Your Best Chances at Getting a "Deal" in San Francisco

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1)    You Had Me at Shag Carpet    

While your friends are online ooh’ing and awing over the subway tile and wide oak plank floors of their next dream house – you need to be seeking out the shag carpet, the avocado kitchen, and the pink bathtubs. That’s right, the….FIXERS. Fixer-upper’s almost always go for less and the cost of upgrading usually puts you ahead. Plus, you’ll get the chance to customize your home to your personal preference – not today’s latest design fads (please go away barn doors!).

2)    Look for The Next Neighborhood

If you’re trying to get a deal in SF – you’re not looking in the historic, well-established neighborhoods (say goodbye to Pac Heights). Cross of the A’s and even the B’s – look to the C’s and even the D’s if you know it’s got potential. Keep informed on what’s happening in SF that could make a neighborhood the “next” real estate hotspot, such as these projects:

The Central Subway Project, which will extend the Muni Metro T Third Line to provide a direct transit link between the Bayshore and Mission Bay areas to SoMa, downtown, and Chinatown. So, it might be a smart idea to take a second look at Chinatown – it’s just a short walk to the FIDI, North Beach, Nob Hill and we’re starting to see some new life being brought into the neighborhood like the award-winning Mister Jiu’s and China Live.

Potrero Hill’s massive redevelopment project will transform the area’s public housing into a mix of below market, at market and commercial space.

Mission Bay has been developing for years, and will soon be home to Dropbox, which just signed the biggest lease in SF history along with a little something called theWarriors Stadium. This area could be perfect for finding an investment property.

Bayview-Hunter’s Point – Dubbed “SF’s last real estate frontier,” homes are still affordable by today’s standards (median in Q3 for Bayview was $788,500K) and the area has some of the sunniest weather in all of SF. The neighborhood’s redevelopment project began in 2006, and has since seen some major changes including the Third St. light rail and a slew of new business in the area including a Peet’s Coffee. This is a great read on the history of the neighborhood for more.

3)    Early Bird Gets the Worm (and the House)

You always need a great Realtor, especially if you’re trying for to get any type of a deal. While there are discount brokerages out there – they rarely have the inside track on the upcoming, off market/pocket listings that are so prevalent in SF. In fact, some real estate companies in SF conduct 30% of their business off market. This can be a win-win for both buyer and seller. The seller saves money and time getting the home ready for market and the buyer gets to beat out the competition and avoid the ever so common bidding war.

4)    Buy for Tomorrow  

You’re a young couple today – but do you think you might have kids in the next four years? If so, push yourself to spend a bit more to get the home with the extra bedroom and space. You’ll want to hold onto this home for at least 5-7 years and if a baby comes before that – you won’t be happy in that "steal" of a $600K loft apartment. Same idea applies if you’re an older couple. Maybe a home with stairs makes sense today – but in reality a home that’s all one level or has an elevator would be smarter for the future. This tip isn’t necessarily saving you money today, but it will tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

 

New Listing 175 Cresta Vista in Westwood Highlands

175 Cresta Vista offered at $1,595,000

  • Wonderful contemporary home with 3-levels of living space, featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms
  • Incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, San Bruno Mountain and City Lights.
  • Light-filled Living Room with wood-burning fireplace and incredible views
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Large fully-equipped kitchen with tile granite counter-tops and separate breakfast area
  • In-unit laundry off of kitchen
  • Master bedroom with wood-burning fireplace
  • Master bathroom with double sinks, large stall shower and Jacuzzi -style tub
  • Lower level has beautiful family room with wet bar, bedroom and bath
  • Tons of closet space and storage throughout
  • Beautiful new wood floors on main level
  • Freshly painted inside and out
  • Incredible newly surfaced roof deck with breathtaking views
  • Lushly landscaped terraced garden
  • 2-car garage with interior access
  • Easy access to freeway and BART. Near West Portal shopping and dining.
  • OPEN HOUSE 10/7 11 am - 1pm & 10/8 1 - 4pm 

Spooky & Spectacular - Decor You'll Die For!

Fall is hands down my favorite season. Growing up in Ohio it meant apple cider, crisp air, colors galore, sweaters, pumpkin everything and of course Halloween! In SF - it's a bit different as September and October usually bring us our best weather, but even if it's 70 - I'm still drinking my pumpkin spiced latte! Check out some of the best fall looks this season to bring a little spooky spirit to your home! 

1) Skulls - Thank Alexander McQueen for bringing skulls back to fashion with his iconic scarves - making them cool not creepy. Skulls have always been around at Halloween - but now they're "edgy elegant."

Set of 4 stemless skull wine glasses $58 Nordstrom

Set of 4 stemless skull wine glasses $58 Nordstrom

Skull Decanter $39.50 at Pottery Barn

Skull Decanter $39.50 at Pottery Barn

Bath Towel $17.99 H&M

Bath Towel $17.99 H&M

Beaded Skull Candle $23 at Pottery Barn 

Beaded Skull Candle $23 at Pottery Barn 

2) Black & White - Halloween isn't all rustic earthy colors. Check out these bold black and white ideas for a stylish twist.  

