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10 homeowner tax breaks you should be taking advantage of

From being able to write off virtually all mortgage interest, not only for your primary home, but for a second home as well — up to $1.1 million of debt (when you include home-equity loans) in most cases, to being able to write off your property taxes, homeowners have opportunities for dozens more federal income tax deductions than renters.

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Know Your Contract Contingencies: California’s Real Estate Inspection Contingency 14(B)(1)

Real estate contingencies typically fall under three major categories: appraisal, home inspection and mortgage approval. Think of these contingencies as a buyer’s and seller’s safety net. If a home does not appraise at a certain value, if an inspection reveals a major problem, or if the buyer cannot obtain adequate financing, the parties can back out of the contract without penalty.

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Why Uber and Other Tech Companies are Moving Across the Bay

On Sept. 23, Uber announced the purchase of Oakland’s old Sears building, which was recently rechristened Uptown Station by Lane Partners, a Silicon Valley-based developer of tech office parks. The space is replete with a ground-floor food court that specializes in locally grown organic delicacies such as tayberries and stuffed squash blossoms. Uber expects employees to start moving into the 330,000 square feet of office space upstairs sometime in 2017 as the company develops a larger campus in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

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Fall Home Improvement Tips

Fall is almost here — time to dive into a new school year. It’s also a great time to tackle that home improvement project you’ve been putting off all summer. To help you do your homework, here are a few remodeling lessons from “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate.” It pays to get A’s, but C’s get degrees. […]

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Marin Farmers’ Market 3rd largest in California, and growing

Summer’s bounty fresh from local farms and dairies makes the Marin Farmers’ Market a can’t-miss attraction this time of year. “Marin County is unique in that 50 percent of our land is agricultural — quite rare for being so close to a major urban center,” says Sarah Darcey-Martin, director of outreach for the Agricultural Institute […]

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PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: 2683 PINE STREET, SAN FRANCISCO | OFFERED AT $2,200,000

2683 Pine Street (Lower Pacific Heights), San Francisco, CA 94115 Stunning Victorian with European Flare. Sophisticated European styled-Victorian located in the heart of trendy Lower Pacific Heights has undergone a two-year renovation to the studs by its owner.  The transformation is nothing short of amazing with attention to every detail from the antique flooring and […]

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PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: 663 MARINA BOULEVARD, SAN FRANCISCO | OFFERED AT $8,980,000

663 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123 (Marina District) Sensational remodeled home on the Marina Boulevard waterfront with sweeping, full Golden Gate Bridge and water views. Six bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms, allowing for a wonderfully flexible floor plan. Amenities include a fabulous view master suite with a terrace; four bedrooms on one level, […]

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