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What to Do if You Can’t Make your Rent or Mortgage Payments

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If you or someone you care about is in the position of not being able to work from home and are facing furloughs or job loss, you’re not alone. Millions of U.S. households are expected to face financial hardships as a result of the global pandemic. Fear can be a paralyzing force, but knowledge is power. Below is a brief list of actions that can and should be taken immediately to get in front of securing your housing while the shelter-in-place mandates

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Is This a Good Time to Buy a House?

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According to Meyers Research, Google searches for “Should I buy a house” doubled in March over February 2020 and climbed to an all-time high last week. In fact, thanks to our new normal of virtual sales meetings, I realized there are in fact many quite resilient buyers out there and, believe it or not, multiple offers still being seen — gulp — particularly in the coveted single family home, entry-level price point (which for the San Francisco Bay Area falls

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Linda Lam & A Tour of San Francisco’s Inner Richmond

No one knows the ins and outs of San Francisco like the real estate agents who live and work here. Case in Point? Compass’ own Linda Lam and her grand tour of what she describes as one of San Francisco’s most underrated neighborhoods – Inner Richmond. Highlights Foodies, coffee lovers, socialites and families will love the restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, farmer’s markets and parks dotted here and there in the neighborhood. Inner Richmond measures thirteen by five city blocks,

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What the Lowest Mortgage Rates of All Time Mean for San Francisco Buyers & Homeowners

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Mortgage rates have fallen to historic lows, thanks to uncertainties surrounding the economic impact of the coronovirus. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record 3.29% this week, which is the lowest ever in its nearly 50-year history. Here’s what that means for homebuyers and homeowners in San Francisco and across the country. By the Numbers If you bought a million dollar house in the city late last year, locking in your interest rate on December 5, 2019, you likely

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Home Improvements — What to Know Before You Upgrade

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HGTV is a guilty pleasure for many of us, but take that home improvement advice with a grain of salt. Those fun-to-watch shows often give the consumer an unrealistic perspective on the real profits achieved when home-flipping, so before you start tacking up the shiplap or ripping out cabinetry, read this. Renovations, upgrades, and makeovers aren’t cheap, and you should understand the likelihood of any return on your investment before you dive in. Talk to the Experts You’re dreaming of a gleaming chef’s

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