Recently sold: my listing at 515 Powhattan. A mid-century charmer offering the best of all things Bernal heights, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom has two parking spots and dramatic views to the south and east. In addition, the…
For the third consecutive year, San Francisco takes the prize as Zillow’s top US city for trick-or-treating. To help identify locations that could potentially dish out the most candy and present the least amount of safety and walking concerns, Zillow determines their rankings based on four categories of equal value: the Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score, and local crime data from Relocation Essentials.
Other California cities that land in the top 20 are San Jose (#4) and Los Angeles (#6) each moving up a spot from last year, as well as San Diego (#12).
Curious which part of town takes the crown? Zillow also includes in their rankings the top five neighborhoods per city. San Francisco’s may surprise you:
#5- Glen Park
#4- Presidio Heights
#3- Cow Hollow
#2- Sea Cliff
#1- Noe Valley
Zillow’s ranking is, of course, just one way of looking at it. We’ve gotten feedback that lists Cole Valley, St. Francis Wood, and West Portal as tried and true. We’d love to hear more – chime in with your pick!
If you’re currently renting and considering a purchase in the next year or so, now’s the time to start doing your homework. While you may not be ready to buy, it’s not too soon…
Selling residential real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area is a complicated financial transaction involving many important issues: home preparation, pricing and fair market value, comprehensive marketing across a wide variety of media, buyer profile and buyer qualifying, contract negotiation, showing the property, statutory disclosure of the property’s condition and circumstances, buyer due diligence, appraisal and financing and liability management. Doing these things well can make a huge difference in time and money.
Below is a simple graphic that outlines the process, followed by a detailed step by step description from the first consideration of market conditions to having the proceeds of sale wired into your bank account. It’s relatively self-explanatory, but will make even more sense when reviewed with your agent, who can explain the decision points along the way and the strategies and options you will have at each step.
Preparation & Marketing
Property Showing & Offer Review
Offer Acceptance, Contingencies of Sale & Close of Escrow
This Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., scholars will explore themes from the exhibition In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art. Held at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the event will…
Online Resources for San Francisco Home Buyers
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About San Francisco
Buying a home is typically the largest, most complicated, and often most emotional financial transaction of one’s life. There is a lot at stake, not just money but also issues such as security, happiness and everything else wrapped up in the concept of “home.” One of the main reasons why it can be so stressful is that one’s agent never explains how the process actually works step by step, what the decision points will be and the options one has at each step. When one understands the process and has a sense of control over how it will proceed, much of the stress is alleviated.
Below is a simple graphic that generally outlines how one thing leads to another from first beginning the search for a new home to having the keys to the front door put into your hands. It’s relatively self-explanatory, but will make even more sense when reviewed with your agent. Remember that you are the sole decision-maker throughout the process: a good agent renders honest, experienced counsel and helps manage and coordinate everything that needs to happen, always with an eye to protecting your interests, but never presumes to make decisions for his or her client.
The quality of the agent working on your behalf, his or her competence, integrity,
work ethic and commitment to your interests can make an enormous difference
in the outcome of your home purchase.
516 Sugar Pine Drive
Incline Village, NV 89451
Offered at $1,199,000
For more information about this property or a referral to other areas of Northern California, please contact me.
Home Values around the San Francisco Bay Area
A map of median house sales prices by city and town
for 3rd quarter 2013 sales reported to MLS.
In the map above, “k” signifies thousands of dollars and “m” millions of dollars. In one or two instances where the number of sales was insufficient for meaningful statistics, the median sales price is for the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined.
Maps that break down median sales prices and average dollar per square foot values for houses and condos in the different San Francisco neighborhoods can be found here:
Median Sales Price is that price at which half the sales occurred for more and half for less. The single median price for a town, city or neighborhood almost always disguises an enormous variety of sales prices in the underlying, individual home sales: For example, median house sales prices in the city of San Francisco range from under $500,000 to over $4,000,000 by neighborhood. Median sales prices may be and often are affected by other factors besides changes in value, such as seasonality; changes in financing conditions, buying patterns and available inventory; and significant changes in the distressed and luxury home segments. Short-term fluctuations are much less meaningful than long-term trends.