Escrow Out Loud

Elevator phobias (#7), offer strategies (#15), leading real estate economists (#44), real estate jargon explained (#51), and only-in-San-Francisco stories (in every episode). Our podcast, Escrow Out Loud, is a little like driving around in a car with us between properties on a home tour.

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Episode Guide

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    [title] => Tom And Doug from EveryPortlandHome.com Explain Portland
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we interview Tom Cotter and Doug Beebe – real estate agents based in Portland, Oregon – about the differences in the markets in San Francisco (SF) and Portland.


[00:21] We learn more about Tom and Doug, their brief background and how long they have been agents.


[01:49] When our clients decide to move to Portland we love to refer them to Tom and Doug. While there are a lot of similarities between our two cities, we would love to hear how Californians take to settling in Oregon.

We discuss some differences in seller requirements between California and Oregon as well as SF quirks that have been rearing their head in Portland.


[08:38] Price is another major point of difference between the two cities. What does a typical three bedroom, two bath condo or single-family house cost in Portland? Why have 30-50% of all listings in Portland had a price reduction?

Portland does still see over-bidding in desirable neighborhoods and the most competitive markets commonly generate multiple offers (either at asking price or over).


[12:21] In Portland about 30% of buyers are cash buyers; mostly they are coming in from other markets, though. Similarly to SF, this means a housing crisis and affordability issues. There are suggestions of doing away with single family zoning and limiting the square footage of new construction.


[16:56] Tom and Doug have lived in Portland since 1992; what are some of the changes they’ve seen and how similar are they to SF?


[19:41] What is some advice for folks considering exploring Portland area? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tom and Doug; visit their website everyportlandhome.com for more.


[21:10] We talk about Portland neighborhoods. How is it laid out and how many neighborhoods does it have?


[24:31] To wrap-up Tom and Doug share some great things about Portland.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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Tom And Doug from EveryPortlandHome.com Explain Portland

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we interview Tom Cotter and Doug Beebe – real estate agents based in Portland, Oregon – about the differences in the markets in San Francisco (SF) and Portland.


[00:21] We learn more about Tom and Doug, their brief background and how long they have been agents.


[01:49] When our clients decide to move to Portland we love to refer them to Tom and Doug. While there are a lot of similarities between our two cities, we would love to hear how Californians take to settling in Oregon.

We discuss some differences in seller requirements between California and Oregon as well as SF quirks that have been rearing their head in Portland.


[08:38] Price is another major point of difference between the two cities. What does a typical three bedroom, two bath condo or single-family house cost in Portland? Why have 30-50% of all listings in Portland had a price reduction?

Portland does still see over-bidding in desirable neighborhoods and the most competitive markets commonly generate multiple offers (either at asking price or over).


[12:21] In Portland about 30% of buyers are cash buyers; mostly they are coming in from other markets, though. Similarly to SF, this means a housing crisis and affordability issues. There are suggestions of doing away with single family zoning and limiting the square footage of new construction.


[16:56] Tom and Doug have lived in Portland since 1992; what are some of the changes they’ve seen and how similar are they to SF?


[19:41] What is some advice for folks considering exploring Portland area? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tom and Doug; visit their website everyportlandhome.com for more.


[21:10] We talk about Portland neighborhoods. How is it laid out and how many neighborhoods does it have?


[24:31] To wrap-up Tom and Doug share some great things about Portland.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => Meet San Francisco's First Director of Housing Delivery
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we are on location at City Hall meeting with the Mayor’s Director of Housing Delivery – Judson True.


[00:23] Due to the current housing crisis in San Francisco, Mayor Breed has set a goal of creating at least 5,000 new homes a year; with roughly a third of this being affordable housing. It is a lofty and crucial goal she has tasked Judson True with achieving. Judson True has an impressive background and is the first person to be appointed to this newly created position. What, exactly, is his job?


[03:16] Currently, in SF there are 56,000 homes that have been approved by planning but are yet to be built. The vast majority are part of large new neighborhood projects which will transform the city. Projects like The Shipyard, Park Merced and Treasure Island. Dogpatch projects include Pier 70 and the Potrero Power Plant while Mission Rock is in Mission Bay.


[05:01] Judson is working on a lot of large projects and loves them all equally. But a little more equal than the others are the waterfront projects which he is particularly excited about. It is great to see some projects moving along really quickly. Because really, the hard part (and the part that takes the longest) when building new neighborhoods, is getting all the infrastructure permitted (our favorite new phrase: "horizontal infrastructure").


[06:59] Most of us realize that there is a real need for affordable housing in the city. How does funding for affordable housing work though? As you might imagine, it is complicated. Judson sheds light on how the funding for affordable housing and the building of market rate housing correlate, and where funds for affordable housing come from.


[10:00] Judson is from the mid-west originally, but an opportunity at Berkeley led him to SF, where he lived in the same apartment in Hayes Valley since 1998! Hayes Valley is one of the neighborhoods that has been radically transformed over the years.


[13:12] This year there are a lot of housing bills in the state legislature. Which in particular does Judson believe will have the most positive impact on housing in SF?


[15:15] Finally, what are Judson’s thoughts on the CASA Compact and its impact on the housing debate so far?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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Meet San Francisco's First Director of Housing Delivery

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we are on location at City Hall meeting with the Mayor’s Director of Housing Delivery – Judson True.


[00:23] Due to the current housing crisis in San Francisco, Mayor Breed has set a goal of creating at least 5,000 new homes a year; with roughly a third of this being affordable housing. It is a lofty and crucial goal she has tasked Judson True with achieving. Judson True has an impressive background and is the first person to be appointed to this newly created position. What, exactly, is his job?


[03:16] Currently, in SF there are 56,000 homes that have been approved by planning but are yet to be built. The vast majority are part of large new neighborhood projects which will transform the city. Projects like The Shipyard, Park Merced and Treasure Island. Dogpatch projects include Pier 70 and the Potrero Power Plant while Mission Rock is in Mission Bay.


[05:01] Judson is working on a lot of large projects and loves them all equally. But a little more equal than the others are the waterfront projects which he is particularly excited about. It is great to see some projects moving along really quickly. Because really, the hard part (and the part that takes the longest) when building new neighborhoods, is getting all the infrastructure permitted (our favorite new phrase: "horizontal infrastructure").


