Buyer & Seller Closing Costs

How buyers and sellers in San Francisco split the closing costs pertinent to the sale of real estate is ultimately decided in the purchase contract itself, but this list details how they are typically split in San Francisco County. Very … Continue reading


Chinese investor activity in San Francisco real estate reaching fever pitch

Chinese investors have been showing record breaking interest in San Francisco real estate, according to measures of activity of Chinese property investors on Juwai.com, the No. 1 Chinese international property portal. The stats The potential pool of Chinese investors is large. There are 2.7 million high net worth Chinese (in American dollars, this converts to those earning $1.5 million or more). China also boasts an  ” Upper Middle Class”…

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The Home-Selling Process

Selling residential real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area is a complicated financial transaction involving many important issues: home preparation, pricing and fair market value, comprehensive marketing across a wide variety of media, buyer profile and buyer qualifying, contract negotiation, showing the property, statutory disclosure of the property’s condition and circumstances, buyer due diligence, appraisal and financing and liability management. Doing these things well can make a huge difference in time and money. Continue reading


The Home-Buying Process

Buying a home is typically the largest, most complicated, and often most emotional financial transaction of one’s life. There is a lot at stake, not just money but also issues such as security, happiness and everything else wrapped up in … Continue reading


Markets Can Turn With A Vengeance

April 2012 San Francisco Update Several times in the past 30 years, the San Francisco real estate market has turned up or down very quickly and very dramatically: in the mid-eighties – up; early nineties – down; 1996 – up … Continue reading


Case-Shiller for December 2011

The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index for the month of December 2011 was just published. For the “high-tier” price index, which most applies to the city of San Francisco itself, the index showed a tiny tick down – less than … Continue reading


January 2012 Update: Real Estate Cycles and Turning Points

It seems to be part of the human condition that financial and real estate markets go in cycles. What’s interesting is that when the cycle is on the upswing or a bubble is inflating, how vociferous the opinions are that the upswing will never end; and how after the crash, how many then insist, often […]



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