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”

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? 

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Is the Real Estate Market Softening?

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about the state of the real estate market:  Is the market softening? Is the bubble about to burst? Are we seeing the first signs of another recession? Incredibly curious to see some hard facts myself, I dug in… Read on to hear more about my observations… Continue reading “Is the Real Estate Market Softening?”

JUST SOLD – 979 36th Street, Richmond

Congratulations to my newest set of homeowners! Admittedly, this home started out with some flaws that might have scared other homebuyers away.  But after reviewing what was truly important to my clients and taking a closer second look, my clients decided this was the home for them, so we convinced the seller to fix those “flaws” with our winning offer and went for it.  It took some persistence, but sometimes winning the right home for you means really thinking about what you want, what can be fixed to get you what you want, and what you can’t live without.  Then, with the right negotiations, you can reach an agreement that works for everyone. Continue reading “JUST SOLD – 979 36th Street, Richmond”

JUST SOLD – Off Market in La Honda

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of helping my clients buy their first home nestled in the beautiful redwoods of La Honda, California. After exploring a few different areas, these homebuyers decided La Honda was the next place they wanted to plant some roots.  Located just a short drive from Palo Alto and the rest of the peninsula, as well as the Pacific Ocean in the opposite direction, this location was absolutely perfect for them to start their next chapter.

With little inventory available in La Honda, I knew I had to get creative to find this well-deserving couple their dream home, before prices continued to appreciate and with interest rates on the rise.  Continue reading “JUST SOLD – Off Market in La Honda”

JUST SOLD – 57 Norwich Street, San Francisco

Congratulations to my clients on their new home with amazing views of downtown San Francisco and within walking distance to all that Bernal Heights has to offer!

1 bed | 1 bath | 713 square feet
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The Less Obvious Costs of Buying A Home

If you’re a first time homebuyer, or it’s been a while since you bought your home, you’re probably wondering what added costs are involved in purchasing a home, aside from your down payment.  Once you are under contract to purchase a home, your lender will provide you with a loan estimate, which will include an estimate of all closing costs.  However, you may want an idea of what these costs look like long before reaching that point in the homebuying process.  And rightly so:  it’s important to be informed ahead of time to avoid surprises – just a little preparation can make all the difference.  A general rule of thumb is to budget for 1% of the purchase price towards closing costs.  Below is a rough estimate* of some of the costs that might be involved with your home purchase.  (Please note these numbers are based on the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market and may vary.) Continue reading “The Less Obvious Costs of Buying A Home”