It’s beginning to look a lot like…a strategic time to buy a home in San Francisco.

It’s beginning to look a lot like (no not Christmas though that’s also true especially in Union Square) a strategic time to buy a home in San Francisco.

Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season is an excellent time to be a home buyer whether you are a first time buyer looking for a SoMa loft or Mission TIC or a homeowner looking to trade up out of their starter condo and into a Bernal Heights or Noe Valley single family home for sale.

Why the holidays are a great time to shop for a home and why you’re going to start your house hunt now and NOT wait until tax time next year:

  1. You’ll get a better deal on your home.

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5 Things San Francisco Home Buyers Should Know

Real estate is complex but it’s not rocket science. There are tried and true tips to the home buying and selling process. There are things that all San Francisco home buyers should know.

When you work with an agent, she or he should be educating you on these issues from the beginning. For example, I sit down with potential clients for an initial consultation. It’s a no-pressure meet & greet where we talk about the market, the buyer’s plans, answer preliminary questions and see if we’re a good fit.

But, the learning does not stop there. Each step of the way is the opportunity to ask questions and get clear, consistent answers about your options. If your agent is not answering your questions or is telling you what to do (rather than giving you choices to make), get a new one!

I read a lot of real estate articles online and off. Recently, I was introduced to U.S. News & World Report Online Real Estate section and the writer, Luke Mullins. He’s great! He provides clear tips on the process of buying or selling real estate whether a Mission Dolores condo or a Bernal Heights single family home. The info is relevant to today’s market as well.

For example, 5 Things Every Home Buyer Should Know includes the following:

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More San Francisco Homes Are Selling?

According to The Wall St. Journal, more homes in California are selling.

“California’s housing-market slump showed hints of improvement in March, with sales of existing single-family homes increasing 64% from the prior-year period and median home prices rising month-to-month for the first time since August 2007, according to a trade group report.”

Does this mean more homes in San Francisco are selling too? More on that later.

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