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The Five Biggest San Francisco Sales in 2010

By Eileen Bermingham

Friday, January 7, 2011 - 6:00am

Sixteen properties sold for more than $5M in San Francisco in 2010. Here's a look at the most expensive ones:

1. 2342 Broadway
List price: $14M
Sold: $13.5M

Potrero Hill Wins 2010 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year!

By Christine Doud

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 5:14pm

Beating out Noe Valley in the first round, Hayes Valley in the second, the Panhandle in the third round and lastly Lower Haight, Potrero Hill won the 2010 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year!

My 10 SF Real Estate Predictions for 2011

By Eileen Bermingham

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:00am

Now that we've slammed the lid on 2010, it's time to look at the year ahead. I thought I'd gaze into my Realtor's crystal ball---the black one with the "8" on it---and let loose:

1. Inventory will remain high all year. Loans still aren't easy to obtain with less than 20% down, so the buyer pool is still narrower than it once was. And many sellers are having a difficult time adjusting to market realities when it comes to price (as the more than 3200

Mortgage Rates May Have Hit Bottom


Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 4:29pm

Mortgage rates in 2010 were the lowest in six decades.  However, these ultra-low mortgage rates are vanishing.  Rates have been rising since November 2010, and the rate for 30-year fixed loans has crossed the 5 percent mark twice in three weeks.  Many experts are signaling the end to the 4 percent mortgage rate era.

Will Housing Rebound in 2011?


Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 4:24pm

Will housing rebound in 2011?  It's a question many Americans want answered. 

If you've been following my blog, the housing data for the latter months of 2010 have been raising optimism.  Especially in San Francisco, median home prices have been showing slight increases; seasonally-adjusted new- and existing-home sales figures have been improving; and inventory has been fairly steady, if not shrinking.

Some Real Estate Terms Defined

By Kevin Koerner

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 3:38pm

The act of transferring ownership of a property from seller to buyer in accordance to the sales contract. In plain English: The final step of a transaction where buyers take possession of the title, monies in escrow are disbursed, and the escrow officer will typically issue title insurance.

Disclosure Statement

A statement required by law, in which seller(s) must disclose specific information about the property to prospective buyers. In plain

A Nip ‘n Tuck at 88 King Street in South Beach

By Matthew Fuller, GRI

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 11:06am

Ah, the agonies of aging. Or, for those of you not feeling so charitable, the agonies of what some would describe as quick-and-questionable construction. Either way, as I was driving by 88 King St - The Towers at Embarcadero South yesterday I noticed that there was a lot activity on the exterior of the building, more cranes, pulleys, and workers than you would expect for a simple window wash!

Three Ways to Ready Your House for Showing

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 12:47pm

If you’re planning to sell your home in the New Year, performing some basic maintenance around the house improves its chances of better offers, faster.  We’ve got some simple and inexpensive ways to spruce it up prior to the first showing.   

San Francisco to Host 2013 America’s Cup

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 12:43pm

SFGate reports that after months of intense negotiation, San Francisco has beaten Newport, R.I. and Italy and been chosen to host the 2013 America’s Cup.

What Adds Value?

By Matthew Fuller, GRI

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 10:09am

I’m starting the new year off with a new account over at quora. Today’s question is: What should I do to increase the value of my San Francisco home?