Mike Ackerman Named Best San Francisco LGBTQ Realtor!

I am very proud to say my business partner, Mike Ackerman, has been named San Francisco’s Best LGBTQ Realtor by the readers of the Bay Area Reporter! Click Here to see in Bay Area Reporter:  Mike Ackerman Named Best Realtor! Mike has been a hard working realtor for the past 20 years working out of our Zephyr office on 24th Street in Noe Valley.  Building Trust For Life each client at a time has made Mike an integral part of […]

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Quick Visual Of What Is Happening In The San Francisco Housing Market

Here is a quick visual of the number of listings taken over the past few years to show how low inventory really is for Single Family Homes. The biggest issue with the San Francisco real estate market is inventory, particularly when it comes to single family homes.  We have been saying this for four years, and the chart above shows why.  Buyers are competing for a tiny number of houses, and competition is fierce.  Many buyers are deciding, or being […]

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SF Over Asking Prices Are Down

  San Francisco Houses sold for less over asking in 2016 than they did in 2015.  Buyers are purchasing houses with offers that are a smaller percentage over the listing price than they have been in recent years. Does this mean the sky is falling?  Is a real estate bubble bursting? I don’t think so.  Here are some thoughts I had about what this graph represents. The first thought I had was this could mean listing agents in conjunction with sellers are […]

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Mike & Oliver 2016 Sold Properties

Mike and I want to thank our clients for trusting us with their business in 2016.  It was a pleasure helping our clients reach their goals. We look forward to 2017! 2016 was a year with some ups and, while I wouldn’t call them downs, doubts did find their way into the San Francisco real estate market.  The beginning of 2016 started off with a bang with homes being sold quickly, in part due to the continuing low amount of […]

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House Prices in San Francisco: Appreciation Chart

  Have you wondered what has happened to San Francisco house prices over the past three years?  You have seen the endless articles about the craziness of the local market I’m sure.  Since the downturn that ended in 2009 prices have shot up, and I thought it might be interesting to show how house prices have gone up neighborhood by neighborhood in the last three years. In the chart below is an easy to read bar graph showing price appreciation […]

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Free House Listing Tool: Matterport Virtual Walkthrough

  I know the photo above may be a bit difficult to see at first glance but if you look carefully you will see the unbelievable detail.  Notice the sunlight streaming into the living room in front, the bedrooms, the kitchen, and bathroom as if floating above the building with x-ray vision!  And that is just for starters, the Virtual Walkthrough allows users to feel like they are inside the home walking around.  Try it out by clicking on the play button below […]

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How To Buy A House in San Francisco

If you are asking yourself how to buy a house in San Francisco, you may already know it is a rather competitive market with low inventory and many buyers competing.  So, let’s say you plan to buy a house in the next 6 months, what should you do to position yourself in the best way possible? Here are several tips I would suggest after being a local San Francisco real estate broker for the past 14 years and after selling over $200,000,000 in […]

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How To Sell A House?

What is the best way to prepare a home for sale and what fixes and upgrades are most beneficial leading to the highest return on investment?  It is a question I am asked often particularly in the San Francisco market where it seems like every home on the block is selling for way over the asking price.  The right answers to “How to Sell a House” are even more important today when even small choices can mean the difference of hundreds […]

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Staging A House To Sell

Staging A House Controls The Experience Staging a house helps us control a buyer’s experience when viewing your home.  Staging allows them to concentrate on the benefits of your home and ensures the highest return on investment.  It is like a movie set; everything in the right place to create just the right feeling and ambiance. Have you ever walked into a home for sale and gotten caught up in the owner’s photos and memorabilia:  Pictures of the kids, trophies, the things we […]

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Accessory Dwelling Unit

Many parts of San Francisco including the Outer Richmond consist of single family homes zoned RH2 (Single Family, Two Units).  This may allow homeowners to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit, otherwise known as an legal in-law or second unit.  This being San Francisco always remember how difficult building anything can be as you continue reading this post, and confirm everything with the building department, Planning Department, architect, contractor, plumber, electrician, etc.  I want to make sure you don’t spend a few […]

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