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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi William!

You should check out: http://trends.truliablog.com/

I think you'll find all kinds of great information that will help guide you.

Hope it helps,
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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Jed Lane answered:
Realtors might be able to tell you about past experience but that infomration isn't going to be absolute or reliable for what you might experience. DBI's enforcement waxes and wanes depending on the political will and budget.
If you were my client and were asking me this question I'd recommend that you walk into the DBI office and ask the question. My expereince is that they will answer the question without asking the address.
Yes though you could be forced to abate the extension, pay fines, get permits for and inspections of the extension etc. They can do many things but will they, who knows.
But rather than go through your life in the house not knowing and being afraid of the consequences go find out what they will be and move forward.
It is good that you took out the kitchen. The city doesn't look favorably on removal of dwelling units even if they are illegal.

I will confirm what Cary said, DBI is helpfull for the most part as long as you don't go in with an attitude.
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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Steven Minchen answered:
great time to sell
Hard to buy low inventory, high demand and bidding wars. The best way to win a bid is by doing sharp bids. This allows buyer to decide in short time to take the property or leave it.
Very active real estate market.
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Sun Dec 15, 2013
Trulia Customer Service answered:
Hello Johnny,

Please note that the previous sale information we display for each property is obtained from information made publicly available through the County Assessor's office.

If you have additional questions please contact customerservice@trulia.com


Kind Regards,
Trulia Customer Support
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Lizete Santos answered:
This property sold on 9/12/12. The HOA fee is $390.78 and leased parking fee is $250.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Regards,
Lizete
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
Alina Aeby answered:
Hi Rick,

Try First Republic Bank. They do finance condo purchases and refinancing in litigation buildings. However, they will ask for 30% down payment and the borrower needs to bank with First Republic and have a balance of at least $ 2500-3500/ month.

Good luck!

Alina Aeby-Broker Associate
Pacific Union International
415.744.4844
www.bestsfhomes.com
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Alina Aeby answered:
Hi SF Shopper,

Well, I do know the buildings well and even have done business in there recently.

As a Realtor, I would shy away from making statements about the quality of the building or safety of the area. Why?

a. Nobody can make a statement about how well the building is constructed. In order to find out for sure you need to hire inspectors and structural engineers. However, many new buildings may have some construction defects and one of the Signature Properties has indeed a pending litigation for construction defects under SB 800. This is a good thing because the developer will eventually pay for repairs, but may restrict your lending options until the litigation is over. However, a recent 1 bd in the litigation building sold for over asking in an all cash transaction.
b. Please check the police crime reports; usually the break-ins the garage don't have much to do with the safety of the area, they happen virtually everywhere.
c. Again, you have to check the mosquitos situation by talking with the residents and eventually the management company. They have a property manager on the site. Another good resource are the people at the UCSF kayaking program, just along the creek. Talk to them, they are a good neighborhood resource and very friendly.
d. Finally, the smaller a property is, the higher the price per square feet. The appeal of these buildings is that you can also find quite large units, 2 and 3 bedrooms, which are not easy to find in South Beach and Mission Bay. Also, the HOA's are lower than in the amenities buildings.

Over all, I have not seen condos in any Signatures Properties sitting on the market for too long. They have nice finishes and layout, they are well located and they seem to be favourites with buyers.

At the end it is a personal decision.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,

Alina

Alina Aeby- Broker Associate
Pacific Union International
www.bestsfhomes.com
415.744.4844
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Christian Deshaies answered:
Hi,
You do not need a realtor's license to manage a home owner association. The board of the HOA is usually elected by the members of the community. Anyone can become a Board member as long as you are elected. You can find more information on the California website: http://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/homeowner_assn

Thank you,
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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
I am personally a huge fan of the Duboce Triangle! Learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duboce_Triangle,_San_Francisco

Hope this helps,
Ali, Community Manager
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
I don't actually live in the Mission, but I will tell you why I love hanging in the Mission.

FOOD.

There, I said it! In the Mission, you can find all kinds of authentic options ranging in prices. I would highly recommend reading up on "The Best of..." lists, you'll find that the majority of great SF eats are in the Mission. http://www.7x7.com/eat-drink

Hope this helps, enjoy!

Ali, Community Manager

PS My fave restaurant in SF is called Flour + Water in the Mission...mmmm....
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Wed Mar 20, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
Central Subway to extend Third Street tracks, provide connection to BART, buses

A new Muni rail line that will cut through SoMa up into Chinatown is expected to be online by 2016.


The $1.4 billion Central Subway project, which will create continuous rail service from Visitacion Valley to Chinatown and is expected to reduce the commute by half.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013
Tina Lam answered:
Better in what sense?

Yes, it can matter if Congress makes any prospective laws that favor a home purchase before or after a certain calendar year.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013
Bill Sockolov answered:
I don't fully understand your question. Who rejected the loan offer...a Seller...an Underwriter...?

I would love to help, but need more information.

Thank you!
Bill
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Sun Mar 17, 2013
Lance King answered:
Marina or Cow Hollow are two good bets. Lots of restaurants and bars and single people. You will also have access to the bars and restaurants of Fillmore and Polk Streets, so those are hard to beat. Pac Hts is okay, too - I live there - but you'll have to walk up and down steep hills to get to the marina/cow hollow places from there.

The other area you may want to consider is South Beach. Lots of young professionals and plenty of bars and restaurants there as well. I would spend some time in both and see what feels right to you.
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Fri Dec 2, 2016
Russ Ravary answered:
Usually Craigslist. If you know which agents are doing that call them directly
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Shelly Hu answered:
I think of tech companies, design/art centers, museums, and the ballpark.
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
David Tapper answered:
Aside from your credit, the other two things are your income and down payment. If you are doing a Refi, it's your equity and income.

Best,

Tap
www.DaivdTapper.com
www.TeamTapper.com
Tap@cbnorcal.com
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Paul Neal answered:
Home inspections are customary during escrows by buyers or even before by sellers so the buyer will know what the outstanding structural issues are with all elements of the house. Unless a contractor or other expert is buying the house, buyers typically cannot assess the condition of the house on their own. In a buyers market, these inspections can be the basis for buyers to seek money, credit, or concessions from sellers for the curing of problems found by the licensed inspector. In a sellers market with competitive bidding by multiple buyers, it is usually much more unlikely that sellers will negotiate over the costs to cure items in the inspection report. Still, if a buyer finds that there are more problems brought to light in the inspection report, the buyer may not be able to negotiate concessions but she can still walk away from the deal. ... more
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
David Tapper answered:
The best way to find him is to provide the address of the subject property and I'm sure one of us on Trulia will look it up for you.

Cheers.

Tap
www.DavidTapper.com
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