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How Paragon Ranks In the Bay Area

The SF Business Times’ new ranking of the Largest Residential Real Estate Firms in the Bay Area has just come out, based upon 2008 gross sales.


Paragon is #10 in gross sales, and for brokerages with at least 100 agents, Paragon is #1 for the highest average sales per agent.



Renting vs. Buying

The Renting vs. Buying comparison is coming more into balance ­ the media have begun noticing this. So, using an excellent online calculator that Residential Pacific Mortgage provides, you can see a sample analysis that you might find useful, comparing $2600 rent to purchasing a $650,000 home with 20% down at a 5.25% interest rate with 1 point. 


Very interesting!


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San Francisco International Film Festival

The next San Francisco International Film Festival takes place April 23–­May 7, 2009

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Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. Held each spring for two weeks, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in the country¹s most beautiful city, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance and nearly two dozen awards presented for cinematic excellence. The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000.

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C.A.R. Launches Mortgage Protection Program

To help provide first-time home buyers with peace of mind when purchasing a home, the C.A.R. housing Affordability Fund (C.A.R.H.A.F.) is offering a new mortgage protection program to first-time home buyers. 

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Online SF Resources

Here are some useful, interesting and/or fun websites for San Francisco and the Bay Area. Hope you enjoy them.

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PDF vs PST: Time to change your clocks

The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided the basic framework for alternating between daylight saving time and standard time, which we now observe in the United States. But Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with it. For example, in 1973 daylight saving time was observed all year, instead of just the spring and summer. The current system of beginning DST at 2 AM on the first Sunday in April and ending it at 2 AM on the last Sunday in October was not standardized until 1986.

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Paragon March 2009 Newsletter – Extended Version

In this edition:

Foreclosure Sales in San Francisco

Upper-End Home Market Wilts

New Condo Developments Reduce Prices

Regarding Statistics

Average Dollar per Square Foot in Selected Bay Area Zip Codes

Sales Price to List Price

Financing Conditions & Tax Credits

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10 High-End Remodel Ideas – For Under 100K

This is a great article that was brought to us by James Dixon, an architect who has given presentations at Paragon in the past. Enjoy!

Why should you spend any money on your home at this time? Well, that’s a good question and here’s one answer:

You can get a great amount of work for your money and increase your ROI by taking advantage of the current economy and a new approach to home renovation. This is the time for opportunity.

People are spending more time in their homes and are spending money improving what they have; there is more of a “stay in” rather than “go out” mentality. Here are ten ideas that reflect that mentality and were built for $100,000 or less, some for much less. These projects were built in San Francisco and the immediate area so the pricing may be lower in your area. However, wherever you live, these projects show that re-design is within reach at any budget.

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