thirty days out is a good time to start a rental search, as most tenants give 30 days notice to vacate. if you know the city well, you could be successful in a weekend trip. if you are not so familiar, you may want to hire a search agent to help you find a good spot. hire someone who will work with you until you find a place and sign a lease. Some agents charge for orientation tours, less costly, but they have no motivation on a tour to make sure you sign al ease. The relo service is costs more, but any good relo agent will work really hard to make sure your find the right deal for you, and quickly.... more
The area of Church and Market bridges the Castro and the Mission. While the intersection at Market street is very busy, the side streets are quite calm and quiet, and the dirtiness of the Mission proper seems to taper off. Right around this intersection is Aardvark Books, one of my favorite used bookstores in the city, as well as several good restaurants.... more
Overall it's a fantastic neighborhood and I'm glad I found a great slice of the city to call home. For the most part, streets are clean and well maintained by the residents. Parking can be a little difficult at times so be prepared to drive around the block a few times. Other options are to search for neighbors who are renting out their garage space, or better yet, give up the gas guzzler and take advantage of the many MUNI lines that all seem to run through Duboce Triangle!... more
I'm not positive who's supplying the figure of $20,000, though I'd guess it might be RealtyTrac. There have been many, many threads here about the erroneous, misleading, and incorrect data provided by that company.
If the property is even for sale (and lots of so-called foreclosures on RealtyTrac are not for sale), just find any real estate web site serving San Francisco. Virtually all have some sort of form that allows you to search the MLS. You have the address (though it appears you left off the street number above), so that should be sufficient. If you can't find it, it isn't for sale. However, you can ask a Realtor what the status of the property is, even if it's not on the MLS.
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You have a good down payment and good income. It shouldn't be too difficult to find a house that you can afford. The tricky thing will be qualifying for it.
I'd be happy to email some listings to you but my suggestion is to get pre-approved first. Then you'll know what price range you can afford. I'm sure some lenders will chime in here or I can recommend a few.
How soon do you need something? Any neighborhoods in particular?... more
Hello. I think that whether or not living in such tight quarters will work for you depends mostly on the type of relationship you have. I remember a teacher of mine (many moons ago), who was very happily married and he told my class that he and his wife lived in one room for several years after they first got married. For them it worked out great, but for me, it would not work. If you have doubts now, maybe you should not do it. On the other hand, you can always give it a try and if it does not work out, move to a bigger place (if you still want to live with each other after the experience in the smaller place). I would sit down with your partner and each write down what your concerns are and how you can best address them. If you can't come to an agreement now, things most likely will not improve after you have moved in together. Accepting that you may have to find a larger place may remove the stress that you may be experiencing over having to make this decision. Just accept that it's not the end of the world if it does not work out. Good luck.... more