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...]

Avoid the San Francisco Real Estate Runaround!

Real Estate Realities: …Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate   We recently helped a buyer purchase her first condo in San Francisco. Jenna was introduced to us through a friend who is an agent in another town. He heard her complaining about her home search and immediately gave us a call. Before our initial consultation, we put Jenna in touch with a great mortgage broker so that we could talk more intelligently about her purchasing power and … [Read more...]

Where for Art Thou, Home Seller?

Where for Art Thou, Home Seller?

Real Estate Realities: …Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate Recently, my team and I brought a new condo listing to the market.  The sellers were going to wait until Autumn but seeing the severe lack of inventory throughout San Francisco and the strong interest from buyers wanting to capitalize on today’s interest rates, we pushed up our marketing schedule and got it on the market ASAP. After 1 week: 14 offers arrived at my office - 9 of them OVER … [Read more...]

San Francisco Real Estate: A Pied-a-Terre in SF!

Real Estate Realities: …Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate We recently helped a couple purchase a gorgeous condo in central San Francisco. Dan & Katharine raised their family just outside of SF in a spacious single family home. Now that their kids had left the nest, they were ready to have a fun weekend home in the city. They imagined a convenient location where they could enjoy all of the culture, entertainment, shopping and dining that San Francisco … [Read more...]

San Francisco Real Estate: A Year On the Market? Not On Our Watch!

Real Estate Realities: …Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate We recently helped a couple swiftly sell their loft condo in the Inner Mission after it had been on the market with another agent for a year! Chad & Mike had their condo on the market for a year with another realtor before calling my team. They saw our signs go up in the neighborhood and the yellow “Sale Pending” stickers that would soon follow. They often wondered why the same quick and … [Read more...]

San Francisco Real Estate: Enough about 1st Time Buyers! What About the “1st Time Sellers”?

Real Estate Realities: …Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate   There is a lot of talk today about historically low interest rates & the amazing opportunity for “first time buyers.” A Great Time to Trade Up!There is little doubt that this is the best time in 30 years for those in the position to buy their first home. But, did you know that it’s also an ideal time for many to “trade-up” from their starter home? It is likely that today’s mortgage … [Read more...]

San Francisco Real Estate: A Brief History of the 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

Real Estate Realities: ...Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate Last year was an amazing year for mortgage rates. This year is even better. Of course, this means a continuing sluggish national economy but locally, the market is stable and improving. Hey, it's true! Ask you techie friends? Check out the average interest rate on a conforming 30 year fixed interest rate home loan over the past 3+ decades. 1981 = 18.45% 1991 = 9% 2001 = 7% October 2010 = … [Read more...]

San Francisco Real Estate: How to Trade Up to Your Dream Home

Real Estate Realities: ...Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate Moving On Up - How To Trade Up From Your Starter Condo to Your Dream Home My team and I recently helped a couple purchase a large family home and sell their “starter” condo. Jason bought his condo as a single guy and is now a married Dad of two. His family had quickly outgrown their condo and wanted a much larger single family home. The process of a simultaneous purchase and sale was concerning … [Read more...]

San Francisco Real Estate: How to Properly Mix Business with Pleasure

Real Estate Realities: Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate: How to Properly Mix Business with Pleasure While at a client's housewarming party, I was introduced to my client's friend, Steve, who was looking to buy a house in San Francisco. It was a party so we had a casual, light-hearted conversation, and he asked me to follow-up with him during the work week. The next business day, I called Steve. He said hat he was frustrated with his current Realtor. … [Read more...]

Real Estate Realities: Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate, Forest Hill edition.

Real Estate Realities: Tales from the front line of buying and selling San Francisco real estate, Forest Hill edition. Siblings Mary, Quinn and Jack had fond memories of their childhood home, a Forest Hill San Francisco single family home, but the time had come to let it go. They knew they needed to sell but how? There was a lot of deferred maintenance, and they did not know how to present the home in its best light. Plus, since they all live outside San Francisco, how would they coordinate … [Read more...]