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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Home Away from Home or Why I Love AirBnbs!

I love staying at Airbnbs and by now I have stayed at quite a few. Why? It  feels like having a second home in many different locations. My husband and I enjoy relaxing at someone else’s home or condo that often has beautiful views, a kitchen for us to cook some meals, and occasionally a hot tub to soak in. The photo is of the hot tub we relaxed in at our most recent Airbnb in Russian River. From Oregon

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I Just Got Yelped By the Seller of This Listing :)

“When selecting agents, I interviewed a number of them but ended up selecting Carol. Everyone I talked to had a past history of real estate but Carol was the only one who had a plan and clearly outlined a strategy for what she was going to do. And she did indeed execute on that plan! My property had a challenging situation but she was still able to sell it for over asking. She took care of pretty much everything including

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Helping Children Read Is What I Love to Do!

Recently my student, Leilani, who I tutor through ReadingPartners.org, was celebrated at its annual fundraiser, “A Novel Night in San Francisco.”  We read letters we wrote to each other on stage, capturing our fun tutoring experience.  Kristi Yamaguchi, an Olympic champion skater who hosted the event, presented all who attended with her latest children’s novel, “Cara’s Kindness.” ReadingPartners.org is a wonderful organization started 20 years ago which has helped underserved children.  They place trained, dedicated volunteers in low-income schools to

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The $110 Parking Ticket to Avoid!

Parking can be challenging sometimes in our Presidio Heights neighborhood because of the neverending construction which takes up parking spaces. We park on the street because we don’t have a garage. Normally, we can park within a block or two of our place but at times during the day, it can be a little more challenging. This brings me to January 10 after we had just come back from the holidays. On that date, I drove back from an early

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My Favorite Holiday Traditions!

My favorite thing about the holidays is the various traditions that people celebrate. Coming from an Italian-American family, one of the things I fondly remember about the holidays is my mother baking Italian cookies, like the almond cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar, similar to Mexican wedding cookies. There were also the tasty sugar cookies my Aunt Sue, who lived up the street, baked. As a little girl watching my aunt make the sugar cookies, I could hardly wait to try

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The Latest on Sales in Bucolic Presidio Heights!

Presidio Heights is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco and I have lived in four of them. Each one has its own special characteristics. What I love about Presidio Heights is its amazing location! I can walk less than three blocks to the Presidio National Park. Less than two blocks down the street, I can stroll along Sacramento Street with its popular shops like Poetica, excellent restaurants like Sociale, and one of SF’s oldest movie houses, the Vogue

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Holiday Tea for Two or More!

It’s that time of year to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Each year my Book Club goes somewhere different in San Francisco to enjoy a “High Tea” with tasty finger sandwiches, homemade scones and miniature cakes and cookies. This year we opted for a new tea place called Sip Tea Room.  It’s in the Inner Sunset on Lincoln Avenue and was opened earlier this year by two women.  It’s a small storefront that has been turned into a

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