[06:59] Most of us realize that there is a real need for affordable housing in the city. How does funding for affordable housing work though? As you might imagine, it is complicated. Judson sheds light on how the funding for affordable housing and the building of market rate housing correlate, and where funds for affordable housing come from.


[10:00] Judson is from the mid-west originally, but an opportunity at Berkeley led him to SF, where he lived in the same apartment in Hayes Valley since 1998! Hayes Valley is one of the neighborhoods that has been radically transformed over the years.


[13:12] This year there are a lot of housing bills in the state legislature. Which in particular does Judson believe will have the most positive impact on housing in SF?


[15:15] Finally, what are Judson’s thoughts on the CASA Compact and its impact on the housing debate so far?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => Angela Alioto Talks The Flintstone House
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we interview a very accomplished and well-know guest. Former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and civil rights attorney, Angela Alioto, joins us today as we find out why she decided to take on the case of the Hillsborough ‘Flintstone House’.


[00:45] An introduction to our guest, Angela Alioto, an extremely accomplished individual with a history of significant legislative wins. She fought the big-tobacco companies, she fought for increases in AIDS and HIV services and support, and also won the nation's largest civil rights case against IBC/Wonderbread for discrimination against African American men... to name just a few.


With her background, the case of the Flintstone House may seem trivial but Angela argues it speaks to a very serious issue. She asks: “What happened to the first amendment”?


[05:21] The city is demanding Florence Fang, the owner of the home, have the dinosaurs from her backyard removed. Who has the right to decorate our backyard? Is this a first amendment case of free speech or a case about discrimination? Either way, it’s a troubling idea that we should all be subject to someone else deciding on what we can put in our backyard. Angela also stresses a key point: none of the neighbors have complained!


[07:43] Matt talks about the Town of Hillsborough Architectural Design Guidelines and how well the Flintstones House meets all four of the principles in the guidelines.


[09:26] What the City’s reasoning for reinforcing this is seems to be somewhat inconsistent. There is also no precedent for something like this in Hillsborough. Angela questions the real motives for doing this to Mrs. Fang. Could Mrs Fang’s ethnicity be what’s driving this whole issue?


[16:18] Angela believes the other homeowners in Hillsborough do not agree with the actions of the town and support property rights.


[21:21] Angela has always focused on things that matter; health care, homelessness etc. Because Mrs Fang and her house bring so much joy to people she decided this is a very worthy cause.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

Angela Alioto Talks The Flintstone House

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we interview a very accomplished and well-know guest. Former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and civil rights attorney, Angela Alioto, joins us today as we find out why she decided to take on the case of the Hillsborough ‘Flintstone House’.


[00:45] An introduction to our guest, Angela Alioto, an extremely accomplished individual with a history of significant legislative wins. She fought the big-tobacco companies, she fought for increases in AIDS and HIV services and support, and also won the nation's largest civil rights case against IBC/Wonderbread for discrimination against African American men... to name just a few.


With her background, the case of the Flintstone House may seem trivial but Angela argues it speaks to a very serious issue. She asks: “What happened to the first amendment”?


[05:21] The city is demanding Florence Fang, the owner of the home, have the dinosaurs from her backyard removed. Who has the right to decorate our backyard? Is this a first amendment case of free speech or a case about discrimination? Either way, it’s a troubling idea that we should all be subject to someone else deciding on what we can put in our backyard. Angela also stresses a key point: none of the neighbors have complained!


[07:43] Matt talks about the Town of Hillsborough Architectural Design Guidelines and how well the Flintstones House meets all four of the principles in the guidelines.


[09:26] What the City’s reasoning for reinforcing this is seems to be somewhat inconsistent. There is also no precedent for something like this in Hillsborough. Angela questions the real motives for doing this to Mrs. Fang. Could Mrs Fang’s ethnicity be what’s driving this whole issue?


[16:18] Angela believes the other homeowners in Hillsborough do not agree with the actions of the town and support property rights.


[21:21] Angela has always focused on things that matter; health care, homelessness etc. Because Mrs Fang and her house bring so much joy to people she decided this is a very worthy cause.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => A Conversation with Joe the Barber about San Francisco
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk to a very special guest; Joe Gallagher, owner of Joe's Barbershop in San Francisco at 2150 Market St., and a long-time San Francisco resident.


[00:25] Joe and his partner at the time moved to San Francisco from New York in 1998. How did they end up in Midtown Terrace and how did their prior home in a co-op in New York influence their choice?


[03:15] Having lived in a few different neighborhoods over the city, Joe votes for location over property type. Currently he lives in Duboce Triangle ( giving up a car for this location) and it is his favorite neighborhood.


[04:10] How much has changed about San Francisco since 1998? Homelessness has always been a problem here but lately it seems like it has worsened. On the flip side, Joe believes, people here take time for each other and are nicer than in a lot of other parts of the country he has lived in. There are also some thing he misses that are starting to disappear.


[07:19] Joe owns a barbershop – Joe’s Barbershop on Market Street, which will be operating for 15 years this year. While there are challenges, the experience of being a small business owner in San Francisco seems to be improving. What are his thoughts on the rent increases resulting in the ‘retail apocalypse’ that we often hear about?


[10:49] Most people would agree San Francisco is going through a housing crisis. Joe believes this is largely due to our insistence on low density housing in lieu of vertical growth. The problem with increasing density around train transit lines, however, is NIMBY.


[12:56] So, while the prices are soaring, the experience of buying real estate and selling in San Francisco has not changed all that much. Joe talks about his very first over-bid...


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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A Conversation with Joe the Barber about San Francisco

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk to a very special guest; Joe Gallagher, owner of Joe's Barbershop in San Francisco at 2150 Market St., and a long-time San Francisco resident.


[00:25] Joe and his partner at the time moved to San Francisco from New York in 1998. How did they end up in Midtown Terrace and how did their prior home in a co-op in New York influence their choice?


[03:15] Having lived in a few different neighborhoods over the city, Joe votes for location over property type. Currently he lives in Duboce Triangle ( giving up a car for this location) and it is his favorite neighborhood.


[04:10] How much has changed about San Francisco since 1998? Homelessness has always been a problem here but lately it seems like it has worsened. On the flip side, Joe believes, people here take time for each other and are nicer than in a lot of other parts of the country he has lived in. There are also some thing he misses that are starting to disappear.


[07:19] Joe owns a barbershop – Joe’s Barbershop on Market Street, which will be operating for 15 years this year. While there are challenges, the experience of being a small business owner in San Francisco seems to be improving. What are his thoughts on the rent increases resulting in the ‘retail apocalypse’ that we often hear about?


