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 […]

Where in San Francisco Should I Buy My First Home?

July 28, 2022

Anywhere you can afford it. The end.  And we are not being facetious. The number one mistake first time home buyers tell me they have made is that instead of buying something they could afford, they held out for something they thought was financially out of reach and therefore never bought anything. They never realized […]

Modern Condo Buildings In San Francisco

July 21, 2022

What Exactly Is a Condominium Anyway?  Strictly defined a condominium (condo) is a privately owned individual unit within a community of other units. In general, the owner usually owns the interior of their condo from the walls in. Owners also jointly own shared common areas within the community, such as pools, garages, elevators, and outside […]

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) […]

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 […]

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!

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.

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… Dogpatch!

August 26, 2020

Dogpatch is a popular neighborhood in San Francisco known for its proximity to the Chase Center in nearby Mission Bay, home to the Golden State Warriors (and over 150 other events each year). You may also know Dogpatch for being home to a variety of original Victorians, as many survived the 1906 earthquake unscathed. Here […]

You Moved! Here’s Your Guide to Changing Your Address

September 11, 2019

Moving can be one a stressful life milestones and with it comes a to-do list a mile long. One of those major to-do list items is changing your address so that you don’t miss that wedding invite or bill.