California’s Prop 19 Means Property Tax Breaks for Older Homeowners

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Between the pandemic and the election, the news cycle has been pretty dominated. But if you missed the fact that California’s Proposition 19 was approved by the state’s voters, and you happen to be a homeowner aged 55 or over, you’re in for some welcome news. In a nutshell, California’s Prop 19 upgrades Prop 60 or 90, which were much more restrictive, and means property tax breaks for older homeowners if you decide to move, which eliminates what is typically

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Nine Ways You Might be Delaying Your Closing

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If finding the right house was a challenge, get ready, because the actual closing tends to put people on pins and needles. There are so many moving parts to closing an escrow — the buyer, the seller, the lender, the escrow officer, and the title company all have to do their part. If one goes astray, it can jam up the works completely. It’s another reason to work with people who know what they’re doing. Here are nine ways you

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Seven Things Homebuyers Really Believe

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There’s a standing joke about real estate agents as therapists, and there’s some truth to the idea. But listening and analyzing and advising aside, the job of a good real estate agent is to guide. And a big part of the guidance process is educating buyers by debunking all the inaccurate assumptions they have about the housing market. Here are seven all-too-common buyer beliefs most agents see all the time. My cousin/sister-in-law/great aunt is an agent and will totally help

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Home Buyer Priorities Before & After Lockdown

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A recent look at buyers’ housing preferences and priorities pre and mid lockdowns can be summed up with this: there are a wave of buyers looking to trade up, but no one wants to compromise. The New Normal More time at home means a shift in priorities. Since the pandemic began, prospective buyers — which includes many who are looking to trade out of their no longer functional work and home spaces — have significantly changed their search parameters. The

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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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