[10:49] Most people would agree San Francisco is going through a housing crisis. Joe believes this is largely due to our insistence on low density housing in lieu of vertical growth. The problem with increasing density around train transit lines, however, is NIMBY.


[12:56] So, while the prices are soaring, the experience of buying real estate and selling in San Francisco has not changed all that much. Joe talks about his very first over-bid...


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => Monumental Mistakes of San Francisco, Episode 73
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about how, in San Francisco, our past does not live up to our ideals.


[00:28] Compassion, brotherhood, love. These are just some of our values in San Francisco. But do we always live up to these ideals?

The history of Sutro Baths is one example where we have some bad history. More recently a statue, Early Days, has been making the news due to to its portrayal of California history. Another example is the renaming of streets like Phelan.


[07:24] In addition to all the street name changes throughout San Francisco, the Embarcadero Plaza has also had a name change. It was once known as Justin Herman Plaza. So, why has Justin Herman’s name been stripped and the Plaza renamed?


[11:14] It’s not all bad though. To wrap up we give some shout-outs to the incredible women that have been a large part of San Francisco’s history. Namely: Julia Morgan, Dorothea Lange, Maya Angelou and finally Ruth Asawa. Thank You!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

Monumental Mistakes of San Francisco, Episode 73

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about how, in San Francisco, our past does not live up to our ideals.


[00:28] Compassion, brotherhood, love. These are just some of our values in San Francisco. But do we always live up to these ideals?

The history of Sutro Baths is one example where we have some bad history. More recently a statue, Early Days, has been making the news due to to its portrayal of California history. Another example is the renaming of streets like Phelan.


[07:24] In addition to all the street name changes throughout San Francisco, the Embarcadero Plaza has also had a name change. It was once known as Justin Herman Plaza. So, why has Justin Herman’s name been stripped and the Plaza renamed?


[11:14] It’s not all bad though. To wrap up we give some shout-outs to the incredible women that have been a large part of San Francisco’s history. Namely: Julia Morgan, Dorothea Lange, Maya Angelou and finally Ruth Asawa. Thank You!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => Who is CASA? And What is the CASA Compact?
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we demystify some new acronyms that have surfaced as a result of the new housing bills that have been introduced.


[00:29] A housing crisis means new housing bills in the legislature and that means new acronyms and jargon. We jump right in with an acronym that doesn't exactly ‘acronymize’, the CASA Compact.


What does it stand for and why is it important?


[06:38] The CASA Compact acronym was formed by two other acronyms: the MTC and the ABAG. We explain what these are and what the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties are that MTC is legally responsible for.


[09:32] You might be wondering who is on the CASA Compact committee? Luckily, Matt has the answer.


[10:24] In San Francisco we have a problem with NIMBYism at different levels and it lead us where we are today! There is always a lot of resistance to change and it is too soon to say what is going to happen with David Chiu’s bill at this point.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

Who is CASA? And What is the CASA Compact?

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we demystify some new acronyms that have surfaced as a result of the new housing bills that have been introduced.


[00:29] A housing crisis means new housing bills in the legislature and that means new acronyms and jargon. We jump right in with an acronym that doesn't exactly ‘acronymize’, the CASA Compact.


What does it stand for and why is it important?


[06:38] The CASA Compact acronym was formed by two other acronyms: the MTC and the ABAG. We explain what these are and what the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties are that MTC is legally responsible for.


[09:32] You might be wondering who is on the CASA Compact committee? Luckily, Matt has the answer.


[10:24] In San Francisco we have a problem with NIMBYism at different levels and it lead us where we are today! There is always a lot of resistance to change and it is too soon to say what is going to happen with David Chiu’s bill at this point.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => Aesthetically Speaking with Kevin Sawyers of Sawyers Design
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In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we welcome back a guest who has been featured in publications such as Gentry Home and recognized for his talents with an award from the American Society of Interior Designers – Kevin Sawyers of Sawyers Design. (For past conversations with Kevin and his husband Pete see episodes 41, 42, and 43)


[00:57] To warm him up, we start off with a lightning round of questions. Our chat starts with the first home he bought, how he found his realtor and whether or not he continued using that same realtor over the years. Then we move on to San Francisco and his favorite buildings and places in the city.


[06:12] What about outdoor spaces? Kevin shares his favorite places in San Francisco and why he loves them.


[08:41] If Kevin could change one thing – one real estate law in San Francisco – what would that be? He believes the bigger picture should be considered when considering the aesthetics and making city planning decisions. People with relevant backgrounds should be more heavily involved in this sort of decision making, as opposed to it being dictated by public officials.


Kevin also explains how even remodeling a single family home requires a lot of patience and money.


[12:11] We switch focus to interior design and Kevin explains how his own firm, Sawyers Design, came to life. With years of experience behind him since his first project, ten years ago, how has the world of interior design and Kevin’s own process changed over the years?


[14:50] Because we love to share stories of the unexpected and the strange from our own world of real estate, we had to ask Kevin to share his own! We also had to know, what is “the psychology of interior design”?


[18:56] Texture or color?


[20:38] If you are thinking of hiring an interior designer, an important question Kevin recommends asking them is, how they manage time and money. It is also good to know how much you want to spend beforehand and give the designer a budget to work to. But how do we go about discussing budget?


[24:48] Finally Kevin leaves us with some closing thoughts on design. To see more of Sawyers Design, check out their recently updated website: sawyersdesign.com.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next time!

[date] => )

Aesthetically Speaking with Kevin Sawyers of Sawyers Design

In today’s episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we welcome back a guest who has been featured in publications such as Gentry Home and recognized for his talents with an award from the American Society of Interior Designers – Kevin Sawyers of Sawyers Design. (For past conversations with Kevin and his husband Pete see episodes 41, 42, and 43)


[00:57] To warm him up, we start off with a lightning round of questions. Our chat starts with the first home he bought, how he found his realtor and whether or not he continued using that same realtor over the years. Then we move on to San Francisco and his favorite buildings and places in the city.


[06:12] What about outdoor spaces? Kevin shares his favorite places in San Francisco and why he loves them.


[08:41] If Kevin could change one thing – one real estate law in San Francisco – what would that be? He believes the bigger picture should be considered when considering the aesthetics and making city planning decisions. People with relevant backgrounds should be more heavily involved in this sort of decision making, as opposed to it being dictated by public officials.


