Be the King of your Own Castle….and bottle your own spring water too!

On the market for almost a year now (beginning asking price $2,950,000 and currently listed at $1,799,000),  the Albion Castle is an anomaly in San Francisco with a rich history, waiting for an eccentric buyer with vision, and a good business plan. Despite its long history and six-story stone tower, most residents of San Francisco, even those that drive by it daily, have no idea that Albion Castle exists. Built in 1870 by John Hamlin Burnell, a young English immigrant with

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Summer’s coming to a Close – Fall Selling Season about to Begin

And so is my hiatus from updating the blog. The time off has been spent wisely as we here at SFHomeBlog have been upgrading the site to a more user friendly interface, while still maintaining our sans advertisement policy. In the meantime here are a few facts pulled from the 2009 California Association of Realtor Buyer’s Survey’s that I found of interest: On a scale of 1 to 10, 59% of all buyers rated the difficulty of getting a loan

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Credit Cards and FICO Scores

This one has always bugged me. And the FICO folks don’t seem to see the irony in it (meaning, they have no plans to change it)… NPR’s Planet Money blogged about this today, and I think it’s worth posting, as I imagine that many are not aware of the ramifications of doing something that would seem like the ‘right thing to do’. Basically, if you close a credit card account, it hits you negatively in multiple ways. First, it stays

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Voluntary Refinance Best Bet for Bay Area Mortgage Relief

As reported on CBS news, and most recently in the SF Chronicle, the Housing Rescue Plan is expected to widely bypass most Bay Area homeowners. What’s the primary reason? “Only a small percentage of Bay Area mortgage holders meet the criteria for the low-cost refinances being offered to help stabilize the housing market. To qualify, loans must have been for less than $417,000 if issued more than a year ago, and homes cannot be underwater by more than 5 percent…But

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