Pumpkin Topiary $795 at Horchow

Pumpkin Topiary $795 at Horchow

Want this look? Spray paint a large pumpkin with white paint and simply peel and stick on a monogrammed letter. Today.com

Want this look? Spray paint a large pumpkin with white paint and simply peel and stick on a monogrammed letter. Today.com

Subtle Halloween....I simply LOVE Emily Henderson's use of black and white and how the decor easily fits into her everyday design. 

Subtle Halloween....I simply LOVE Emily Henderson's use of black and white and how the decor easily fits into her everyday design. 

Set of four mini pumpkins $9 at Target

Set of four mini pumpkins $9 at Target

The Black & White Mantle from The Crafted Sparrow

The Black & White Mantle from The Crafted Sparrow

Shop this whole adorable look at Target

Shop this whole adorable look at Target

3) Pillow Talk - If you just want a splash of decor, pillows can make a big impact. 

This color is just so luscious - I could drink it up! Kevin O'Brien Velvet Ombre Pillow $268 from Anthropologie

This color is just so luscious - I could drink it up! Kevin O'Brien Velvet Ombre Pillow $268 from Anthropologie

Creep It Real (so cute) Pillow at Pottery Barn

Creep It Real (so cute) Pillow at Pottery Barn

Mr. Muerto pillow $37.99 at Wayfair (they have tons!)

Mr. Muerto pillow $37.99 at Wayfair (they have tons!)

More skulls....from trusty Target

More skulls....from trusty Target

Levtek Om Pillow $39.99 Nordstrom 

Levtek Om Pillow $39.99 Nordstrom 

4) Some Festive Fun  - I am loving the decor at Nordstrom and Pottery Barn right now. Pick up pieces that bring a smile to your face. You'll love bringing them out each fall. Add to your mantle, kitchen window sill, front door, or book shelves. 

I'm dying....so funny $12.95 Nordstrom

I'm dying....so funny $12.95 Nordstrom

Pumpkin Decoration $39.99 at Nordstrom

Pumpkin Decoration $39.99 at Nordstrom

Copper Cauldron $59.50 Pottery Barn 

Copper Cauldron $59.50 Pottery Barn 

Check out how to get this look from the Pottery Barn catalog - it's so magical, it reminds me of Cinderella's carriage. 

Check out how to get this look from the Pottery Barn catalog - it's so magical, it reminds me of Cinderella's carriage. 

Luxe Dolores Heights Furnished Condo

AVAILABLE JANUARY 1, 2018

3 Bedroom | 2 Bath | Offered at $9,000 per month

 Clean, warm modern design with a vintage flair featuring designers such as Eames, Sciolari, Arne Jacobsen, DWR - View home with skylights and abundant natural light throughout - Gourmet kitchen featuring marble counters and bar, custom walnut cabinetry, wine fridge, WÜSTHOF knives, triple-ply stainless pans, Bosch/Thermador appliances, thoughtfully curated dishware and tools - Bedrooms include memory foam mattresses with 100% natural linen duvets, cotton sheets and black out shades - Bathrooms feature modern bronze fixtures, soaking tub, high powered shower heads, and high-quality towels, en suite off master bedroom - Gas fireplace, in-unit private laundry with new machines - 1-car garage parking and storage - Close to public transportation and tech shuttle stops - Lease includes all utilities, cable, WIFI; lease length negotiable

Cuyana Work Satchel

Earlier this spring, I organized an event at Cuyana with the Golden Gate Mother's Group's Careers & Entrepreneurs group. During the evening we had the opportunity to hear from CEO, founder, (and new mama), Karla Gallardo on how she took her vision for "fewer better things" from a hat business in NYC to the popular SF brand its become today. Her story focused on vision, collaboration, hard work, and commitment to quality. Karla saw a need in the market for thoughtful, quality items and was able to seize an opportunity to make her dream come true. At the time, luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Valentino moved their factories East for cheaper production leaving family-owned factories in Italy and South America out of work. Cuyana brought the jobs back while gaining access to some of the world's finest leather makers and artisans--and it shows. 

At $395 the Cuyana Work Satchel is the sexiest laptop bag on the market. It has the finishes of a much, much more expensive handbag. Made in Italy, the satchel boasts gold-tone hardware, premium Italian leathers, micro suede lining, and four feet on the bottom. Well equipped to hold a 13' MacBook Air, folders, notebook, wallet, makeup, phone, and keys, the satchel also features an adjustable strap for cross body or single shoulder wear. I opted for the Le Sud Tassel add on for an additional $35. If you're in the market for a new work bag - look no further. The Work Satchel also comes in a Clay and Quartz smooth leather finish. 

Downside of Selling Your Home On Your Own

In this kind of a “seller’s market” it’s understandable that some homeowners may believe that they should try selling their home on their own to “save” money. However, do-it-yourself sellers (also known as “For Sale By Owner” or “FSBO”) could end up losing money and time in the long run - here's why: