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Tips for Winning a Bidding War in a Hot Home Market

Cash isn’t always king in a bidding war. Get the home you want without blowing your budget, using these Realtor-tested strategies Full Story
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@amvanman: I get what you're saying about a suburban vibe, but I think Noe is really getting homogenized and boring - a lot of the edgier restaurants and bars are moving out because there are so many kids and that's not what parents want. We can walk to West Portal and Lakeside, where there are starting to be a few new things, like a Bar Method. There is also a pretty good Farmer's Market. We have a way to go but I am not sad at all that Condo Craziness isn't really an option here. Still single families available, and MUNI/BART is right here.
August 19, 2014 at 5:10AM   
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sherrytem
I live in Marin and the market is insane. Too much like the pre 2008 market. We lucked out as we bought a new home at the bottom of the market about two and a half years ago. Makes my day when I get an e-mail from Zillow telling me my house has doubled in value. Makes all of the remodeling angst worth it. Just spent the afternoon painting the guest room. Always get ideas from Houzz and I enjoy the comments.
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Yeah, when we moved to Marin we were coming from Vancouver B.C. which is one of the most expensive real estate markets in N. America. Other than holding it's breath for a brief second when the U.S. collapse happened, prices never fell in Vancouver and just kept soaring. When we moved to Marin the market was at the bottom and we'd look at houses and the owners would beg us to tell them what they had to do to get us to buy their house. The owner of our house lost almost 700k. We were like kids in a candy store. Now it's like Vancouver. A house one street over, similar in style and condition just went for over $1300.00 a square foot. We paid $478.00 a square foot three years ago. Of course if we sold it wouldn't matter because we'd have to move down to see any of that as profit and when you're used to living in some of the most politically and socially progressive as well as most beautiful areas in the world, the acceptable choices become few. Expensive real estate markets are pricey for a reason and it's usually because they have a uniqueness few other places can match.
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Fix It or Not? What to Ask When Prepping Your Home for Sale

Learn how to decide whether a repair is worth making before you put your house on the market Full Story
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Get a magic eraser and attack all the scuff marks on the walls. Our Realtor gave us this advice, and our house sold in three days.
May 5, 2014 at 4:32PM     
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I forgot to add the trim is white and we're keeping that color because all the woodwork in the house is painted white.
August 17, 2014 at 5:42PM   
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10 Top California Native Plants, Trees and Grasses

Enjoy a fuss-free, water-wise garden in the Golden State by growing plants naturally in tune with the climate and wildlife Full Story
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pperez83
I ripped out the grass in 2011 and now I love the sight, sounds, and scents of my mostly Cali Native yard. First photo 2011 second photo summer 2013.
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Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House

Get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of this storied Victorian mansion from its decade-long caretaker Full Story
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dznomore
Thanks, I loved this tour!
last Thursday at 5:27PM   
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jjenonnie
We spent a week in SF in autumn 2013 before going to Northern California for a second week. In my research of things to do and places to visit I had selected the Haas-Lilienthal house as a must see and got the tour days and times off their website. I was so disappointed when arriving at the house to see that the sign in the front was completely different (and much more restricted) than tours shown on the website. Luckily we were there early enough in our stay that we, on our last day, could make one of the tours. It is a lovely home and worth your time to visit. I am currently sitting in the middle of my 1890 Victorian that is undergoing yet another phase of its renovation. While our home is much more simple than the Haas-Lilienthal, it has a bit of the same feel and I knew the moment I walked in the front door with our realtor that this was the one I would own...and less than one month later we moved in. Yes, it's quirky and yes, it needs a lot, but it is sound and on its way to being beautiful. Kudos to this family for seeing that their beloved home is preserved. Ms. Kraft seems to be the perfect person to guard it and love it. Thank you for the great article.
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