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We Never Said Playing The (Condo) Lottery Would Produce A Win

“2010 Condo Lottery: Previous participation may not yield additional tickets Dear Plan C Member, Ticket sales for the 2010 Condo Conversion Lottery have been announced by the city and will begin on Monday, November 23rd (additional information can be found here). As you may be aware, it has been the practice of the City to […]

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 […]

Ask Us: Remaining TIC Fractional Lenders

Where the readers ask and we (the community) try to answer: Hi, just come across your site, very informative. I’m trying to find TIC Fractional Lenders for a 3 unit + 1 unwarranted [unit] building in SF. We purchased it last October, have completed our renovations, 2 units will be owner occupied. We’re planning to […]

TIC? Got Cash? To The Front Of The Line Please…

Good news on a Monday morning: -Waiting to go condo is San Francisco’s version of waiting for Godot [seeing that phrase a lot lately…good on ya Malcolm.] Building owners can spend years vying for one of 200 condo-conversion slots awarded annually via a lottery. But this year San Francisco is considering letting people skip the […]

One Partner In A TIC Defaults, The Other Paid Cash: What Happens

Pulled from the intertubes: “Does anyone have experience with a client who bought into a 2 unit TIC and paid all cash and the partner had a loan? In particular, what type of legal protection did they get in case of loan default by the mortgaged TIC partner. Answers ========================= It should be covered under […]

Ask Us: Can Condo Conversion Save You From Rent Control?

Where readers ask and we (the community) try to answer: This is a doozy of a question, so put your game faces on: Hi there, Being fairly new at the SF real estate/landlording game, I am still discovering the fascinating mine field of Rent Control laws through the numerous websites on the subject. At least […]

Reduction, Ad Nauseum

I’m not a Realtor, so I’ll tell something I’m more qualified to comment on: buyers’ perspectives. For instance, I can tell you how buyers looks at a property that’s been reduced more than twice. We feel sorry for them. They’re like awkward teenage boys at their first dance, pretending to be terribly busy with their shoe laces […]


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