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May 2011

Do you talk to Strangers? Can you afford not to?

Do you talk to Strangers? Can you afford not to? When I was a kid, I was painfully shy and not the terrified of public speaking or asking questions in class but the level of shyness where I couldn't call information and ask for a phone number (and that other stuff too).  I'm talking extreme debilitating shyness. The thought of talking to strangers made me want to throw up or hide or both. I eventually grew out of it with the help of team sports and a series of jobs that boosted...

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San Francisco Schools – Navigating the Enrollment Maze

San Francisco Schools - Navigating the Enrollment Maze It may not be a four letter word but it may as well be - Enrollment! Every couple in every tax bracket in San Francisco from the day of conception (possibly before) stresses about schools. Every parent just wants their child to be in an environment where they can flourish and be happy. Your pregnant? Congratulations,  "Have you started touring pre-schools"? "Do you know where you want your child to go"? Really? I am still getting use to the fact that there is a...

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First Time Home Buyers – Experts Agree! The Time to Buy is NOW!

First Time Home Buyers - Experts Agree! The Time to Buy is NOW! Rent or own? An ongoing debate in our ever-changing Real Estate Market. During the recent boom that ended in a devastating explosion, more people opted for owning vs renting without crunching the numbers or looking at the bigger long term picture. If you were thinking to yourself after you were pre-approved for that no-down-payment-interest only-adjustable rate loan, "This seems to good to be true", I am sure by know you have discovered that it was. Times have changed. Buyers...

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Buying a Home In Marin – Broker’s on Tour

Buying a Home In Marin - Broker's on Tour Thursday in central Marin County between 10:30-2 the streets are filled with Realtor cars rushing around to see all the new listed homes for sale. The concept of Broker's Tour is brilliant.  I have seen agents tour a home in 30 seconds and fit in 20+ homes in 7 cities in the 3 hour window. Buyers approach the home viewing process completely different.  They need to spend time in the home. Will I be comfortable here? Will my couch fit? Where will...

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Why Should I use a Realtor to Buy My First Home?

Should I use a Realtor to Buy My First Home? It's true, any idiot can get a Real Estate license in California.  It may just be the easiest license to get. If you can pay for the classes and pass the test you are golden. There are a few more steps but bottom line is it's not brain surgery! It doesn't even require a college degree. So why are Realtors crucial and necessary for the home buying and selling process? Honestly, Realtors in the current market don't just look at pretty houses...

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