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Carole Isaacs

Get Ready for Spring Real Estate Madness » Marina Times

Posted On March 10th, 2015 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Spring is traditionally the time when the real estate market heats up. Considering how inventory has remained extremely low during the winter months, many buyers were “out of the market.” That is about to change. In anticipation of the increase in the number of buyers out searching for a home, it is more important than ever to understand what to expect in terms of multiple offers and over-asking sales prices. Taking a look at what happened last year with “days…

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Condo Conversions Without the Waitlist: SF’s Two-Unit Building Bypass | Marina Times

Posted On February 9th, 2015 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

The loss of rental units has been a long standing issue in San Francisco. After 15 years of debate a New Condominium Conversion Lottery Bypass Law was passed and the Expedited Conversion Program began accepting applications on July 29, 2013. The previous condo conversion program has been suspended for 10 years and there has been permanent disqualification of many buildings that qualified under that law. The good news for buyers is that two unit buildings with a clean eviction history…

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What To Watch For: The SF Real Estate Market in 2015 | Marina Times

Posted On February 3rd, 2015 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

To get an on-the-ground view of San Francisco’s residential property market, the Marina Times checked in with some local experts to get their predictions of prices, hot neighborhoods, and other things to expect from real estate in 2015. [Excerpt from original article in The Marina Times]   1. Do you think 2015 will be a year of real estate price growth, stagnation, or decline? Why? CI: Real estate price will continue to grow, but not at the high rate it…

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6 Steps to Success: Entering The Property Market in 2015 « Marina Times

Posted On January 2nd, 2015 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Buying a home takes time and many decisions. When you are thinking about buying a home, it is important to commit a certain amount of time to make the many large and small decisions necessary, plus you need to figure out where that time will come from. Just to begin the fabled first step to buying a home — loan preapproval — takes time, and decisions must be made that are not to be considered lightly. Even the most organized…

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Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again Another Day « Marina Times

Posted On January 1st, 2015 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

After three years of little rain, the sky opened up in December and the rain came down in what sounded and felt like buckets complete with thunder and lightening. At 8 a.m. I sat down at my computer to find an e-mail from a remarkably calm new home-owner. He had been up at 5 a.m. to get ready for an early morning flight at SFO, stepped into his bedroom closet, and found it flooded. Yikes! The sump pump had failed. My…

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BOM: Back on the Market « Marina Times

Posted On December 8th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Bad news for sellers, good news for buyers. The real estate agents’ home page of the multiple listing service (MLS) has a special box that shows new listings within 24 hours, price increases, and price reductions. There is also a category called back on the market (BOM). The goal of all real estate agents is to do their best to make sure their listings move smoothly from “active” to “active continued,” “pending,” and “sold.” Unfortunately, no amount of quizzing a…

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Some Things to Know About Condo Loans « Marina Times

Posted On November 13th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

If you’re looking at purchasing one of San Francisco’s many condos, such as in these high-rises in SoMa, there are some questions you should ask to make sure you are able to get the loan you need. [photo: Caroline Culler (Wgreaves)]   According to the San Francisco MLS, the median sales price for all types of San Francisco property combined the past year through August was up 13.1 percent. As usual, this number makes sellers happy and buyers anxious. The…

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Owning a Car in SF is Only Getting Tougher :: Marina Times

Posted On October 6th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Restriction parking spaces for car share use is the latest pressure on city drivers. To own a car or not to own a car in San Francisco, that is the question! Maybe it sounds a bit far-fetched to get Shakespearean about to owning a car in San Francisco, but it works for me. Automobile owners are ferociously protective of their right to drive and park their cars where and when they choose. However, this is not a guaranteed right, and…

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San Francisco Meets the Tiny House Movement :: Marina Times

Posted On September 15th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Here we are beginning September, and the race to buy a home in the fall is off and running. Now is the time to give serious thought to your list of must-haves when you go out searching for a home. The months of September and October will fly by, and then the holiday season begins, when the number of homes coming on the market drops dramatically. If you are a first-time home buyer or a homeowner thinking seriously of expanding…

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A Real Estate Fairy Tale: A Message to Sellers :: Marina Times

Posted On July 28th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Once upon a time, a couple decided they wanted to buy a house. They took this major investment seriously and researched the steps for buying a home. Completing the first step after filling out what felt like an endless amount of forms, they received their loan preapproval letter. During the loan preapproval process, I kept reminding them that they were not singled out for torture by the lender. All borrowers were asked the same questions. Excited to have completed step…


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