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San Francisco is a magical place during the holidays. With glowing buildings, lighted trees, and wonderous displays of art, theres something for everyone to enjoy.

Ice Skating in Union Square

Date: Nov 2 – Jan 16

Location: Union Square

Everyone gets to enjoy the rink this year at Union Square. Prices in 2022 are $20 for adults and $15 for children 8 and under for a 60 minute session, with skate rental included. 

Frozen on Broadway

Date: Nov 18 – Dec 30

Location: Orpheum Theater on Market Street

That’s right, Frozen on Broadway. The touring cast of Broadway’s Frozen is local for the holidays. Live action musicals require children to be at least 5 years old. 

Grace Cathedral Sound Bath

Date: Nov 21

Location: Grace Cathedral

Clear your chakras at Grace Cathedral with a sound bath. Surrender yourself with a one-of-a-kind whole-body experience: A Sound Bath in the ambiance of a magnificent sacred space. (More Info)

Holidays at Pier 39

Date: Nov 22 – Jan 8

Location: Pier 39

Head to Pier 39 for a nightly Tree Lighting Musical Moments where the Christmas tree will come to life every half hour from 5pm – 10pm. Synchronized to Holiday music, the tree transforms into a kaleidoscope of swirling colors, adorned with thousands of specialty lights and ornaments.  These dazzling Tree Lighting Musical Moments will take center stage all season long. (More Info)

Turkey Trot

Date: Thanksgiving Day (Nov 24)

Location: Throughout Bay Area

Earn your Thanksgiving meal with a Turkey Trot. While the trot through the Golden Gate Park is fully “stuffed” there are many available. (More Info)

Union Square Tree Lighting

Date: Nov 25

Location: Union Square

Union Square is the heart of holiday cheer. Start the season right with Macy’s Great Tree Lighting on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Check out the tree before the lighting NOW!

Tea Time

Date: Nov 26 – Dec 23 (Click link for details)

Location: Various locations

The tradition of tea time is a staple in many San Francisco families. Hotels offering tea time include:

Holiday Tea at the Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis This hotel offers a “Dollie + Me” tea in conjunction with kit + sis on December 17 & 18 from 12pm-2pm for children 5 and up who bring along their favorite doll.

Holiday Tea at the Fairmont Around the corner from the hotel’s grand 2-story gingerbread house is the hotel’s restaurant, Laurel Court. Holiday tea is offered Thursday through Sunday after Thanksgiving and daily in the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Ritz Carlton Bring a toy or wrapped gift to donate to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Some proceeds from tea time will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network and Make a Wish Foundation.

Magical Tea at Top of the Mark in the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel $5 discount with donation of a new unwrapped toy. This event features special fun-filled activities including Cookie Decorating with the Pastry Chef, balloon art with Raul The Master Balloonatic, and Face Painting with Fire Pixie.

A Christmas Carol

Date: Nov 30 – Dec 24

Location: Toni Rembe Theater

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a rendition of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Tale. Discounted tickets for children 17 and under are available here for affordable family fun! (More Info)

Let Glow SF

Date: Dec 2 – Dec 11

Location: Financial District

America’s largest holiday projection mapping festival returns to downtown San Francisco this December, celebrating the season with 10 nights of light, animation, and music crafted by artists from the Bay Area and across the globe. (More Info)

San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker

Date: Dec 8 – Dec 27

Location: 455 Franklin St, SF

Enjoy the San Francisco Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker. A local tradition since 1944. 

Union Square Menorah Lighting

Date: Dec 18 – Dec 25

Location: Union Square

Celebrate  Chanukah in Union Square with the Menorah Lighting. Join the community on Dec 18th for Bill Graham Menorah Day for a day full of fun. (Schedule Here)

SantaCon

Date: Dec 18 – Dec 25

Location: Starts in Union Square

Spread good cheer at SantaCon in San Francisco this year. Dress up as Santa or enjoy the thousands of other people dressed as Santa. This year there will be a Toy Drive for the SFFD.

This is a free event, just follow the walking routes and sing along with everyone else. Must be 21+ to participate. (More Info)

Outer Village supports new families with personalized postpartum care and support

in their first year after baby’s arrival. Jenna McAnulty, founder of Outer Village, integrates doula wisdom with nutrition, community building, and child development expertise. 

In the months after delivery, there is so much to learn and focus on. Jenna assists families with: 

Healing

Newborn care

Breastfeeding

Whole family nutrition

Bonding

Sleep

and overall wellness. 

“No matter how blurry your vision of what you want to accomplish, or how little sleep you’re running on – I’m here for you,” she says. 

With options for 3, 6, or 9 months of support, Outer Village can soften the many transitions that happen in baby’s first year – sleep changes, developmental leaps, baby led weaning, searching for childcare, and more.

To sum it up, Jenna holds parents’ hands through all of the “what the heck am I doing” moments. 

