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Carole Isaacs

I Want More! Or, Lawn Vs. Lifestyle :: Marina Times

Posted On April 1st, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

This past winter, the sale of San Francisco single-family homes and condos remained extremely strong with not even a hint of a seasonal slow down. Inventory was painfully low, but this did not stop buyers from snapping up homes as they came on the market. During these months, buyers were asking: “When will more property be on the market?” Now here we are in the heart of the spring real estate season and buyers are still asking for more. One…

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Five Things to Know to Make Your First Offer | Marina Times

Posted On March 4th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Prices have gone up a bit since these homes were built. [Flickr: telstar logistics] As we move toward spring and the busiest real estate season, it is a good time to awake from your winter slumber and begin making a game plan to buy a home in 2014. Location, price, condition, contingencies, loan pre-approval, mortgage payments, and moving: Ahhhhh, the mind reels.  Oops, I forgot to mention work. How do you fit all of the pieces together and find time…

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Time is of The Essence Meets Real Estate Today :: Marina Times

Posted On February 11th, 2014 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Around the Thanksgiving holiday I was extremely fortunate to have three buyers have their offers accepted. Wow! The task of completing inspections and signing off on contingencies took the forefront once the initial excitement wore off. Until recently, when I told clients about digital signatures and Docusign, I was met with either a blank stare or a look of concern. Questions like: “Are you sure this is safe or even legal?” were common. Fast forward to real estate today and…

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2014: The Year of New Condos :: Marina Times

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

Da Vinci Villa (2550 Van Ness Ave, SF)   New residential buildings continue to spring up like giant mushrooms around San Francisco from Mission Bay and SOMA to mid-market, upper market, and along Van Ness Avenue. There are so many choices and so little time, the mind reels. How does one decide on a new condo? Newly constructed condos are selling at a breathtaking pace. If 2013 is an indicator of what will be happening in 2014, you will need…

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San Francisco is Different :: Marina Times

Posted On December 6th, 2013 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Are you a recent transplant to San Francisco trying to get your sea legs in the city by the bay and thinking about buying a home? Are you a first-time home buyer? Are you a buyer who has owned a home for many years and is thinking about downsizing? Even if you have read about the high price of San Francisco real estate and the competitive nature of making an offer on a home, the realities of the market will…

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Finding a Home Online is Easy – Or Maybe Not :: Marina Times

Posted On November 7th, 2013 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

The real estate market has been going crazy for months now, and it is clear it is not settling down in the way buyers would like. Maybe you haven’t even looked online yet, because you were waiting for a sign that it was time to begin your search for a home in San Francisco. The recent buzz around Twitter’s IPO is that newly minted millionaires will create even more pressure in neighborhoods like Noe Valley and the Mission—and because all…

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Bears, Tech Humans & Primal Instincts :: Marina Times

Posted On October 30th, 2013 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

Finding the right scratching tree is not unlike finding the right home (Photo: saajaja) This morning I needed a bit of amusement, and fortunately my daughter sent me a YouTube video to brighten my spirits: Bear Hoe Down: What Goes On When You Are Not There. Two minutes of bears in the wild rubbing up against a tree (30 seconds may be enough for you). Who could imagine such a thing, or better yet that here sitting at my computer…

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Nimbys vs. Newbies :: Marina Times

Posted On September 20th, 2013 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

The San Francisco sky-line is changing at a faster pace than any other time since the 1906 earthquake. Considering that there are now 40, yes 40, new buildings under construction, you will appreciate locals holding a tight grasp on their neighborhoods. NIMBY is an acronym for “Not In My Back Yard,” and people who have lived in San Francisco for more than a few years or have considered an expansion to their homes are familiar with the term. As more…

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Please Tell Me Some Good News

Posted On August 30th, 2013 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

The San Francisco real estate market is a combination of heaven and hell, depending on whether you are a seller or a buyer. No need to talk about heaven, but what about buyers in …? Buying a home has challenges in all real estate markets. It feels like only yesterday that buyers were worried that they would lose money 10 minutes after they signed es-crow papers. Today buyers are worried about prices going up so fast they will be priced…

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Attic = Living Space: Yes or No or Maybe :: Marina Times

Posted On July 8th, 2013 by Carole Isaacs | No Comments

It looks like an attic, it smells like an attic, but is it living space, too? In San Francisco this is the great unknown. Back in April, I had two clients seriously considering upper condos that included the attics. Here are two statements that were part of the listing information provided for these two condos on the market in February. Both were top condos in two unit buildings. “Roof rights.” Further investigation and a close reading of the disclosure package…


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