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Agent's Perspective - The Tenderloin: Resisting Gentrification

During the Gold Rush, the Tenderloin was alive with theatres, restaurants, hotels, and brothels. The 1906 earthquake and fire suddenly changed the dynamics of the neighborhood...

Agent's Perspective - How to be a Good Tenant

This is a subject that we, as Realtors with 40 plus years’ experience, understand well. We have seen both good and bad tenant behavior. Don’t get us wrong, there...

Agent's Perspective - Preparing to Rent

The rental market is very limited. There are more tenants looking for places than there are places available to rent. Often when a rental unit becomes available; ten, twenty,...

City Profile - City of San Bruno

The City of San Bruno is a community driven city with a storied history. San Bruno, along with the majority of the peninsula, was originally inhabited by the Ohlone native...

City Profile - The City of San Mateo - Scrumptious Living!

San Mateo has certainly matured from a sleepy 1890’s town of 932 to one of the largest suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area at over 100,000 residents today. Sandwiched...

Agent's Perspective - Impressions Are Not Always Reality

A reader of these articles recently came into our office with a technical real estate question. Fortunately, we were able to answer the question to her satisfaction. We then...

Agent's Perspective - San Francisco History Center

San Francisco History Center: Providing online tools to research a building's history   Formed in 1964 as the California Collection, San Francisco History Cente...

Agent's Perspective - Hardest Part of the Job

We recently had a client ask what we thought was the toughest part of our jobs as Realtors. Both of us paused for a moment, and almost simultaneously said “Having to ask...

Agent's Perspective - Probates and Living Trusts

Even today, some people still view Living Trusts as something “only for the rich”. This misconception is far from reality. Over the last two decades, the...

City Profile - City of Belmont

Belmont, meaning “beautiful mountain” in French, is a peninsula community halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Situated primarily on the hills overlooking...

Agent's Perspective - Financial Certainty

Inflation is defined as the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services is rising, and the purchasing power of the currency is falling. Government uses...

Agent's Perspective - Quick Profit or Investment

There are two basic approaches to investing in real estate. One is to acquire properties for short term gain; the other is to acquire properties for long term appreciation and...

City Profile - Town of Atherton

Originally known as Fair Oaks, the Town of Atherton was once part of the Rancho de las Pulgas Mexican Land Grant. With the development of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the...

Agent's Perspective - Real Estate Cycles

You may have heard Realtors say “every seven to ten years the real estate market goes through a cycle.” The upward and downward fluctuations in any business are...

City Profile - City of Pacifica

Now a cozy city with a small town feel, Pacifica once served as one of the first points of contact for the 1769 Bay Area Expedition led by Gaspar de Portola. Upon discovering...

Agent's Perspective - Preserve Your Investment

Most of us who purchase investment real estate are primarily focused on accumulating the funds required and seeking out the right property. Both of these activities are very...

Agent's Perspective - Successful Investors

We are often asked “How do successful real estate investors get started?” The starting point and degree of success varies from individual to individual. However,...

City Profile - Redwood City

The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to...

Agent's Perspective - "As Is" Sales

Often, there are some misunderstandings and/or misconceptions held by the general public regarding the so called “As Is” sale of real estate.  Often seller...

Agent's Perspective - Real Estate Decisions

In order to be in a position to make decisions about purchasing real estate you first need capital. We have all heard that the first investment is the most difficult due to a...

City Profile - City of San Carlos

The City of San Carlos has a population of 28,406 and covers an area of 5.1 square miles. San Carlos’ official slogan is “The City of Good Living.” With a...

Agent's Perspective - Home Ownership Benefits

There are many motives for home ownership. In addition to being the largest single investment most people make, a home provides a sense of security and stability, a feeling of...

Agent's Perspective - Real Estate Mistakes

Often people ask us what are the biggest mistakes we see people make when buying orselling real estate. The first, we would have to say, is not being prepared before entering...

Agent's Perspective - San Francisco’ Heritage Organization

Agent's Perspective - San Francisco’ Heritage Organization: Preserving & Enhancing San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity. In the re...

Agent's Perspective - Evaluation of Income Properties

Income and expense figures are used to establish values for income properties. These figures should reflect the current market conditions in a given geographical market area,...

City Profile - Town of Atherton

Originally known as Fair Oaks, the Town of Atherton was once part of the Rancho de las Pulgas Mexican Land Grant. With the development of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the...

City Profile - City of San Bruno

The City of San Bruno is a community driven city with a storied history. San Bruno, along with the majority of the peninsula, was originally inhabited by the Ohlone native...

Agent's Perspective - Real Estate Contingencies

Understanding contingencies in a real estate transaction is important. It is considered normal for a purchase contract to contain contingencies.  Two of the most commo...

Agent's Perspective - Maintaining Real Estate

Maintenance is a continual process of balancing service and costs to preserve the physical conditionof a property. Efficient property maintenance demands an accurate ...

City Profile - City of Pacifica

Now a cozy city with a small town feel, Pacifica once served as one of the first points of contact for the 1769 Bay Area Expedition led by Gaspar de Portola. Upon discovering...

Agent's Perspective - The Best Investment of All

There is probably no better place to start building financial security than with the purchase of a home. Few, if any, countries in the world have as high a percentage of home...

Neighborhood Spotlight - Richmond District

Offering a first-class lifestyle, the Richmond offers diverse housing opportunities, with everything from affordable single-family homes to grand manors and estates.  ...

Agent's Perspective - Terrified to Own Real Estate

Many people who would like to own real estate have fears that keep them from buying. Acquiring real estate is a huge financial undertaking. It is usually the largest financial...