We know Jenna as one of the most delightful and warm people you’ll ever meet. Her calm energy seems just right for this role. She also has a deep well of professional experience to draw from. She holds a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Mills College, and she spent over 15-years leading infant and child-centered programs, non-profits, and tech start-ups. She also trained for 2-years at UCSF Children’s Hospital as a Child Life practicum student, providing play therapy and procedure support for NICU and pediatric patients. Jenna is a Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and mother. 

If you’re a new parent or you know someone who is, Outer Village is here to help!

Visit: https://www.outervillagesf.com/

Have we mentioned lately that We LOVE Referrals?!

Referrals are the fuel that keeps us running! That keeps us doing what we do! Which is, in essence, to help people. 

Did you know that our business is 100% word of mouth? That’s right: 100%. 

So to say a huge THANKS, everyone who refers us to a friend or family member for the rest of 2022 will be entered to win a $1,000 gift cert to Cavallo Point. (ritzy, right?)

Your pals get 5-star service, we get to keep helping people, and you get a fabulous spa day. Sounds like a win-win-win!

Winner announced on January 2nd, 2023

Summer 2022 has been a season of change for the U.S. real estate market. With housing affordability at a 33-year low, existing-home sales have continued to soften nationwide, falling 5.9% month-to-month and 20.9% year-over-year as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Pending home sales have also continued to decline, while new listings have steadily increased, with unsold inventory reaching 3.3 months’ supply at the start of August. The pullback in demand has been particularly hard on homebuilders, causing new-home sales and construction to slow. New Listings were down 13.7 percent for single family homes and 20.4 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales decreased 25.2 percent for single family homes and 29.1 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.

The Median Sales Price was down 12.0 percent to $1,625,000 for single family homes and 14.1 percent to $987,500 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 5.9 percent for single family units but was up 3.6 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units. Inflation, higher interest rates, and fears of a potential recession have taken a toll on buyers and sellers this summer, leading many people to stay on the sidelines to see what will happen with the market. But some experts, including NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, believe the worst of inflation may be over. Although sales prices remain up from this time last year, price growth is expected to moderate in the months ahead as the market continues to shift in a more buyer-friendly direction.

Unless you were totally off the grid living your best #vanlife this summer, you probably know the basics: 

  1. Prices are down
  2. Interest rates are up

But can we parse that a bit more for you? We sure can!

In short, what reads like doom and gloom is actually a fairly balanced environment. Balance is a good thing! However, it might feel alarming because the market was SO out of whack for so long.

The spring of this year was as hot a market as we’ve ever seen. Rampant overbidding, a steep run-up in prices, off-the-charts demand, and a rush to get into homes before the promised interest rate hikes materialized. Was this healthy? Universal consensus was that nooooo, it certainly was not. Everyone complained about it (aside from a few sellers who cashed out and left the state). It was pretty frightening and discouraging; a clear symptom of the much-talked-about inflation issue.

So now that things have cooled off a bit, everyone’s breathing a collective sigh of relief, right? Hahaha – no way! Look, market shifts are uncomfortable. Change. The unknown. All of that good stuff. And there’s plenty to go around. Sellers are watching their Zestimates ease off of a 10+ year high. Buyers are coping with the swiftest interest rate hike in history. It’s a lot. 

Take heart and remember a couple of things. 

Homeowners/Sellers: we had an amazing run. REALLY amazing. Most property owners will never see the type of appreciation that CA has experienced in the past few years. If you’re thinking of selling in 2022, you are still pretty darn close to the top of the market cycle. 

Buyers: 5% only seems high. No need to take my word for it – check out the historical charts. Boomers took out mortgages at 10% or more for YEARS. So don’t feel like you missed the boat. Rising rates plus a stock market wallop isn’t a day at the beach. But it means you won’t have to battle 20 other buyers just to get your offer accepted. 

Apologies if this sounds like a tired “it’s always a good time to buy/sell” Realtor line. These things are complex and personal. It’s a good time when your personal stars align. We’re just bringing a little big picture context to the table. 

Agents who’ve never faced a shifting market are finding it tough to counsel their clients. Us? Well, we’ve been here before. A couple of times, actually! So please, contact us anytime (really, we mean it), if you are thinking about making a move. It would be our privilege to help you on the journey.

Have your kids or cats invaded one too many zoom calls? Do you need to free up some precious interior space? A backyard office shed might be just the ticket. 

How much does a backyard office shed cost? Do I need a permit to install an office shed in San Francisco? How long does it take to build a backyard shed? Read on to find out!

Permitting a backyard office shed: 

Even in notoriously red-tape San Francisco, it’s surprisingly easy to build a shed of up to 100 square feet in your backyard. Get this: You might not even need a permit. (whaaaat?)

Yep, straight from the city website – no permits needed for:

One-story detached accessory buildings or structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, if the projected roof area is less than 100 square feet (9.29 m2) and no taller than 8 feet.

