4 Common Homebuying Mistakes

There are many things that can go wrong when buying home.  And while I’ve always believed the best way to learn is through experience, most homeowners would probably prefer to avoid costly mistakes at the outset, without having to learn hard lessons firsthand.  Here are four common mistakes that immediately come to mind: Continue reading “4 Common Homebuying Mistakes”

Clean Your House in Just 15 Minutes

Expecting guests over the long weekend but your house is a mess? Don’t sweat! Follow these quick tips to get your home presentable in under 20 minutes.

The mission:  Get your home to look presentable and save your guests from a messy home

The strategy: Continue reading “Clean Your House in Just 15 Minutes”

SF Real Estate Market Update – January 2019

Single Family Homes

Number of Homes Sold:  96 (+1.1% YOY)… more homes sold
Median Sales Price:  $1,376,500 (+3.5% YOY)… higher prices
Average Days on Market:  41 (+24.2% YOY)… homes took longer to sell

… In other words: more homes sold at higher prices, but homes took longer to sell, compared to a year prior.

Condominiums
Number of Homes Sold:  92 (-27% YOY)
Median Sales Price:  $989,818 (-5.7% YOY)
Average Days on Market: 54 (+8% YOY)

… In other words:  fewer condos sold, at lower prices, and took longer to sell, compared to a year prior.

 

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Is Homeownership Right For You? Maybe.

Despite the fact that I help people buy and sell real estate for a living, I don’t think homeownership is for everyone.  (There, I said it.)

For the most part, I strongly support investing in real estate and homeownership.  I think it is an excellent way to build wealth, and provide security and stability in many ways.

However, there are a few reasons why I think buying a home and committing to a 30-year mortgage might not be right for someone*: Continue reading “Is Homeownership Right For You? Maybe.”

3 Biggest Mistakes When Selling Your Home

Some might think selling a home is pretty straightforward.   Yet, all too often, we see homeowners giving away their hard-earned equity when selling.   Here are some ways I think homeowners leave too much money on the table — and how you can avoid being one of them: Continue reading “3 Biggest Mistakes When Selling Your Home”

JUST SOLD – 1701 Central Avenue B, Alameda

Congratulations to F+D on their new starter home! After a discouraging experience during their previous home search with another realtor, we successfully found them a beautiful home they fell in love with!

Here’s what they had to say about it: Continue reading “JUST SOLD – 1701 Central Avenue B, Alameda”

JUST SOLD – 9 Adrian Terrace, San Rafael

Congratulations to my wonderful homebuyers on their new home! We closed just in time for them to move before the busy holidays, and I couldn’t be more excited for their next adventure! Continue reading “JUST SOLD – 9 Adrian Terrace, San Rafael”

Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

It seems that there are real estate agents everywhere.  Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by it every day, but I feel like every time I turn the corner, there is another real estate agent.  This feeling is confirmed by the fact that, as of April 2018, there were over 400,000 real estate licensees in California.  Given that there are somewhere around 39-40 million Californians, this means there is 1 realtor for every 100 people in California!

It’s a no-brainer that picking a good real estate agent to work with should be a top priority when buying or selling your home.  But, with so many choices, how do you pick the right one for you? 

Continue reading “Finding the Right Real Estate Agent”