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May 25, 2017 Blog
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Romantic Santa Barbara Villa

May 5, 2017 Blog
When beloved talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, first saw this elegant stone villa in the hills of Santa Barbara, they were immediately taken by the pastoral ambience of the Tuscan-like countryside around it – the gentle sunlight, the rugged stone and the reverence its construction had shown for the natural surroundings. “The house truly feels like it was built out of the landscape,” says DeGeneres. “It feels ancient, like it’s been there forever, like that hill was never without the house. This is a home that honours nature, and I love that.” Romantic Santa […]
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The San Francisco Market Update | Q1 2017

April 27, 2017 Blog
In the first quarter of 2017, the demand for single-family homes in San Francisco continued to grow as did the average sales price, total number of sales and, therefore, total sales volume when compared to the first quarter of 2016. According to the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service, the average sales price for a single-family home climbed five percent in the City, from $1.7 million in Q1 2016 to $1.8 million in Q1 2017. Average sales prices varied District by District, but some rebounded significantly. After seeing prices in District 7 fall from $5.4 million in Q1 2015 to $5 […]
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March 17, 2015 Blog
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Where San Francisco home prices have risen the most

November 27, 2014 Blog
A new report from Paragon Real Estate looks at which San Francisco neighborhoods have had the most home-price appreciation since the market’s precrisis peak and postcrisis trough. Since the market bottomed in 2010-11, the neighborhoods with the biggest increases in home prices are Bayview (up 75 percent), the Mission District (63 percent), and Bernal Heights (up 57 percent). However, prices in Bayview are still 12 percent below their precrash peak in 2006-08. The neighborhood with the biggest percentage gain since before the crash is the Mission, where prices are up 46 percent. The report does not include all 80-plus neighborhoods […]
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San Francisco Market Update: 3rd Quarter 2014

The 3rd Quarter SF Market Report has arrived. The real estate market remains driven, but tight when compared to 3rd Quarter 2013. The average sales price for Single Family Homes across all of San Francisco increased 6.9% however the total number of closed Single Family Home sales decreased across every district by an average of 13.2%. The message is clear, if you are considering selling your home, now is an ideal time. The full report and more details can be downloaded here.
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Mortgage Rate History update

October 15, 2014 Blog
Our friend Jan Van Heuver over at Princeton Capital just put together this history of 30-Year Fixed Interest Rates (from 1973 to Sept 2014). It is a fantastic walk down memory lane (don’t forget to check out January 1982 when the rate was 17.48%):
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New York Dominates 2014 List of America’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes

October 13, 2014 Blog
In Atherton, Calif., 94027, the most expensive home currently on the market is a 12,840-square-foot Mediterranean mansion with a $21.988 million price tag. Not a millionaire? Good luck finding a place to live in this Silicon Valley enclave. The least expensive home for sale in the 94027 ZIP code is a 1,370-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow. In other words, a starter home–with an asking price of $1.499 million. The median price of the 24 homes listed for sale over the summer was $9.03 million, making Atherton the most expensive ZIP code in America for the second year in a row. “Atherton […]
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Supes back ‘Airbnb law’ to allow short-term rentals, with limits

October 9, 2014 Blog
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to legalize the growing trend of turning homes into ad-hoc hotels by passing the “Airbnb law,” which places some restrictions on the controversial practice. “The status quo isn’t working; we have seen an explosion in short-term rentals,” Board President David Chiu said in introducing the law he spent more than two years crafting. San Francisco has long barred residential rentals of less than 30 days. The new legislation now allows them, with several caveats. The law allows only permanent residents to offer short-term rentals, establishes a new city registry for hosts, mandates […]
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September 24, 2014 Blog
Dear Friends, Family and Clients: This is VERY SERIOUS – we need everyone to get out and VOTE NO on Prop G. This is poorly crafted legislation that will put an exorbitant ADDITIONAL transfer tax on property in San Francisco – up to 24%!!! Proponents of this tax are touting it as legislation that will protect tenants but the outcome will be the very opposite. By imposing this crazy tax – there will be no incentive for home owners to sell. This measure will affect any property sold within 5 years of purchase that is a single family home with […]
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