As the market shifts and changes, I am starting to see more of a silver lining. Your property may be eligible for a reduction in your property tax. The Assessor’s office is accepting “Requests for Informal Review of Assessed Value” through August 28, 2009.  You may also submit a request for a formal appeal with the Assessment Appeals Board. See below link.

The filing period is between July 2nd – September 15th, 2009. If your appeal is approved by the assessor’s office, you could benefit from the tax reduction for the period of July 1, 2009-June 30th, 2010. You will need sales comparables to support your claims.  Let me know if I can be of assistance!

San Francisco property tax appeal information

Jenn Davis

jdavis@mcguire.com

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San Francisco Painted Ladies

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I have been working with a buyer for the past 6 months who wants to upgrade from a condo to a single family home. We all are aware the market has softened and the time is right to make a move.

My client finally found the home of her dreams last month but felt the market had not hit bottom and wanted to wait things out. See if the Sellers would drop their price. Sure enough, another buyer thought this home was their dream home too and made an offer that was accepted immediately. Surprised and disappointed, my client continued her search.

The next dream home surfaced just a week later. The listing agent set an ‘offer date’! (what year is this – 2005?) and would not entertain offers until there had been 2 Sunday open houses. The offer date arrived. Three offers (including ours) were presented. The offer that was accepted was head and shoulders above our offer. The Sellers didn’t even bother to issue a counter. The belief was it is best to accept the top offer than to take their chances in issuing a counter (what if the buyer went away? they felt).

I’ve also seen two fixer single family homes go into contract in under 10 days.

I know we are in a softer market. But it is not a market that can be generalized. The nicer properties, priced well, will go alarmingly fast. My perspective is why wait? If you see a property that fits your needs, write your best offer now. Many times, the first offer in is the best offer. Sellers know that. But even if a Seller does not know that, an agent representing you knows that. Just my 2 cents.

Jenn Davis jdavis@mcguire.com

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Who would have thought that just last year San Francisco was considered #24 as the best place to invest in real estate? Now in 2009, it has moved up to position #6. This is the year for playing it safe, not investing in creative or far flung opportunities.

The City by the Bay has always been a destination city with international appeal. Only 7×7 miles…the traditional rules of supply and demand apply in this gorgeous city of ours.

For investment opportunities, click here for my info or send me an email at jdavis@mcguire.com.

Jenn

 Take a look through the latest offerings from the Stimulus Plan. Incentives for first time home buyers as well as buyers of new construction. There is an opportunity here especially with the low interest rates.

Contact me for details jdavis@mcguire.com.

Obama’s Federal Stimulus Plan:

 $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers (have not owned a
home in the past three years);

Applies to any primary residence (new construction or previously
owned, but not second homes or investment property), purchased between
January 1, 2009, and November 30, 2009;

Up to modified adjusted gross income less than $95,000 for single taxpayers and
$170,000 for married taxpayers;

Still eligible for the credit, even if overall tax liability is
insufficient to cover the amount of the tax credit;

Must live in the residence for a minimum of three years, or the credit
will have to be repaid.

California State Plan:

 $10,000 state tax credit, spread out over three years;

Applies to anyone (first-time or previous home owners) buying a
primary residence (i.e. not second homes or investment property),
between March 1, 2009, and March 1, 2010;

New construction only (i.e. not previously owned or occupied);

No income limit on the credit, but overall tax liability must equal or
exceed the amount of the tax credit;

Must live in the residence for a minimum of two years, or the credit
will have to be repaid;

$100,000,000 has been set aside for this credit, to be allocated to
the first 10,000 eligible home buyers who apply, on a
first-come-first-served basis.

New construction in San Francisco such as the Infinity, One Rincon, Millenium, Blu, The Montgomery…so many choices and a lot of options!

Why wait?

www.jenndavis.com

jdavis@mcguire.com

Jackie Speier is doing a great job trying to help Bay Area homeowners. In her words,  “I’ve drafted an amendment so that rather than being limited to whether the loan was conforming at time of origination, it will be based on (whether it’s conforming at) the time of (modification), which will take the limit up to $729,750 in high-cost areas. This should make more people in the Bay Area eligible.”

The Chronicle article  states that Pelosi supports the bill and it is expected to pass the House.  Some much needed relief!

jdavis@mcguire.com

www.jenndavis.com

The buying opportunities abound in San Francisco and condo shopping sprees are on the rise! This month, a tour of 40 executives from China will be ascending San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles in search of a sweet deal.  I’d bet this is the first of many trips.  Is this the sign of things to come? Does this mean we are at the bottom and the market is about to move up?

Avram Goldman, CEO of Pacific Union, posts recently that things are getting better all the time. I still hear about multiple offers on well priced homes. That is the key, a realistic seller and a motivated buyer. This market will flesh them out.

Buyers out there, keep looking seriously.  We won’t be in this market forever.

www.jenndavis.com

jdavis@mcguire.com

299 Santa Paula

299 Santa Paula

Hot Properties for this week, February 10th, 2009

Starting with St. Francis Wood… 

 
 

 

Check out this Mediterrean Villa at 299 Santa Paula! A gorgeous 5Br, 5.5BA, 4 car garage home listed for $5,900,000! This is one of the more stunning homes in San Francisco. You gotta see it!

521 Hill Street

521 Hill Street

 Let’s move to

 
 

 

Noe Valley….521 Hill Street is a well priced 3BR, 2BA Marina style home located on a very desirable block in Noe Valley.  It comes with a lovely south facing yard…great light! At $1,399,000 this is a great deal.

More questions or just curious? Email me…

jdavis@mcguire.com

www.jenndavis.com