Monthly Archives: December 2011

San Francisco is a Bright Spot in Economic Recovery

As the nation’s economic recovery continues at a slow pace, San Francisco is a bright spot in the region, the state and beyond. Recent indicators are encouraging, showing strong growth in key industries which are in turn creating jobs and moving the economy forward. This is good news, and we can keep the momentum going well into the future.

One critical measure of The City’s economic health is tourism, which generated more than $8.5 billion in spending last year. Thankfully, the 2011 summer tourist season did not disappoint. Activity at San Francisco International Airport hit a spring-high with domestic air travel increasing 5 percent year-over-year. International flights have also seen a 6.5 percent year-to-date increase. This influx of travelers has given a needed boost to local hotels, restaurants, retail and other businesses. According to the city controller, hotel occupancy, room rates and retail activity are all following positive trends. Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Local SF Real Estate News, San Francisco Real Estate | Leave a comment

A Few Great Holiday JOKES to share…family style, good and corny

Question and Answer Christmas Jokes

Q: What do elves learn in school?
A: The Elf-abet!

Q: What’s the most popular wine at Christmas?
A: “I don’t like sprouts” !

Q: If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get?
A: Missletoe!

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
A: Frostbite.

Continue reading

Posted in Blog | Comments Off on A Few Great Holiday JOKES to share…family style, good and corny

Here’s some quick Holiday jokes….family style, good and corny you can share!

Question and Answer Christmas Jokes

Q: What do elves learn in school?
Christmas Present
A: The Elf-abet!

Q: What’s the most popular wine at Christmas?
A: “I don’t like sprouts” !

Q: If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get?
A: Missletoe!

Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
A: Frostbite.

Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?
A: Because he had low elf esteem.

Q: Why does Santa have 3 gardens?
A: So he can ho-ho-ho.

Q: Where do polar bears vote?
A: The North Poll.

Q: What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper?
A: Ribbon hood.

Q: Why do birds fly south for the winter ?
A: Because it’s to far to walk.

Q: What was wrong with the boy’s brand new toy electric train set he received for Christmas?
A: Forty feet of track – all straight!

Q: What kind of bird can write?
A: A PENguin.

Q: How does Al Gore’s household keep Christmas politically correct?
A: On Christmas morning, they give the presents TO the tree.

Q: What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time?
A: Sandy Claus!

Q: How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas?
A: Fleece Navidad!

Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish.

Q: Why does Santa’s sled get such good mileage?
A: Because it has long-distance runners on each side.

Q: What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
A: Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

Q: What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus?
A: Crisp Cringle.

Q: What did the ghosts say to Santa Claus?
A: We’ll have a boo Christmas without you.

Q: What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve?
A: Okay everyone, sack time!!

Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
A: Snowflakes.

Q: If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called?
A: A subordinate claus.

Q: Why did the elf push his bed into the fireplace?
A: He wanted to sleep like a log.

Q: Why did Santa spell Christmas N-O-E?
A: Because the angel had said, “No L!”

Q: What goes Ho, Ho, Swoosh, Ho, Ho, Swoosh?
A: Santa caught in a revolving door!

Q: Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
A: Because it ” soots ” him!

Q: What do you do if Santa gets stuck in your chimney?
A: Pour Santa flush on him.

Q: Did you hear that one of Santa’s reindeer now works for Proctor and Gambel?
A: Its true . . . Comet cleans sinks!

Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
A: Claustrophobic.

Q: Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
A: Because every buck is dear to him.

Q: How come you never hear anything about the 10th reindeer “Olive” ?
A: Yeah, you know, “Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names”

Q: Why did the little girl change her mind about buying her grandmother a packet of handkerchiefs for Christmas?Q: Olive ?
A: Yeah, you know, “Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names”

Q: Why is Christmas just like a day at the office?
A: You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

Q: Olive?
A: Yeah, you know, “Olive the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names”

Q: What was so good about he neurotic doll the girl was given for Christmas?
A: It was wound up already.

Q: What’s a good holiday tip?
A: Never catch snowflakes with your tongue until all the birds have gone south for the winter.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Here’s some quick Holiday jokes….family style, good and corny you can share!

Maiden Lane-The Quaint Shopping Street you don’t want to miss

Talking about Union Square for holiday shopping, take a seat on the parks’ steps or benches in the center and watch the passerby while you determine what world class shop to visit!

