I took some time this afternoon to peruse another Amazing "tool" that our Board of Realtors recently implemented as part of their ongoing commitment to information access and support for the real estate community and property owners of San Francisco. While the information is obviously "local" (and probably boring to anyone who doesn't live here), it made me wonder if other Boards around the country might have similar links or access vehicles for simplifying the crazy search process that often accompanies every day questions, issue, or needs regarding home ownership, maintenance, responsibility, who to call, etc, etc. The links are virutally endless creating a "ONE STOP SHOPPING" approach for City services and basic direction.
Although I promise not to make this a big "PR" plug for the Board, I have to give them credit for being creative and feel that this is something every town or region might want to consider (if something similar doesn't already exist). It's an on-line world, and the quicker the access, the less headache and frustration there is to finding answers when needed. Our Board seems to "get it" (more and more these days), so I'm taking this opportunity to share it with you: San Francisco Bay Window, a resource guide for San Francisco property owners...
Below is the newsletter sent out by the SFAR board...
The Association’s web site for homeowners, www.SFBayWindow.com, contains more than 130 articles on subjects important to owners. From “Adding a Room” to “Zoning Districts,” it’s all there, making the site the most robust resource guide for San Francisco homeowners on the web.
Want to know more about sidewalk repair?What to do about barking dogs? Confused about who’s responsible for repairing the fence between your backyard and your neighbor’s? Aren’t sure if you need a permit to remodel your bathroom? The answers to all these questions and many more can be found on the Association’s very informative and unique site.
Topics are separated into three easy-to-navigate sub-headings: Your House, Your Neighborhood and Your City.
In addition, the site contains a fourth, separate category—Your Government—which provides descriptions of legislative proposals and ballot measures affecting the interests of property owners at the local, State and federal levels. Sometimes accompanying these descriptions are letters supporting or opposing legislative proposals (as the case might be) that site visitors can send to selected legislators, with their name attached to the letters with a single mouse click. To view the political content, however, the visitor must click on the separate Your Government link. The site was set up this way so that REALTORS® would not feel uncomfortable about referring their clients to the site because the “political point-of-view” expressed may be different than that of site visitors and client alienation would occur.
REALTORS® are encouraged to bookmark the site at www.SFBayWindow.com and to add a link to it on their web sites. Consider bringing the site to the attention of clients in mailings and suggest that clients visit the site regularly for information on how to make homeownership and living in San Francisco even more rewarding. It is hoped that every time they do, they will be appreciative of the public service the REALTOR® community is providing by maintaining the site.