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Live Auctions Coming to a Listing Near You!

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There’s a method to buying a home in the US, and an auction on a non-distressed property is rarely part of it. But things may be changing. Buying a property via a live auction may be the way you buy your next home in the San Francisco Bay Area, so here’s the scoop. New Player in Town Harcourts Auctions has been selling homes in Australia and New Zealand for decades. In fact, this kind of auction is the standard over

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The SF Real Estate Headlines We’ll Probably See In About Eight Weeks

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As the city’s housing market ping-pongs around in the new normal of COVID-19, a few facts are emerging. First, single-family homes are selling and at a good clip. Second, we’re creeping up to a six-month supply of condos in the city — the largest I’ve seen since the Great Recession. And the mainstream press has yet to report on it.  What the Media is Missing Right now, current real estate headlines are touting: People are ‘fleeing’ cities, which is not

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Two Signs It’s Time to Fire Your Real Estate Agent (And How to Do It)

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Relationships can be rough. And I’m not talking about the romantic stuff. Your doctor, your therapist, your accountant — it can take a little trial and error before you land on a winner. The same goes for your real estate agent. If things aren’t working out, don’t suffer through it. No matter how much your friend raved over a particular agent, and depending on agreements you may have signed, it is possible to end the relationship. Here are two signs

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Looking Past the Headlines: What’s Really Happening in San Francisco Real Estate

News articles and blog posts about San Francisco have recently quoted real estate “experts” espousing everything from inventory being up to nine-year record inventory levels, to the all-time-high median sales price we just hit, to the well-documented stampede out of the city as working remotely became the new normal. And the truth is there’s evidence that real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area is doing all three — rebounding impressively, building inventory, and seeing price reductions creep up. But on

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Home Renovations and Value — An Insider’s Perspective

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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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