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SF Real Estate Market Forecast

SF Real Estate Market Forecast

2014 was another strong year for real estate in San Francisco, if not one of the strongest we have ever seen in terms of home appreciation and the amount of…

One Time Tax Exemption on the Sale of Your Home? Not Anymore

One Time Tax Exemption on the Sale of  Your Home? Not Anymore

At a recent listing appointment, the owner who’d had the home for many years as her primary residence asked me the following question for which I did not have an…

A New Year in Real Estate, Or More of the Same?

A New Year in Real Estate, Or More of the Same?

Forecasting the real estate market has never been easy, and most people are not too successful at it. There are so many factors that influence real estate, including external pressures…

Real Estate Predictions for 2015

Real Estate Predictions for 2015

It’s that time of the year again, and I’m sitting here writing this in a red turban with one eye on my crystal ball. That’s right, it’s time for my…

Exchange Guidelines: 4 Basic Requirements

Exchange Guidelines: 4 Basic Requirements

At my open house this past weekend, a couple came through who were going through what’s known as a “1031 exchange.” In a nutshell, a 1031 exchange is a swap…

Costs That Affect the Bottom Line During a Home Purchase

Costs That Affect the Bottom Line  During a Home Purchase

One of the biggest unarticulated questions most people in the market have is, “How much is buying/selling a house going to cost me?” It constantly amazes me how valuable this…

Is the First Time Becoming Impossible?

Is the First Time Becoming Impossible?

I always say that Real Estate is “local,” and even our own Bay Area tends to be significantly broken into individual mini-markets that don’t always correspond with each other. But…

Setting the Stage for Success with Staging

Setting the Stage for Success with Staging

While some people may say that buying a home is the most nerve-wracking experience possible, I would venture to say that being on the other side of that transaction trumps…

Keeping It Local

Keeping It Local

I’ve written several times about the benefits of using a real estate agent, and about the potential pitfalls of not using one.  While a few sellers and even fewer buyers…

Interesting Interest Rates and the End of QE

Interesting Interest Rates and the End of QE

For those of you who have been living in a hole, mortgage interest rates over the past few years have been historically low. According to www.mortgage-x.com, the 30-year fixed interest…

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