Monthly Archives: October 2009

Recycle your Fridge, Earn a Gas Credit, Use CFL’s by PG&E in San Francisco

fridge recyclingold fridgeHowdy!  Look what I received today in my ValPak mailer.  A coupon from PG&E promoting Recycling, and energy savings.  The info below is what was on the coupon with all of their website links too!

Check out the program put into place by PG&E in San Francisco

It’s easy to recycle your old (still working) refigerator!  Guess who will do it for free and you will receive $35 dollars too!

www.ApplianceRecycling.com/PGE or PHONE 1-800-299-7573

Here are some other PG&E Links you might find useful

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Should a Buyer be Pre-Approved for their loan before Searching for Property? Yes or No?

imagesHere in our San Francisco market, I urge all of my buyers to gain pre-approval for a loan before they begin their home search. Many people seem to think that pre-approval is like applying for your entire loan, but it is not.
Once you have chosen a direct lender, Bank, or Mortgage Broker, they will ask you to fill out a loan application and assist you in gathering the necessary documentation and verifications to complete what will eventually become your “loan Package”.
Once the loan professional has verified your income, assets and employment, they are able to estimate the type and amount of loan you will likely qualify for. This will assist you in knowing what your monthly payment, insurance, property taxes and interest will be and in turn, you will know the right price range to look in when shopping for your home!
Now that you have that pre-approval letter you are ready to search. This will give you a competitive advantage, as you will be able to submit offers immediately on what could be the “perfect” property for you with that valuable pre-approval letter. This letter lets the listing agent know that this buyer is already working toward their loan approval and has the right income and assets to qualify for that particular purchase. What do you think about loan pre-approval and working with an agent. Do you feel it is necessary?
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1st Time HomeBuyer – You may be able to use the tax credit for San Francisco Real Estate

Here’s the latest on the first time home buyers tax credit!!!

http://www.edesignations.com/blog/2009/10/real-estate-loans-first-time-home.asp

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San Francisco Real Estate Links for GREEN Buyers and Sellers

Green cityHey Folks!
Gavin Newsom just Twittered me about the launch of the new Green Cities Website, which is a collaboration of 10 cities GREEN Goals, we can participate in helping our City “Go GREEN”, read about Best Practices and keep up with what’s happening. Very inpsirational. I’ll be sure to post some of their San Francisco initiatives and events here.

See the article about the launch Here:

http://www.greenerbuildings.com/blog/2009/10/21/green-cities-california-unveils-best-practices-website

and the visit the New WEBSITE website here:

http://greencitiescalifornia.org/

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Stay at Green Hotels when you can – Great Link here.

Taken from the California Association of Realtors Green Tip of the Week: Sustainable Sleeps
If you’re traveling, consider staying at green hotels.  Hunt for green lodging at http://www.istaygreen.org

greenhotelsErika Burke, Realtor, CRS, e-Pro, GREEN has earned the National Association of Realtors GREEN designation.  For more information visit C.A.R.’s Green Web site (http://green.car.org).

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Re-Charge It! Camping & Batteries – Lots of ‘Em

recylcled batteries

I went camping last weekend and I’m proud to say that all of our equipment that needed batteries, were either wind up flashlights or used rechargeable batteries.  We made the original investment and get a feel good vibe everytime we charge our batteries in ad


I am a Realtor representing buyers and Sellers of Real Estate in San Francisco and I make it my business to impart GREEN info to my clients on a regular basis.  Ask me about GREEN homes for sale, what you can do now to make GREEN improvements to your current sale OR when preparing your property for sale – ask me what Green features buyers are looking for before beginning your home repairs or improvements.
vance and have plenty of light at our campsite and are helping the environment at the same time.  Not to mention the resources we are saving when going it outside with the elements…that’s another story. Continue reading

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Community Gardens in San Francisco

Potrero Hill Community Garden
Potrero Hill Community Garden

There are over 50 community gardens in San Francisco.

I’m going to make it my business to visit every one of them! I wonder of one of them has an open plot available. I visited the one on Lawton and 7th Aveunue, just behind the pumpkin patch.  When you purchase your pumpkins with the kids, be sure to walk behind and see the community garden there. There was a waiting list for that one and I bet there are waiting lists for others. I’ll report back and what I see, with pics and who I talk to as well! I bet it will be interesting.
Here is a link with a list of the current community gardens in San Francisco. FYI
http://www.sfgro.org/sfgardens.php

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New Floors – Make them Bamboo Floors

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Renewable flooring materials like Bamboo cost less than hardwood and look great.

Bamboo grows significantly faster than hard wood so it is sustainable. Some bamboos grow to over 60 feet in just 6 months.

Vertically oriented ‘carbonized’ 5/8 bamboo tongue and groove with pre-urethane top coat performs very well and looks terrific. Note that when comparing prices against hard wood, American oak is often cured longer and has less potential to buckle than cheaper imports that cost less than $5 / sq. ft. Bamboo costs about $3.50 / sq. ft. so the immediate savings on a 300 sq.ft. room (20′ x 15′ ) is about $450.

Consider bamboo for guest rooms, dens, home offices, or play rooms. You have many styles to choose from, but the vertical oriented system may wear better over time than the horizontal. The ‘carbonized’ finish is darker than the blonde finsh and it looks more like hardwood, and pre-finished boards with multiple coats of urethane will save on installation.

Also consider using bamboo instead of carpet. Installed carpet ranges from $1.25 to $2.50 per sq. ft. but you have to clean it and potentially replace it every 5 to 10 years depending on the wear.

The savings is immediate relative to wood, but the ROI Calculation is based on offsetting carpet at an average of $1.75 / sq. ft. for two 300 sq. ft. rooms with the need for a carpet replacement within 10 years.

The Bamboo ‘Grain’ is elegant and durable.

The tongue and groove boards come in easy to deliver and handle boxes.
Install it yourself or bring in the pros.
Bamboo looks great in transition with natural stone, carpet and oak.

Copied from Website: http://www.greenandsave.com/finishes/flooring/bamboo_floors.html

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