What is a Real Estate Escrow and Why Do I Need One?

August 11, 2022

<This blog is another in our “How To Buy A Home” blog series.> An Escrow Is A Present Underneath the Christmas Tree Escrow is something given by one person and intended for another, set aside or held by a third party until certain conditions are satisfied. That’s like a Christmas gift underneath a tree that […]

Condo Buildings with Earthquake Insurance in San Francisco

August 4, 2022

We know that California is earthquake country, California is home to two-thirds of all earthquake activity in the United States and most Californians live within 30 miles of an active fault. Living in the Bay Area, there is always this lurking question that pops up once in a while, “Is today the day?”. But if […]

Mid-Century Modern Homes in San Francisco

July 13, 2022

Sinatra fan or not, everyone loves the low-slung, open-style, welcome to the future from the imagination-of-the-past homes that were the native habitat of Mr. Sinatra and his 1950s crooning cronies. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” may be no more than a song, but the architecture lives on in one of California’s most enduring and popular home styles: […]

Slow Streets: Pandemic Experiment or Permanent Improvement?

February 16, 2022

Say what you will about a pandemic that has cost America almost one million lives, but thanks to the fact most of us in SF support science and wear masks, our latest pandemic argument is about streets. We fully support Slow Streets and would like to see them become permanent across the city! What’s a […]

Earthquakes & What You Can Do As a Homeowner

December 11, 2021

The What Earthquakes!!! Earthquake insurance is available in California, and it is not required for any purchaser of a single family or residential home in San Francisco. The policies are often described as expensive (they are) and they are also generally written with a high deductible (20%-ish is common). Earthquakes are (for a human lifespan) […]

How Much Inclusionary Housing Does San Francisco Require?

August 11, 2021

I made a quick instagram post this afternoon to explain how the state law AB2345 increased the number of homes being built in the development at 2588 Mission Street, right next door to Vida with a mailing address of 45 Bartlett.

July 20 Broker’s Tour Market Update

July 20, 2021

What is up with the San Francisco real estate market? It’s a question I get asked a lot. Now that in-person broker’s tour is back in San Francisco, it’s a great chance to keep up with inventory and chat with other agents. Real estate agents were the original social media network. But I digress. A […]

San Francisco’s Historic Fear of Heights

March 31, 2021

To get a glimpse into the challenges the issues of planning and development in San Francisco, and why there aren’t enough high-rises to accommodate our population, we need only turn the clock back to about 1960…

Prop 19: Property Tax Portability Arrives in California

March 29, 2021

Voters approved Proposition 19 in 2019, and the property tax portability law went into effect in February of 2020. Proposition 19 offers homeowners over the age of 55, homeowners that are severely disabled, and homeowner’s that have been victims of a wildfire or other natural disaster the ability to take their existing tax basis and […]

What to Know About Elevant

March 14, 2021

Meet the latest addition to the San Francisco condo scene from JS Sullivan development, a noted developer of boutique condo homes in San Francisco.

Making Your Outdoor Space More Appealing

March 12, 2021

The National Association of Realtors stated that 63% of those viewing your home online will come to view it in person. Make it Shine!

Creating Better Curb Appeal

February 23, 2021

First impressions are very important in many situations including selling your home. When the exterior of your home looks great, it helps to draw potential buyers in to see the rest of your home.