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It's not a secret, but it's definitely worth sharing...(you might want it, too!)

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.

  David Ames 

  Top Producer 

 

  DavidAmes@zephyrsf.com

  (415) 271-2071

Comment balloon 15 commentsDavid Ames • September 29 2010 07:54PM

Comments

David, Great post. Thanks for sharing it.

As you might guess I'm a staunch supporter on my board so this is very interesting to me. I like this 'clearinghouse' of resources. I'm checking into it. I also like the concept of extending the board to the public in a sense. Value added you might say.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) over 7 years ago

Excellent information that would be useful in any town or region David.............but I'd try to read a prescription if you wrote it............make it a great evening.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

You're welcome, Charles.  Value added is a good way to describe it.  The board here is about as progressive as you can get.  Although there is limited access, even our MLS has a public option for home searching, and has so for some time now.  Everyone is welcome (and it works!). ;-)

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Thanks Roger...you always make me smile.  :) 

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Likewise, I'm sure David.................you're quite a guy.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

I am a huuuuuge fan of our MLS. They have some phenomenal tools.  But I must admit this is a great one.  Not sure what we would do with SFBay Windows other than close them.  Just kidding.  I leave it to our MLS to outdo this one :)

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) over 7 years ago
Lol, Jane! (mine are still open to let the breeze in). I'm sure L.A. Already has some thing up their sleeve...;-)
Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

David, I would love to forward this blog to our Realtors Association!  Is that an okay thing to do?  And, how can I do this,..... think,..... think,.... ?

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) over 7 years ago

Of course, Laura.  (I suppose you could just cut and paste the link to this page or just forward the URL to the actual website link)... ;-)  Wouldn't that be a hoot if they looked into it?  Cheers.

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Thanks David!  It would be a hoot wouln't it?  I am going to give it a try!

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) over 7 years ago

David, So many agents do not know what their board offers. I may be guilty of not know all that my board does as well … even so, I am a huge fan and supporter of my board. Service and support is instrumental to all of our success. One Stop Shopping is a great tool!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 7 years ago

What a fantastic resource David! I can't wait to share this with our association as an affiliate liason. Thank you!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 7 years ago

The funny thing with our board, Kathleen, is that they're very 'email happy'.  They love to let us know what they're doing for us (which I gotta give 'em credit for...it beats the opposite!).  ;-)

You're welcome, Cathy...(since we're "neighbors", I wonder if they check each other out on a regular basis?...It would be kind of cool if they decided to look into something similar).

Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

Great tool, David. Some of the changes coming along are very good ones--like this one.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago
Lottie...I hear they're working on an iPhone "app" as well (which would be terrific since I consider mine to be my mobile office. ;-)
Posted by David Ames, San Francisco (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) over 7 years ago

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