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Blog Archives: January 2016

The Best of Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

January 20, 2016
San Francisco is an incredibly diverse city with hundreds of districts and neighborhoods within its 7 x 7 square mile area. There is a perfect home and neighborhood for you in San Francisco, whether you want the suburban like feel of the St. Francis Wood, the frenzy of the Financial district, world class views from Pacific Heights and Sea Cliff, nightlife in the Mission and Castro, or the surfing beach town vibe of the outer Richmond and Sunset. Pacific Heights is the premium location in San Francisco, primarily consisting of affluent or ...

2016 Housing Market Outlook: Experts Forecast Gradual Increase in Sales as Prices Moderate

January 15, 2016
Overall, the Northern California’s housing market enjoyed a good year in 2015, although a shortage of homes on the market posed a challenge for many homebuyers. Double-digit price increases from a year ago were common in many communities, along with multiple offers on some homes, while the limited inventory helped keep a lid on home sales. As 2016 begins, many industry experts believe we’re heading towards a more balanced market, one in which inventory will gradually increase and sales will climb at a moderate rate. If the forecast holds ...

Get Your Taste Buds Ready for SF Restaurant Week

January 09, 2016
Get ready to sink your teeth into some delicious eats because SF Restaurant Week (formally known as Dine About Town) returns, January 20 – 31. For those who might be unfamiliar, SF Restaurant Week is a highly anticipated event in the city that has been capturing the hearts of foodies for 15 years. More than 100 restaurants throughout various districts in the city sign up to offer patrons specially priced, multi-course lunch menus offered at $15 or $25, and dinner menus at $40 or $65.  SF Restaurant Week was created in 2001 in response to ...

Rebounding California Housing Market Shifts Money From Property Owners To Government

January 08, 2016
Assessed property values in California have jumped six percent over the last year, according to new data released Monday by the state Board of Equalization. That means $3.3 billion in higher revenues for schools and local governments – and higher tax bills for homeowners. In California, property tax revenues are crucial to funding government. The state, counties, cities and schools all took big budget hits during the recession – in part because property values crumbled with the housing market. For the past few years the market soared, the ...

San Francisco and San Jose Top List of Hottest Housing Markets in December

January 08, 2016
The San Francisco Bay Area was well represented in Realtor.com’s December ranking of the hottest housing markets in the U.S. with the San Francisco metro area and the San Jose metro area finishing first and second in the report. And the Santa Rosa metro area came in at number eight. It was the second straight month that San Francisco and San Jose came in at one and two. Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of Realtor.com, and his team carried out the data analysis and identified the top 20 medium-to-large markets where homes are moving fastest ...

How to Prepare Your Home for El Nino

January 07, 2016
Goodbye, cracked Earth and brown grass. Hello, umbrellas and Wellies and sandbags. El Nino is here. Most models indicate that the current storm system will continue through winter, bringing potential record rains to California over the next three months. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says this El Nino will rank among the “three strongest episodes…dating back to 1950.” With the potential for dangerous storms, floods, and other weather-related dangers, it’s imperative to prepare properly. Follow these tips to ...