Is Real Estate Back to Normal?

For Sale signs are popping up everywhere! It’s the spring market after all. Is real estate back to normal? Hardly!  There are no Open Houses or Broker Tours. The days of the “lookey-loo,” that curious, not-serious buyer are over for a while. They can’t drop into Sunday open houses and look around at their neighbor’s property. This is a time for motivated and serious buyers.  Real estate agents have been encouraged to do everything virtually. Obviously, this can be challenging.

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Delfina Pizza to Nurses and Other Community Service During COVID – 19

I have been wanting to give back to the first responder healthcare heroes so  I delivered Delfina pizza today for lunch to a former client who is a nurse and her colleagues at UCSF. They are testing people for the virus.  I recommend if you know a healthcare worker who is dealing with COVID-19 patients that you have lunch, dinner or dessert delivered to them and their colleagues. This week I was part of a Zoom call which was quite

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The Surreal SF Real Estate Market

I have received a lot of questions about the real estate market and what the impact will be on home prices. “Will buyers be able to get some good deals after this is all over?” they ask. I don’t have a crystal ball but what I do feel is that once the Stay In Place (SIP) orders are lifted, it will be a very busy marketplace. Why? I am seeing  activity even now while we have orders in place. There

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Realtors, Let’s Stay Home!

I am amazed that as of this week at the end of March, 2020, many in my profession – and their clients – apparently still do not see a great threat from the Coronavirus disease. At realtor sales meetings this past week, there were discussions of what the Realtors’ associations recommend, and for the rest of the meetings the virus wasn’t even a thing! Announced were ratified deals that were closing (understandably since they went into contract before the order)

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Life on Pause

What a difference a week makes! Last week I was attending business meetings downtown and having lunch at restaurants and grabbing coffee with friends in cafes. This week I am sheltering at home with my husband, Michael, and living my life on Zoom. Signs abound around town with closings of restaurants, clothing stores, and other businesses. Needless to say, Open Houses and Broker Tours are currently a thing of the past. I have been reaching out to clients to check

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Hosting Clients at the British Film Festival and Seeing a Star Up Close!

Every February, a British Film Festival is held at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco.  I regularly host at the festival a group of clients and people who have referred me business. This year, the movie I selected was “Extra Ordinary” with Will Forte, a former SNL star who grew up in the Bay Area. He attended the screening of the movie and was interviewed afterward. He’s an interesting and quirky guy – a perfect Bay Area native! My husband,

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Sneak Preview at the Crescent, a New Luxury Nob Hill Condo Development

One of the fun things about being a realtor in San Francisco is being able to preview new properties before they are viewed by the public. This afternoon, my firm, Compass, was given a sneak preview of the Crescent – a new luxury development that sits on top of Nob Hill. It is located at 875 California Street at Powell. It is comprised of 44 luxury condos with 4 penthouse units at the top of the eight story building. You

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Just Sold – Two Bedroom Luxury Condo!

I recently helped a sweet millennial couple buy a two bedroom luxury unit at One Mission Bay. It was listed for $1,560,000. It is exactly what they were looking for – a newly built condo in a building with lots of amenities to support their busy lifestyle. There is a heated outdoor pool and spa, a 24 hour lobby attendant, a guest suite for visiting parents, and a gym to name a few. Not to mention a view! The neighborhood

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2020 New Year Predictions for the Economy and the Housing Market!

As 2019 comes to a close, we look back at what has been a fairly robust economy in the US this year. The question is: what will 2020 bring and how will that affect the housing market? I attended a First Republic Bank holiday luncheon recently where a talk was given about what to expect in 2020. I will provide you with a few of the highlights from their presentation, and my thoughts, here. The Year of Two Halves For

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Getting Ready for the “Big One”

San Francisco Bay Area’s earthquakes last month – one a 3.5 just south of SF on October 5 and the other a 4.5 in Pleasant Hill on October 15 – literally woke everyone up again to the potential specter of the “Big One.” People are starting once more to pay attention to earthquake preparedness. I, for one, am having an engineer look at our two-unit condo building to determine if there is anything we need to do to make it

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