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.

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.

Prop 14: The California Fair Housing Massacre of 1964

February 17, 2021

In 1964 Prop 14 wrote discrimination in CA state constitution defeating the Rumford Fair Housing Act. How did this happen, and how does it continue to impact California real estate?

What to Know About the Loan Estimate & Closing Disclosure (CD)

February 15, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPD) mandate the loan disclosure and closing disclosure forms for buyers to understand the cost of their loan and closing costs.

Intermediate Length Occupany (ILO) Rental Law

January 29, 2021

Generally speaking, in the state of California, you can think of short-term rentals as 30 days or less. Long-term “traditional” leases typically begin with a one year agreement. Which leaves everything in the middle… Typically called “corporate housing” or something similar, it typically involves providing a furnished home for an intermediate length of occupancy great […]

Who Picks the Appraiser?

January 15, 2021

Prior to the financial meltdown and great recession of 2008, banks that were underwriting the loan got to select the appraiser to evaluate the value of the property as collateral for the home loan. In some ways, this makes sense. Banks are a part of a local ecosystem, and local appraisers with a long amount […]

3 Cool Things About…The Inner Sunset!

October 30, 2019

The Inner Sunset is well known for its proximity to UCSF and Golden Gate Park. It’s served by the N-Judah muni, the city’s busiest light-rail line. Read on for three cool things you may not know about Inner Sunset…

What Makes a Penthouse?

August 15, 2019

From the Grand Penthouse homes at 181 Fremont and The Avery to some still stunning but less grand properties, what makes a penthouse home in San Francisco?

The Estimated Settlement Statement

August 3, 2019

Show Me the (estimated) Receipts! While real estate purchases and sales don’t involve cash registers with receipts, and if they did, this is pretty close to what they’d print out.

Peskin Home Demolition Legislation

June 21, 2019

The Peskin Demolition Legislation aka “Protect & Preserve” will criminalize property maintenance.