Renovations, Upgrades, and Market Value

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Here’s an unfortunate truth about the delicate business of pricing a beautifully renovated home to sell – it’s not necessarily a matter of simple arithmetic. It would be great if you could take your purchase price and tack on the cost of that renovation to get a starting number, but it just doesn’t work that way. When it comes to home valuation, the market simply doesn’t care about the specifics. What the market perceives as value isthe value. And that’s a

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Five Surface Trends for 2019

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Options for flooring, walls, and countertops are virtually limitless, but the latest crop of designer darlings are showing admirable staying power – useful information for those of you planning home upgrades with the hopes of selling in the near future (particularly in a market like San Francisco). At the International Surface Event 2019 in Las Vegas, geometric designs, luxurious vinyl, and refined faux hardwood porcelain tiles were everywhere – but that’s not all. Thanks to Houzz for the round-up of these

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Lighting Design Trends in the Bay and Beyond

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Flattering lighting when a home is on the market is an old agent’s trick. And it makes sense. The lighter and brighter a space is, the bigger it feels. But even if good lighting is a no-brainer come selling time, it’s something worth enjoying every day. Special thanks to Leonard Steinberg at our Compass Manhattan offices for bringing these lighting design trends to our attention! Read, learn, and light it up.

Sunset Boulevard Greenway Project

  Happy Earth Day! A trend is forming in San Francisco. Originating in the Outer Mission and approved in The Castro, The Sunset District has secured resident’s support of San Francisco Public Utilities Company’s storm water improvement project. Both SFPUC and local property values will benefit from the funding allotted to the improvement of sidewalk landscapes. To conquer “Greening” the environment, the beautification and storm control of The Sunset neighborhood began in early April. Initiative leader Supervisor Katy Tang of

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Liveable SF: Big Plans for Potrero Avenue

  What makes a neighborhood become more of a community? What does making a neighborhood more livable mean to you? To one of my neighbors, Gillian Gillet, it means long term projects with an end game that adds up to a more livable city for us all. From Gillian Gillet, Director of Transportation Policy: “As some of you may know, I’ve been active in trying to make our neighborhood more safe, livable and walkable since about 2002 when I began

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