Here are mine for starters:
1) Some of the best weather in San Francisco, often sunny when other areas are foggy. Definitely a few degrees warmer than most other neighborhoods.
2) Easy commutes, quick to get onto the 101, 280 and Bay Bridge. Saves so much time getting around
3) Some incredible historical houses, stunning old Victorians. Great (but expensive) family houses.
4) Quiet and relaxed pace, easy walking and some nice, small parks. Calm pace of life.
5) Interesting and unique shops, whole foods and coffee shops.... more
It's certainly possible and you'll be required to provide, letter of employment, income and asset documentation, requisite Visa, open a local bank account, obtain international credit report and maintain a reserve requirement ( often 12 months of PITI-principal, interest, taxes, insurance).
In addition down payment will be at least 30% if not greater-this will depend on the loan value.
If you need a lender referral please contact me.
Bring cash or your check book and be ready to move the instant you like something. When it's this competitive you simply have to be ready to make a move at a moments notice.
I would also fill out applications in advance when possible and take a credit report with that day's date on it.
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Big difference. A broker is the only legal entity that may conduct a real estate transaction. All agents must work for a license broker. Also, the broker typically has more extensive education and experience than an agent.... more
There are a lot of programs out there. Besides FHA loans at 3.5% down payment, there is another product I have that can allow you to go 5% down payment on a conventional loan with no mortgage insurance. You have to qualify either by meeting income guidelines or the property itself qualifies, but it's a great product for a first time home buyer. Let me know if you would like to talk about further programs and rates.
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I have never seen Noe Valley go down in value. S.F. is such a strong market. If you have the opportunity to buy, the morgage rates work for you, then buy. You won't lose your money depending on how long you are willing to hang on to this property and the type of loan product you are going to use. Gets a bit trickier if you are going to use a neg. am., other than that, buy, buy, buy.... more
I would suggest contacting an attorney to discuss your rights, or at least contacting the San Francisco Tenants' Union. One attorney to call (who recently aided a renter on a similar case) is Chris O'Connell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.722.5261. Good luck.... more
The answer to that question will have to vary from person to person. It depends on your financial means and goals. it is a great time to buy in San Francisco. Prices are lower than they were a few years ago and the interest rates are great! Wheather the prices will go lower is any body's guess, but in this city things seem to be pretty stable. The rental market on the other hand is very hot and the prices seem to be on the rise. The City is one of the high rent areas. So if you have the money and the aspirations then by all means buy. But if you have any uncertainties about your own financial situation or anything else, then perhaps you should rent for a while.... more
You are probably likely to find more in the mission, and costs vary. I used to live in the Mission and I needed temporary parking for a few months while doing construction work and found one on Craigslist within a couple of days.
There are also larger parking garages that lease space by the month. As far as cost goes, generally speaking private parking will be in the $200's per month and a garage will be over $300.
I also found this parking search engine - http://sanfrancisco.bestparking.com/index.php#1 - that seems to have a lot but I cannot vouch for its accuracy.
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It's definitely a great choice for families who also want to be further south for commuting to Silicon Valley...and the dining options and amenities around 24th have improved considerably during the last few years, so it feels like its own village. And the weather is typically about 10 degrees warmer and less foggy than many other family-oriented options in SF.... more
I lived in Noe Valley for four years and based on my experience I would say it has to do with the lower density of restaurants/bars, low car traffic (not as many people cross through Noe to get to another part of town), and overall feel -- it definitely has more of a suburban feel to the area. It seems to be a nice transition for folks starting a family (where young parents aren't quite ready to leave the city but want a bit more space and something a little more low-key).
I also included a similar thread from a few years ago that pretty much answers this question. Hope that helps!... more
Cleaners – I go to Best Cleaners on 24th btw Church & Chattanooga. I think they really are the best!
Supermarket - Whole Foods – no need to say more – just thank your lucky stars you didn't live over here when it was Cala Foods. If you are craving the basics – there is a Safeway at Mission/29th.
Bakery: Noe Valley Bakery – my fave are their blueberry pecan scones; great for birthday cakes
Chiropractor – in case you need it – Dr. Kristine Hicks – More Mojo Chiro – Church/Clipper
Hair Cut: Kristen McHale at the Green Twig
One of my absolute favorite A-#1 restaurants in SF is Contigo on Castro between 24th & Jersey. Amazing, authentic Spanish tapas & wines. Love, love, love it! Any of the squid dishes rock!
Pilates: EHS on Valencia btw 25th & 26th. A wonderful place to feel good inside & out.
Haircut: Wendy Kirsten at Ginger Rubio Salon Shotwell/20th (she owns the salon)
Bakery: Arizmendi Valencia/24th– this time currant scones and their pizza of the day is good too
Places to eat/drink in the "20 streets":
Beretta – Valencia/23rd – Cal Italian + super yummy cocktails
Velvet Cantina – 23rd/Bartlett – Mexican sit-down with waiter service
La Taqueria – Mission/25th – the BEST tacos EVER
Sushi Bistro – 24th/Bryant
New places on my list to try:
Ken Ken Ramen... more