Kevin also explains how even remodeling a single family home requires a lot of patience and money.


[12:11] We switch focus to interior design and Kevin explains how his own firm, Sawyers Design, came to life. With years of experience behind him since his first project, ten years ago, how has the world of interior design and Kevin’s own process changed over the years?


[14:50] Because we love to share stories of the unexpected and the strange from our own world of real estate, we had to ask Kevin to share his own! We also had to know, what is “the psychology of interior design”?


[18:56] Texture or color?


[20:38] If you are thinking of hiring an interior designer, an important question Kevin recommends asking them is, how they manage time and money. It is also good to know how much you want to spend beforehand and give the designer a budget to work to. But how do we go about discussing budget?


[24:48] Finally Kevin leaves us with some closing thoughts on design. To see more of Sawyers Design, check out their recently updated website: sawyersdesign.com.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next time!

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    [title] => #70: Past, Present, Future, and SF: Special Guest Walt Baczkowski, SFAR CEO
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In this episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we are joined by the CEO of the San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR), Walt Baczkowski.


[00:21] Walt Baczkowski has an impressive background, including being the recipient of the SFAR’s prestigious William Magel Award, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding leadership and contributions to the real estate industry. We are very excited to have him here today!


[01:06] Having lived so many different places before coming to San Francisco Walt shares the most unexpected thing he encountered about SF and talks about some of his favorite neighborhoods.


[04:15] There are a lot of interesting individuals in SF but Walt shares why Mayor Ed Lee was one of the most interesting people he met and spent time with.


[05:48] Arguably, there are many areas of real estate in SF that could benefit from law changes. Walt believes that the area in most desperate need of a total revamp, however is the planning process.


[07:45] What, exactly, does an association do?


[09:30] Peskin's proposed legislation to penalize and prevent homeowners who want to remodel or repair their home comes up....


[14:23] Walt's dad was an Association Executive for a Realtor association, and real estate has been a part of Walt’s life as far as he can remember. In fact, in the 104 years that the National Association of Realtors has been around, a Baczkowski has run a local board for 54 of those years! So... how has real estate changed over the years?


[18:37] We already mentioned the William Magel Award Walt received in the 2018; and this is just one of the numerous honors he has received over the years. Walt has a well deserved reputation for being a visionary and leader in the industry. We discuss some things he has worked on over the years and where he believes things are going in the future.


Listen for the details, but Walt makes a convincing case for industry changes driven by consumer demand for speed, convenience and choice; companies will need to look at how they can provide that to clients to be successful.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#70: Past, Present, Future, and SF: Special Guest Walt Baczkowski, SFAR CEO

In this episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we are joined by the CEO of the San Francisco Association of Realtors (SFAR), Walt Baczkowski.


[00:21] Walt Baczkowski has an impressive background, including being the recipient of the SFAR’s prestigious William Magel Award, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding leadership and contributions to the real estate industry. We are very excited to have him here today!


[01:06] Having lived so many different places before coming to San Francisco Walt shares the most unexpected thing he encountered about SF and talks about some of his favorite neighborhoods.


[04:15] There are a lot of interesting individuals in SF but Walt shares why Mayor Ed Lee was one of the most interesting people he met and spent time with.


[05:48] Arguably, there are many areas of real estate in SF that could benefit from law changes. Walt believes that the area in most desperate need of a total revamp, however is the planning process.


[07:45] What, exactly, does an association do?


[09:30] Peskin's proposed legislation to penalize and prevent homeowners who want to remodel or repair their home comes up....


[14:23] Walt's dad was an Association Executive for a Realtor association, and real estate has been a part of Walt’s life as far as he can remember. In fact, in the 104 years that the National Association of Realtors has been around, a Baczkowski has run a local board for 54 of those years! So... how has real estate changed over the years?


[18:37] We already mentioned the William Magel Award Walt received in the 2018; and this is just one of the numerous honors he has received over the years. Walt has a well deserved reputation for being a visionary and leader in the industry. We discuss some things he has worked on over the years and where he believes things are going in the future.


Listen for the details, but Walt makes a convincing case for industry changes driven by consumer demand for speed, convenience and choice; companies will need to look at how they can provide that to clients to be successful.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #69: Stop Scams Sooner with Tammy from Fireball Approves
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/69
    [guid] => 5c6db2af54b5e0c3449ca88e
    [desc] => 

In this episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we have a very special guest and founder of Fireball Approves, Tammy Sorrento.


[00:21] Fireball Approves is a company that helps protect people from getting scammed. Tammy explains how she developed the company because she wished she had access to this type of service when searching for a short-term vacation rental online.


[07:21] Does California have public records readily available for people to access? Tammy also poses an interesting question: say your home has been fraudulently rented out while you were away, how hard is it to get it sorted out?


[11:11] Online scams are not only fairly low risk crimes with a high payout for the scammers and they are so rarely reported.


[14:56] If you are a potentially looking at renting property, Tammy recommends you do your due diligence. What does this mean? She shares a few helpful tips with us and shares what she does to help.


P.S. Tammy is also writing a blog on what people can do on their own and when to contact her on fireballapproves.com for assistance, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!


[17:16] A cool service Tammy has partnered with is a free Chrome extension called Cluck. What is Cluck and how is it different to others services like it on the market?


[21:18] The price of the rental ad verification is only $19 and Fireball also offers a listing of Fireball approved vacation rentals free to renters. How can owners of properties become gold, silver or bronze members on the approved rentals list?


[23:45] Why the name, Fireball Approves? While the rental market is the focus now, in the future Tammy plans to expand to other services including virtual job scams, for example.


[27:24] To find out more about her services find Tammy on the fireballapproves.com website or any social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Also, don’t forget to share this information with others as she relies on word of mouth to get the word out.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#69: Stop Scams Sooner with Tammy from Fireball Approves

In this episode of Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast we have a very special guest and founder of Fireball Approves, Tammy Sorrento.


[00:21] Fireball Approves is a company that helps protect people from getting scammed. Tammy explains how she developed the company because she wished she had access to this type of service when searching for a short-term vacation rental online.


[07:21] Does California have public records readily available for people to access? Tammy also poses an interesting question: say your home has been fraudulently rented out while you were away, how hard is it to get it sorted out?


[11:11] Online scams are not only fairly low risk crimes with a high payout for the scammers and they are so rarely reported.


