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 […]

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 […]

Interior Design For Edwardian Homes in San Francisco

July 7, 2022

<Another in our “Housing Styles of San Francisco” blog series.> Did you happen to catch “The Gilded Age” on HBO earlier this year? It is a lavish new TV series set in New York in the final decades of the 19th century and featuring much marble, many digs about new money, and real historical characters […]

A Very Unofficial History of San Francisco Edwardian Homes

June 28, 2022

<Another in our “Housing Styles of San Francisco” blog series.> Although most laypeople use the term “Victorian” to describe the much-loved, unique styles for many of our homes in the Bay Area, Edwardians need to get a fair shake as an independent architectural style that stands on its own. But, what precisely is an Edwardian […]

A Very Unofficial History of San Francisco Victorian Homes

May 1, 2022

Ask anyone to describe what makes San Francisco extraordinary, and Victorian architecture would land near the top of the list, somewhere between Alcatraz and VC money. (This is also a good time for this point of clarification: Victorian refers to a period, not a style. To call a building “a Victorian” means it was designed […]

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…

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.

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?

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 […]