January 2012

Found 14 blog entries for January 2012.

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I recently answered a forum question about moving to San Francisco, CA vs. Marin, CA and what would be best for this family. What I know is the dad is in sales, based out of Petaluma with a territory that heads south toward San Francisco.  What I garnered from his posted question was they wanted the urban life of San Francisco, "think tattoos, Buffalo exchange and single pour coffeehouses" his words, "with the ease of family friendly walkable neighborhoods and excellent public schools".

Does this place exist in San Francisco or Marin? If it does, I want to be the mayor. When I think tattoos and single pour coffeehouses, my mind goes straight to Sacramento. Not an option for them.

After a few back and forth exchanges, me trying to paint

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Just Sold! 1935 28th Ave - I helped some first-time buyers get a excellent deal on this 2+bedroom/2bathroom house in the Parkside neighborhood of San Francisco.  This challenging transaction finally closed last week after three months of manuvering through numerous obstacles that arose during the escrow period.  My clients were very happy to have been able to purchase this property for only $512,000 which is an amazing price for a single family home in this part of the City. 

This deal was extra tough for many reasons: the seller was a bank, the property needed cosmetic upgrades & the first-time buyers were obtaining not only a primary loan, but also a second loan in the form of financing assistance from the City of San Francisco's DALP program (a City

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What a great way to begin the new year!  I am pleased to announce my client's successful purchase of this lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with bonus room on the Madera Garden's Lagoon.  The final sales price was $1,299,000 and sold on December 30th, 2011. 

The lagoon location is one of the most desirable locations in West Corte Madera.  Although the lagoon is not attached to the bay, bay water flows in and out of the two landlocked lagoons in Corte Madera.  Every year, residents have a 4th of July party on the water.  You can swim right off your own dock, fish, kayak and canoe too!  I look forward to be included in my client's fun summer parties on the lagoon.

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Lastly, did you know that Madera Gardens is so centrailly located that kids can walk or

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I don't have a crystal ball and would never be so presumptuous as to predict the future. Instead I'll defer to the expert, Karl Case, co-creator of the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, considered the Dow Jones Industrial average of real estate.

In a recent article in the New York Times, it said the relentless decline in the Case-Shiller home price index since the financial crisis has many experts predicting a further decline in home values in 2012.  "People are discouraged and fearful," Mr. Case said. "They thought home prices would never go down and now they think they'll never go up."  Even though home prices on average are where they were in 2003, Mr. Case thinks the data masks signs that point to recovery.

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