Neighborhood Safety

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Prospective home buyers often ask their realtor about neighborhood safety in the neighborhoods they are considering. Realtors cannot give out such information for a variety of reasons, including the possibility of engaging in steering. That fact begs the question how prospective home buyers can ascertain neighborhood safety.   Home sellers have disclosure obligations and those… Continued

April 25, 2017

How Home Prices, Home Inventory, & Home Sales Are Related

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The constant interchange between home prices, interest rates, consumer confidence, job growth, employment rates, market place trends, seasonality represent factors affect real estate continuously. Additional factors include prospective home buyers’ savings for a down payment, the presence of real estate speculators and real estate investors in the marketplace, delayed retirement and home owners who have… Continued

April 13, 2017

Real Estate Investing in San Francisco & the Bay Area

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Many real estate investors in the San Francisco/Bay Area are international buyers from countries such as China, Mexico and Canada. As a city on the Pacific Rim, San Francisco is quite attractive to real estate investors from Asia, in particular from China and India. Compared to Shanghai and Tokyo as well as other major international… Continued

April 12, 2017

Planned Residential Developments for 2017

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San Francisco’s planned residential development pipeline remains extensive, in spite of rising construction costs. Building construction, mostly for luxury condo buildings, is apparent all over San Francisco. While developers are considering location, they also are seeking the highest return on their money. That, in turn, dictates going into neighborhoods previously not considered. Developments are cropping… Continued

April 6, 2017

SF/Bay Area Transit Lines Attract Development

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Space in the San Francisco/Bay Area comes at a premium. That is hardly news. But in the past few years, spurred on by immense growth in population, jobs and traffic, the new trend is that of developing along transit lines. In the main, such development is encouraged along US Hwy 101 from San Francisco all… Continued

April 3, 2017

Your property taxes are due April 10

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This is a friendly reminder that April 10th is the deadline to pay the second installment of your property taxes!   When your property taxes are not impounded (included in your mortgage payment), you are responsible for paying your property taxes directly to the County Tax Collector twice a year.   Property taxes are due… Continued

March 30, 2017

Real Estate Bidding Wars

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Think San Francisco real estate and you might think about bidding wars. Over the past year bidding wars in San Francisco have substantially subsided. Although some properties have received multiple bids and increased offer prices, all out bidding wars appear to have stopped for the time being.   Continuing low inventory throughout San Francisco, especially… Continued

March 23, 2017

Planned Residential Developments for 2017

By | General

San Francisco’s planned residential development pipeline remains extensive, in spite of rising construction costs. Building construction, mostly for luxury condo buildings, is apparent all over San Francisco. While developers are considering location, they also are seeking the highest return on their money. That in turn dictates going into neighborhoods previously not considered. Developments are cropping… Continued

March 20, 2017

Real Estate Investing in San Francisco & the Bay Area

By | General

Many real estate investors in the San Francisco/Bay Area are international buyers from countries such as China, Mexico and Canada. As a city on the Pacific Rim, San Francisco is quite attractive to real estate investors from Asia, in particular from China and India. Compared to Shanghai and Tokyo as well as other major international… Continued

March 16, 2017

The Beleaguered Millenium Tower

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  What went wrong with the Millenium Tower and who is responsible? Those two questions have engaged the powers that are and the public. From the Millenium Tower developer (Millenium Partners) to the Department of Building Inspection, to San Francisco Supervisors, to the Transbay Joint Power Authority among others, these two questions are front of… Continued

March 9, 2017