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23 Jan When Is the Time to Buy?

Typically, the purchase of a new home is one of the largest financial transactions and investments of one’s life. Whatever home you purchase should work for you now—fulfilling your basic housing requirements at an affordable monthly cost. Ideally, it goes beyond the basics and even beyond...

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23 Jan What Does a Good Agent Do?

In one of the largest, most complicated financial transactions of your life, what exactly does a good real estate agent do when you're buying a home?   A good buyer’s agent… Cares more about your priorities and goals than their commission. (The smartest agents know that if you...

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23 Jan The Home Search

First Suggestion: Find a Good Agent to Help You Even if you're just beginning, tentatively, to begin the home search process, the sooner you find a competent, dedicated, knowledgeable agent to work with, the sooner they can provide you with valuable help, guidance and information to...

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23 Jan Steps to Obtaining a Home Loan

This booklet issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau contains much useful information: Your Home Loan Toolkit, a Step by Step Guide Step 1: Review Financing Options Financing your new home purchase begins with a consultation with a qualified loan agent. You will want one with strong, local...

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23 Jan 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...

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23 Jan 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...

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