THE BUZZ BLOG
  • Luxury Russian Hill Remodel. Before and After Pictures

    1750 Taylor #504 is a luxury co-op that sits at the apex of Russian Hill. It was purchased in its original condition by a real estate agent named John Farnham in 2016 for $1,667,250. John’s plan...

  • Happy Fourth of July

    San Francisco’s fireworks show will get under way Thursday at 9:30 p.m. or thereabouts from the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Here are a f...

  • More Sleep Please

    DID YOU KNOW? 78% of adults are losing sleep over work, relationships, retirement and other worries, according to a study released by Bankrate.com. 56% of Americans are lying awake at night worrying a...

  • Homelessness in CA jumps significantly

    DID YOU KNOW? Housing affordability is fueling a crisis of homelessness in California, despite billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded efforts (higher property taxes in LA). Homelessness jumped 12% and...

  • LGBT notable events in 2019… so far

    In honor of Gay Pride this month, let’s review all the LGBT victories in 2019 so far.  I love seeing all these RIGHTS and bans finally happen.  HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!! JANUARY Same-sex marriage become...

  • Home Prices Still Rising

    DID YOU KNOW? National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in April 2019 and are forecast to increase by 4.7% from April 2019 to April 2020. The April 2019 HPI gain was down from the April 2018 ...

  • Babies born in the U.S. are at the lowest level in 32 years

    DID YOU KNOW? 3.79 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2018, down 2% from 2017, a 32-year low. The total US fertility rate has generally remained below the “replacement” level of 2.1 since 197...

  • Easy-breezy ways to eliminate more plastic

    Our wonderful state of California has been at the forefront of limiting single-use plastics with statewide bans on plastic bags, straws and bottles.  And while this is amazing, I can’t help but not...

  • How well are you positioned?

    The position of a home is a key factor when deciding what to buy. It’s also key when selling – doing so can help you highlight attributes that may be important in a buyer’s eyes, yet often ignor...

  • Median San Francisco Home Prices

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  • Hey, Roomie!

    With San Francisco real estate the highest in the nation, it’s easy to feel you’ve been priced out of the market.  Are you starting to wonder how you’ll ever afford a home?  Maybe it’s time ...

  • 2019 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

    April 27 – May 27 The esteemed San Francisco Decorator Showcase benefitting the San Francisco University High School financial aid program is underway and the photos I’ve seen so far are nothing s...

  • Fun Things to Do This Weekend May 3-5

    One of the many reasons I love this city is that there is ALWAYS something fun to do.  Here are just a few things to check out this weekend. MUTEK San Francisco 2019 (2nd Edition) May 02, 5:00 PM ...

  • Bay Area is now the most expensive place to build

    According to a recent report by the British consulting firm Turner & Townsend, the Bay Area has just topped the list of most expensive metros in the world for construction. Yes, you read that corr...

  • It’s Swell to be WELL

    DID YOU KNOW?  Is WELL certification the next LEED certification? A LEED certified building became a marketing status symbol about 10 years ago indicating a heightened awareness of green building fea...

  • Mad for Marble

    Marble seems to be all the rage these days.  It’s popping up in remodels everywhere and has secured a spot on almost every 2019 design trends list.  It is taking over countertops, floors, walls. ...

  • Better Together

    DID YOU KNOW? Those who believe in the concept of oneness – that all things are connected and interdependent – are more satisfied with their lives than people who don’t share this belie...

  • Talkin’ Real Estate with Ryan Scott

    I had the pleasure of doing my second radio program with KGO’s Ryan Scott a couple of weeks ago. Ryan and I have a shared love of real estate which makes these shows a lot of fun to record.   We st...

  • Increase the Value of Your Home – On Our Dime!

    Many of our sellers worry about the up-front fees involved in getting their home ready for sale. Fortunately, Compass came up with an exclusive program to overcome this obstacle.  The Compass Concier...

  • Taxes Are Almost Due

    The dreaded April 15th deadline is almost upon us.  For those of you who have already completed your tax returns, Congratulations!!  You are on top of things and must be relieved.  As for the rest ...

  • A WIN for Electric Cars!

    DID YOU KNOW? In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel cars in Norway last month. 58.4% of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, a historical high. Norway’s Parli...

  • Tightening FHA Loans

    DID YOU KNOW? The FHA told lenders this month it would begin flagging more loans as high risk. Those mortgages, many of which are extended to borrowers with low credit scores and high loan payments re...

  • The Spring Selling Season is Upon Us

    DID YOU KNOW? Homes listed in the first week of April get 14% more online views on average and are likely to sell 6 days faster than the average during the rest of the year. Homes sold in April are al...

  • 30+ Years of Bay Area Real Estate Cycles

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  • Fifty Shades of (Interior) Grey

    DID YOU KNOW? According to Architectural Digest, Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball and Storm Grey AF-700 by Benjamin Moore are two of the most popular grey colors for home interiors.  Grey has tak...

  • Don’t Forget the Hallway

    Too often a hallway is treated like a neglected cousin. In doing so a tremendous opportunity may be overlooked. That ‘lead-up’ that a hallway provides from an entry or transition to anothe...

  • Why People Pay So Much to Live Here

    In spite of having less square footage, smaller lots, and homes that even touch each other (I can’t tell you how many newcomers are surprised by that), San Francisco continues to be a HOT real e...

  • Where have all the Sellers (and Buyers) Gone?

