With mortgage rates at 30 year lows, why aren’t buyers making offers?

Mortgage rates remain amazingly low. For the week of Aug. 26, rates fell for the fifth time in six weeks, according to Bankrate.com. We’re still seeing rates, such as 4.59 percent for a…

When adding curb appeal to your home, don’t overlook the neighbors

In this tough real estate market, anything you can do to make the exterior of your home look more inviting is worth considering. And that includes putting up a fence to conceal…

Can a home office help sell a house?

A few years ago, the well-organized, customized closet became a must-have item on practically every homebuyer’s checklist. Now you can add a custom-built home office to that list. A custom-built home office…

Mortgage meltdown trend: The wealthy are walking away from their homes too

There’s an old saying: The rich are different. But lately, that difference is shrinking, as some affluent homeowners face foreclosure and struggle with mortgage payments just like everyone else. Folks who bought…

Don’t buy a condo if you don’t want to follow the rules

Most condo owners don’t give their covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) much thought—until they do something the CC&Rs forbid. CC&Rs are the governing documents that spell out how a homeowners association (HOA)…

How Google can add to your home’s value

There’s a ‘light-filled’ 1894 Victorian house for sale in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Among the advertised amenities: Two bedrooms, a library/media room with fireplace—and proximity to the Google shuttle. You’ve probably seen…

Telltale signs of a buyer’s market–and what sellers can do about it

Recently, I represented a seller in San Francisco who had had his roof inspected. The inspection came back clean, no problems. And yet, during escrow, the potential buyer wanted to get his…

Best cities for families in 2010

Parenting magazine recently released the results of its Best Cities for Families 2010 survey. The survey ranked 101 small and large U.S. cities based on health, safety, education, economy, and recreation. San Francisco…

Imagine paying an extra $4K per month for your mortgage

Let's say you've just bought a $525,000 home with a 20 percent down payment. At current 30-year fixed conforming loan mortgage rates, your monthly payment is $2,206.80. Now, take that same loan…

How to stage your home for maximum impact

When you put your house on the market, does it become simply a house for sale? Or does it become a product? I’d argue that to sell your home as soon as possible…