What are the most important skills and resources you offer your clients? Real estate is an incredibly complicated business involving very large sums of money, and, since it often involves your home, not uncommonly the security and happiness of you and your family. Your agent should be able to clearly explain what it is they bring […]
Why is San Francisco’s housing market so hot, so competitive? It’s worthwhile to take a step back and consider the main factors at play, some of which reflect general macro-economic trends and some of which are specific to the city itself: Population growth: San Francisco has recently been adding approximately 10,000 new residents per year […]
A Dedicated Buyer’s Agent has a fiduciary responsibility to represent the home buyer’s best interests in all aspects of the purchase process: the home search and property valuation counseling; purchase offer strategy and negotiation; the due diligence phase of disclosure, investigation and inspection; any renegotiation of price and terms; and all other aspects of the […]
Before You Move: Address Change Notification
Fidelity National Title has put together a good overview of common ways to hold property title in the state of California and the meaning and ramifications of each way. This is simply an overview provided as an introduction to this important issue: you should discuss your specific circumstances and plans with your accountant and attorney […]
The Tax Year Property taxes are charged on a fiscal year beginning July 1st and ending June 30th; hence tax years are referred to as 2004/2005, 2005/2006. Taxes are billed in two equal installments: first installment covers July 1st through December 31st, second installment covers January 1st through June 30th. Tax bills are sent to […]
Note: For statistical term definitions, for such terms as “median price” and “average dollar per square foot” see the link on our Market Dynamics page.
Typically, the purchase of a new home is one of the largest financial transactions and investments of one’s life. Whatever home you purchase should work for you now—fulfilling your basic housing requirements at an affordable monthly cost.
First Suggestion: Find a Good Agent to Help You Even if you’re just beginning, tentatively, to begin the home search process, the sooner you find a competent, dedicated, knowledgeable agent to work with, the sooner they can provide you with valuable help, guidance and information to make the process easier and more understandable, facilitate any […]
Step 1: Review Financing Options Financing your new home purchase begins with a consultation with a qualified loan agent. If you wish, we can recommend one who has the requisite experience, competence and integrity. There are a wide array of loan options, and choosing the one that works best for you will depend on a […]