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A Real Estate Agent’s Tour of Houses for Sale in San Francisco

January 23, 2019
Toby Jackson
Did you miss the home of your dreams because one of these has already been snatched up? Let us know that you want to be added to Toby's newsletter for timely updates on the homes for sale in San Francisco’s wonderful neighborhoods.   Join the tour of San Francisco Houses for Sale – Northern Neighborhoods As a real estate agent for over two decades, I’ve had the pleasure to help many people find the home of their dreams. Through buyer’s markets and seller’s markets, individuals, families, and entrepreneurs have found the place ...

Five Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Should Avoid in San Francisco

January 16, 2019
BarbCo Group
San Francisco is a great place to live and a great place to buy a home. You are sure to find a neighborhood that is right for you with plenty of world-class restaurants and activities nearby. As a first-time buyer, you may feel a bit anxious and overwhelmed. It is understandable that you are not familiar with the process. You have a lot of decisions to make and may need to be in your new home by a specific day. Your BarbCo agent is an expert on the local market and the home buying process. They can guide you through every step and help you ...

Buying a Home in San Francisco? Open House Mistakes to Avoid

January 09, 2019
BarbCo Group
Shopping for your San Francisco home can be both exciting and stressful. Open houses are great opportunities to casually tour a potential property without having to make a formal showing appointment. Open houses allow you to learn more about neighborhoods you may be interested in and view features you may want in your next home. Just be sure to consult with your BarbCo Group agent before you go, and avoid these open house mistakes many buyers make. While gathering information on several homes can help narrow down choices, some buyers ...

How To Buy A Bay Area Home Your Pets Will Love

January 02, 2019
The Bay Area has many pet-friendly hiking trails, beaches, restaurants, and other attractions. It is a great place for people who love their pets. You can easily find lots of places where you and your pet are welcome. Our BarbCo Group agents live in the area and are glad to answer any questions you have. The following are a few tips to help ensure you find a Bay Area home that both you and your pets will love. There are city and county ordinances for domestic animals. Among other things, they cover licensing and vaccination requirements ...

Selling a Home in San Francisco? Avoid These Open House Mistakes

December 26, 2018
BarbCo Group
Selling your San Francisco home for the best possible price involves showcasing its best features to as many potential buyers as possible. An open house is a great time for potential buyers to casually look around without feeling rushed. They can bring family and friends, too. Your BarbCo Group agent will provide some valuable insight to make your open house a success. Little things can make a big difference. To obtain the best possible results, avoid these common open house mistakes. An open house is not a party that you are hosting. It ...

What's the Difference Between a Condo and a Townhouse?

December 19, 2018
BarbCo Group
People often use the terms condo and townhouse interchangeably. Just like yams and sweet potatoes, they are similar in some ways but distinctly different. At BarbCo, we want you to make an informed decision about your next home that you will feel good about for many years to come. Understanding the difference between different types of homes will help you determine which one best suits your needs and wants. Many buyers typically begin their home search by using criteria like location and total price. This returns a long list of results that ...

Buying Homes in the Bay Area: Which Neighborhood Has the Best Microclimate?

December 12, 2018
BarbCo Group
The Bay Area is renowned for having a robust economy and diverse culture unlike any place on earth. It also has numerous microclimates in the nine counties that make up the Bay Area. The city of San Francisco has its own variety of weather due to the more than 50 hills situated within the city limits. The unique topography and a neighborhood's proximity to the coast means weather can be significantly different for areas just a few miles apart. It is an added thing to consider when buying a home in the Bay Area. Your BarbCo Group agent wants ...

Four Ways to Make Your Home Stand Out to Buyers, Even in a Slow Market

December 05, 2018
BarbCo Group
San Francisco consistently ranks among the hottest housing markets in the United States for good reason. That does not mean it is immune to occasional slowdowns. As noted by The New York Times, when rising home prices outpace wages, even the best housing markets can stall. At BarbCo Group, we live in the areas we work and have years of experience representing home buyers and sellers in every type of market. We do not anticipate a major slowdown but do want you to stay informed about the current market and be in the best position to obtain top ...

How to decide if it's time to replace your windows and where to get started.

June 10, 2017
KC Cormack
Before you dive into replacing your windows, the first step is to carefully evaluate the pros and cons. Replacing your windows is no small investment. The average cost to replace the windows in a home is in the five-figure range. Even if replacing your windows results in huge energy savings, it can take years and years for the investment to pay off. If you’re truly ready to replace them—whether it’s for energy and comfort, an aesthetic upgrade, or your current windows are simply beyond repair—here are a few things to keep in mind. Pick ...

5 Tips for Maintaining Houseplants

June 04, 2017
KC Cormack
Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and will also improve your home’s air quality. Although it does take a little bit of work and consistency to maintain your plants, but it’s well worth the effort. Here are a few tips for keeping your plants looking great. Plants love the extra nutrients from your leftover cooking water that can’t be found straight from the tap. Instead of dumping the water right after boiling vegetables, let it cool and use it to water your plants. Rather than throwing your used ...

A little extra preparation and ingenuity goes a long way toward a better paint job

May 30, 2017
KC Cormack
Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your home a makeover. Whether it’s updating an old bathroom paint scheme or adding a bold accent wall, painting can totally transform a room. But painting can be a big hassle and come with tons of prep work and clean up. Here are a few of Breakthrough Broker’s top tips to make your painting experience more enjoyable and lead to a more professional finish. A drop cloth will protect your floors, but a thick and durable drop cloth is also a little clumsy to maneuver. For smaller, awkward ...

5 Factors That Affect Your Property Value

May 11, 2017
Amy Yuen
If you are considering selling your home, your first question is likely “how much is my home worth?” There are many factors that determine the value of your property and the price you ultimately receive will depend on the motivation between you, the buyer, and market conditions. Although many of the elements are out of your control, understanding these five factors will help you leverage your strengths and understand your bargaining power. Location is the single most important factor in determining the value of your home! That’s why a ...

Hidden Homeowner Costs

May 11, 2017
Toby Jackson
Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you're just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you'll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home. Closing costs There are several smaller fees that add up to a rather large sum when you're going through the closing process-loan fees, escrow fees, underwriting fees, and more. They typically add up ...

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