City Profile - Foster City

In 1958, real estate developer T. Jack Foster Sr. and his sons embarked on an ambitious project to build a planned community on land reclaimed from the San Francisco Bay....

Agent's Perspective - The ABC’s of Investing

Acquiring real estate can be much more than just finding a house that you can call home. Purchasing real estate has become an increasingly popular investment vehicle for...

City Profile - City of Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay prides itself on being one of the oldest community settlements in San Mateo County. Originally inhabited by the Costanoan Native Tribe, the area was settled by...

Agent's Perspective - Which Property is Best?

Some people spend years looking for a property. Others seem to locate the right property and have the confidence to purchase it in no time. Many buyers think they are looking...

Agent's Perspective - Appreciating Assets

An asset should generate a cash flow. If an asset does not generate income, then we think of it as more of a liability. For instance, a car may be a necessity and useful in...

City Profile - City of San Carlos

The City of San Carlos has a population of 28,406 and covers an area of 5.1 square miles. San Carlos’ official slogan is “The City of Good Living.” With a...

Agent's Perspective - Real Estate Agency

What is real estate agency? Why is it important for the consumer to have a general understanding of agency relationships? The basic definition of an agency is simple. Agency...

Neighborhood Spotlight - Presidio Heights

Presidio Heights is one of San Francisco’s most prominent family friendly neighborhoods. Some of the most magnificent and architecturally significant homes in San...

Agent's Perspective - Neighborhood Problems

Many local cities are considering new city codes that would prohibit parking boats and RVs on streets or in driveways. Some residents feel that these vehicles are an eyesore...

City Profile - City of Burlingame

Located just 15 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Burlingame is a tight-knit, family-oriented community nestled in the heart of the Bay Area. At 6.06 square miles, the...

Neighborhood Spotlight - Corona Heights and Randall Museum

Just south of Buena Vista Park andwest of the Duboce Triangle is the small central neighborhood of Corona Heights. The streets can be narrow, curving, steep and quiet although...

CITY PROFILE - City of South San Francisco

The City of South San Francisco has a rich history. The area was originally occupied by the Ramaytush, a linguistic sub-group of the Ohlone native tribe. The first European...

Agent's Perspective - Is Now a Good Time to Buy?

If you have been sitting on the sidelines waiting to buy real estate because of the extremely competitive, now might be the time to make your purchase. With the exceptions of...

​Agent's Perspective - Critical Mass

The term “Critical Mass” is derived from nuclear physics. However, the term is often used in other fields to describe the point at which the size, number, or...

Neighboorhood Spotlight - Living in the Castro

The Castro today continues to be a tourist destination with visitors from all over the world. Being that September is one of our sunniest months of the year visitors and...

Neighborhood Spotlight - Noe Valley

Noe Valley is my favorite neighborhood in SF, although, I may be biased as I also call it home! The neighborhood is named after José de Jesús Noé, who...

Home Inspection is Key to a Successful Buying Experience

The home inspection is one of the most crucial steps for buying a home, and it shouldn’t be overlooked or rushed. In fact, the inspection process has the potential to be...

Are You Ready For A Smart Home?

Today, your refrigerator can automatically order food, your window shades can close automatically from the glare of the sun and your vacuum cleaner can be programmed to work...

Agent's Perspective - Local Rental Markets

Rental prices, fueled by the healthy jobs market, continue to rise in the Bay Area. This past year we have seen rental increases ranging from 10% to 25% on the peninsula. A...

Agent's Perspective - The Deposit Receipt

When your Realtor prepares an offer to purchase a home for you it is done on a form called the deposit receipt. If the offer is accepted the deposit receipt becomes the...

Is Airbnb Good For You?

According to the monthly publication “Insights In Real Estate”, “If you like the idea of occasionally earning some extra income from your home, Airbnb might...

Which Home to Purchase - Agent's Perspective

In most of the Bay Area, and particularly on the peninsula, most homes that are purchased are previously owned homes. This is not necessarily the case in other parts of the...

West Portal

Taking its name from the entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel at the eastern end of its main commercial corridor, West Portal has long had the feel of a quant village just...

City Profile - Belmont

Belmont, meaning “beautiful mountain” in French, is a peninsula community halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Situated primarily on the hills overlooking...

Things Your Real Estate Professionals Should Research For You

When you begin your search for a new home there is a lot of information you want to have regarding your potential new neighborhood. Your real estate professional should sit...

Bundle of Rights

In the past we have written articles on the importance of becoming “business fit”. The more you understand about the terms and conditions associated with real...

Real Estate Trends in 2018

If you are looking to buy or sell a house in 2018 you should be interested not only in what the market is doing here but in the national market to help identify trends so that...

City Profile - Redwood City

The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to...

Questions to Ask Your Lender

After taking the plunge and purchasing a new home most people are eager to get in and make the home their own. Whether this is your first home or your fifth it is important to...

City Profile - Historical Hillsborough

The idyllic town of Hillsborough was incorporated in 1910, after starting out as “Rancho San Mateo in the mid 1,800’s. Th e huge tract of land was purchased from...

Tips To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Creating a great first impression and increasing your home’s resale value are keys to attracting prospective buyers. ...

Agent's Perspective - Property Management

The owners of real estate who rent or lease out their properties to others often don’t have the time or expertise to successfully manage their properties. With poor...

First Projects To Tackle After Moving In

After taking the plunge and purchasing a home most people are eager to make that home their own. Here are some suggestions of things you might want to do right away. CHANGE...

Neighborhood Spotlight - West Portal

Taking its name from the entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel at the eastern end of its main commercial corridor, West Portal has long had the feel of a quaint village just...

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