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…

Unreal estate: A potential deal that didn’t turn out all that ‘gr-r-reat’

In my years as a real estate agent in San Francisco, I’ve met some colorful characters. And I’ve seen what seemed like solid deals fall apart at the last minute, for the…
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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…

Google real estate helps you create a map of homes for sale

Most of us are using Google multiple times a day to look up information online. But did you know you can use Google Maps to find homes for sale? Google added real…
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Homebuyer tips: Top things to look for in a home inspection

Once your offer on a home has been accepted, it’s time to have a licensed home inspector give the property a close look. You should tag along on the inspection, notebook in…
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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.…
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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…

Why you might want to reconsider buying a brand-new condo?

As anyone who’s shopped for a car probably knows, you’ll get a better value in the long run if you buy a slightly used auto than if you drive a brand-new model…

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.…