(of course, consult with your contractor and the local ordinances)

Check out these dreamy prefab backyard offices from local company Wllmade. 

“The Lombard” Model from WllMade

“The Presidio” from WllMade

“The Lombard” model is just 100 square feet, which means no permit should be necessary in San Francisco. In many other Bay Area cities the larger, 120 sq ft “Presidio” or “Twin Peaks” models also might not need a permit.  

Cost of backyard office sheds:

For a tricked-out prefab model from Wllmade, prices start at around $28,000 plus installation (around $9,500). A serious investment, but much less expensive than adding livable square footage onto the main house. Not to mention, well, they’re adorable. 

You can also add on fun features like…

…to customize your own work from home paradise. 

Bonus: They’re having a summer sale so sheds are 10% off right now. 

Visit their website to peep your options, then reach out for a consultation with the very fabulous Victoria, who can help you sort out the details. https://wllmade.com/

For a more affordable option with fewer bells and whistles, check out kits like this one, which you can order online (click for more info).

If you have a keen and creative design eye like our very own Cynthia Pagan (who jazzed up the one above), you can get up and running for just a few thousand dollars. Check out more pics of Cynthia’s backyard “He-Shed and She-Shed” in this beach cottage listing from last year. You can also customize this backyard shed with different colored roof shingles and flooring options. 

Timing for installing a backyard office shed: 

Keep in mind that you’ll need to install a concrete slab for just about any long-term option you choose. Still, installing an office shed is probably faster than you think. Wllmade’s construction time is only about 5 days from foundation to completion. They are booked about 60-90 days out right now, so get in touch now for a shed by the end of the year. 

Mail-order sheds will depend more on availability. As of publication the sheds in the link above were available in the Bay Area, and Shed Liquidators does delivery and installation, too. 

Is a backyard office shed a good investment?

In short – yes. As long as a large number of Bay Area homebuyers are working from home at least part-time, there will be a huge demand for home office space. 

First time buyers – don’t miss these hot tips and cautionary tales from our expert panel. When you’re buying a home, myths abound! Watch this recording to learn about some common pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

Our expert panel is: Amy Clemens of Pacific Edge Real Estate, Dean Rizzi of Guarantee Mortgage, Eric Gee of Farmer’s Insurance, and Patricia De Fonte of Estate Planning With Heart. In this session we address common questions about: 

Pros also share homebuyer horror stories you can learn from. 

It has been a pleasure to serve the San Francisco community for over 20 years. We are proud to have helped so many in their journey here, and we value the trust our clients place in our relationships.

In 2020 Pacific Edge Real Estate Group closed almost $64,000,000 in real estate sales. In 2021 Pacific Edge Real Estate Group saw over $142,000,000 in real estate sales. In addition to our incredible growth, the team has been recognized by RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals.

Pacific Edge Real Estate Group ranked as the 69th Best Real Estate Professionals Team in the State of California against other teams our size.

RealTrends + Tom Ferry America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, now in its 10th year, honors America’s finest real estate agents and teams from all across the country!  Almost 24,000 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best. They are the top 1.49% of more than 1.6 million licensed Realtors® nationwide.

We are honored to be recognized alongside so many incredible real estate teams. Our success is a direct result of our commitment to our clients and our team members.

Admission to San Francisco Kindergarten is anything but simple. Whether you’re considering public, private, or both, you probably have questions. Not to worry – answers are here! We partnered with the consultants at Bay Area School Choice to help demystify the process in this one-hour seminar. Click to view the recording. You’ll see all the tips and tricks from the experts, as well as some excellent Q&A from SF parents like you! (LINK BELOW)

Consultant Contacts and Website

Laura Shapiro & Nancy Blum

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After two years of record-setting activity, there are signs the housing market might be cooling. High home prices and a surge in mortgage interest rates are slowing buyer activity, with home sales declining for the third consecutive month under the weight of soaring homeownership costs. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reports existing home sales were down 2.4% from the previous month, while pending sales fell 3.9% as of last measure, extending the trend of recent months. Economists predict sales will continue to soften in the near future, which may put downward pressure on home prices.

New Listings were down 24.8 percent for single family homes and 30.4 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales decreased 22.5 percent for single family homes and 29.3 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 6.8 percent to $2,015,000 for single family homes but decreased 0.2 percent to $1,225,000 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 32.0 percent for single family units and 15.9 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units.

The slowdown in sales has provided a much-needed lift to housing supply, with inventory up 10.8% from the previous month according to NAR, although supply remains down 10.4% compared to this time last year, with only 2.2 months’ supply of homes at the current sales pace. As the nation continues to explore ways to solve the ongoing housing shortage, estimated at 5.5 million homes, the Biden administration recently unveiled the Housing Supply Action Plan, which aims to expand housing access through a number of administrative and legislative actions and help relieve the nation’s housing crisis over the next 5 years.

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