Disclose or Dissemble?


My recent almost first time buyer identity was shattered by a disturbing disclosure. Or rather, by a failure to to disclose the disclosures. A Realtor, who shall remain nameless (and is in Portland, OR, anyway), had us almost in contract before I ever lay eyes on the disclosures, at which time I discovered 1. Lead … Continue reading Disclose or Dissemble?

Is the Infinity Condo SF Built on Bedrock?


We get all kinds of good search words driving traffic to theFrontSteps, but “MonsterTruck” still leads the pack for consistency. Recently we had quite a few people find the site searching “Bedrock SF” and more specifically “Is the Infinity condo sf built on bedrock”? For exact details, we’d suggest you contact the folks at the … Continue reading Is the Infinity Condo SF Built on Bedrock?

Department of Building Inspection increases fees for 3R (Report of Residential Building Record) to $160


If you think we come up with this legal mumbo jumbo reporting on our time, you’re nuts. This taken from the SFAR Advantage Online: The Department of Building Inspection is increasing the fee for 3R reports from $50 to $160. The increase is part of a comprehensive adjustment of permit and inspection fees designed to … Continue reading Department of Building Inspection increases fees for 3R (Report of Residential Building Record) to $160

You wanna re-think that staging!?!


by Rik Goodell I have little talent for design. Actually I’m still fond of the cable-spool, coffee table I had in college. So it goes without saying that I believe staging, done right, unquestionably helps present a property in its best light. It makes small spaces look more useful and large spaces look more functional; … Continue reading You wanna re-think that staging!?!

The first step to remodeling


by Rik Goodell: Before calling contractors for a remodel project or an addition, do your homework so you’re ready when they get there. Talk it over with your partner (husband, wife, lover, live-in, significant other…these things were easier to write when I still thought “PC” meant personal computer). Make a list of what each of … Continue reading The first step to remodeling

149 Mangels, the $524,000 “dump” that slid away…no fault of the property.


The money Realtor quote, “We just sold this dump for $125,000 over asking price! Imagine what your property is worth!” That dump was “built in 1909 and completed in 1910 for $750”, came on the market for $400,000 (memory tells me it was actually $399k), and sold for $524,500. In case you missed the article … Continue reading 149 Mangels, the $524,000 “dump” that slid away…no fault of the property.