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How much is my home worth

Many homeowners in San Francisco are scrambling right now to determine how much their house is worth. Why the mad dash? March 31st is the deadline to ask the city to consider…

How do I find out if someone died in my house?

I came across an online forum recently in which someone asked, “How do I find out if someone died in my house?” One forum member wanted to know if anyone had died…
How to buy a house in 2016

How much house can I afford?

Lower home prices and interest rates make this a great time to buy a house. But figuring out exactly how much house you can afford can be tricky. A lot of variables…

Why you should ask your agent to be proactive during the appraisal process

If you’re a homebuyer or you’re looking to refinance, you should be aware of yet another potential stumbling block to getting financing. Obtaining an appraisal that accurately represents the fair market value…
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What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a broker?

The terms real estate agent and real estate broker are sometimes used interchangeably. But there is a difference. Real estate sales agents are licensed to sell real estate in a certain state. They receive…
how to price your home

How to get started in real estate investing

With home prices and mortgage rates so low, people are seriously considering taking advantage, not only as homebuyers but as real estate investors. In some places, you can potentially "cash flow" a…

What is a short sale in real estate

"What is a short sale in real estate?” is a question I hear a lot these days. Basically, a short sale is when the total market value of your property equals less…

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…

Home not selling? Fresh tips for getting it sold part II

First-time homebuyer tax credits aside, you might find it challenging to sell a home now. After all, the economy’s still struggling, people are worried, and it’s a buyer’s market. In my last…

Home not selling? Fresh tips for getting it sold part I

This week’s beautiful weather in San Francisco was a welcome reminder: Spring is almost here, which means buyers are coming back out. So if you've been trying to sell your home in…