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August 2017
August 2017

Article by Jennifer Fernandez, Jetsetter

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Whether you're visiting San Francisco for a long weekend or a week, there are more than enough diversions within city limits to fill any itinerary.

But even more worthy adventures await those who venture outside the urban landscape, from quirky small-town haunts to world-class wining and dining and natural wonders you won’t find anywhere else.

Here are four easy day trips to check out on your next SF getaway.

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July 2017
July 2017

Article BY MEGAN BARBER AND BROCK KEELING

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Photo BY Patricia Chang

Known around the world as a first-rate destination, San Francisco has carved out an enviable reputation for test its steep rolling hills, pastel-painted Victorians, cable cars, and iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But the city is also a mecca for families, with a laundry list of kid-friendlyattractions that go way beyond the cliched tourist destinations (we're looking at you, Alcatraz).

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June 2017
June 2017

Article by Madeline Stone

When it comes time to sell your home, you might consider making some changes to make it more appealing to buyers.

According to a new analysis by Zillow, paint color should definitely be a change you consider.

After analyzing more than 32,000 listing photos of homes that have sold across the US, Zillow came up with a list of the colors that performed the best.

For example, homes that are painted "greige," a shade somewhere between light gray and beige, tended to ...


May 2017
May 2017

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If you’ve been in the market for real estate lately — or even just idly browsing your old neighborhood from curiosity — you’ve almost certainly seen the “Zestimate” splashed across a property’s Zillow listing. But now, multiple lawsuits are claiming those numbers are so far from realistic that they’re actually harmful, and Zillow itself is launching a contest, hoping to crowdsource a better Zestimate.

The estimates are based on a proprietary formula, Zillow says — ...


May 2017
May 2017

Article by Bay Area News Group

The median price of a single-family home in Marin hit $1,127,500 in March, approaching the record high of $1.2 million set last summer, a real estate analysis firm said Thursday.

Sales volume rose 8.7 percent over the same period for detached homes, according to Irvine-based CoreLogic. The firm said 200 single-family homes were sold last month.

In the Marin condo market, prices edged up from $600,000 to $605,000 between March 2016 and last month, or 0.8 ...


May 2017
May 2017
Owners Are Reaping The Biggest Profits in 2017

Article By Constance Brinkley-Badgett, Credit.com

Here are the 20 places where owners are reaping the biggest profits in 2017

If you're looking to buy or sell a home this year, you probably know the housing market is booming in virtually every corner of the country.

In fact, homeowners who sold in the first quarter of the year realized an average price gain of $44,000 since purchasing their home, a new ATTOM Data Solutions report shows. That equals an average 24% return on purchase price ...


March 2017
March 2017

Article by carrie schwab-pomerantz

Key Points

  • Buying your first house is a financial as well as personal long-term commitment. Are you ready for both?
  • Crunching the numbers on mortgage, down payment and ongoing costs is essential before you even begin to look.
  • The better prepared you are, the better deal you can make.

 


Dear Carrie,

I'm ready to buy my first house but my friends think I'm crazy to take on that financial commitment. Can you help me figure out how much house I can ...


March 2017
March 2017
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Article by Jonathan Smoke | Mar 2, 2017

In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total monthly costs of renting vs. buying misses the important fact that a significant portion of every mortgage payment goes toward the principal balance, building equity for the homeowner.

That principal payment is really a forced savings program which grows over time. And that’s a key reason why homeowners on ...


February 2017
February 2017

This article nails our experience with sellers. Whether they are downsizing themselves or their kids are selling their parents' homes, we are finding that nobody wants their stuff. The "brown stuff", eg: mahogany bookcases, or cherry sleigh beds, walnut armoires.

We have a stable of "moving managers" who help get these pieces to the right places. But don't be surprised if they go to places like the Salvation Army instead of consignment shops. People just don't live like this anymore.

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February 2017
February 2017

For all you midcentury design enthusiasts who are looking for a quick getaway vacation that's just purely swimming and sunning, jet down to Palm Springs February 16-26th during the city's annual Modernism Week.

Carefully curated shows featuring furniture, art and decor from 85 dealers, bus tours, cocktail receptions, and home tours.

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December 2016
December 2016

Check out this article for some tips on keeping your Christmas Tree around for the holiday season.

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/a9339/keep-christmas-tree-fresh/?src=social-email


December 2016
December 2016

Tips for gift wrapping items like skateboards, tennis rackets, golf clubs, etc. from our friends at the Today Show.

http://on.today.com/2hvdeT4?cid=eml_onsite


December 2016
December 2016

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interior-designers/g3183/home-decor-ideas/?src=social-email


December 2016
December 2016

Having trouble getting that perfect shot of your pet for the family holiday card?  Have no fear, here are some great tips!

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/how-to-take-the-best-dog-or-cat-photos-for-holiday-cards-infographic?Wt.mc_id=clinicfb


December 2016
December 2016

Holiday Fun in Marin, San Francisco and Oakland

Marin Theatre Company

"The Little Prince"

December 19-20 11am and 1pm

Marin Theatre Company Mill Valley

 

Marin on Ice

Now through January 8th

Northgate Mall

 

San Francisco Ballet

The Nutcracker

Dec. 10-29, 2pm & 7pm

War Memorial Opera House

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!

Dec 10 - 20, 2pm, 4pm, 7:30pm

SF Symphony, Davies Hall

 

Marin Antique Market, The Big Christmas Show

Dec. 10, 10am-6pm

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