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Blog Archives: January 2016 — December 2016

How to Sell Your House with a Realtor

December 29, 2016
Selling a home can be a highly complex undertaking, with a huge amount of money riding on a successful deal. With so many different competing factors, and so many questions, the whole process can seem overwhelming. That’s why the team of experts at Keller Williams San Francisco has put together this guide on how to sell your house with a Realtor, to give you a better idea of the different phases to selling a home and what you can expect from each one.   Phase One: Preliminary Steps   The very first step is to find a Realtor. Don’t ...

North Beach Neighborhood Update

December 23, 2016
Population: 19,000 Median Sales Price: $1,009,500 Median Cost Per Square Foot: $1,118 Median Monthly rent: $7,200     In San Francisco’s North East quadrant, North Beach is bordered by Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown, with increasing overlap and blending with the latter, and by Russian Hill to the West. Having much in common with Manhattan’s Little Italy, North Beach is proud of its strong Italian-American heritage despite changing demographics. Once a working class Italian neighborhood, North Beach now shares its Italian ...

Short Sales Pros and Cons for Buyers and Sellers

December 13, 2016
Short sales, despite their name, are anything but short. They are a complex, and finicky process, and it’s always best that you work with a Realtor with considerable experience conducting short sales in particular, to avoid having the deal fall through. The name uses “short” in the same sense as “getting short changed” or “coming up short” because, in a short sale, the property is sold for less than the remaining mortgage amount, effectively at a loss. As a buyer, at first glance, this seems like a pretty good deal, since you’re able to pick ...

Perspectives From a Real Estate Agent: Mission District Neighborhood

November 30, 2016
Population: ca. 47,200 Median Sales Price: $1,130,500 Median Cost Per Square Foot: $1,034 Median Monthly rent: $4,500   Typically just called “The Mission”, the Mission District in East Central San Francisco, bordered by Route 101, Sanchez Street, and the Noe Valley neighborhood, has quick access to a number of transit lines and an excellent night life. Insulated from the wind and fog from the West, The Mission is generally sunnier and warmer than the rest of the city. The Mission District is usually subdivided into distinct ...

How to Find a Real Estate Agent for Buyers | Keller Williams San Francisco

November 22, 2016
With so many homes constantly coming on and off the market, and so many competing needs and concerns, finding a house that meets all your needs can be a lengthy process. It’s a full time job, keeping up with market research, listings, viewings, and networking, and that’s why it’s so important to work with the right Realtor. However, not all Realtors will be exactly right for your particular needs. You’ll want a Realtor with considerable experience in your particular neighborhood, buying and selling exactly the kinds of properties that you’re ...

Tips from a Real Estate Agent Bernal Heights

November 11, 2016
Median Sales Price – $1,400,000 Median Cost Per Square Foot – $1,134 Median Monthly rent – $4,800   Just to the south of the Mission District is the quaint, timeless neighborhood of Bernal Heights. Though relatively secluded, it’s bounded by highways US 101 and I-280, which makes commuting to Silicon Valley, or anywhere else, a breeze. Bernal Heights is a quiet neighborhood with a slow pace, a temperate microclimate, and very low crime rate, but it also boasts a healthy restaurant and shopping scene. Parks are abundant, and Bernal ...

Selling your Home without a Realtor

November 09, 2016
The process of selling your home is exhausting, mentally, physically, and emotionally. An endless parade of buyers scrutinizing your home after you’ve spent hours or days meticulously staging it, the months or years of tumult and upheaval as you plan to relocate, the financial stress of transacting million-dollar deals, and the simple fact that, until the right buyer comes along, you won’t see any return on your investments of time and resources. While most people choose to work with a Realtor, to take some of the pressure off, about 10% of ...

How To Choose a Real Estate Agent

October 31, 2016
Buying or selling a house represents a huge financial commitment, a major life change, and an emotionally intense period of about eighteen months. During that time, you’ll be looking at properties, meeting with potential buyers, or just keeping a close eye on the real estate markets in your area. As you navigate this process, you’ll surely find that the right real estate agent can help you ride the rapids and can make sense of the din. Choosing the right agent, at the very outset of your real estate process, is perhaps the single most ...

How To Fire a Real Estate Agent

October 31, 2016
Buying or selling a home is a major financial undertaking, sometimes the biggest financial decision you’ll make in a lifetime. If your real estate agent isn’t doing enough to broker the deal you need, it may be time to part ways. In this guide, we’ll tell you about when and how to fire your real estate agent, and what you can expect that process to look like. If your agent isn’t actively helping you find a property, or sell your current one, you have a problem. This is a person for whom you’re paying for a critical service, who simply ...

inman news: Keller Williams expands to 5 new countries

August 10, 2016
Amber Taufen
  Key Takeaways: Israel, Nicaragua, France, Monaco and Poland will be where consumers can find the latest KW outposts.   When you hear people in the real estate industry talk about which franchises are “taking over the world,” they usually don’t mean that phrase literally, but in the case of Keller Williams, it might just be appropriate. Keller Williams, one of the fastest-growing franchise groups in the country, announced its expansion to five new countries at its Mega Camp event today: Israel, Nicaragua, ...

How Important Is Culture? A Second Look at Keller Williams Realty

April 21, 2016
By David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan Introduction Keller Williams is the largest real estate franchise in the world, with over 139,000 agents in 780 market centers globally. The company has enjoyed considerable growth since inception, with agent count doubling in the last four years alone. It is also highly profitable, with gross commission income and operating profit per market center largely exceeding those of its nearest competitors. The leaders of Keller Williams attribute the company’s success to the combination of an economic model ...

Keller Williams Named a Top Training Organization Worldwide

February 16, 2016
          For third consecutive year, real estate franchise recognized as a world leader in training   Keller Williams, the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, was recognized by Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development professionals, as the No. 2 training organization across all industries in the world. The company also received an Outstanding Training Initiative Award for its Leadership Week training, a course offering focused on the development of business ...

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