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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…

My Dinner with Miles

My Dinner with Miles

If you were asked to create the guest list for a fantasy dinner party, whom would you invite? Dreaming up interesting combinations of dinner companions is one of my favorite…

How Much Should I Offer?

I was out with some clients the other day, Chris and Pat. We’d finally found a house that they really liked. It had a nice big yard, was in walking…

While SF Prices Continue to Skyrocket, Sonoma County Remains a Bargain

While SF Prices Continue to Skyrocket,  Sonoma County Remains a Bargain

Let’s face it. The statistic or number that matters more than any other to buyers, sellers, and anyone who wants to be one or the other is price. While national,…

FAQs About ADUs

FAQs About ADUs

The demand for housing in the metro Bay Area is far outpacing the supply, a phenomenon that is driving inflated real estate prices even higher. There are high-rise apartment buildings…

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