SF: Don’t Wade in Without Testing the Waters

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San Francisco tides are infamous. The signs on Ocean Beach advise us that the currents are unusual and unpredictable, and that people have died swimming here. And although I don’t know the statistics of death and its relationship to SF real estate, I would say indeed that these tides too are unusual and unpredictable, and you would be well advised to get your home buying lessons before you jump into the deep.

With that in mind, here are some ways to get your feet wet:

Wednesday

1031 Allowed Tenants-in-Common Investments: Hosted by Martha Fraboni of RE/MAX Dolphin Real Estate and John Marty of Investment Capital Advisors, 6 p.m., 101 S. Ellsworth Ave., Suite 200, San Mateo, free, reservation required, (650) 341-3418.

Thursday

Virtual Home Inspection: Sponsored by the American Society of Home Inspectors, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Hs Lordship’s Restaurant, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, free, reservation recommended, (925) 784-4845.

Moisture Control Concrete Slab Homes: Sponsored by the American Society of Home Inspectors, 7-9 p.m., His Lordship’s Restaurant, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, $45, includes dinner and materials, reservation recommended, (925) 784-4845.

Real Estate Bubble: 7-8:30 p.m., Prudential California Realty, 677 Portola Drive, San Francisco, free, reservation required, (415) 412-2779.

Friday

First-Time Homebuyer Seminar: Hosted by Jason Mitchell of Cynergy Real Estate and Richard Theory of Bank of America, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 464 19th St., Suite 207, Oakland, free, reservation required, (510) 272-9090.

Saturday

Lead-Safety for Remodeling, Repair and Painting of Older Homes: Presented by the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 300, Oakland, free, (510) 567-8280.

How to Purchase Property in a Changing Market: With Jennifer Kauffman of Zephyr Real Estate, 10 a.m.-noon, 4040 24th St., San Francisco, free, reservation required, (415) 695-8805, Ext. 281.

Home Ownership Evaluation: Hosted by Jill and Chris Bender of Zephyr Real Estate and Pete Elting of Guarantee Mortgage, 10-11 a.m., 2523 California St., San Francisco, free, reservation required, (415) 674-6536.
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You might also look into the Mayor’s Office of Housing for First Time Buyer programs and education services.