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San Francisco Home Sale Data

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Conservancy Limitations

Certain governmental agencies have significant influence in determining if an individual property or neighborhood is deemed a historical or architectural landmark. Properties labeled historic or located in historic districts often have significant limitations regarding modifications, improvements, and any changes to appearance. Buyers and sellers are advised to pay close attention to the changes implemented by historic preservation groups as they may significantly impact both the value and the ability to quickly sell a property.

Comp Survey

A comp survey is what a buyer uses to help determine the value of a property and the initial offer price.  The comp survey is a comparison of properties in a given market by size, feature, location, and price. The buyer uses the comp survey to gauge what their offer price will be.  The sellers ask price is not considered in the comp survey as it is exactly what the name states, and "ask" price.

Coast Commissions

In 1972 The California Coastal Commission was created in an effort to preserve the coastline and provide public access.  Property located within a specified distance of the coastline is subject to regulation by the commission.  As such, buyers of property near the coastline should understand the guidelines they are subject to regarding improvements, additions, new construction, and any modification of their property.  Sellers should be aware of any changes to coastal commission regulations in terms of how these changes will impact the value and/or the ability to sell their property.  

Closing Costs

Closing costs generally include the following and for the most the buyer and seller negotiate "who pays what":

  • Title Insurance Premiums
  • Government Recording Fees
  • Real Estate Agent Commissions
  • Transfer Taxes
  • Stamp Fees or Stamp Tax
  • Inspection Costs
  • Loan Fees and Points
  • Escrow Agent Fees
  • Homeowners Insurance and Property Taxes (typically pre-paid by the buyer but a "closing" cost nonetheless)

Closing

The process of closing on a property involves an escrow agent obtaining the appropriate documents and instructions from the buyer, seller, and mortgage lender.  Assuming there are no problems with the documents and instructions, the seller signs the deed to the property, the buyer signs the mortgage and delivers the down payment, and the escrow agent sends the signed papers to the new lender. The lender approves the loan (they are often pre-approved so this may be a formality) and sends back the completed mortgage documents to the escrow agent and delivers the money for the property to the escrow account. The escrow agent then disperses the money to the seller, the sellers lender (if applicable), the real estate agents, the title companies, and any other parties due payment from the sale proceeds.  The escrow agent officially records the event, delivers the documents to the appropriate government agencies and property owners (lender and buyer), and the process is complete.