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The Real Estate Trifecta and Where to Find the Homes in SF with the Highest and Lowest Cost per Square Foot. Median Sales Price:Low inventory, low interest rates and low unemployment rates. This by-now-well-known trifecta kept median prices lofty again in June, albeit dipping slightly from May. S...

By David Ames, San Francisco
(Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco)
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To the dismay of buyers and agents alike, San Francisco continues a downward trend in available properties. Though some companies predicted a resurgence of condo listings, new condo listings have decreased by 21.96% since the second quarter of 2014. New single-family home listings have decreased ...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Some people might say summer in San Francisco means fog and chilly winds, but to others summer in San Francisco means FREE Sunday afternoon concerts in Stern Grove.2017 marks the 80th year when residents and visitors alike enjoy a wide variety of music in the majestic natural amphitheater surroun...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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A favorite activity of ours when the evening daylight is long is to walk for a couple of hours in various neighborhoods in San Francisco. One such evening walk took us up Billy Goat Hill and along neighborhood streets before we headed back down to Noe Valley and dinner.I was quite charmed by this...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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Four Ways to Buy a New Home Before Selling Your Current One We here in the San Francisco Bay Area --- and from what I'm gathering, in many other areas of the country as well --- have dealt firsthand with the virtual impossibility of the "contingent offer."  That is, when a buyer must sell his cur...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Yesterday I shared highlights of the first few days of having a Golden Retriever as our house guest in our small San Francisco condo.Here is what Tanner has been up to the last 3 days:Friday: We took advantage of a brief late-afternoon client appointment in Portola Valley, giving Tanner a nice ho...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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While Rachael is on vacation, we have a house guest, our grand-dog, Tanner. This is an interesting experience for us since we both work full time and don't have any pets of our own. Tanner certainly fills our small condo and is creating new routines for us.Tanner joined our household Sunday eveni...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Russian Hill Bookstore, a family-owned store in business since 1974 and one of San Francisco's legacy businesses, has recently moved two blocks south on Polk Street to a larger location. In an era where independent bookstores are struggling, it's great to see Russian Hill Bookstore flourishing an...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Flower Piano is back for it's third yearThis joyful event, a collaboration between Sunset Pianos and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, celebrates music, nature and creativity and is FREE to San Francisco residents, with a nominal $8.00 charge for entrance to the Botanical Garden for other visit...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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It's that time of year again, time for the annual  AIDSWalk San Francisco. The San Francisco AIDSWalk has raised more than $88 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area. Proceeds from this year's event will help support Project Open Hand, the Positive Resource Center, and the Golden C...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Today is Independence Day in the United States, July 4th. As we enjoy parades, picnics with family and friends, firework displays, we'll be making choices, consciously or not. Today I choose to follow Nelson Mandela's suggestion, "let your choices reflect your hopes not your fears." The cover pic...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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In addition to fireworks in the evening, and various towns up and down the Peninsula hosting pancake breakfasts, fun runs, and parades of various kinds, here's a great and FREE activity to enjoy in San Francisco...The Golden Gate Park Band will once again be playing patriotic and American music i...

By David Ames, San Francisco
(Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco)
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San Francisco » June 2017 The Real Estate Update         While 2017 started slowly, San Francisco has shown us, once again, that Real Estate here is unlike Real Estate anywhere else. March and May have seen a healthy rebound from the year’s slow start. For both condos and single-family homes, th...
BOING!!  Just when you thought it couldn't go any higher...After a rather slow-moving first quarter, in May the median price for a single family home in San Francisco jumped to over $1,500,000, more than $100,000 over April and up 11% over the median price in May 2016. Further, condo and loft pri...

By David Ames, San Francisco
(Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco)
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  Closer to Home  recent sales citywide/ 2nd Quarter 2017     10 Miller PlaceSan Francisco $899,000 1BR / 1BA Sold at $920,000   1702 Vallejo StreetSan Francisco $2,250,000 3BR / 2BA Sold at $2,250,000   255 Berry StreetSan Francisco $1,475,000 2BR / 2BA Sold at $1,475,000       246 Missouri Str...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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What does one do when the power goes out in San Francisco? Fortunately, today's massive outage (about 90,000 people without power at the peak of the outage) occurred on a beautiful, warm spring day. It was a day perfect for leaving the dark computer and heading out for a City walk.Extra care had ...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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One of the benefits of living where I do in San Francisco is that every Tuesday evening I can grab my yoga mat and walk to the top of Nob Hill, to Grace Cathedral, and join the 600-700 yogis who practice there each week.One man I see most weeks is Charles Weinbar. In a wheelchair, he is an inspir...
 The first quarter of 2017 has officially ended. The San Francisco the real estate market stayed relatively flat for the quarter, which is not surprising given the insane weather we've experienced, and that Q1 is typically rather tame coming out of the holiday season. On March 15, the Fed raised ...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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Casablanca....Humphrey Bogart....Ingrid Bergman....As Time Goes ByJust seeing the names conjures up one of my favorite stories from the 1940s, one that is as timely today as it was back in 1942 when the movie was first released. Casablanca!Now you have a chance to watch the entire film while the ...

By David Ames, San Francisco
(Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco)
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Quick San Francisco housing update...The continued rise in prices for single family homes corresponds directly with the decline in inventory over the past six years, which puts some pressure on the market. Charts for condos tell a slightly different story considering the inventory has remained re...

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