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Relocating to San Fran and looking for a home to either buy or rent.

We are moving to San Francisco by the end of the year and are looking for a home to either buy or rent. Looking for at least 2 bed / 1.5 bath, but preferably 3bed / 2 bath.

We've been doing research on the various areas, but do not have a strong preference for now. Prefer an easy and short cummute to downtown, and a place that is suitable for a young family.

Budget-wise we would prefer to stay under 800k if buying or 3.5k/month if renting. We are not yet working with any realtor.

Also open to duplexes or triplexes to live in one and rent out the rest, and very open to fixer-uppers as long as it is a good value.



All suggestions welcome!

Thanks
  • September 25 2013 - San Francisco
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Where are you moving from? Noe Valley is a lovely area with good weather and great restaurants. It will be more affordable than Pacific Heights and you might be able to find a 2br, 1ba for 3,500. It's a great area for a young family as well. Have you looked into the Twin Peaks and Glen Park areas? Best, Teresa
  • September 26 2013
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Thanks for the responses so far. Just to be clear,

1) we are not looking for a mortgage as we already have a lender lined up
2) we are looking in San Francisco proper (like pac heights, panhandle, cow hollow, etc and slightly outside these areas like bernal heights and noe valley)

Thanks!
  • September 25 2013
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To get a good idea about the various San Francisco neighborhoods, one needs to tour The City for a  first hand look. It's almost impossible to get a feel for the different areas of the City on the internet.  You may want to schedule a visit before your move to drive around the various neighborhoods and look at homes for sale as well as rentals.   Most real estate agents will be happy to help you with this.  It's best to choose a local agent that knows San Francisco well.  
Best of Luck,
Teresa 
  • September 25 2013
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Hi,

Glad to hear that you are moving to SF.  Being raised in the city, I am sure you will enjoy the view, the weather, and the diversity.  Traffic and parking can be tough at times, but commute is easy to access from point A to point B.  Plus SF is the most walkable city in the US.

I've just checked the listings for SF.  Based on $800K, minimum of 2 beds and at least 1.5 baths, there were 47 available listings for districts 1-3, 5-6, and 8.  1 being Richmond, 2 the Marinas, 3 North Beach, 5 Nob and Russian Hills, 6 Downtown Embarcadero, and 8 being Twin Peaks.

All of these are short easy commute and good spots to raise a family.  It depends on whether you prefer the North side (view of the Golden Gate Bridge and bay), the East side (view of the Pacific Ocean), or Central (view of the entire city).  My brokerage not only is in real estate but also in mortgage.  For loans, we can help you with that as well.  Let me know how I can be of assistance to you.

  • September 25 2013
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There are definitely homes for sale at that price point.  I have several clients who have been looking in the city, but chose to move towards the East Bay for more bang for your buck.  You may want to look at some properties in North Oakland or Berkeley.  Piedmont is a beautiful area, very nice for a family.  This is also very close to Bart to head downtown (about 15 minute commute).

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Bryan
  • September 25 2013
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One of the first things you should do is speak with a California lender if you plan on buying. If you are serious about buying a home it is important to be be pre-approved. Once you are pre-approved then you can make serious offers on homes that you would like. Getting pre-approved also give you an idea of how much you can afford. So if you haven't already, I recommend you speak with a lender like myself who would be more than willing to speak with you to help you get the loan that you need.

Well I hope this helps! If you have any further questions or if you would like a loan, feel free to contact me!

Good Luck!
  • September 25 2013
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