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Hayes Valley : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Helen Yuen answered:
It can be a safe place to live if these pre-caution tips are taken seriously:

The top preventative measure is situational awareness.
Stick to well-lit paths and try not to walk around with your iPhone or iPad out, especially at night. Even though other items are being stolen, those are the top two mentioned in police reports.

If you’re concerned about this topic - There will be a Public Safety Meeting at the Korean American Center (745 Buchanan) for this neighborhood.
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Mon Dec 5, 2011
Brandon B answered:
I've actually never lived here, but lived across the panhandle in the Haight several years ago. Even then Hayes Valley was a nice little get away from the Haight, with favorite places like Suppenkiche (German restaurant) and Place Pigalle (fun tavern like bar), and has only improved with time. One of the biggest benefits is some fun and a few great restaurants like Absinthe and Jardiniere.

Also, Hayes Valley is super central, easy to catch a bus, and near Fell St. and Oak St. -- big thoroughfares in SF. Also, a relatively easy walk to Civic Center Bart (for commuters/going to airport), and the new freeway on-ramp to 101/BayBridge is very close, if you want to get away from the city. Easy walks to the Haight, Duboce, and the Castro. Proximity to the panhandle and Golden Gate park is a big plus too.
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Mon Dec 5, 2011
Sarah C. Bell answered:
Lower Haight has some crime, although it seems to be equivalent to crime levels in the Mission & the Castro. Parts of the Lower Haight are loud - with bar crowds on the weekends. Parking is difficult (though no more difficult than the other densely populated areas of SF) ... more
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Sat Dec 15, 2012
Seth Swenson, MBA answered:
Hayes Valley is one of the coolest and trendy neighborhoods in San Francisco and real estate there is appreciating there over the long run. Whether buying or renting there is a lot of competition and the property is typically not on the market for long. Below is an excerpt from an article about Hayes Valley which explains much of the success of Hayes Valley:

"The success of Hayes Valley's current commercial district was boosted in part by the destruction caused by the 1989 earthquake to the Central Freeway, which had entrance ramps on Franklin and Gough streets. The freeway was an eyesore and created noise pollution that kept businesses and foot traffic away. Not long after that part of the freeway came down, the community began to transform, and commerce moved in."

Please call me if you want to Buy or Sell property in Hayes Valley.

Thank you,

Seth Swenson
Broker Associate at Prudential
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
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Tue Oct 25, 2011
Trulia asked:
What did you wish you knew before moving here?
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Wed Jan 30, 2013
Laura Coffey answered:
I would speak to lenders about that. A problem I am having right now as the listing agent is this: The buyer is Chinese and in China. Apparenty you can only transfer money at $50K at a time. The other problem is, it's relocation and the relo company wants them to get something noterized by an American so they have to make an appoinment at the Embassy which can take 2 weeks for an appointment. ... more
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Thu Apr 21, 2011
Lamont Stephen Duncan Jr. answered:
That is a difficult question to answer because it is so subjective. I would probably stay away from Gough or Franklin which are major thoroughfares through the city but you may not mind that. If you are looking for more demographic or crime based information you should start here:


On this site, there is good information about crime and a map of hayes valley including historical information. It is a beautiful part of the city which was made even better by the demolition of the freeway that was there previously.

Email me if I can help in your search :
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Sat Jun 4, 2011
Linda Lorenzo answered:
A tenancy in common is ownership by more than one and the shares can be equal or unequal. One person can own 50% and two others own 25% each (or any variation)- when one of the owners dies their share passes on to their heirs not the other owners. HOA fees are on the property, and pass with the property - how you hold title does not matter. You should consult an attorney or other professional for advice on how to hold title. ... more
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Wed Jan 27, 2010
Eric Michael Abrams - California Real Estate Broker answered:
Craigslist short-term rentals is by far the best manner. If you need any help, I'd be happy to assist free of charge.

It's really the best place to look, and if you're new to the city, again, I'd be happy to assist you.

Just visit for more info. In fact here is the exact link for the craigslist sublets and temporary housing.

There's also a section where you can list what you're looking for called "housing wanted."

Good luck and again, let me know if I can help in any way.

Eric M. Abrams
CA Real Estate Broker
C.A.R.# R01862927
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Tue Feb 5, 2013
Sally Rosenman answered:
Dear Meg,

I suggest you talk to the folks at the Mayor's Office of Housing. See what others have done and then talk to the bankers they suggest. Or you can find bankers/mortgage brokers on my website listed below. I would go to the Housing office first since there are probably others in your perdicament.

Please contact me if you want info on the various lenders on my site.

Good luck,

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Tue Jun 17, 2008
Jed Lane answered:
Contact the Department of Building Inspection. It actually is best to stop by (Otis Street) and ask for information on the process. You can be asking as if you intend to convert empty space. Before you ask them to come and tell you specifically what needs to be done find out if you have the required ceiling height and egress.
Eventually they will come out and inspect the property and can tell you what is needed to make it compliant. If you are lucky and the builder did everything to code it might be just the inspection fees and possible permit fee. If the builder did a lousy job it could be more expensive but in the end worthwhile.
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Wed Apr 9, 2008
Jed Lane answered:
You should contact Jeff Woo or have you realtor do it. He is an attorney thatworks with many of us on these issues. One way to approach the valuation is to find out how much it would cost to do a buy out of the tenent. Short of that ask yourself what it's worth to you to take on the issue. Put a dollar figure on it.
$50K $100K what would it be worth to you and what do you think it would be worth to you as a seller now and in the future to take on this problem.
Look for hope iin the next supervisorial elections, maybe we can change some of the se local laws. Also look at Proposition 98 which will do away with rent control as an unlawful taking of personal property by the goverenment.
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Sun Dec 30, 2007
K Feat answered:
Hi Fred,

Obviously, realtors, like myself have access to MLS data for previous sales for SF neighborhoods. I'm a data junkie, so I like to look through various information on sales, days on market, etc. when researching for clients or myself. I'm also a big fan of which has some great data and trends. The Tax Collector and Treasurer's office on may also provide some information. I like AlstosResearch as well. Here's a link: Finally, Inman News is a good source, but may not be as micro as you'd like. Here's the link: Of course, I'd be happy to help if you'd like.

Best regards,

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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Victoria Lorusso answered:
I understand where you are coming from but without knowing the property it's difficult accurately tell you. A 250k home in Iowa won't buy you a condo here so that has to be taken into consideration. Typically though kitchen and bath improvement do offer a return. You might like to look at what some of your neighbors have done as a guide. I would also call your Realtor. I frequently consult with home owners to help them make the right decisions and avoid costly mistakes. ... more
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