    Where have all the Sellers (and Buyers) Gone? The chart below is an attempt to identify what counties nationwide have the highest number of residents migrating to and from the Bay Area. It was created...

  • The “Should-I-Renovate-or-Buy-a-Better-House” blues…

    I’ve heard that a home dramatically shrinks as soon as an owners’ children start to walk. Other diminishing factors can be aging parents moving in, teenagers who want their own space and more room...

  • Don’t “Guesstimate”

    Getting a firm grip on the numbers is the first thing a home buyer needs to do when undertaking the “search/find/buy” process. Until you know and understand what you can comfortably afford, there...

  • What Does Comprehensive Marketing Mean For Your Home Sale?

    In order to expediently sell your home for the best price possible, we at Compass must launch a comprehensive marketing campaign in order to show your property in its best possible light. But what doe...

  • The Hunt for a New Home is On!

    The following tips for finding the right home are geared for newbies to the market– and for veterans who could use a brush-up on the basics. 1. Make a List of “Must Haves” and ̶...

  • Interest Rate Trends Over Time

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  • Daunted by Disclosures?

    Disclosure packages in San Francisco can run up to four inches thick–especially if the property is a condo in a large building. But buyers can cruise through them more quickly if they know how t...

  • The Shrinking Apartment

    DID YOU KNOW?  According to a new report from real-estate website RentCafe and data-analytics firm Yardi Matrix, the average size of a newly-built rental apartment has shrunk by 52 square feet, or ...

  • San Francisco Home Price Appreciation

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  • Sold: 1470 32nd Avenue

    Magic Doelger Art Moderne. Four Bedrooms (Three Up; One Down). Two Baths. 1,730 Square Feet per Tax Records ...

  • The Comforts of Home

    Home is where we set the pattern of our days. The best ones create lovely habits. When I lived on Grove Street in NOPA, I adored reading in bed where I enjoyed a view of Buena Vista Hill. In my curre...

  • When A House Becomes A Home

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  • San Francisco Real Estate Statistical Trends

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  • Homeownership is Declining Among People Ages 24-32

    DID YOU KNOW? Homeownership among people ages 24 – 32 fell 9 percentage points, to 36% from 45% between 2005 and 2014? According to the Fed said. many factors affected the homeowner rate but abo...

  • A Word About the Luxury Market

    The luxury market ($2.5M+) held up well in 2018 when it comes to sales volume. We did have some disappointed Sellers, however.   A Spring in our Step This first chart shows the number of condo and ...

  • How to Write a Real Estate Ad

    Write It Like You Mean It– The following six tips come from copy writers who have helped me in the past– (shout out to Cynthia Long), a sales trainer and speaker named Matthew Ferrara, an...

  • SF Home Value Trends & Days on Market

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  • ‘Don’t Cut the Agent Out’

    Years ago, when I was taking some time off from actively selling real estate and focusing on family matters and on my real estate investments, a guy rang my doorbell and said he was looking to buy so...

  • In The Doggy House

    There’s something about a property that doesn’t sell within the first month it hits the market. Usually it’s due to overpricing. Perceived as a poor value, it develops an ugly stigm...

  • San Francisco Real Estate Market Overview Statistical Trends

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  • How NOT To Sell Your House

    I’ve been thinking lately of all the weird things sellers do without thinking to put buyers off when they go to look at houses. If your house is on the market or you are thinking of selling, her...

  • How much was the highest priced home sold in 2018?

    The highest sales price achieved in 2018 was for a home at 2900 Broadway (cross street Baker), a 5BR/6BA home which sold for $32,000,000 in November. Yes, you read that right. $32 million. Those mus...

  • Short and Long Term 30 Year Interest Rates

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  • HAPPY NEW YEAR

    Here’s to 2019 bringing all you’ve wished for and more!...

  • Video! How to Make Ceilings Look Taller

    Felipe Rodriguez of Spaces Design is passionate about his work. He’s also a charismatic and enthusiastic teacher....

  • Sold: 786-792 21st Avenue

    786-792 21st Avenue is a 1920's style, 4 unit building located just across Fulton Street from the famed Golden Gate Park. ...

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Wishing you all a safe, warm and happy holiday with family and friends....

  • Holiday Fun in San Francisco

    Here are a few holiday treats to check out in San Francisco this weekend. Macy’s teams up with Union Square to present their annual holiday tree, ice skating rink, SPCA holiday windows and photos wi...

  • Video! An SF Diamond in the Sky

    We worked very hard on this video, and our Seller loved the result, which shows off the things she loved most about living her old Noe Valley home. You can learn more about the 1500 Diamond at www.SFD...

  • Christmas is almost here – How do I decorate?

    I’ll admit it: I hate decorating. The garlands around the doors are the worst part. My arms wind up over my head for so long they go numb, and it’s a b*tch trying to get them up without nailing bi...

  • Looking for Some Discounts?

    October 2018 saw the highest number of price reductions in 6 years– a signal of changing market conditions. The number of expired and withdrawn listings – no sale – also started to c...

  • Video! Ebony, Bamboo and Bleach

    This 60-second video displays Meredith’s knowledge and opinion on flooring styles. She has a much better eye for design than I do....

  • How Does Your County Stack Up?

    Were you to study appreciation all by itself, the market looks quite healthy–and San Francisco held its own when compared to other counties buoyed by the tech sector. My own speculative brain wo...