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Home Selling in San Francisco County : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Feb 17, 2017
Lbrun10110 answered:
Doing comps for a CMA. 1) How much value does a 4th bedroom have?
2) How musch added value for sewer VS Septic?
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Sun Feb 12, 2017
Christinemcmahon answered:
Get new countertops (granite or one of many other upscale options) in a more neutral color and paint the oak. Add updated hardware, if you haven't already. Many buyers like white cabinets now. Sand the cabinets, wash them with TSP, prime, then paint. We did some of our cabinet in cement gray, which is popular now, too. If you are going to rip out any cabinets, take out only some of the uppers (which are the ones with the cathedral tops) and put in open shelving. I haven't had anyone even notice my cathedral cabinets since I painted them and updated everything around them, though, so removal shouldn't be necessary. If the kitchen can handle darker colors, the easiest option is to paint the cabinets with a thin layer of high-gloss chocolate or mahogany paint. Do a light sanding (don't remove all of the finish) and paint the cabinets with one thin layer of paint (not stain--regular opaque paint), following the grain of the wood with your paint brush. Do only one coat. Some of the grain will be visible through the paint and it will transform it into an antique, rich-looking wood. The upshot is that you need to alter both the cabinets and the countertops, though it needn't be a huge ordeal. If you leave a dated kitchen in an otherwise-updated house, you'll not only get a lower price, but a lot of buyers will be turned off altogether and it will take you longer to sell. ... more
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Mon Jan 30, 2017
Feliciabiar answered:
Wood burning or nothing. I'm shopping for a home now and am having trouble finding one. I live in a cold climate and wood is plentiful so I don't understand the preference for gas. It's so expensive comparatively.! ... more
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Thu Dec 29, 2016
Convrtr answered:
Could someone call I have some questions about my house that's gonna go into probate 803-403-4445. My name is Linda
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Sun Dec 11, 2016
craigpalmernyc answered:
788 route 44-55 Highland NY 12528
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Wed Sep 28, 2016
Mcomerford asked:
History of buys and sales
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Wed Sep 28, 2016
Christine.woods32 answered:
The majority of properties in the San Francisco are listed with a 6% commission. This commission is split by the agent for buyer and the one for seller- 3 percent each.
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Sun Jul 3, 2016
Ryan Rudnick answered:
It's likely easier and more efficient to work with an agent since they will have access to marketing tools like the MLS, and their own network of brokers/agents who they can reach out to. That said, if you already know someone personally who you think is interested in buying your property, by all means go for a private off-market sale! In that case, I'd suggest you work with a real estate attorney to draw up any necessary documents, and use a trusted title/escrow company for the transaction. If you're set on marketing the property yourself, you can use (for sale by owner) and other similar sites to post the details of the sale.

Best of luck, and don't hesitate to reach out if you need any help with what can undoubtedly be a complex process!
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Fri Jul 1, 2016
Dorene Slavitz answered:
We do not have the full picture about what transpired to give a good answer. Yes as Realtors we are here to assist you in Real Estate Sale and Purchase negotiations. By the " 11th hour" suggests to me the house was already in Escrow and about to close escrow. Most of our work is done by that time, so perhaps that is the reason your agent declined to do more. As I stated though, we really don't know all the details of the transaction. ... more
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Fri Jul 1, 2016
Dorene Slavitz answered:
If you know your friend well and trust his judgement there's no reason not to at least interview the Realtor to see if you have a good rapport with him. He/She should be able to provide references to you. ... more
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Tue Jun 21, 2016
Derek Jones answered:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and in the section labeled " FOR PROFESSIONALS" click on "SUBMIT YOUR LISTINGS".
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Fri Jun 10, 2016
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Fri May 13, 2016
Mark answered:
The best way to find out the going real estate commission rate is to put the Realtor fees on the open market and let the Agents bid your commission rate. Commission fees are negotiable and can vary by zip code. We find the best way to compare commission fees is to reverse-auction them. That is why we created; a free service for Sellers who can invite agents to submit their marketing plan and commission structure. It is a patent pending process that is saving Sellers thousands.

It is completely free to the Seller and there is no obligation for the Seller to pick the lowest bid or any bid. The whole time the Seller remains anonymous as we never publish your street address or contact information. Sellers can sit back and review marketing plans, commission bids, ratings and reviews. A big win for the Seller. After all, Agents are not charged to register or bid and they have no obligation to bid. Give it a try:
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Sun Apr 3, 2016
Ryan Rudnick answered:
5% is pretty standard in SF these days so I'd expect that in most cases, including a multi-family dwelling. 2.5% would go to the seller's agent and 2.5% would go to the buyer's.
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Sun Jan 31, 2016
Ryan Rudnick answered:
I'd suggest doing the renovations yourself - it sounds like you have a fairly reasonable quote for the work you mention, and 300sq. ft. is a huge addition for a 1000 sq. ft home.

Best of luck with the renovation! ... more
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Sun Nov 1, 2015
Justmeinthisworld answered:
I would evict her butt...there must be grounds for her interfering in the sale...she is refusing legal entry (assuming she is given legally required notice)
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Mon Sep 14, 2015
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
Hi Robert,

The only way to get your FSBO home listed on Trulia is to have it listed on the MLS. Only agents have access, but you could also pay for what's called a flat fee listing service if you want to sell by owner (generally not a good idea).

We created UpNest ( to help home sellers get the best value possible. All you have to do is submit a few details about your home, and we'll invite several top local agents to submit proposals to you.

Since agents are competing to earn your listing, they bring out their best commission rates and value added services, saving you a lot of money. There's no risk to try us at all, and it's completely free for you. We're based in SF, and have helped a lot of Bay Area sellers save money!

Good luck!
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Sat Sep 5, 2015
Honey Brooks answered:
Get a C.L.U.E. Report to find out where your house insurance ranks . That will tell you whether or not insurance companies will rate your house on giving out new insurance to a new Buyer. ... more
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Mon Aug 31, 2015
Rental properties are tough to sell even using an agent. I am guessing you are selling an SFR.

The quickest and easiest sell is to sell it to the current tenants. I have very low down payment programs where we may be able to convert their current deposit into their down payment.

Their payment will be going up, but whenever you sell a rental the rents go up.

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