Weekends you may find art events, performances and in the winter an ice skating ring.  A preserved plot of land that can never be built on due to a trust of its’ original owner.  Around the square are some of the most famous stores in the world!  This is luxury shopping  and dining central, but know that a deal can still be had.

My favorite secret of the area is Maiden Lane.  A 2 block side street between Geary and Post, featuring shops like Hermes, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Brittex Fabrics, a number of salons and  charming little cafes with outdoor tables.  During the day, the street is blocked to traffic for easy navigation and dining.  These are the back door entrances to these highly touted shops, making your journey quaint.  Take in their windows that change regularly for some high art window dressing.  When the ballet season began last year, almost every vendor featured mannequins with authentic vintage ballet costumes.

Continue reading

Posted in Blog, San Francisco Lifestyle, SF Local News, Shopping in San Francisco | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Maiden Lane-The Quaint Shopping Street you don’t want to miss

6 ways buyers can boost qualifying income

Borrowers without the income required to qualify for the mortgage they need have many possible options. “Income adequacy” is governed by general guidelines that can be adjusted to meet individual circumstances. It is “softer” than the down payment requirement, discussed last week.

Maximum debt-to-income ratio

The measure of income adequacy most often used is the sum of the monthly payment on the new mortgage, plus property taxes, homeowners insurance and other debt payments, divided by income. The maximum ranges from 40 percent to 43 percent, but underwriters have discretion to accept higher requirements if they believe that circumstances justify them.

Debt payments are those that extend beyond the next six months and are not deferred for a year or longer. This includes HELOCs and other revolving credits, credit card debt that you don’t pay off at month-end, student loans, and alimony and child support payments. Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Buyers Tips, Local SF Real Estate News | Leave a comment

4706 25th St. – All New Remodel!

4 Bed/3.5 Bath Remodeled to the Studs.                                               2 Car Garage. Steam Showers, Cat5,                                                 Hardwood, solar ready. Bedrooms on 1 level.                               Previously on market for over $2M.                                                   An impeccable family home.                                                                 SOLD for $1,850,000.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4706 25th St. – All New Remodel!

3 myths of conventional real estate wisdom

 

Whether you’ve rented your whole life or own a portfolio of properties, you’ve undoubtedly heard the real estate saying, “Location, location, location,” which simply means that a home’s value is highly dependent upon, well, its location!

The timeless truth of this saying is beyond dispute, even in tough times like these for the housing market. The recessionary fates and foreclosure rates of an individual housing market are highly dependent upon the economic and employment prospects of that market, and even the desirability of an individual neighborhood or lot. Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Buyers Tips, Estates Group Listings, Local SF Real Estate News, San Francisco Real Estate | Leave a comment

25 Bond Lane—Tiburon

Single Family Manse
4 Bdrm, 3.5 Ba, Elegant Country Home
3 Car Garage, Entertaining Floor and Pool Deck on Over 1 Acre in an exclusive neighborhood
SOLD $3,425,000.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 25 Bond Lane—Tiburon

104 Funston Ave.—Lake District

Single Family Lake District Manse
4 Bdrm, 3.5 Ba, Designer Garden,
2 Car Garage, Upgrades Galore.           Nearly 4000SF.
SOLD $2,200,000.
See www.104Funston.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 104 Funston Ave.—Lake District

3135 Franklin St—Marina—Top Floor Condo

3 Bedroom 2 Bath luxury condo with roof deck and 3 parking, refreshed for sale
SOLD $1,350,000
Represented Buyer

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 3135 Franklin St—Marina—Top Floor Condo

2335 42nd Ave.—SOLD $715,000.

Single Family Home– Parkside– 1st Time Home Buyer
Charming 3 Brm/1 Ba, fireplace, sweeping ocean views, Xtra long lot, garage. Original asking $688K.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 2335 42nd Ave.—SOLD $715,000.

2510 Skyfarm Dr. Hillsborough

Large Single family FIXER with Pool in private neigborhood of estates.  Requiring TLC to bring back to its’ full potential. Creek runs through bottom of property. Opportunity for terraced gardens. SOLD for $1,850,000.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 2510 Skyfarm Dr. Hillsborough

479 Clipper St. Noe Valley

SFR Development w/ Plans & Permits
SOLD $1,150,000.
Developer purchased in private transaction SFR on RH2 with plans and permits in place to add 2nd unit and flip. Agent will re-sell for $1,900,000. after renovations.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 479 Clipper St. Noe Valley

982 Hollister Ave. – Single Family Home. Short SALE

4 Bed, 3.5 Bath, Additional rooms unwarranted and kitchen down. 3 separate entrances.
Asking $350,000.
See www.982Hollister.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 982 Hollister Ave. – Single Family Home. Short SALE

1601 Galvez Ave. Listing SOLD $670,000.

Commercial Property – 4 Office Units &
Parking.
Occupy or Develop this M1 Light
Industrial Parcel
See www.1601Galvez.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 1601 Galvez Ave. Listing SOLD $670,000.

