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I know you’ve heard of Zillow, and have probably played around with their Zestimate feature before to get an idea of what your home is worth. You shouldn’t trust Zillow to give you an accurate estimate, though. They use outdated information to determine the estimate amount, meaning you won’t be seeing a true market value of your home.

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How is the San Francisco real estate market doing? Generally speaking, we are in a flat market, which is good news. The market has evened out a bit and although we don’t have a ton of inventory, we aren’t experiencing a shortage, either. However, some homes are still selling for over asking price.

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Almost any time you buy a home, you'll have an inspection performed. After the inspection, you'll get a report back detailing any and all potential issues in the home. So what happens if the inspection uncovers issues that weren't disclosed by the seller? You'll start negotiations, which is where things can start to get tricky. To learn about how to best handle any issues that arise from a home inspection, watch this short video.

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The first step in the home buying process isn’t looking at homes online. The first step should be having a buyer consultation with someone like me. I can figure out exactly what you’re looking for in a home in this meeting and use that information to find properties that match. Most of the time, I can narrow the list of hundreds down to five or 10 that most closely match your wish lists. To learn more about what a buyer consultation can do for you as a homebuyer, watch this short video.

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The latest real estate market report for San Francisco and the Bay Area is hot off the presses! Single Family Home prices in San Francisco are on the rise. Find out more by clicking on the image!

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Should you remodel your home before putting it on the market? The answer depends on your specific situation. First, you must ask yourself if you have the budget and the time frame to make any important upgrades. If you do, the kitchen and bathrooms are the two areas you want to focus on. To learn more about whether you should remodel your home before listing it, watch my latest video.

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Multiple offer situations can be confusing for sellers. How are you supposed to sift through the offers and find the best one? It’s not always about the highest price. Sometimes certain offers have terms that are just too good to pass up. To find out how you can determine which offer is best in this type of situation, watch this short video.

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If you plan to sell your home in San Francisco, staging it will give you a tremendous edge when it comes to selling fast and for top dollar. Today, I’m discussing the top five home staging tips that will not only make your home show well, they’ll help you earn more money on your home sale than you put into it. For example, statistics have shown that spending a little money to update your kitchen and bathrooms can net you a 200% return when it comes time to sell. For the complete list of the top five staging tips, watch my latest video.

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What can we expect in the San Francisco real estate market this year? Will it be more of the same with prices and demand? Today, I wanted to give you my forecast for the year. Interest rates may be on the rise, but I think overall, the market will remain healthy. For more details, watch this short video.

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As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to say thank you for your support this year. I also wanted to wish you a very happy holiday. Thanks so much again, and I wish you all the best for 2017 and a safe and happy holiday season. To see my full holiday greeting, watch this short video.

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As we approach the holidays, I seem to be getting more and more questions from sellers. They want to know if listing during the holidays is a good idea or not. While you may think spring or summer is a better time to sell, it really isn't. The market is more active during that time, but it’s also more competitive. To learn about all the advantages that selling during the holiday season offers, watch this short video.

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Whether you're leaving your home for business or for pleasure, it's important to be sure your home is safe while you're away. A vacant house is an easy target for an intruder, but there are a number of easy things you can do to protect your home. For example, you can start by making sure your home's exterior is well lit and has motion sensors that trigger the lights. It's proven that well-lit homes are less likely to be intruded. For all five tips on keeping your home safe while no one's home, watch this short video.

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The hot seller’s market that we’re in right now means that you may have to compete with other home buyers to nab the home you really want. How do you make your offer stand out from the rest? Today I’d like to share three things that you should keep in mind before submitting your offer. The first is to make sure you do your due diligence on the property before putting your offer in so that you can make a clean offer with minimal contingencies. To find out what else you can do to make your offer stand out, watch this short video.

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Are we in a buyer’s or a seller’s market right now? Well, it really depends on the particular area of town you’re looking at. Generally, we are in a pretty balanced market, but we’re unsure how much longer this will last. To learn where our market is heading, watch this short video!

