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Curb Appeal in San Francisco : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Dec 29, 2017
Ali.brown2828 answered:
The old saying still holds true in all areas of life " you can't judge a book by it's cover " No matter how well a yard is kept , that doesn't tell what is in a persons heart. If you have young children or live alone, do your home work and yes ask lots of questions. One old saying does hold true , better safe than sorry , Myself , yes , I would visit with the neighbors and say hello , and let your instincts help you in the process to see if you would want to live there. ... more
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
rosewwwdot answered:
Hi Phil, I have created a digital design service for home exterior redesigns without a full renovation, you can see examples of our work here :

By making small improvements you can easily increase the value of your home and of course, make you and your neighbors happy!


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Thu Sep 23, 2010
Jason Allen-Rouman answered:
Hey there Fred,

I appreciate this answer is three years after you posted your question. I just happened to do a keyword search for "Victorian" and stumbled upon it. First, I'm wondering about your success with washing your building. Second, I noticed no here mentioned the risks of using a non-professional, such as scarring old-growth redwood siding. Please post here what you've done/ Thanks.


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Sun Nov 15, 2009
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Tue Nov 10, 2009
Eileen Bermingham answered:
I think a nicely landscaped yard inarguably adds to overall appeal. I have a listing that will be closing this week in the Haight that has no yard; another similar listing I sold a month or so ago had a nice yard. We discussed this aspect with our no-yard seller and informed her that the lack of a yard would detract from the overall appeal.

I have clients who purchased a house with a huge yard a couple years ago in Miraloma Park. The yard was the size of two lots. They spent a very large amount of money completely transforming their yard, and I have to believe they could get back a sizeable amount on that investment.

One more thing: I think a yard on a single-family lot will be worth more than one in a condo/shared yard scenario. So if you have a house in Potrero, I'd recommend sprucing up the yard a bit for the ultimate appeal. There's a reason I've recommended that sellers call in gardeners/landscapers when we've gotten their house ready to sell. As for a value on landscaping--that will vary and there's really no data to support a dollar figure, unfortunately.
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Tue Nov 10, 2009
Eileen Bermingham answered:
Hi Joseph--I think a lot of companies have mentor programs in place. My company, Pacific Union, requires new agents to work with a mentor for the first two buyer/seller transactions. This is good for the client & the real estate company.

There seem to be less new agents getting into the industry these days, but those who are considering
jumping in should definitely find/get paired up with a mentor.
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Fri May 23, 2008
Megan Manly answered:
Jackie Leavenworth is simply amazing. While she is a CRS Instructor, she's also an amazing speaker. The Tennessee Association of REALTORS had her at the Destin, FL conference and you couldn't get to her afterwards, she was so good. I can honestly say, I've never met nor heard such a down-to-earth speaker who is as nice on stage as off. ... more
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Sun Jan 13, 2008
Jed Lane answered:
I forgot to add my recomendations for stagers, I'll second Taste and also recommend Spaces Design and Peggy Hughes. Spaces Design is a unique company in that they will take on the whole project and then sub it out to whomever is needed. They can replace windows, clean and stage. Most stagers just place furniture and won't paint or fix problems, Spaces Design is a one stop. ... more
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Fri Nov 2, 2007
Mark Choey answered:
Good question

Most likely $50,000 - and I agree with previous posts including Veronica who say depending on the street and whether there is a lot of street parking or not.

So - if you have a 2BR with 1 car parking - let's just say it's $775,000.
If you have the same 2BR with NO parking - the same unit should probably sell for maybe $725,000 and if the same 2BR had 2 car parking, then probably $825,000.

That definitely seems right to me....
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Sun Sep 30, 2007
Matthew Goulden answered:
Hi Mike,

Nothing is typical with views other than you do get more, how much more depends on the actual view. It sounds like your views are not typical and should fetch a real premium compared to other homes nearby that do not have he view.

Obviuosly a view is not the only thing, assuming your house is in great shape with your doll house description, hopefully 3+ beds or 2 plus office it could be worth a big premium, in the $100's of thousands. If you would consider my partner and I taking 30 minutes of your time to show us your home we will provide you with an up to date market analysis with no obligation, and our office is just around the corner on 17th St.

Good luck, and we hope to be of assistance.

Matthew & Aldo
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