[14:56] If you are a potentially looking at renting property, Tammy recommends you do your due diligence. What does this mean? She shares a few helpful tips with us and shares what she does to help.


P.S. Tammy is also writing a blog on what people can do on their own and when to contact her on fireballapproves.com for assistance, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!


[17:16] A cool service Tammy has partnered with is a free Chrome extension called Cluck. What is Cluck and how is it different to others services like it on the market?


[21:18] The price of the rental ad verification is only $19 and Fireball also offers a listing of Fireball approved vacation rentals free to renters. How can owners of properties become gold, silver or bronze members on the approved rentals list?


[23:45] Why the name, Fireball Approves? While the rental market is the focus now, in the future Tammy plans to expand to other services including virtual job scams, for example.


[27:24] To find out more about her services find Tammy on the fireballapproves.com website or any social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Also, don’t forget to share this information with others as she relies on word of mouth to get the word out.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #68: Inspection Fails
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/inspection-fails
    [guid] => 5c64532d0e877f022a1ae6e7
    [desc] => 

Last week we talked about the crazy stories that pop up when researching properties. Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we build on that theme and talk about crazy things that happen during inspections.


[00:21] Last year David Milne, a home inspector from Arch Inspections, joined us for episodes 46, 47 and 48 where he shared some interesting things that can happen during a home inspection (we highly recommend you catch up on those if you haven't already). One of our favorite stories involves a condo building that was a former hospital and is also featured in the movie Vertigo.


[05:41] When we offer a list of inspectors to buyers it is not because we get a kickback, so then why? Because we know that they are respected, well known, vetted, solid inspectors that do a go job and give an honest thorough opinion of the property. Not all inspectors know what they are doing; Britton shares a story to illustrate this point. Matt's bonus tangent: what is appropriate Realtor involvement during inspections?


[11:43] Sometimes home inspectors fail to pick up on certain things, which are understandable, but other times major fails happen that are unacceptable. Wrong address, talking about non-existent materials, confusing vinyl with wood and other glaring mistakes don't leave us with much confidence in the inspector!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#68: Inspection Fails

Last week we talked about the crazy stories that pop up when researching properties. Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we build on that theme and talk about crazy things that happen during inspections.


[00:21] Last year David Milne, a home inspector from Arch Inspections, joined us for episodes 46, 47 and 48 where he shared some interesting things that can happen during a home inspection (we highly recommend you catch up on those if you haven't already). One of our favorite stories involves a condo building that was a former hospital and is also featured in the movie Vertigo.


[05:41] When we offer a list of inspectors to buyers it is not because we get a kickback, so then why? Because we know that they are respected, well known, vetted, solid inspectors that do a go job and give an honest thorough opinion of the property. Not all inspectors know what they are doing; Britton shares a story to illustrate this point. Matt's bonus tangent: what is appropriate Realtor involvement during inspections?


[11:43] Sometimes home inspectors fail to pick up on certain things, which are understandable, but other times major fails happen that are unacceptable. Wrong address, talking about non-existent materials, confusing vinyl with wood and other glaring mistakes don't leave us with much confidence in the inspector!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #67: What Happens When The Seller Won't Leave?
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/67
    [guid] => 5c59bdc1f1bf2f1f74114081
    [desc] => 

Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about researching properties and the crazy stories that sometimes pop up!


[00:21] Sometimes unexpected things can come up when we dig into the history of the property; some not very pleasant. One of the things people might consider looking up is the California Megan's Law Database. But what is Megan’s Law and why might it be of interest to me?


[04:01] A normal real estate transaction is a pretty standard process: an offer is made, it is accepted, there is escrow, some signing of paperwork, the rest of the cash is transferred, seller sends their docs, there’s closing and finally they get the cash and you get the house. Unless…. The seller freaks out and refuses to leave after the transaction has closed.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#67: What Happens When The Seller Won't Leave?

Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about researching properties and the crazy stories that sometimes pop up!


[00:21] Sometimes unexpected things can come up when we dig into the history of the property; some not very pleasant. One of the things people might consider looking up is the California Megan's Law Database. But what is Megan’s Law and why might it be of interest to me?


[04:01] A normal real estate transaction is a pretty standard process: an offer is made, it is accepted, there is escrow, some signing of paperwork, the rest of the cash is transferred, seller sends their docs, there’s closing and finally they get the cash and you get the house. Unless…. The seller freaks out and refuses to leave after the transaction has closed.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #66: Name That Neighborhood
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/66-name-that-neighbourhood
    [guid] => 5c508db9c835ccd97cfd81bc
    [desc] => 

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we continue the neighbourhood theme from last time with a game; let’s play Name That Neighborhood!


[00:21] How quickly can Britton figure out the neighborhood in question while Matt reads out descriptive sentences?

We cover: Lake Street, Nob Hill, Western Addition, Clarendon Heights, Alamo Square, Twin Peaks, Anza Vista, Hayes Valley, North Panhandle, Dolores Heights, The Mission, Dogpatch, SoMa, Westwood Highlands, Miraloma, Forest Hill - throwing in some interesting facts and musings along the way.


[07:49] How do freeways affect neighbourhoods? As the city evolves, old freeways are torn down and new ones are built up, but do they always make sense within a neighborhood?


[14:39] The gentrification issue is a contentious one and raises an interesting question: Who does a neighborhood belong to?


[22:22] There are a number of transformations planned for the city over the coming years – it will be interesting to see how these changes will further impact the city and its neighborhoods.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#66: Name That Neighborhood

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we continue the neighbourhood theme from last time with a game; let’s play Name That Neighborhood!


[00:21] How quickly can Britton figure out the neighborhood in question while Matt reads out descriptive sentences?

We cover: Lake Street, Nob Hill, Western Addition, Clarendon Heights, Alamo Square, Twin Peaks, Anza Vista, Hayes Valley, North Panhandle, Dolores Heights, The Mission, Dogpatch, SoMa, Westwood Highlands, Miraloma, Forest Hill - throwing in some interesting facts and musings along the way.


[07:49] How do freeways affect neighbourhoods? As the city evolves, old freeways are torn down and new ones are built up, but do they always make sense within a neighborhood?


[14:39] The gentrification issue is a contentious one and raises an interesting question: Who does a neighborhood belong to?


[22:22] There are a number of transformations planned for the city over the coming years – it will be interesting to see how these changes will further impact the city and its neighborhoods.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #65: What Makes A Neighborhood?
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/65
    [guid] => 5c3637b7f2144c586646e1e7
    [desc] => 

Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about neighborhoods and what defines them.


