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August 5th, 2011

Be an Intelligent Buyer…

1. Real Estate in San Francisco is block to block.
You’ve heard of the infamous San Francisco “microclimates”. Real estate in SF has even more defined “hot spots”. The value of a property on the 700 block of a particular street can be vastly different than that of a property on the 900 block of the same street. You need an agent who can guide you through the ins and outs of the City… block by block. Get our handy map of San Francisco real estate districts to begin to grasp how the streets of San Francisco are seen in the real estate world.


2. Good taste is hard to come by…. and it really sucks to pay for someone else’s bad taste!
Buying a fixer home can feel like an overwhelming task but sometimes it is the best way to get what you want without having to compromise on amenities. Why pay extra for someone else’s 1990′s kitchen remodel. Buy the place with an original kitchen and put in the kitchen of your dreams. Often times, you’ll end up at the same price point. Get our guide to the remodeling projects that get you the most bang for you buck.


3. Avoid “Fatal Flaws” like the plague.
There are some things that just can’t be fixed. If it’s a problem when you’re buying, it will be a problem when you sell. Your agent can help you understand the things to look out for when looking at property. Get our list of some of the most common “fatal flaws”.


4. Know the true cost of your home.
What you pay for a home is only a part of the equation of what your house will cost you. Do your due diligence and be sure you know what you’re buying and what it will cost you. A good agent will connect you with all the professional experts you need to truly understand your home. Get our list of things to look for at your property inspection.


5. Have your financial ducks in a row.
When you’re ready to buy in San Francisco, you’ll need to show the seller that you are prepared financially. Your agent can help connect you with a qualified and professional financing professional. Get our list of questions to ask your mortgage professional.