Cheryl Bower's Real Estate Blog

SOLD: Haight Street live/work, Hayes Valley, S.F. CA

By Cheryl Bower | May 25, 2009

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Reducing Your Tax Burden by Owning Real Estate

By Cheryl Bower | April 23, 2009

April 2009: With tax season in full swing and April 15th just a few short weeks away, we figured it would be appropriate to discuss the significant tax benefits that accompany real estate ownership. With real estate, there are tax advantages available while both owning and selling real estate.  Let’s first discuss the advantages available…

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Merging San Francisco units and legalizing an illegal unit

By Cheryl Bower | July 23, 2008

Merging units and legalizing an illegal unit By M. Brett Gladstone, Esq. Small Property Owners of S.F. Institute June 2008 Newsletter The Planning Code permits the merger of dwelling units into fewer units. However, the Planning Commission strongly discourages the practice. There is a discretionary review policy (an automatic Planning Commission hearing) for most building…

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Tenant security deposits

By Cheryl Bower | February 23, 2008

After 2002, laws and regulations pertaining to residential tenants’ security deposits became more complicated. Here’s a review. By Michael Hall, Esq. SPOSFI 2/08 Newsletter To begin a tenancy, you as a landlord may collect the first month’s rent plus a security deposit. That deposit may not be more than two months’ rent, unless the unit…

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