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By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 14
As January draws to a close and thoughts turn to February, my thoughts turn to Chinese New Year and the many activities in San Francisco that celebrate the new year.February 16, 2018 ushers in The Year of the Dog. Several astrological sources believe that people born in the Year of the Dog (1922,...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Did you ever spend time at Alcatraz? I have: Confessions of a Beverly Hills Realtor Endre Barath,Jr.Honest, I have spent time at Alcatraz.  Three times to be exact! I have been in the same Cell Block where James “Whitey” Bulger stayed. Well it is not what you think…The first time Diane and I went...

By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Transpac Real Estate)
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Happy 2018!!2017 is now in the books, so here's a look back at how real estate fared last year. Not surprisingly it was all about inventory...or lack thereof. Median Sales Price:Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably already know that home sale prices increased in 2017. Single famil...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
Pacific Place, a condominium project where you can Live your San Francisco Dream.Urban living at its best! The right place to call home is as varied as each individual. One place that works for many is Pacific Place, a two-tower condominium project built in 2001. Buildings built in 2001 still off...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
We're fortunate to live in San Francisco where there are plenty of good service providers. However, finding the best of the bunch isn't always easy, so today I'd like to introduce you to Restorative Bodywork by Mila Hutchinson. While Mila is a superb massage therapist who understands and utilizes...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 7
We are fortunate in San Francisco to have many superb services available to us, including health and wellness. Today I'd like to introduce you to Jamie Lieber, owner of the Nurturing Life Clinic, located at the corner of Bush and Baker Streets in San Francisco. I discovered Jamie Lieber and Nurtu...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 2
Once Bitcoin, Twice Shy:  Can You Buy a Home with Bitcoin? Let's talk about what this post will NOT cover:  How bitcoin works. Whether or not you should invest in bitcoin. Is bitcoin the modern day equivalent of tulip bulbs?  What will we cover?    Using bitcoin to buy real estate.  In other word...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 7
"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced".......... Soren KierkegaardExperiencing life in San Francisco ..... welcoming in the new year at Ocean Beach along the Great Highway near the Cliff House.Are you ready to make the move to San Francisco? Let me help you find the...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 21
It's 2018.  Will I Lose My Tax Deduction if I Refi? If you're asking this question, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're experiencing some anxiety right about now.  But no matter how bad it gets, realize things could always be worse.  You could be the Internal Revenue Service and tasked o...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 11
While much of the country is keeping warm indoors, we're fortunate to be able to enjoy being out and about (much to Tanner's delight as well as ours.)Playing in the bay at Crissy Field is Tanner's first choice for a great outing, and we enjoyed doing just that a couple of days ago.However, on New...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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On January 5, 1933, construction on the 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages began.  The job went to a Chicago-based engineer named Joseph Strauss, a drawbridge builder who believed he could complete the grand-scale project between $25 to $30 million. Mr. Stauss's t...

By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Transpac Real Estate)
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Condo Sales Prices Reach New High As the year winds down to a close, the real estate market tends to wind down as well. Fewer homes came on the market as is typical for this time of year, especially in the high-end luxury market. Condos saw an all-time high in median sales price, while the single...

By David Ames, San Francisco
(Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco)
Comments 0
      Market Insights | Recent Sales | Local News             Median Sales Price Avg. Days on Market # Homes Sold % List Price Received $1,497,500 26 240 116.68%   A Look at the PastPrior to November of 2015, inventory of condos and single-family homes was similar in San Francisco. For almost a ...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 42
Kathy Streib, in her December challenge, has asked us to share a special holiday memory, and the posts are pouring in. I've read a few of them and am blown away by how heartfelt the memories are. Next week I'll be reading more of them. I have lots of memories of Christmas, both past and present: ...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Pro
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Comments 4
Fruitcakes, French Hens, Furs or (Gift) Funds? It's that time of year again when holiday gift giving is on everyone's mind.  But you know me, compulsive mortgage professional, I want to focus on  but a single aspect of the loan process --- gift funds --- this same form of largesse that is receive...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 17
Just like catchy blog titles or ad headlines, clever license plates are also a lot of fun.These two plates are on cars in a condo garage in San Francisco. I don't know the owner of "4TUITUS" but I like his car and think the plate is quite apt.Now, this second plate, "NO SHMPU" leaves one with no ...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 14
I've enjoyed writing these Thankful posts this week leading up to Thanksgiving Day; the words flow as does the thankfulness. Today I'm very aware of how much I enjoy living in San Francisco and how thankful I am for the many wonderful things here that bring joy and ease to my life.This morning wa...

By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Transpac Real Estate)
Comments 0
 Single Family Home Prices Soar Again The median sales price for single family homes reached a new high again in October, climbing to almost $1.6 million. This is up about $275,000 over September, and up almost 14% compared to October of last year. Condos and lofts also spiked to $1.18 million, u...

By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 17
The first thing my husband and I noticed about our condo when we were looking for our San Francisco home was the view. Then all the other attributes of this complex came into play; they were right for us, but it was the view that sold us.I start most mornings sitting in the living room, coffee in...

By David Ames, San Francisco
(Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco)
Comments 2
AffordabilityThat word rings in the ears of anyone purchasing a home in San Francisco. The affordability index measures the percentage of families who can afford a median-priced, single-family home in San Francisco. Of the 6 Bay Area counties, San Francisco’s index of 12% is the lowest. Shockingl...

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