General Real Estate Advice & Tips


What does tenants in common mean in real estate?

If you’re a first-time buyer new to real estate, you’ve probably come across the term TIC. In real estate terms, TIC stands for tenants in common, ortenancy in common. A TIC is a way…

Mandatory retrofitting could shake up San Francisco homeowners

Here's a heads-up to owners of older buildings vulnerable to earthquake damage in San Francisco. If legislation proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom becomes reality, you could be forced to spend money retrofitting…

Zillow.com can give you a quick view of houses for sale (and more)

Zillow.com is a popular online tool many buyers and sellers use to ‘zestimate’ current home values. You type in an address, and Zillow provides an estimate on the home’s value (whether it’s…
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The changing face of home loans: mortgage broker or direct lender?

When it came to financing a home, it used to be that about 70% of the loans were done through mortgage brokers, as opposed to banks directly.  Now, the tables have turned.…
distressed real estate for sale

Top 5 tips for buying a foreclosure or short sale in real estate

Nowadays, it's likely you'll come across a short sale or a foreclosure in your home search, no matter the price range. You may be lured by the low price or the terms…

Water conservation laws in San Francisco can have a big impact on real estate

San Francisco has long been on the cutting edge in environmental and conservation issues. The board of supervisors passed its first conservation ordinance in 1982 and has continually upgraded residential requirements since…

Top 3 things to do to increase your home’s value

Home values aren’t going to rise dramatically in the next few years, as they did in the decade just ended. That doesn’t mean you can’t take matters into your own hands, however.…
buyer's agent vs. listing agent

Top 3 tips for homebuyers in the new year

At the beginning of each year a new set of buyers decides to put their hat into the ring and consider a real estate purchase.  It happens as a result of a…