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Just Sold!

My buyers just closed on this “oh so cute” cottage condo in Mission Dolores. It is in a development by Donald MacDonald Architects that is set back from Guerrero near 14th Street. It contains 10 sweet cottages. This one is a two bedroom, one bath cottage. Parking is in front. There is a shared garden in the back. It is a very unique living situation for San Francisco. (MacDonald Architects has another similar development in Duboce Triangle.)   We were

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Home Away from Home or Why I Love AirBnbs!

I love staying at Airbnbs and by now I have stayed at quite a few. Why? It  feels like having a second home in many different locations. My husband and I enjoy relaxing at someone else’s home or condo that often has beautiful views, a kitchen for us to cook some meals, and occasionally a hot tub to soak in. The photo is of the hot tub we relaxed in at our most recent Airbnb in Russian River. From Oregon

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I Just Got Yelped By the Seller of This Listing :)

“When selecting agents, I interviewed a number of them but ended up selecting Carol. Everyone I talked to had a past history of real estate but Carol was the only one who had a plan and clearly outlined a strategy for what she was going to do. And she did indeed execute on that plan! My property had a challenging situation but she was still able to sell it for over asking. She took care of pretty much everything including

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Two “Home Runs” and the Market in SF!

SOMA Listing I just closed on two properties in two different neighborhoods. The beautiful loft pictured was listed for $1,165,000 and sold for over the list price. Although SOMA properties generally stay on the market longer with many selling under the list price, the building at 380 10th Street is very popular. There have been a number of recent sales in this building in the past year, most on the market for a short time, selling over the list price. One

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With Fewer Properties on the Market As We Head Into July, There Are Still Some Great Opportunities!

I hear the complaints regularly from buyers that there is not enough inventory in San Francisco.  And now as we head into July, there will be even less.  However, there are still some good opportunities out there. I just brought on a gorgeous spacious corner loft in SOMA which is pictured here. It has a great feel with its warm colors and rustic, natural wood finishes.  It has an open floor plan with a 142 square foot private exclusive use

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“Just Sold” in Noe Valley – The Neighborhood Continues to be Competitive for Buyers

I just represented a couple who made their first offer on a home in Noe Valley. They were substantially outbid by a buyer who offered hundreds of thousands of dollars over their offer. My clients were ready when they made their second offer for a nicely renovated Edwardian home in Noe on 29th Street. They prevailed in this second offer and now are excited to move into a place they love that they can call home. 🙂

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Helping Children Read Is What I Love to Do!

Recently my student, Leilani, who I tutor through ReadingPartners.org, was celebrated at its annual fundraiser, “A Novel Night in San Francisco.”  We read letters we wrote to each other on stage, capturing our fun tutoring experience.  Kristi Yamaguchi, an Olympic champion skater who hosted the event, presented all who attended with her latest children’s novel, “Cara’s Kindness.” ReadingPartners.org is a wonderful organization started 20 years ago which has helped underserved children.  They place trained, dedicated volunteers in low-income schools to

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Be Careful About Asking Tenants to Move Out!

I was recently speaking with someone who has a condo in the city that was built in the early part of the last century. Since it was built prior to June of 1979, it comes under the SF Rent Control Ordinance. She told me that she thought that once the lease is up, she can give the tenant 60 days notice to move out. “Hold on there a minute! Do you want to get hit with a wrongful eviction lawsuit?” I

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The $110 Parking Ticket to Avoid!

Parking can be challenging sometimes in our Presidio Heights neighborhood because of the neverending construction which takes up parking spaces. We park on the street because we don’t have a garage. Normally, we can park within a block or two of our place but at times during the day, it can be a little more challenging. This brings me to January 10 after we had just come back from the holidays. On that date, I drove back from an early

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My Favorite Holiday Traditions!

My favorite thing about the holidays is the various traditions that people celebrate. Coming from an Italian-American family, one of the things I fondly remember about the holidays is my mother baking Italian cookies, like the almond cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar, similar to Mexican wedding cookies. There were also the tasty sugar cookies my Aunt Sue, who lived up the street, baked. As a little girl watching my aunt make the sugar cookies, I could hardly wait to try

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