The Top 9 Tips to Know Before Selling a Home in San Francisco (SF)

April 11, 2024

What do recent headlines and news stories about NAR commission settlement mean for the sale of your home? Our NAR Commission Settlement White Paper is an easy to understand overview of what’s happened, what’s changing, and what isn’t.  Download it here.  Thinking of selling your San Francisco home? The market is almost always in your […]

What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know Now About the National Association of Realtors’ Settlement

March 22, 2024

What Just Happened? The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has entered into a proposed settlement agreement about real estate commissions. The proposed settlement agreement has not been finalized, but if it is, it will be a settlement of commission-related lawsuits. There are nationwide implications to these class action lawsuits known by a variety of names. […]

An SF Native’s Guide on 12 Things to Know Before Moving to San Francisco

March 19, 2024

San Francisco, nicknamed “The City by the Bay,” pulsates with a unique charm and dynamic culture unlike any other. Steep hills, iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, and a vibrant mix of Victorian-era architecture and modern skyscrapers create a visually stunning backdrop to your daily life. Beyond the postcard image lies a diverse tapestry […]

Beyond the Headlines: A Look at the Nuances of San Francisco’s Real Estate Market

March 6, 2024

Recent headlines in San Francisco have painted a picture of a struggling city, with news of the Macy’s Union Square closure and the sale of the iconic 170 O’Farrell Street building adding fuel to the fire. While these closures are undeniably significant, it’s crucial to look beyond the surface and understand the complex factors influencing […]

Available Now! The “Realistic Guide To Buying A Home In San Francisco in 2024”

February 8, 2024

Let’s face it. 2023 was just a weird year in residential real estate. The Fed raised interest rates 11 times over the last two years, making potential mortgages and payments much more expensive. There continues to be a severe shortage of new housing being built. And it is very difficult to find available housing for […]

How Much is that Mello-Roos? A Comprehensive Guide on Mello-Roos in San Francisco Real Estate

November 30, 2023

If you are considering buying a home in San Francisco, budgeting for your monthly housing payment will include budgeting for property taxes. The primary determinant of your tax bill will be the purchase price of your property, which is taxed at about a rate of .0118%/year. A substantial addition to these bills for some homes […]

Can I Sell My ADU? Exploring the Newly Enacted AB 1033 Law

November 8, 2023

What do you do with your ADU? Until AB 1033 and AB976, you didn’t owner occupy them! Because they were already occupied by tenants or your in-laws, grandparents, or extended family or friends. Until now, accessory dwelling unit – aka efficiency flat, in-law unit, granny flat, or just plain ole ADU – occupancy has so […]

The Paperwork Around Trees in San Francisco

November 3, 2023

San Francisco loves its trees. And while we don’t have traditional “fall foliage” like the East Coast or Midwest, we do have an incredibly beautiful variety of tree species that you are unlikely to find in very many other American cities. Our diverse canopy of trees is crucial to The City’s ecosystem; they help manage […]

Your Complete Guide to ADUs

October 17, 2023

Accessory dwelling units are one of the hottest items in California’s housing industry, inspiring a slew of companies to try their hand at designing and building them. So amid the hype, you may be asking yourself whether you should ride the cresting wave and put an ADU on your property too. Less than a decade […]

How Would You Describe Cow Hollow’s Marina Chateau?

September 19, 2023

One of the things that tops the list of “favorites” when San Francisco is mentioned, along with Karl the Fog and how “walkable” San Francisco is, would be  “the architecture.” But naming “architecture” as a favorite SF thing is similar to saying another favorite is “hills”. There are a lot of them, many people mainly […]

Buying a Fixer in San Francisco

July 27, 2023

Ever wondered what it takes to buy a house, tear it down, and rebuild it as your dream house? You’re not alone — and in San Francisco, your tear-down options will be severely limited by the SF planning department. From the cost of acquisition to permitting, demolition, and construction, navigating the process can be overwhelming. […]

San Francisco’s Secret Programs for First-Time Homebuyers

April 28, 2023

San Francisco is known for its high cost of living, particularly when it comes to housing. The city’s expensive housing market has been a major concern for years, and it’s not surprising that many people find it difficult to afford a home in the city. However, what many people don’t know is that San Francisco […]