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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Will I Be Selling Properties Soon for Bitcoin??

At my sales meeting this week, the topic of bitcoin currency came up. This has become a hot topic, so much so that the San Francisco Association of Realtors just held a seminar entitled “Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain” to better inform real estate agents and investors about this phenomena. One agent at my meeting said she had recently received a pre-emptive offer in bitcoin. Since her client had instructed her not to review any pre-emptive offers, the agent followed her

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Five Star Professional Award for Fourth Year Running!

I was gratified to receive the Five Star Home Professionals Award for the fourth year running in the November real estate issue of San Francisco Magazine! The final list of 2017 San Francisco Five Star award winners represents 9 percent of real estate agents in San Francisco. Five Star Home Professionals partnered with San Francisco Magazine to identify agents who deliver outstanding service and customer satisfaction by contacting thousands of recent homebuyers and other consumers who rated agents on criteria

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CA Empty Nesters Over 55 – A Once in a Lifetime Tax Benefit!

It’s no secret that inventory is low in San Francisco right now. One reason is that people who would like to downsize (and sell that mansion) after their children go off to school are hesitant to do so. I summarize an article here (cited below) to make people aware of a once in a lifetime tax benefit that could help them downsize. In California, Proposition 13 limited their annual property taxes to 1% of the sales price of their property,

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What They Experienced at the Total Eclipse!

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I live in San Francisco which was scheduled to have an eclipse on August 21st with about 76% coverage of the sun. But on the actual day, it was too foggy to see anything, at least where I live. It never occurred to my husband or me to drive or fly anywhere to see the total eclipse. However, after talking to four people I know who did just that, I may be following their lead the next time it comes

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