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“Tis the season for giving. In the true spirit of the Holidays, Durwin Cheung presents the iPad Giveaway!

Durwin Homes group aim to not only put Cathedral Hill and Van Ness Corridor on the spotlight but more importantly, build and strengthen a community. What better way to do both than to have a contest and reward one lucky participant with a brand new iPad!

To enter, visit: http://durwincheung.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/holiday-ipad-giveaway/

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1 Bed/1Bath in a 5-unit building that was built in 1910 in sought-after Russian Hill. Great period details, hardwood floors throughout, plus wood burning fireplace in formal dining room. Large with a spacious floor plan, this charming end unit has both a formal dining room with fireplace and living room with plenty of natural light. Additional room off of kitchen can be used as an office. There is 1 car parking and a storage room. This home is conveniently located within walking distance to Hyde and Polk St. shops and restaurants.

Interested? Contact info is below.

DURWIN CHEUNG | BRE# 01387383

p: 415-855-3388

f: 415-567-8069

e: DurwinCheung@yahoo.com

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Last Saturday, Durwin Cheung held a little get-together to extend his appreciation to his past clients as well as launch his latest project: http://www.cathillsf.com

The Venue: 03 Bistro & Lounge

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In San Francisco, there’s never a shortage of good restaurants and bars. Being the cultural mecca that the city is, this means delicious and ethnically-diverse variety of food options. This edition of Durwin Chung Chronicles, we decided to feature a business from a very prominent figure in Nob Hill. Call her the grand dame or whatever you want. To us, she’s the Comeback Queen. Meet Luisa Hanson as we feature her newest business venture yet- Luisa’s Pizza & Pasta. Located in iconic California St, the less-than-a-month old business is getting a lot of traction from both neighborhood residents and visiting tourists who aim to snap a picture of the cable cars passing by. From the outside, it looked small but once you come in, the restaurant can accommodate 55 people, front (outside) seating a la Venezia or Roma, back seating, a wine bar including beers on tap and another wine bar in the back.

Hello, Luisa! Thank you for having us today.

Luisa: Can you guess how old I am?

No but please tell us!

Luisa: I am 87 years old. (chuckles)

You’re definitely a...

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Imagine a gathering place for people to come together, create, teach, learn and make new connections … for free. Established in the summer of 2013 and inspired by the National Day of Civic Hacking, [freespace] came to life when a building was gifted to the community for a whopping, well, $1. Now with over 300 free events hosted [freespace] has seen culturally, professionally and economically-diverse people who collaborate for a variety of projects.

Given the unique nature of this startup, we thought it would be great to delve deeper and interview one of the minds behind the [freespace] movement. Meet Lucas Royland. Lucas is a seasoned professional in the startup industry. He has co-founded White Glove Apps, was CTO and co-founder of Asseta, CTO of The Counterpoint and currently invests his time for [freespace] software development.

Lucas graciously accepted our request for a short interview and agreed to meet us at one of their [freespace] buildings. He took us on a tour of the tri-level building. The basement, dimly-lit with murals all over is spacious enough to host...

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Most people’s idea of a real estate sales transaction often involves a buyer, a seller and their respective agents. What’s missing? The vital role played by Escrow and Title Companies. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, lender or borrower, effectively choosing the best company to work with is extremely important. Here’s some more helpful information from Durwin:

Why you need an Escrow Company - Because you want the guarantee that no funds or property will be transferred until any and all of the instructions in the transaction have been met. The escrow holder has the duty to safeguard the funds and/or documents while the transaction is in progress and to only disburse funds and/or convey title when all conditions and provisions of the escrow have been complied with.

Why you need Title Insurance - Because it protects you from the most common hidden risks that can cause a loss of title or create an encumbrance on title. A few examples would be false impersonation of the true owner of the property, forgery, releases or wills, instruments executed under invalid or...

