Ask: I Want To Rent A Home Built On “Those Stilt Kind Of Things”…


This is one for the community: I love your blog. I just moved here from NYC a week ago and it’s been an invaluable resource. I just found a rental that I love, [removed]. Gorgeous views, built in 1939 or so. Problem is, a friend from SF pointed out that it’s a “downhill home.” (I’d … Continue reading Ask: I Want To Rent A Home Built On “Those Stilt Kind Of Things”…

Ask Us: Type Of License Needed To Be A Property Manager In California?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: To folks reading this blog: In California, do you need a real estate broker’s license in order to be property manager? Or just a real estate agent’s license? Or no license needed? Thanks. David David, As far as we know, and you’ll want to consult … Continue reading Ask Us: Type Of License Needed To Be A Property Manager In California?

Ask Us: Do Lenders REALLY Need All That PRIVATE Information?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer (in the comments below, so don’t be shy): “For the past 12 months, all our attempts to refi to lower the rate to 5.25 or better have fallen short. Many times, it starts great – then stops short when reaching the line that says I … Continue reading Ask Us: Do Lenders REALLY Need All That PRIVATE Information?

Ask Us: What’s The Real Estate Forecast For Bernal Heights


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer. We pulled this from Lily on Why the Fuss About Noe Valley. The question is pretty simple, the answer, however, is very complex: What’s the real estate forecast for Bernal [Heights]? The Fluj has already taken the bait and provided some answers on the thread, … Continue reading Ask Us: What’s The Real Estate Forecast For Bernal Heights

Ask Us: Why The Fuss About Noe Valley?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: The Front Steps really concentrates on Noe. I live in Noe and understand the attraction and the desirability of neighborhood but I’m not exactly sure why it is the barometer for everywhere else. Can you shed any light on this? Good question. It’s not that … Continue reading Ask Us: Why The Fuss About Noe Valley?

Ask Us: Why The Obsession With Price Per Square Foot?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: Yes – people are obsessed with cost per square foot – why or why shouldn’t we concern ourselves with that statistic? Thanks! Thanks for the email. Price per square foot in San Francisco and around the country, hell the world for that matter, is an … Continue reading Ask Us: Why The Obsession With Price Per Square Foot?

Ask Us: Why Walk From Your House But Not Your Car


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer. This is a good one, and a great thought. Thanks for the email MM: So I have a question that I’d love your take (and maybe your reader’s take) on: Why do people walk away from a house that’s underwater when no one walks away … Continue reading Ask Us: Why Walk From Your House But Not Your Car

The Truth About Inspection Bids, A Letter To Buyers


If we could speak to you, Mr & Mrs Buyer, in the middle of your tense negotiations about repairs to the home you’d like to buy, we would say this: The bids you received from your agent and her inspectors/experts are great. We’re glad you’re doing your due diligence and we’re happy to credit you … Continue reading The Truth About Inspection Bids, A Letter To Buyers

Comment Du Jour: Oh Noe, Where Will You Be In 2 Years?


From “Seb” on “Noe Valley Is Not Immune”: Where do people think Noe [Valley real estate] prices will be in two years? Up or down? I sense things are stabilizing. We’ll just say the feeling of free-fall has disappeared. Stable? Not so sure. Going up, definitely not. In two years…crystal ball is a little bit … Continue reading Comment Du Jour: Oh Noe, Where Will You Be In 2 Years?

Ask Us: Homeowners Insurance By Cost Per Square Foot


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: Greetings everyone: I was wondering does anyone out there have a good way to determine how much dwelling coverage one needs in the homeowners insurance in the city of San Francisco because I noticed when I get a quote from insurance companies, the dwelling coverage … Continue reading Ask Us: Homeowners Insurance By Cost Per Square Foot

Ask Us: So Why Do I Need A Real Estate Agent?


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: Hey theFrontSteps — Say I’ve I found a place I love, and they gave me the disclosure package, and I’ve got a bank ready to give me a loan, and I want to make an offer. I’ve talked with agents here and there, but never … Continue reading Ask Us: So Why Do I Need A Real Estate Agent?

Ask Us: Refinancing And Appraisals, When The Banks Aren’t Helpful Turn To The Blogs!


Where readers ask, and we (the community) try to answer: I appreciate all the general information I get from this terrific blog. This is my first question about my own situation. I’ve been negotiating with the major bank (WellsFargo) that holds my first ($498K) and second ($14K) for a refinance from a 5.5% ARM to … Continue reading Ask Us: Refinancing And Appraisals, When The Banks Aren’t Helpful Turn To The Blogs!

Ask Us: Do We Have To Use Bank Of Marin?


Where readers ask and we (the community) try to answer: Hi! My husband and I are considering purchasing a TIC unit in the Marina. The owners currently have fractional loans through the Bank of Marin. If we did purchase, would we be locked in to their loan rate/term or could we negotiate? Could we work … Continue reading Ask Us: Do We Have To Use Bank Of Marin?

Ask Us: Should I Get Into The Real Estate Business


Where readers ask and we (the community) try to answer: I recently found the Front Steps blog and it’s was a great find with a lot of great info. I have general questions about getting into the real estate business in SF. I’ve read more than one commentary citing different reasons that now is a … Continue reading Ask Us: Should I Get Into The Real Estate Business