[00:21] Matt and Britton share stories of growing up; Matt was a suburban kid who later moved to rural Michigan and Britton remembers living in Anchorage, Alaska in a brand-new subdivision as a five-year-old.


[02:58] People often yearn to find the balance between living with nature in the great wilderness and the convenience of urban city living. Is suburbia a good enough compromise to make? The west side of San Francisco has great examples of suburbia residence parks where the aim was to bring more nature into neighborhoods.


[05:31] What makes a neighborhood? In some cases, it is geography and sometimes it’s the era of construction. We argue SF condo buildings can also be a neighborhood within a neighborhood e.g. The Watermark.


How small can a neighborhood be and still be considered a neighborhood?


[11:55] The San Francisco Planning Department states eight things on their website that define a neighborhood: 1. Walk to shops 2. Safe streets 3. Get around easily. 4. Housing choices 5. Gathering places 6. City services 7. Special character 8. A part of the whole.


How many neighborhoods does San Francisco have? SFAR says 89, wikipedia says a lot more... Not everyone agrees on this point!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#65: What Makes A Neighborhood?

Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about neighborhoods and what defines them.


[00:21] Matt and Britton share stories of growing up; Matt was a suburban kid who later moved to rural Michigan and Britton remembers living in Anchorage, Alaska in a brand-new subdivision as a five-year-old.


[02:58] People often yearn to find the balance between living with nature in the great wilderness and the convenience of urban city living. Is suburbia a good enough compromise to make? The west side of San Francisco has great examples of suburbia residence parks where the aim was to bring more nature into neighborhoods.


[05:31] What makes a neighborhood? In some cases, it is geography and sometimes it’s the era of construction. We argue SF condo buildings can also be a neighborhood within a neighborhood e.g. The Watermark.


How small can a neighborhood be and still be considered a neighborhood?


[11:55] The San Francisco Planning Department states eight things on their website that define a neighborhood: 1. Walk to shops 2. Safe streets 3. Get around easily. 4. Housing choices 5. Gathering places 6. City services 7. Special character 8. A part of the whole.


How many neighborhoods does San Francisco have? SFAR says 89, wikipedia says a lot more... Not everyone agrees on this point!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #64: Lockbox Legends
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/64
    [guid] => 5c28f3b7ca65d65e77b57183
    [desc] => 

Lockboxes can be a convenient way for realtors to set up appointments for house viewings. However, they are not very commonly used in San Francisco. Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about why this is and alternative ways buyers view properties in this town.


[00:21] There are a few urban legends that explain why very few houses listed for sale in San Francisco are on lockbox, but Matt has his own theory. Much more common are open home viewings on Sundays or scheduled appointments during the week.


[04:06] Unlike other parts of the country, in San Francisco, weekend open houses are paramount. How does this work for tenant occupied properties?


[06:45] We wrap up today with Britton sharing a story about seeing houses!

For more on private showings and lockboxes listen to our previous episodes: Sketchy Showings and Is Anyone Home?


Thank you for listening.

If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#64: Lockbox Legends

Lockboxes can be a convenient way for realtors to set up appointments for house viewings. However, they are not very commonly used in San Francisco. Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about why this is and alternative ways buyers view properties in this town.


[00:21] There are a few urban legends that explain why very few houses listed for sale in San Francisco are on lockbox, but Matt has his own theory. Much more common are open home viewings on Sundays or scheduled appointments during the week.


[04:06] Unlike other parts of the country, in San Francisco, weekend open houses are paramount. How does this work for tenant occupied properties?


[06:45] We wrap up today with Britton sharing a story about seeing houses!

For more on private showings and lockboxes listen to our previous episodes: Sketchy Showings and Is Anyone Home?


Thank you for listening.

If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #63: Show Me The Money. Twice.
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/63
    [guid] => 5c1fb200cf4830f95c6030da
    [desc] => 

Money, money, money. Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about how and when to bring money into a real estate transaction!


[00:21] We begin today by walking you through what happens after you’ve submitted an offer on a house and it has been accepted. Where is the initial deposit going, how do you make the transfer and why is the standard amount in San Francisco 3% of the purchase price? Britton also explains why a personal check is accepted for the first deposit but not the final deposit.


Always remember to be vigilant and take steps to prevent wire fraud! We talk more about that in Episode 40: (Online) Safety First.


[03:47] After making the initial deposit and going through escrow it’s time for signing the closing documents. What does this mean and what if you have to sell stocks or take other steps to turn your down payment into cash that you can transfer?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#63: Show Me The Money. Twice.

Money, money, money. Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about how and when to bring money into a real estate transaction!


[00:21] We begin today by walking you through what happens after you’ve submitted an offer on a house and it has been accepted. Where is the initial deposit going, how do you make the transfer and why is the standard amount in San Francisco 3% of the purchase price? Britton also explains why a personal check is accepted for the first deposit but not the final deposit.


Always remember to be vigilant and take steps to prevent wire fraud! We talk more about that in Episode 40: (Online) Safety First.


[03:47] After making the initial deposit and going through escrow it’s time for signing the closing documents. What does this mean and what if you have to sell stocks or take other steps to turn your down payment into cash that you can transfer?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #62: Prop. 13 & Property Taxes in San Francisco 
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/62
    [guid] => 5c17c64bdd8edbe57a32cb0b
    [desc] => 

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we cover one of the dreaded certainties of life, taxes; how property taxes work and how they are calculated.


[00:21] Before the taxpayer rebellion in 1978, that led to a change in proposition 13, looking at how properties were assessed in California, the county would asses property value and tax accordingly. Since the change in proposition 13, however, property taxes are capped at 1% of the purchase price of the property. Are there any other additions to this we should be aware of and do we still need to be worried about any increases in property value the next year?

We break it down by looking at an example.


[06:29] So, this probably sounds like a pretty good thing in the current market, with increasing property values, but what happens in a downturn?

Britton points out that another important aspect to be aware of is that the tax assessor’s office is in touch with the department of building inspections. What does this mean exactly? Well, they will be aware of any permits for improvements/expansions on the home and can therefore choose to re-asses in certain cases.


[08:55] When and how are the property taxes paid? Bills come out in October and can be paid in two instalments; 1st due Nov 1, delinquent. Dec 10.and the 2nd due Feb 1, delinquent April 10. There are also numerous payment options including, check by mail, online payments, or at the assessor’s office. But what happens if a tax payment is due while you are in escrow and what purchase price is used in this scenario?


