Buy A Home In San Francisco

Written by Robert Mac
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Buy a home in San Francisco and be the envy of the rest of the country. It's true: San Francisco is one of the most desirous places to live and work--it's also home to the second most expensive houses in the country. In 2004, according to the National Association of Realtors, median home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area were $647,300.

Why so expensive? The Bay Area has been a hot place to live for the last 150 years. The Gold Rush put the bay on the map, and it's been a cultural hub ever since. Over the years, it's been a center of shipping, metallurgy, technology, finance, literature, free speech, hippies, arts, cuisine, civil rights, fashion, and the list goes on. At one point or another, everyone has wanted to buy a home in San Francisco.

What's an Easy Way to Buy a Home in San Francisco?

Get help. Having a real estate agent who knows the neighborhoods and the particulars of the San Francisco market is the best way to find what you are looking for. The housing market can be fierce--the stakes are higher than just about anywhere else and there is still a feeding frenzy going on--so professional assistance is the way to go.

You can always buy a home in San Francisco on your own, but you'll be losing ground to other buyers who have realtors helping them. They get listings before the general public and can eliminate some of the homes that don't meet your requirements. When you are paying more than half a million dollars for a home, you want to make sure you've studied all your options, and a local real estate agent can provide them.

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