City Home Price Index for June, average national home ...

3 Tips That Will Help You Sell Your Home in 60 Days or Less

September 02, 2016
It doesn’t matter where you live, what kind of home you have or what time of year it is. If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, you’ll need to do a better job than other local homeowners who are competing against you. Try these top three tips to secure a sale within 60 days. 1) Enhance Its Appearance When it comes to selling your home, looks are everything. If the appearance of your home is impressive, it will be more inviting to potential buyers. Remove any items that make the home distinctly yours, such as family photos, kids’ toys, ...

Thinking about Refinancing? 3 Ways That You Can Boost Your Home’s Assessed Value First

September 01, 2016
In an effort to boost the value of their property, many homeowners invest in renovations that will help them sell at a higher price. However, with all of the renovation options, it can be hard to know what kind of fix-ups are really worth investing time and money into. If you’re looking at all of your options for home improvements, here are some surefire fixes that won’t stress the bank and will probably bump up the offering price. Add In Stainless Steel The look and functionality of the kitchen is one of the deciding factors for many ...

Electronic Gopher Repellers and 4 Other Home Gizmos You Never Thought You Needed

August 31, 2016
As a homeowner, thinking outside the box, gadget-wise, can lead you to gizmos that solve your problems – even ones you didn’t know you had in more humane, sustainable, energy-efficient ways than ever before. Read on to find out about five such inventions. It’s Humane!: Solar-Powered Gopher Repellent If you ever have a problem with rodents like gophers, moles, voles or shrews intruding on your lawn, look no further. This humane repellent doesn’t hurt anyone (people or animals), it simply emits a high-pitched sound at regular intervals to ...

Foundation Problems? Here’s What to Do If You’re Worried About Your Home’s Foundation

August 30, 2016
Like in a relationship, the foundation of a house is integral, and must be strong. There are many reasons why a house’s foundation might crack or shift including temperature variances in the soil surrounding it, since earth expands in heat and contracts in cold. But whatever the reason, there are certain steps to follow when addressing concerns about your house’s foundation. Prevent The Problem, If Possible First, whenever possible act to prevent problems before they arise. Make it a habit to check for foundational stress by taking a walk ...

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