[13:43] To wrap up, we talk about new construction, what can happen when the assessor’s office significantly drags behind in keeping records up to date and what the penalty is on not paying your taxes on time!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#62: Prop. 13 & Property Taxes in San Francisco

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we cover one of the dreaded certainties of life, taxes; how property taxes work and how they are calculated.


[00:21] Before the taxpayer rebellion in 1978, that led to a change in proposition 13, looking at how properties were assessed in California, the county would asses property value and tax accordingly. Since the change in proposition 13, however, property taxes are capped at 1% of the purchase price of the property. Are there any other additions to this we should be aware of and do we still need to be worried about any increases in property value the next year?

We break it down by looking at an example.


[06:29] So, this probably sounds like a pretty good thing in the current market, with increasing property values, but what happens in a downturn?

Britton points out that another important aspect to be aware of is that the tax assessor’s office is in touch with the department of building inspections. What does this mean exactly? Well, they will be aware of any permits for improvements/expansions on the home and can therefore choose to re-asses in certain cases.


[08:55] When and how are the property taxes paid? Bills come out in October and can be paid in two instalments; 1st due Nov 1, delinquent. Dec 10.and the 2nd due Feb 1, delinquent April 10. There are also numerous payment options including, check by mail, online payments, or at the assessor’s office. But what happens if a tax payment is due while you are in escrow and what purchase price is used in this scenario?


[13:43] To wrap up, we talk about new construction, what can happen when the assessor’s office significantly drags behind in keeping records up to date and what the penalty is on not paying your taxes on time!


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #61: Prada Thieves, Armed Guards, Joe Montana & Soup
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/61-prada-thieves-armed-gaurds-joe-montana-soup
    [guid] => 5c0aac9cace3e7f53357c059
    [desc] => 

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we regale you with some tales from the broker’s tours.


[00:21] You may be wondering, what all these open home signs on Tuesdays are all about? Tuesday broker’s tour is on! A broker’s tour is an opportunity for agents to tour new listings so that they can tell clients about them. It is also a great opportunity to catch up with other agents and keep a pulse on the market. So why was Matt terrified of them when first starting out?


[03:28] There’s some interesting stuff that goes on during a broker’s tour. There was a case of the disappearing Prada shoes, a run-in with some armed guards, as well as the occasional signing of a release of liability form. What’s more, sometimes there is soup!


[09:24] San Francisco is a busy city and all the cars and parking on broker’s tour can be a test of patience on the nearby residents. Matt considers attempting the tour on a bicycle and shares advice on how to deal with an irate homeowner whose parking you might have blocked.


[11:57] Another exciting thing that can happen on these tours is a celebrity drop-in; Britton talks Joe Montana sightings and whether the regular buyers are welcome at the broker’s tours?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#61: Prada Thieves, Armed Guards, Joe Montana & Soup

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we regale you with some tales from the broker’s tours.


[00:21] You may be wondering, what all these open home signs on Tuesdays are all about? Tuesday broker’s tour is on! A broker’s tour is an opportunity for agents to tour new listings so that they can tell clients about them. It is also a great opportunity to catch up with other agents and keep a pulse on the market. So why was Matt terrified of them when first starting out?


[03:28] There’s some interesting stuff that goes on during a broker’s tour. There was a case of the disappearing Prada shoes, a run-in with some armed guards, as well as the occasional signing of a release of liability form. What’s more, sometimes there is soup!


[09:24] San Francisco is a busy city and all the cars and parking on broker’s tour can be a test of patience on the nearby residents. Matt considers attempting the tour on a bicycle and shares advice on how to deal with an irate homeowner whose parking you might have blocked.


[11:57] Another exciting thing that can happen on these tours is a celebrity drop-in; Britton talks Joe Montana sightings and whether the regular buyers are welcome at the broker’s tours?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #60: Agency Relationships Redone
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/agency-relationships-redone
    [guid] => 5c0a80cdace3e7f53357c045
    [desc] => 

A note from Matt about this episode: Agency relationships are really important, and the first time we discussed them (episode 14) we had no idea how to record a podcast. Episode 60 is another look at agency relationships in San Francisco real estate. - Matt

---

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about one of the most important, and at the same time least understood, concepts in real estate – agency relationships.


[01:17] Let's start off by looking at real estate agency – what an agent does and what our fiduciary duties entail. Loyalty, confidentiality and the exercise of the utmost care are just a few of our duties to our clients, what are some others?


[02:15] Now that we know what an agent does, let’s talk about who they do it for. There are three types of agency relationships in California, but keep in mind that this does differ by state. Important disclaimer: we are not lawyers and don’t offer legal advice. Britton gives an overview of types of agencies in California: buyer agency, seller agency, and dual agency.


[03:49] People often think dual-agency means that both the buyer and the seller must be working with the same individual i.e., the same exact person with the same exact face! Britton and Matt myth-bust this assumption for us! They explain that the fiduciary relationship goes a level higher than that; the agency relationship is not with an individual agent, it is with the brokerage that holds the license for that agent.

A real-world example: if two different real estate agents from the same brokerage are involved, one representing the seller and the other the buyer, the relationship is dual-agency, and it is at the brokerage level. When a single individual is representing both sides of the transaction it is a specific type of dual-agency.


[06:22] While we are on the subject of agency relationships we explain the three steps in an agency relationship in California; disclosure, election and confirmation. How will the confirmation step change in the new revision of the purchase contract coming up in 2019? Also, what is an implied agency?


[11:34] Finally, how important is it to engage with an agent in the process of buying a house, or should you try and go about it yourself? We explain why it makes sense to put your team together first and what a dual agency can offer.


[15:23] Matt and Britton take us back to a time and share their own experiences in buying their first houses! Back then listings were sent through to them using something called a fax machine.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next time!

[date] => )

#60: Agency Relationships Redone

A note from Matt about this episode: Agency relationships are really important, and the first time we discussed them (episode 14) we had no idea how to record a podcast. Episode 60 is another look at agency relationships in San Francisco real estate. - Matt

---

Today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we talk about one of the most important, and at the same time least understood, concepts in real estate – agency relationships.


[01:17] Let's start off by looking at real estate agency – what an agent does and what our fiduciary duties entail. Loyalty, confidentiality and the exercise of the utmost care are just a few of our duties to our clients, what are some others?


