Top SF Realtor POV: City Living 2020-21

Never before have I considered bocce ball or horseshoes to be a highlight on my social calendar. Nowadays, I get giddy when planning, organizing and motivating friends to meet at the new bocce courts or the very old horseshoe courts, all in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The park is looking amazing, thanks to my city’s understanding its citizens’ need to congregate and socialize. The…

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SF Bay Area Market Update | January 2021

Hello Everyone! What a crazy launch to 2021 but things are looking up. I’m feeling the optimism everywhere and this is good for real estate. Optimism combined with low interest rates, strong stock market and people used to the new normal, bodes well for activity levels here in the City. For sellers, if priced right and a solid marketing plan, you should do fine. For…

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Top SF Realtor Perspectives: 10 Tips to Support Our Seniors During the Holidays

In my previous post, I shared my internal conflict of whether to attend Thanksgiving with family members. I caved and ventured to my family home to be with my mom and aunt mostly because I wanted to break up their monotony. Honestly, I could have been projecting my own feeling of boredom! The risk was worth it to me: according to the CDC, “social isolation is associated…

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Les Miserables 2.0

Sharing a post from Cynthia who brings to light the contradictions in our society. This is a post from two years ago and today, there are more people than ever in need. kindredsfhomes.com Keep it in perspective, dear people. A few snapshots: Bank-sponsored luncheon at a high-end downtown hotel. Eating most but not all of my salmon and crab cake entree with broccolini on the…

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Top San Francisco Realtor Perspectives: Playing the Card

Planning for Thanksgiving with my mom, who lives in Southern California, the conversation goes like this: Me: Are you feeling ok about me traveling to see you for Thanksgiving? Mom: What’s the problem? Me: I do not think it is safe. Mom: We will sit six feet apart at the dining room table. Me: But we are inside! Mom: It’s too cold outside  Me, silently: (Really?…

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SF Bay Area Market Update

Welcome to our November newsletter. This month, we take a look at the ways in which current U.S. economic conditions are affecting local, state, and national real estate markets. In particular, we examine some crucial economic indicators, such as third-quarter Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP)1 and new housing permits. Although California’s COVID-19 cases remain fewer per capita than those of most other states, cases are rising…

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Let the Whole World Belong to You

Land-grab, chess play or a dance: how negotiations unfold in real estate as interpreted by my colleague, Cynthia. In the Bill Bryson book At Home, archaeologist Brian Ayers talks about how, after the collapse of the Roman empire, Germanic tribes swept into Britain and claimed the real estate as theirs. “It didn’t…involve a lot of slaughter or bloodshed,” he says, “Probably one day you would…

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Top SF Realtor Perspectives: The Artist Within? Maybe Not

I’ve had all year to work on a hobby. That’s my view of it: “working” to get a hobby. Not a great mindset when I’m supposed to tap into my creative brain (left or right side?!?!) and enjoy the process. When the pandemic launched, I told myself to choose from the following list: 1) improving my Spanish 2) painting classes 3) percussion lessons 4) bridge re-boot. As…

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Turn That Frown Upside Down

When I’m grumpy, my boyfriend facetiously says to me “Turn that frown upside down” which irritates me even more. I’ve been more than grumpy these days: the AQI readings have been bringing me down. The Covid numbers, the political hucksters, the racial tension…so much bad news, right?  Everyone has had moments this year when they unexpectedly “turned their frown upside down”. Recently, my euphoric moment…

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The Pod Life

Once upon a time, at the beginning of Shelter in Place, we settled into a home-bound rhythm in small groups of two-to-four people. Zoom augmented our connection, but this soon grew tiresome. The primal itch to be in the same physical space intensified.  In my quest to find ways to socialize in reality rather than virtually, I began inviting friends to meet on my deck,…

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