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California’s Prop 19 Means Property Tax Breaks for Older Homeowners

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Between the pandemic and the election, the news cycle has been pretty dominated. But if you missed the fact that California’s Proposition 19 was approved by the state’s voters, and you happen to be a homeowner aged 55 or over, you’re in for some welcome news. In a nutshell, California’s Prop 19 upgrades Prop 60 or 90, which were much more restrictive...

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The Role of the Referral Agent in Real Estate

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Connections can make all the different in real estate, whether you’re buying or selling. And a referral real estate agent is all about connections. Here’s what you should understand abut the role of the referral agent in real estate, why he or she is often the most connected person in the room, and how that benefits you. Call it a Win-Win-Win First...

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Nine Ways You Might be Delaying Your Closing

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If finding the right house was a challenge, get ready, because the actual closing tends to put people on pins and needles. There are so many moving parts to closing an escrow — the buyer, the seller, the lender, the escrow...

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The Working Rich

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Sharing this directly from Compass’ own chief evangelist, Leonard Steinberg: One of the most inaccurate myths is that all rich people have created and accumulated their wealth via luck and not hard work. The reality is that the majority of wealthy people work very, very hard. Yes, Celine Dion, Beyonce and Drake rehearse every day for hours, and Jeff Bezos or Tim Cook...

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California Law on Political Signs and Banners

Brace yourselves. We’re in the final stretch to election day, and efforts on all sides are going to intensify. That means more junk mail, more TV and radio spots, more fights on social media, more rallies, and, on the home front, more political signs adorning the front lawn and windows. Some of them will be straightforward, while others are a little more...

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The Cardinal Rule of Property Tours

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The pandemic threw a wrench into everything, and property tours as part of the real estate process weren’t spared. While in-home surveillance is nothing new, it’s of particular use these days. So heed this important reminder about the cardinal rule of...

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What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know about Clear Cooperation, Coming Soons, and Private Exclusives

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Getting a jump on available properties puts any buyer at an advantage, particularly in a housing market that’s been on a tear. For sellers, understanding the recommended course of listing is equally important. But there’s a methodology to things like clear cooperation, coming soons, and private exclusives. Here’s what buyers and sellers need to know about all three. Recommended Course of Listing...

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In San Francisco, Condos Buyers Emerge

During yesterday’s sales meetings, something unusual happened. After months of building inventory, we had our first week of more buyers than new listings. Here’s a little background and a look at what the most recent data is saying. Understanding Months of Inventory Months supply of inventory (MSI) is the measure of how...

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