Earth Day celebrated in SF by new Greening Legislation

04/22/10 – Mayor Newsom today signed legislation requiring developers to use landscaping and permeable paving to beautify the city and keep excess rainwater out of the sewers. The Green Landscaping Ordinance will primarily affect new development, but also will apply to property owners who make significant alterations to their properties. The Green Landscaping Ordinance, proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and co-sponsored by Supervisors Carmen Chu, Eric Mar, Bevan Dufty, and Sophie Maxwell, was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.

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Rule of Thumb: When is it Better to Rent than to Buy?

It’s true, I’m a real estate agent and I make my money helping people buy and sell homes.  However, I’ve been known on more than one occasion to talk people out of making a purchase if I didn’t think their reasons for buying were sound.   Here’s one example of where I didn’t think it made sense.  A young married couple with a baby are looking to capitalize on the fact that interest rates are at their all time low,

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San Francisco’s Upcoming Listings

Upcoming listings: $1,800,000//Sutro Heights // Sutro Hghts Blvd BR/BA: 3/2 PKG: 2 Brief Description: Art deco view units of beach & hills. 2 are vacant, poss. 3.  $828,000 //Central Richmond // 22nd Ave BR/BA: 4/2.5 PKG: 1 Brief Description: Large top-floor, sun-filled condo w/great open layout, fireplace, excellent location and shared yard. Skylights, western-facing windows, and spacious closets.  $799,000 //Inner Sunset //7th Avenue BR/BA: 3/2.5 PKG: 1 Brief Description: Top-floor 1500+ sqft Victorian condo with great space, deeded deck off

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San Francisco Condos on the Rebound?

  The big-boy developers may be out of the line-up, but the San Francisco condo sector is showing some surprising bench strength. With a scarcity of major condo towers for sale — and little in the pipeline — smaller projects scattered around town are seeing traffic reminiscent of days when Lehman Brothers was still in business and “bank owned” was not a household euphemism for a foreclosed property. To be sure a few busy sales offices does not a bubble

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California Tax Credit Monies May Go Fast

The $100 million allocated for California’s first-time homebuyer tax credits may be depleted in about 10 to 20 days or sooner, according to C.A.R.’s Economics team. California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) plans to begin accepting applications on May 1, 2010 for tax credits up to $10,000 for first-time homebuyers and for homes that have never been previously occupied. However, the total tax credit allocation for all taxpayers is $100 million for first-time homebuyers and $100 million for new homes, both

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