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San Francisco Purchase Contract Sample

Below is a sample of the current (4-2014) version of the standard San Francisco Association of Realtors Contract for the Purchase and Sale of Real Property. The contract is, of course, the foundation of the transaction between buyer and seller, and how it is written...

San Francisco Neighborhood Map

This map of San Francisco neighborhoods is according to the San Francisco Association of Realtors district and sub-district, Multiple Listing Service (MLS) specifications. Real estate values and prices, property types, age of construction, architectural styles, views, amenities, commercial districts and home sizes can vary widely between different...

Renting vs Buying a Home in San Francisco

“Renting can make sense as a lifestyle choice or because of income constraints. As a means to building wealth, however, there is no practical substitute for homeownership.”New York Times, "Homeownership & Affluence," 11/30/14 op-ed article   Please Note: Rent vs. buy calculations can be performed a wide variety...

Real Estate Negotiation Principles

Effectively Negotiating the Purchase or Sale of Real Estate Fair market value is simply that price a qualified, reasonably knowledgeable buyer is willing to pay, that a seller (not under duress) is willing to accept, after the home has been properly exposed to the market. Since...

Making an Offer on Real Estate in San Francisco

First of all, realize that it’s common in today’s market for buyers to make 3 or 4 or more offers on different homes before they get one accepted. In many ways, it’s just part of your education learning how the current market works. Find a great...

Interviewing a Real Estate Agent

Best Real Estate agent in Noe Valley 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...

Home Buying Process in Detail

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 the concept of "home." One...

Home Buying as an Investment

Home Prices, Inflation, Leverage & Home Equity   This analysis was created in October 2013   First and foremost, any home purchased needs to work as a home: it fulfills your housing needs at an affordable monthly cost – ideally, a cost, after tax deductions and principal pay-down, less...

10 Factors Behind the San Francisco Market

Supply, Demand, Money & Demographics: 10 Factors Behind San Francisco’s Real Estate Market   Updated January 2015   This chart is a simplified, smoothed-out and approximate look at the last few real estate cycles in San Francisco, illustrating estimated percentage changes in home prices from successive peaks and bottoms of...