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Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
How do I know if I should switch agents to sell my condo? I tried to sell my place (SF) this past spring, lowered the price 3 times with no offers.
If your condo is priced right, is marketed correctly and shows well (has been staged/decluttered/etc.), then your condo should sell quickly in today's market.
1 vote Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Home Selling in 94107
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
how long will it take to sell my 2bed/2bath loft in potrero hill, if i put it up on the market in march?
If its priced right, and inspections are done ahead of time, it can sell very quickly. If you started today, you could get most of the pre-sale stuff knocked out this week - cleaning, ... more
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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
when preparing how do you handle adjustments for a guest cottage / mother-in-law cottage?
Hi,

A good starting point is to find out if the cottage is permitted or perhaps grandfathered in.
Next one would establish if cottages are common in the area and look for recent com ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Home Selling in San Francisco
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Should I get a pre-sale inspection before I put my home on the market? Doesn't a buyer usually pay for this?
Hi Kelly,

A pre-sale inspection lets potential buyers know more about the property condition, so they can make an offer more confidently. If you are in a multiple offer market area, ... more
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Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
What's better buyers? Granite over Oak? Or cheap counters and a lower list price?
In San Francisco there is a premium on "move in ready" homes where the new owners don't have to do anything. Any work that needs to be done will shrink your pool of potential buyers. ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Home Selling in Outer Sunset
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
How to make rents affordable city wide in San francisco.?
Peter has answered part of the problem. The other part of the problem is a lack of building new housing in San Francisco and in the Peninsula - the places where most of the new jobs ar ... more
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Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
I am a foreign buyer, Is now a good time to invest in residential in San Francisco?
If you are looking long term, I would be hard pressed to say there is ever a bad time to invest in residential real estate in San Francisco.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Home Buying in San Francisco
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
Is it normal for an Agent to ask for deposit from a Renter to secure viewing of an apartment?
Sounds like a scam. Please report that person to http://sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=53.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Rentals in San Francisco
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
Is Robert Donald a real agent? Or a scammer? His phone number doesn't work! Too many scammers on Trulia! Makes looking on here a waste of time - pleas
If you doubt that someone is an agent, you can easily look them up here: http://www2.dre.ca.gov/PublicASP/pplinfo.asp

If you still have questions, look up their office number usin ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 7, 2015 Rentals in San Francisco
Francis Soms…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Francis Somsel answered:
Are you providing apartment rental prices on a per month or per week basis? If it is both, how can I tell which it is?
In most cases it is provided on a monthly basis. Sites like AirBNB or Craigslist might list daily or weekly rates for short term rentals. When in doubt, ask.
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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
How can I make an offer non-contingent on financing? Is that safe?
Hi CT,

Your local RE and loan agent would want to explain the pros and cons of offer strategy to you.

All the best,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2015 Financing in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Why are so many of your listings scams? Every listing I follow up on (which granted always look to good to be true...) have been scams.
Please report any scams you find! Unfortunately they're common on sites like this one, and you're right to think that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Good lu ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2015 Rental Basics in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Are there any condos for sale at Arden? How much psf are they selling for?
While the building is sold out there are definitely other comparable buildings in the area that have available units. Most buildings in the neighborhood sell for $1200+ per foot. Let ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2015 Home Buying in Mission Bay
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
hud help required
Your best bet would be to talk to a Realtor to get the information you need. If there's anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to ask.

-Ryan
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 6, 2015 Quality of Life in Central Richmond
ctsseo, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA
ctsseo answered:
When is the best time for kitchen remodeling in San Francisco? I heard the least busy times are the best times since there is no competition.
Absolutely right the best time was kitchen remodelling in San Francisco. No competitor in entire area.I have a some idea to make kitchen modelling in-house that was better option to m ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 5, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 94131
franklinstev…, Renter in
franklinstevenfrederickclark asked:
looking for hud apts 76 and disabled vet
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 4, 2015 Quality of Life in Central Richmond
Carol Lin, Real Estate Pro in Sunnyvale, CA
Carol Lin answered:
Does a buyer have a legal obligation to give their home inspection report to the sellers they are in contrat with?
Hi there, I would check the purchase contract you are using to see if there is a clause in regards to this. I usually let the sellers get a copy as a courtesy since we poked through hi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 28, 2015 Home Buying in 94110
Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
recently gusty winds damaged the wooden fence of my house in SF. Is the damage covered by Home Owner's Insurance Policy as an standard loss?.?
It can be really difficult sometimes to get this kind of thing figured out. You should check any insurance documents that you have. If you can't find the information there, you should t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 24, 2015 Home Insurance in 94110
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Housing sale data
Hi Avra - I'd be happy to provide you with comps for median sales prices by neighborhood over the years. Y ou might be able to find this on Trulia or other similar sites as well. Let m ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 24, 2015 Using Trulia in San Francisco
Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in 94114
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Why is listing 1675 Jerrold Avenue listed as a JODI Group listing in the description?
Trulia isn't always up to date. They may have pulled this information from an old listing or it may have been uploaded by an individual by mistake. I'd suggest contacting Trulia direc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 24, 2015 Using Trulia in 94124
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