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Before & After: The Power of Good ‘Vision’

July 18th, 2012

One of our strengths is the capability to visualize every home’s potential. A simple remodel, paint job or design tweak can make a huge difference in a home’s ambiance – not to mention its perceived value. We can help assess the potential each home has and estimate the true cost to getting your dream house (or kitchen, or bathroom).

As listing agents, we also use this skill to stage the home so potential buyers can envision themselves living there. We’ve captured some before/after photos that do a great job conveying the power of good “vision.” (We’ll admit – using a good camera with a wide-angle lens gives the “After” photos that much more of a punch!)


We updated the exterior of the building with a strong paint color to give this smaller building a bold presence on the street.

Living Room

This home had been a rental property for 15 years, so it needed a fresh start. The owners didn’t live in town, so we oversaw the remodel to prepare it for sale. We restored and painted the trim, patched & painted the walls, and installed new floors in addition to adding interior design elements.

Eat-in Kitchen

Transformation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Painting the cabinets white and adding new hardware took the entire room to a new level. Aside from the new appliances, this room’s new look was achieved for under $2,000!



Since the bedrooms were small, space planning was key. We tried to maximize the space so buyers could see the potential in each room.



We gutted and replaced the bathroom with a classic palette, using white subway tile and gray slate. The result is a timeless look that can easily be updated by adding trendy fixtures.



Even the garage got a clean-up to showcase its full size.


Improvements in the Outer Sunset

July 10th, 2012

The San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR) has released its final Master Plan for Ocean Beach (we discussed the previous draft here). With improvements like restoring the dunes and adding bike & pedestrian improvements around the Cliff House, this plan could create a lot of value for the seaside neighborhood.

San Francisco Home Prices Rise

July 10th, 2012

Bloomberg recently reported that home prices are on the rise in San Francisco. The trend may continue, making now a good time to buy before prices rise further. Contact us for a personalized tour of properties that meet your criteria.