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FIXING FLAWS IN PROPERTIES …. first things first

November 18th, 2010

Sometimes a home has a fixable flaw. Many properties would be greatly enhanced by taking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room (we see this a lot in Edwardian / Victorian homes and flats).  Maybe it’s as simple as upgrading a roof or adding closet space. Wonderful cosmetic upgrades that have been done to a home get lost when there’s a big issue that needs to be solved. If you don’t fix these flaws, you’ll garner lesser sales price when you sell. So be sure to address any “flaws” that your house may have before you add fancy lighting or a Sub Zero refrigerator. First things first – solve the big issues.   – Julie


Target: Metreon

November 18th, 2010

Target San Francisco MetreonIt seems that Target’s year is looking up.

Earlier this year, Target garnered sharp criticism from local organizations after they made a large political contribution to MN Forward, a business group that supported Tom Emmer, the conservative Minnesota politician who had spoken out about a plethora of gay rights initiatives.  But now it seems, after years of efforts by Target to make it’s way into San Francisco proper… it’s official.  All signs point to Target opening their store in the Metreon sometime in early 2012.

The latest hurdle, the design of the sign that will adorn the corner of 4th and Mission, has reached a resolution.  The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency unanimously approved Target’s plans to take over the first and second floors of the mostly vacant Metreon.

Target still has hopes of opening a second store at Masonic and Geary in the coming years but it looks like San Francisco residents will soon have a much shorter trip to get their Target-fix.

-Shane Ray

Rain or Shine?

November 16th, 2010

It’s a daily ritual for San Franciscans…. You wake up and decide whether to grab your sunglasses for your lunch in the Mission or whether you grab a sweater for your afternoon stroll at Ocean Beach.  We live in a city of microclimates so when the weatherman says that it’s going to be a high of 70 degrees in San Francisco today, you aren’t sure whether he’s talking about the Castro or the Richmond, Cole Valley or the Sunset.

Well, now there’s an app for the Android phone that can tell you just that.  SF Weather tells you the weather for 18 separate neighborhoods.  ”With its ever-changing microclimates, there’s never been such a thing as a true San Francisco weather forecast. Until now.”

No word on whether a similar app is coming for the iPhone, but for you Android users, check this out here and let us know what you think.

-Shane Ray

Post Freddie and Fannie…..?

November 5th, 2010

There is no doubt that Freddie and Fannie really screwed up and probably don’t deserve to exist, but there has to be an established alternative. A new public/private option would be good. It is time for private sector and the public sector to take some risks together. If the Congress takes down Freddie and Fannie without creating a viable alternative home ownership will bite the dust.

It just might be time to begin the process of creating a secondary banking system, leaving derivatives, hedge funds and big inappropriate bonuses to the existing giants of banking. If we need them less they might offer more.

-Julie Rogers