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Home Renovations and Value — An Insider’s Perspective


Last week, we wrote a post for the proud new owners of fixer-uppers. If your idea is to buy the worst house on the best block and dump a bunch of money into renovations, read on! Unfortunately, the market doesn’t care about specific accounting or how much time, money and effort you put into your remodel. It’s not a simple equation of home price plus renovation costs equals new, higher home value. When it comes to home renovation and value, here’s the

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Proud New Owner of a Pandemic Fixer-Upper? Here’s What Renovation Costs Run


Last week, we shared eight tips for buying a house during times of crisis. If you’re the type who views the historically low interest rates as an opportunity, you may be the proud new owner of a fixer-upper. And in that case, a remodel may be in your very near future. If so, a recent article offers some highlights about what average renovation costs will run you.  Basic Numbers First thing first — exact prices will depend on square

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Eight Tips for Buying a House During Times of Crisis


Recession. Natural Disaster. Pandemic. These are experiences that put people to the test, and we all handle them in different ways. Some of us squirrel away every penny. And some of us… buy property! If you’re eyeballing the historically low interest rates and have enormous faith in your real estate agent, here are eight tips for buying a house during times of crisis. Spoiler — these insider secrets come from our very own Leonard Steinberg at Compass, who has put

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A Solution to the Parking Woes in San Francisco Condos


We recently wrote about a handy mail service that everyone needs to know about, and now we’re shining a spotlight on a genius little app that single-handedly solves parking headaches at San Francisco condos. Because let’s be real — as long as condos have been around, so have their parking issues. Enter Parkade. Smart. Simple. Parkade is bringing parking nirvana to condos across San Francisco. And it makes sense. The app makes it easy for condos to easily share parking,

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Mad Rush from San Francisco? Not So Fast


If you missed the short, snappy Bloomberg piece about wealthy havens luring homebuyers in a mad rush from San Francisco, and you didn’t happen to see its frenzied shares across other media, that’s probably a good thing. The trouble with a headline on a story like that it’s quick to catch fire — and it’s only part of the story. The Bigger Picture Compass’ chief market analyst for the Bay Area, Patrick Carlisle, was interviewed and quoted for the piece.

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