[02:15] Now that we know what an agent does, let’s talk about who they do it for. There are three types of agency relationships in California, but keep in mind that this does differ by state. Important disclaimer: we are not lawyers and don’t offer legal advice. Britton gives an overview of types of agencies in California: buyer agency, seller agency, and dual agency.


[03:49] People often think dual-agency means that both the buyer and the seller must be working with the same individual i.e., the same exact person with the same exact face! Britton and Matt myth-bust this assumption for us! They explain that the fiduciary relationship goes a level higher than that; the agency relationship is not with an individual agent, it is with the brokerage that holds the license for that agent.

A real-world example: if two different real estate agents from the same brokerage are involved, one representing the seller and the other the buyer, the relationship is dual-agency, and it is at the brokerage level. When a single individual is representing both sides of the transaction it is a specific type of dual-agency.


[06:22] While we are on the subject of agency relationships we explain the three steps in an agency relationship in California; disclosure, election and confirmation. How will the confirmation step change in the new revision of the purchase contract coming up in 2019? Also, what is an implied agency?


[11:34] Finally, how important is it to engage with an agent in the process of buying a house, or should you try and go about it yourself? We explain why it makes sense to put your team together first and what a dual agency can offer.


[15:23] Matt and Britton take us back to a time and share their own experiences in buying their first houses! Back then listings were sent through to them using something called a fax machine.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favorite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next time!

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    [title] => #59: Refreshed Real Estate Jargon 
    [link] => https://shows.pippa.io/jackson-fuller/59-real-estate-terminology-gentrifies-itself-in-2019
    [guid] => 5be9a392e6b07996425a8b55
    [desc] => 

Matt recently returned from the California Association of Realtors 3rd (and final) Business Meeting of 2018 where he learned all about the changes in real estate terminology that will be encoded in the legislation. So, armed with this new information, today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we are playing our ever popular game, Question That Answer!


[02:43] We start off with a minor caveat and launch into the new AB 1289 terminology which comes into effect on January 1, 2019.


[03:29] Questions we cover: The person buying the property? The person selling the property? Goodbye to the transferee and the transferor! Information that relates to the client representation?


[05:12] Quick tangent: An example of a change to the dual agency part of what is considered confidential information that happens when this law is updated.

Among other things, with these changes coming into effect, we can no longer disclose the seller’s motivation for selling, which is one of the commonly asked questions and not relevant to the value of the property.


[09:48] Back to the questions: A personal representative acting to sell a property on behalf of a dead person? A person designated to manage assets in a trust? Which one these is generally exempt from completing the transfer disclosure statement? Bonus question: Why does this make sense?


[12:27] The agent that represents the buyer? This was previously confusing terminology, so, we are particularly excited about this one!


Final question: The number of days in which a buyer who receives a revised transfer disclosure statement has, to cancel the contract?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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#59: Refreshed Real Estate Jargon

Matt recently returned from the California Association of Realtors 3rd (and final) Business Meeting of 2018 where he learned all about the changes in real estate terminology that will be encoded in the legislation. So, armed with this new information, today on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we are playing our ever popular game, Question That Answer!


[02:43] We start off with a minor caveat and launch into the new AB 1289 terminology which comes into effect on January 1, 2019.


[03:29] Questions we cover: The person buying the property? The person selling the property? Goodbye to the transferee and the transferor! Information that relates to the client representation?


[05:12] Quick tangent: An example of a change to the dual agency part of what is considered confidential information that happens when this law is updated.

Among other things, with these changes coming into effect, we can no longer disclose the seller’s motivation for selling, which is one of the commonly asked questions and not relevant to the value of the property.


[09:48] Back to the questions: A personal representative acting to sell a property on behalf of a dead person? A person designated to manage assets in a trust? Which one these is generally exempt from completing the transfer disclosure statement? Bonus question: Why does this make sense?


[12:27] The agent that represents the buyer? This was previously confusing terminology, so, we are particularly excited about this one!


Final question: The number of days in which a buyer who receives a revised transfer disclosure statement has, to cancel the contract?


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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    [title] => #58: From Zero to One
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    [desc] => 

Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we look back on the last year in real estate as we celebrate our one year anniversary as Jackson Fuller Real Estate brokerage.


[00:21] It has been a year since Jackson Fuller Real Estate became an independent brokerage. In that time there have been a lot of shifts (Compass is making a significant impact!) in the San Francisco brokerage community, but we can honestly say that we have had a phenomenal year!


[04:47] Most people appreciate that real estate is a business very focused on relationships; or if it isn’t, it should be. Trust and connections with clients are more important than the name of the company on the business card.


[05:59] What do we wish we knew before we first started? We spent a good amount of time thinking and planning before we started the Jackson Fuller brokerage and even though loyalty made the change bitter sweet, it was the logical next step.


[08:47] Real estate agents are paranoid optimists; agents always have concerns about looming threats to their existence all the while believing that everything will turn out for the best. So, what did we think we could offer by starting our own brokerage? We have more flexibility to do things our way, setting our own rules in what we can offer to our client.


[11:47] Matt finishes this week’s episode with a quick rant about printers and we look at what comes next for our brokerage.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

[date] => )

#58: From Zero to One

Today, on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we look back on the last year in real estate as we celebrate our one year anniversary as Jackson Fuller Real Estate brokerage.


[00:21] It has been a year since Jackson Fuller Real Estate became an independent brokerage. In that time there have been a lot of shifts (Compass is making a significant impact!) in the San Francisco brokerage community, but we can honestly say that we have had a phenomenal year!


[04:47] Most people appreciate that real estate is a business very focused on relationships; or if it isn’t, it should be. Trust and connections with clients are more important than the name of the company on the business card.


[05:59] What do we wish we knew before we first started? We spent a good amount of time thinking and planning before we started the Jackson Fuller brokerage and even though loyalty made the change bitter sweet, it was the logical next step.


[08:47] Real estate agents are paranoid optimists; agents always have concerns about looming threats to their existence all the while believing that everything will turn out for the best. So, what did we think we could offer by starting our own brokerage? We have more flexibility to do things our way, setting our own rules in what we can offer to our client.


[11:47] Matt finishes this week’s episode with a quick rant about printers and we look at what comes next for our brokerage.


Thank you for listening. If you enjoyed this episode leave us a review on your favourite platform, tell your friends and don’t forget to join us again next week!

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