Why Work With A Buyer’s Agent When Buying a Home in San Francisco

I got into the San Francisco real estate game back in the dark ages. Okay, it was 2002 but believe it or not, the MLS was not yet online. It was on the computer but as a downloadable program available only to licensed agents. The real estate agent was the gatekeeper. If you wanted to get to the listing, you had to go through us.  As we all know, this was not to last much longer. Real estate changed and it changed swiftly. Over the following decade, more and more housing information became … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk about List Price, Baby.

Let’s Talk about List Price, Baby.

Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be.. Salt N Pepa 4 Eva! Let’s not talk about..., let’s talk about San Francisco real estate and the difference between list price and market value. I’m here to help you make sense out of the madness that is our local SF housing market. So, let’s talk about list price. What it is. What it is not. When I meet with a prospective home buyer, we discuss their goals in detail, they ask and I … [Read more...]

Hey San Francisco Home Buyer, This Strategy Will Get You a House

Hey San Francisco Home Buyer, This Strategy Will Get You a House

Here's an inspiring and true story for the would-be San Francisco home buyer about the power of owning your piece of San Francisco real estate... Recently, I received an email from a past home buyer client of ours, which reinforced what I have been telling our real estate clients for years:  buy what you can afford, when you can afford it. This is still the best, most effective strategy for successfully buying a home in San Francisco.  It allows you to achieve your goal of home ownership … [Read more...]

FHA Home Buying & San Francisco FHA Approved Condos

I haven't mentioned FHA home loans for San Francisco real estate in a while but after receiving two emails last week from prospective first time home buyers curious about using a FHA loan to buy their first home, I thought it might be a good time for a refresher. What's a FHA Home Loan? FHA is the Federal Housing Authority, under jurisdiction of HUD - Housing & Urban Development. What they do is provide insurance for lenders to give borrowers home loans at reduced down payment and credit … [Read more...]

Don’t Buy a Home in San Francisco Bay Area Until You Check These 5 Factors!

What are the 5 most important factors to watch in order to see if it's the right time to buy a home in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market? Per the Wall Street Journal, the 5 signs that say 'buy' a home are jobs, recent sales activity, construction, mortgage availability, and anecdotal evidence. Jobs - Forget the national reports. Are local companies hiring? Are start-ups going public? Is the mood generally positive or negative about the San Francisco job market? Recent Sales … [Read more...]

Insider Tips for San Francisco First Time Buyers

Insider Secrets for San Francisco Bay Area First Time Buyers - A Must-Read for ALL Prospective Home Buyers Trulia published a very helpful blog post about the process of buying your first home. I devote a lot of blog-time to first time home buyers in San Francisco because helping you is a particular passion of mine. My impression is that the more information and insight you get up-front, the more you understand what to expect and when, the more enjoyable and successful your home purchase will … [Read more...]

Featured Property – 360 Guerrero Street 404 Mission Dolores Top Floor Condo Listing For Sale

Brand-new Mission Dolores San Francisco, CA top-floor condo listing for sale - 360 Guerrero Street #404- Asking $539,000. Dolores Plaza Condos is a condo complex in an uber-cool & convenient location with entrances at 360 Guerrero Street between 15th and 16th Streets and 1839 15th Street between Dolores and Guerrero. Yup, it's an 80s building but wait, this place is modern, hip, spacious, and just totally fabulous. Um, hello, we're talking hardwood floors, open floor plan, remodeled … [Read more...]

North Slope Bernal Heights San Francisco House For Sale Gets 17 Offers!

Last week, a north slope Bernal Heights San Francisco house for sale received 17 offers and is in contract for almost $100,000 over the asking price. I have two things to say about this. 1. Perhaps, the list price was a bit on the aggressive (low) side. Ya think?! (This strategy of listing low to generate interest works really well for home sellers but can be frustrating and upsetting for buyers. Keep in mind that the list price is NOT market value...it could be too high, too low, or just … [Read more...]

Get in the zone – 2011 San Francisco real estate home buying resolutions

Unless you're omniscient, the chances of you perfectly timing the market when you buy a home in San Francisco, are slim to none. But, if you try to be kind of, almost, or close-enough to perfect, you'll be able to buy when it's a smart time to buy real estate in San Francisco and sell when it's a smart time to sell. It's called buying in the zone. Right now (and for the past couple of years), we've been in that strategic zone for buying a home in San Francisco, whether a condo in Noe Valley, a … [Read more...]

It’s beginning to look a lot like…a strategic time to buy a home in San Francisco.

It's beginning to look a lot like (no not Christmas though that's also true especially in Union Square) a strategic time to buy a home in San Francisco. Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season is an excellent time to be a home buyer whether you are a first time buyer looking for a SoMa loft or Mission TIC or a homeowner looking to trade up out of their starter condo and into a Bernal Heights or Noe Valley single family home for sale. Why the holidays are a great time to shop for a home … [Read more...]