1114 Hollister Ave. Listing SOLD $510,000

Remodeled Single Family Home-Bayview Heights
Asking $499,888 2 UNITS—one is Unwarranted.
This is a 3Brm/1Ba Up and a 1Brm/1Ba/Kitchen/living down
Sold during the holidays over the asking. Worked with a flipper.
See www.1114Hollister.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 1114 Hollister Ave. Listing SOLD $510,000

2040 Sutter #205 SOLD $680,000

Condo – Fillmore District—Listing
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, walk out terrace, extra storage, Marble, hardwood floors, fireplace and steps from hippest neighborhood in SF.
See www.Suttercondo.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 2040 Sutter #205 SOLD $680,000

3350 Carter Dr. #59 SOLD $425,000.

3 Brm/2.5Ba Condo, Freshly
Remodeled
Repeat client, assisted with remodel
Staged for sale!
See www.CarterCondo.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 3350 Carter Dr. #59 SOLD $425,000.

62 Wanda St., SOLD $535,000.

Single Family Trust Sale – LISTING
2Brm/1Ba/lovely Garden
Repeat Client, family home refreshed for sale.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 62 Wanda St., SOLD $535,000.

330 Vernon Ave.—SOLD $530,000.

Single Family Fixer– Merced Heights– Buyer
2Brm/1Ba FIXER with In-Law purchased by Contractor
Dining Room Ocean View.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 330 Vernon Ave.—SOLD $530,000.

1754 Larkin #1—Pacific Heights

Condo—SOLD $399,000
This Client was a first time Home Buyer who looked for 9 months until we found her the perfect TIC at a fantastic price.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 1754 Larkin #1—Pacific Heights

188 Huntington Dr. SOLD $750,000

Single Family Fixer– Merced Heights–Listing
2Brm/1Ba Detached Lakeshore Home.
Agent managed the properties upgrade for the out of town Seller. SOLD $60K over asking
See www.188Huntington.com

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 188 Huntington Dr. SOLD $750,000

2401 Harrison St X 21st St.

Inner Mission-SOLD $788,000.
Pocket Listing—Mixed Use Multi Unit
Former Restaurant Down with Huge Victorian Flat Above. A desolate Fixer.
Dual Agency

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 2401 Harrison St X 21st St.

104 Funston—Lake District

SOLD $2,750,000
Single Family Home—Buyers
3Brm, Sunroom, Full Basement and Family Room, Original Architectural details and upgrades. Edwardian Mansion. Worked with Buyer of this property for 1 year for this purchase.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 104 Funston—Lake District

1376 Florida St—SOLD $725,000

Single Family Fixer– Inner Mission– Seller
Charming SFR Victorian on RH2 lot with possibility to restore, remodel or add a unit. SOLD to contractor.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 1376 Florida St—SOLD $725,000

“City Line” 10920 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland SOLD $1,680.000

Development Property – 34 Mixed-Use Multi-Family Units—Seller Architectural Plans Delivered Approved and Lot Delivered cleared for Development Project.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on “City Line” 10920 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland SOLD $1,680.000

538 Laidley

Lot w/ Plans & Permits—Glen Park
SOLD $825,000
A Pocket listing for a lot with plans and permits is to build at 2800 SF Single Family Home. Sold to Buyer OFF MARKET via my private contacts.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 538 Laidley

5380 Geary Blvd., Mackenzie’s Bar

Business Opportunity— Inner Richmond
$165,000. Dual Agency

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 5380 Geary Blvd., Mackenzie’s Bar

261 26th Ave

Development Property– Lake District SOLD $1,503,000. $50K Over Asking
Plans & Perrmits Issued to Demo & build 3 Luxury con dos.
Received 6 offers.in less than 2 weeks.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 261 26th Ave

926 Shotwell St.

Single Family Fixer—Inner Mission
SOLD $875,000. Under Asking
Contractor purchased SFR Victorian Fixer on RH2 lot to add 2nd Unit and Flip.

Posted in Sold Properties | Comments Off on 926 Shotwell St.