Rick Kaluza

A lifelong San Francisco Bay Area resident with an expansive knowledge of the ever-changing regional real estate market, Rick’s expertise and fierce negotiating skills are matched by a personality that puts clients at ease. His extensive background in multiple facets of the business, from residential to commercial sales, leasing, financing, property management and development, enables him to confidently advise clients on a broad range of real estate needs.

Known for his tenacity and diehard dedication, Rick has earned the respect of his colleagues and clients. He has been ranked a Top 10 team in San Francisco for years running and was recruited by the #1 team at Sotheby’s globally before going on to become a founding agent at Compass San Francisco.

The only thing that makes him happier than wins for the Giants, Warriors, or 49ers is when he helps a client reach their personal real estate goals. Most of all spending time with his wife Katie, daughter Vivienne, and son Crue.

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Marin County

East Bay


Wine Country

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What's the primary mistake made by potential homebuyers when deciding between buying and renting? It's a complex question with no definitive answer. Here are my top 12 insights:

1️⃣ Real estate decisions are highly tailored to specific circumstances.. 
2️⃣ Rents tend to increase over time.
3️⃣ People rarely stay in a home for more than 13 years, despite 30-year mortgages.
4️⃣ Interest rates fluctuate, allowing for refinancing.
5️⃣ Costs like taxes and maintenance rise, affecting both homeowners and renters.
6️⃣ First-time buyers often compromise on their dream home.
7️⃣ Seek professional guidance to avoid costly errors.
8️⃣ Look for potential in older homes.
9️⃣ Start building equity early for maximum benefits.
🔟 Delaying a housing decision usually comes at a cost.
1️⃣1️⃣ Sacrificing luxuries for savings is a smart move.
1️⃣2️⃣ Enjoyment per square foot (EPSF) is a vital factor, alongside traditional metrics like ROI and PPSF.

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Orinda, nestled in Oakland's hills, recently earned the title of America's richest small town, per GoBankingRates. They studied household incomes across states, focusing on towns with 500 to 15,000 households. Orinda's median income? An impressive $248,984.

It's renowned for its top-notch education system, offering some of the best public schools in California. The backdrop of stunning San Francisco Bay views adds to its allure, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. 🌅

Ready to make the move? I can help you find your dream home in Orinda! Contact me today.
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TPTT’s recent golf benefit hosted by @baliconstruction at @orindacountryclub  was a HUGE success, raising over $71,000 for the Park Theater renovation campaign, and garnering over $20,000 in-kind donations! 

The re-imagined Park Theater will be the first and only cinema art house of its kind on this side of the Caldecott Tunnel, bringing an elevated level of culture and entertainment to Lamorinda, Contra Costa County, and beyond.

I was delighted to be there and be a part of such a significant event!🎉

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Enjoyed an epic Giants game with my son! We were glued to every moment of the game, and it absolutely lived up to our expectations! 🙌
Is your home in an irrevocable trust?

Parents who wish to gift their home that has (increased dramatically in value, thereby subjecting it to capital gains taxes) to kids should instead consider transferring the home into an irrevocable trust that names your children as beneficiaries. This way it will no longer be a part of the estate upon death, thereby avoiding any estate taxes and capital gains taxes. The house will also not be subject to Medicaid estate recovery. Once the house is in the irrevocable trust, it cannot be taken out again. If sold, the proceeds must remain in the trust. Similar to making a gift, if you apply for Medicaid within 5 years of transferring the house, you may be subject to a Medicaid penalty period.

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It's time to take a look at the highest and lowest August sales in San Francisco! 🌉
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📍2535-2537 Lyon Street, San Francisco
5 Beds | 4 Bath | 1 Half Bath | 4,891 SF
📍1431 32nd Avenue, San Francisco
Studio | 1 Bath | 1,380 SF 
Interested in buying or selling a property? Let's get in touch!
M: 415-265-7565
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