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6 Truths to Understand if You’re Buying a Home in San Francisco


For years now, the San Francisco housing market has been its own animal. Buying a home is the Bay Area is simply a different experience. If you’re gearing up to dive in, or you’re already in the thick of it, here are six truths to understand about buying a home in San Francisco. Listing prices are usually just marketing prices. It’s common practice around here for homes to sell over asking price — well over. Bidding wars aren’t necessarily the goal,

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Compass Concierge — Flip Your Own Home, With Our Help

Ten years ago, the idea of the fixer-upper was appealing to a lot of buyers. But the dated “before” look is a huge turn-off these days, at least in the pricey Bay Area, where people who can afford to buy generally have more money than time. The majority of buyers aren’t into the idea of sweat equity — they’re looking for as close to move-in ready as they can get, and they aren’t interested in inheriting your never-ending fix-it list

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Annual 2019 Median Home Prices in the Bay Area Went Down — And Up


For a record-breaking seven years beginning in 2011, median home prices in the Bay Area went up (and up). But 2019 proved to be a bit of an outlier. Depending on when you looked during that twelve-month span, median home prices went down a bit, went up a bit, or didn’t really change much at all in comparison to 2018. Makes complete sense, right? Let’s break it down for some much-needed clarification. A Big Spring, But Then… If you rack

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Understanding Your Home’s Positioning — And How Best to Leverage It


In the world of real estate, “positioning” is a marketing term that describes the art of knowing which space a certain property fills in a given market, and taking that message to the right people. But there’s another, more literal definition to the idea of positioning — how your home is literally positioned. It plays a significant role when you’re buying, and it’s important when you’re selling too. Here’s how to understand your home’s positioning — and how best to

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Practical Advice for Moving In Together (Finally)


At some point in a couple’s life, it becomes apparent to both parties that having their own space no longer outweighs the double rent and the constant shuttling across town. That’s as true in Podunk, Mississippi, as it is here in San Francisco. But word to the wise — timing is everything, and that’s especially true when it comes to the big move-in decision. No matter how alluring your partner’s place, or how much money you’d both save, the commitment

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