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Which areas are best for families with young children?

Like things law and life, the answer depends. It depends on weather and whether you plan to relocate here permanently and enroll your child in the public school system. If so, the top schools (Clarendon, Burna Vista, Rooftop for example) place a greater emphasis on folks who live in so-called CTIP-1 areas of the city to foster economic diversity because these areas were traditionally underrepresented. If that goal has been accomplished is questionable especially given the realities of the market) and those areas are very narrowly drawn.

Good thing is that they tend to include sunnier parts of the city including the Haight, Hayes Valley, the Mission, Potrero, Dogpatch. Each neighborhood is unique on its own of course but all are distinctly San Francisco. Take a look at the information below and let me know if you need anything else. And, welcome to San Francisco!

Web Reference: https://www.kevinho.org/san-francisco-mls-districts/

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How it Works: SF Property Tax Assessments and Where to Find Them

Special and Supplemental, that’s what you are according to the Assessor


Adapted from a Trulia Answer: How can I find my special assessments?


One avenue you can take a look at is a property’s preliminary title report. The folks at Chicago Title are pretty good when handling my client’s properties. In the “prelim” property report, take a look at all the line items and you’ll see items like a special assessment appear. Because CTT handles so many different properties they should be able to tell you what each line item means.

Remember your property assessment is based upon your sales price (*in most cases) plus special assessments for schools and neighborhood improvements like the Jazz District in the Fillmore and the Mission Bay area safety. (*Note: In the case of short sales or foreclosures, however, it is up to the assessor to determine what ‘fair market value’ that is the basis for your assessment.)

One big thing you should keep in mind is your supplemental tax bill. This means that the assessor lags behind reality in that you may for the seller and you may get a tax bill statement based on the OLD tax rate and not one based upon your sale until several months later. But you WILL be expected to pay at the new rate current from your sale date (which would be in arrears). What does mean? Prepare and save as if you’re paying the new property tax based on your transfer or fair market value price from day 1. This year’s percentage is 1.1718%; thus your bill will be Sale Price x .011718 + special assessments. And remember Prop 13 limits any annual assessment rate increase to a maximum of 2%.

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