The Crazy SF Market Continues!

Once again we have an overly heated market in the Bay Area!  I made an offer on a townhome in Pacific Heights for my lovely first-time buyer couple. The list price was $1,695,000, my clients offered $1.9M – and they didn’t get it since there were 8 offers including a winning offer of $2,225,000! Even so, at the same time as accepting the $2,225,000 offer the sellers wanted a back-up, so they made a counter-offer at $1,950,000 to my clients.

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More Satisfied Buyers!

“With her 20 years of experience, attention to detail, and legal background, Carol is an excellent choice for your real estate needs, but the reason she stands out above all others is her character. Working through this process with Carol felt like we had an experienced teammate, and more importantly, a friend who always had our best interests in mind.” One of my favorite things is helping buyers get into their first home. My second favorite thing is when they

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Is the SF Condo Market Picking Up – Again?

Last year when people asked me about the real estate market, I told them it was a great time to buy. You don’t often see a buyer’s market in San Francisco but last year was it. Condo prices were down, particularly in elevator buildings in South of Market, and homes, while holding their value, were not appreciating like they had in the past. Some people told me they would wait until next year as they thought the market would continue

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Great Time to Buy a Pied á Terre in San Francisco!

If you have been thinking about buying a pied-á-terre in San Francisco, now is the time! According to the Multiple Listing Service (which tracks properties for sale and that have been sold) there has been a decline of 8 to 10 percent in the median price of condos between the 4th quarters of 2019 and 2020.  I recently represented a couple who lives on the Peninsula and they were hoping to buy a condo in the city. What they didn’t realize

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Another Happy Buyer!

I recently had the pleasure of working with Taylor Jang and helping him buy his first condo in the city. Taylor was renting a place in Noe Valley and had grown to love the neighborhood. When he saw the condo on Day Street, he was excited because it was across the street from where he likes to “shoot hoops.” Here is what he said about the process of buying his place: “Working with Carol was a pleasure.  She is incredibly

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Why a TIC Unit Can Be a Good Buy!

A super cute listing on Wayne Place at #32 that I currently have on the market is located in a very walkable location near North Beach, Russian Hill and downtown. It is priced at $765,000 and has two bedrooms, one bath, and an in-unit washer/dryer, outdoor shared space and parking. And at this price point owning this great home is almost less expensive than renting a comparable property and you get to build equity! What is a TIC? While we

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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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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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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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