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If you walk through both the higher-end (Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Pacific Heights, Marina) and the hip (Mission, Castro) neighborhoods in San Francisco, you’ll find that working out has become more than just about staying fit. It’s a lifestyle. Juice Bars? Check. Organic Groceries? Check. People in their workout garb- more often than not, yoga mats in tow? Yes, plenty. In fact, our city made it to last year’s list of Top Ten Cities for Yoga by Forbes. There’s no arguing the fact that yoga has become such an international sensation; what with the immeasurable benefits and it’s undeniable media exposure by today’s celebrities and bloggers.

There are numerous definitions, goals and methods of yoga. So today we’ll focus on one of the most popular forms of the practice: Bikram. Popularized in the early 1970s, it consists of 90 minutes of the same series of 26 postures including breathing exercises. This is ideally done in a heated room with a maintained temperature of 104 °F with a humidity of 40%. Not to be mistaken with hot yoga but that’s another story. In a nutshell, all...

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Cathedral Hill is one of the best residential neighborhoods in San Francisco. It is centered around St Mary’s Cathedral and is surrounded by a few more churches- rightfully living up to it’s name. Not only is Cathedral Hill teeming with small businesses and chains, it’s also close to Japantown, Downtown, Civic Center/Van Ness, Tenderloin and Nob Hill. It’s a dream location for those who seek safety and a quiet neighborhood BUT don’t necessarily want to sacrifice accessibility and proximity to dining, recreation and shopping options.

Among the top condominiums in the neighborhood is Daniel Burnham Court. Built in 1987, the condo consists of two high rise towers and boasts of high class amenities- pool, gym, sauna, spa, roof garden, 24hr security, mail service, the works. It is also home to commercial spaces which include a real estate brokerage (Better Homes and Gardens | Mason McDuffie), a wireless carrier (Verizon), FedEx and medical clinics, to name a few.

I was fortunate enough to catch up with the General Manager Helene Dellanini. Her schedule only allowed for 3...

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Nob Hill, previously referred to as California Hill in the 1850s is one of the most prominent higher-end neighborhoods in San Francisco. It was renamed after the Big Four businessmen known as “the Nobs” who built the California Pacific Railroads constructed mansions there. Currently, Nob Hill is affectionately dubbed “Snob Hill”. Check MLS and you’ll see what I mean.

At the very top of Nob Hill is the Huntington Hotel, home to the renowned Nob Hill Spa. The spa has made top lists and received an abundance of awards for being one of the Top Luxury Spas not only in the Bay Area but around the World. The price list is not for the faint of heart. It’s a lot more than the $60/hr massage common in downtown SF. Looking for spa deals or use Groupon? Forget about it. NHS provides and accommodates neither. You won’t find a ton of advertisements. The place doesn’t need it. This business is a prime example of keeping elite luxury…well, luxuriously elite.

The Nob Hill Spa entrance is separate from the Huntington Hotel’s although both are in California St. Walking through the...

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It’s undeniable that one of the first things that come to mind when you mention the word “luxury” is cars. That’s why for my first blog post, I decided to feature one of the most prominent dealerships in San Francisco… British Motors. Headquartered on Van Ness at the corner of O’Farrell, the showrooms boast of luxury brands including Lamborghini, Bentley and Jaguar, to name a few.

Greeted with excellent customer service, impeccable finishes, amazing architecture and of course, the showroom car models, I was ready for the interview. At the top of the curved marble staircase leading to a waiting area that is fully equipped with leather seating, refreshments and reading materials such as Haute Time- I realized the amount of detail put into this business to cater to the luxury market. It’s amazing and it works.

I had the pleasure of meeting Andrea Lodigiani. She was very professional and charmingly accommodating. She answered all the questions with utmost ease and candor- perfect for her position as the Marketing Manager of BMCD. Here are a few excerpts.

DCC: Tell...

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