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10 Steps in Home Buying – STEP 2: Commit to a Realtor

10 Steps in Home Buying – STEP 2: Commit to a Realtor

10 Steps in Home Buying – STEP 2: Commit to a Marin Modern/San Francisco Modern Realtor The home buying process is unique and should be customized to your specific and personal needs and wants. Engaging a Realtor early on will get you started down the right path for your home buying journey. 97% of home buyers today start their search online and spend anywhere from a few weeks to several years researching and planning before contacting a Realtor. This is totally normal but when your ready to move from looking at pretty kitchens and dreaming about your next home to putting together a solid game plan and timeline your ready to engage a Realtor. Every single home buyer has a unique set of circumstances driving their home buying process. There isn’t one perfect way to start your home search but engaging a Realtor early on in the process will save you a lot of time, frustration and guesswork. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN A REALTOR IS THE RIGHT ONE TO HELP ME WITH THE HOME BUYING PROCESS? There is no single perfect Realtor. There are literally 100’s of excellent Realtors that work in Marin and San Francisco. The key to finding the perfect Realtor for you is finding someone you trust and like. When considering a Realtor to work with and help you find your next home google them, read reviews, bios, check out past sales, read their blog, etc to get a better idea of who they are and how they work. If what they have to say resonates with you and it’s supported by excellent client reviews...

San Francisco’s Camp Mather – Best Kept Secret?

Where did you spend your summer vacation? We spent a week at Camp Mather which prompts the question, “What is Camp Mather”? Camp Mather is a family camp located outside of the Yosemite Valley, owned by the City of San Francisco, run by the Recreation and Park Department and originally housed the workers building the Hetch Hetchy Damn. I first heard about it from parents in my son’s kindergarten class. Seemed like everyone knew about it but us. As a child my parents brought us to a family camp called Camp Blue and as I listened to the description of Camp Mather I was transformed back to those happy childhood days of singing “If I had a Hammer and Kum Ba Yah while toasting marshmallows, making hideous arts and crafts and running free. Our childhood vacations consisted of two destinations. Shipped off to LA to swim in a pool and learn good manners from our Aunt or car camping. Loved the Encino life with pools, movie stars and shopping malls but camping was my favorite. Camp fires, marshmallows, swimming in lakes and the freedom of the outdoors. After listening to Camp Mather stories for 9 years, we finally made it to the infamous Camp. Was it everything we had hoped for? Yes! 400-500 San Francisco residents descend on the grounds for one of 12 weeks. The registration process starts in January with a semi-complicated sign up routine on the Rec and Park website and a $100 deposit. This places you in the lottery for a spot and then you wait. When we were accepted I did feel like we...

House For Sale, 2442 Chestnut Street, San Francisco CA 94123

House For Sale, 2442 Chestnut Street, San Francisco CA 94123. A unique Condo in the Marina District of San Francisco. 3 Bedroom, 2 full baths with garage parking, backyard and plenty of storage. All rare qualities in an SF home! Currently off the market this beautiful Condo combines family comforts with convenience and off-the-charts walkability. Tough to beat this Marina District location for convenience and access. Chestnut street boasts amazing shopping, restaurants, 2 movie theaters, drug store, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, and several wine bars. There is literally something for everyone on Chestnut Street. In the morning you can walk out of your front door and grab coffee at The Roastery, Pete’s or Starbucks and then head to Marina Super and Marina Meats for groceries. After coffee we usually lose the kids to the Apple Store so they can drool over all the new apple technology they dream of owning. Then off to pick up birthday or holiday cards at Papyrus or Paper Source. Grab some cash at one of 3 banks and then shop for t-shirt at The Gap, Jeans at Lucky or visit one of the many boutiques. If you can’t find it on Chestnut street the 30 bus line to downtown and Union Square picks up on the corner of Chestnut and Divisadero street. Or jump in your car and gain quick access to the Golden Gate Bridge and visit the beauty of West Marin, The Headlands or Cavallo Point in Sausalito for brunch or Spa treatments. This happens to be my hood as well. On warm sunny days we venture out on City Walks to...

Marin County Real Estate – Do you Forage? A Culinary Event Worthy of a Trip to San Francisco

Marin County Real Estate – Do you Forage? A Culinary Event Worthy of a Trip to San Francisco The San Francisco Bay Area is a culinary hot spot with over 4,000 restaurants in San Francisco alone. It has been said that you could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for a year and not hit all of them. When Marinites want a unique culinary experience where do they go? Yes, San Francisco (or if they are really adventurous, The East Bay). It’s known that many Marinites do not like to leave the county, especially if they have to cross a bridge. It’s not a long journey but for many in Marin the “City” is intimidating. On Friday, February 11th, I discovered a truly worthy event worth the trek to San Francisco! It’s called the Underground Dinner hosted by Chef and founder of ForageSF, Iso. It’s a delicious, delectable journey into a world of found (foraged) and local ingredients masterfully prepared and presented to a group of curious diners at a chosen San Francisco restaurant. Join ForageSF mailing list on their website . Once a member of the email/updates you will receive announcements about the secret dinners and the underground market (a topic for another article). I have been on the mailing list for a few months now and every time the email arrives we are tempted and curious but the timing never worked out. As an early V-day gift I was surprised with tickets (I may have forwarded the announcement with a hint that I wanted to go). The event was at The Summit on Valencia Street. To...

Do you talk to Strangers? Can you afford not to?

Do you talk to Strangers? Can you afford not to? When I was a kid, I was painfully shy and not the terrified of public speaking or asking questions in class but the level of shyness where I couldn’t call information and ask for a phone number (and that other stuff too).  I’m talking extreme debilitating shyness. The thought of talking to strangers made me want to throw up or hide or both. I eventually grew out of it with the help of team sports and a series of jobs that boosted my confidence and forced me to break out of my comfort bubble. I thought everyone else understood the world and how it worked but soon realized that “Fake it till you make it” was the norm. Life is a process not a destination. What fun would it be to start at the end with all the answers? With my improved confidence I also found my voice and was able to speak up and speak out and for those who know me don’t believe I was ever unable to speak my mind. Opportunities are everywhere if you are open to finding them. Life is short and consists of a series of moments and every moment we have to make decisions. In a blink, a hesitation you can watch an opportunity walk away. Speak Up! Take chances! Talking to strangers has become less creepy, more acceptable with the injection of Social Media. Social media has given us a truly global world and allows us to interact with strangers all over the globe which in turn creates a dialogue and...

San Francisco Schools – Navigating the Enrollment Maze

San Francisco Schools – Navigating the Enrollment Maze It may not be a four letter word but it may as well be – Enrollment! Every couple in every tax bracket in San Francisco from the day of conception (possibly before) stresses about schools. Every parent just wants their child to be in an environment where they can flourish and be happy. Your pregnant? Congratulations,  “Have you started touring pre-schools”? “Do you know where you want your child to go”? Really? I am still getting use to the fact that there is a person in my stomach! Relax, turns out there is a pre-school for every child and while it is a nerve racking experience we all figure it out. Now that your child is happily learning how to paint, interact with other kids and poop in the potty the second phase of fear kicks in – Kindergarten! Public or Private? Immersion program or alternative? K-5 or K-8? Research, tours, financial aid, and the application process. You may find yourself wondering, is this kindergarten or college? The process is very similar except your child doesn’t have to write an essay. The reality is that the public school system in San Francisco is challenging and in my opinion broken. Many families that can swing it opt for private school and avoid the enrollment process. The rest of us do the tours and fill out the applications and hope for the best and if we don’t get the best, fight for those coveted spots in the “good schools” The process Research public and private school options Tour the campuses of schools you...