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Here’s What Home Inspections Cover

Here’s What Home Inspections Cover

Buying a home is a big deal, and you want to make sure there are no surprises with any of the systems once you own the property. There are typically two types of standard inspections done in San Francisco. One is a general contractor, and the other is a structural termite.

The general contractor inspection should be conducted by a certified professional from a reputable company that works in San Francisco on a regular basis. The inspector will go through the fundamental components of the property, which include a look at the electrical, plumbing and heating systems. The inspection will extend to the overall condition of the foundation and structural support, which extends to crawl and attic spaces. The roof will also be evaluated. What the inspector is looking for are any deficiencies, and he or she then can make recommendations for repair, or defer a particular item to a more specialized professional. For example, if there are any signs of issues with the sewer line, the inspector may recommend having a sewer lateral inspection done. Continue Reading

Mission’s Rowan is Chock Full of Amenities

Mission’s Rowan is Chock Full of Amenities

I visited The Rowan last weekend and was impressed with the numerous amenities offered in this nine-story building. It’s what I’d call a “good value” project for home buyers.

Situated on Potrero Avenue at 16th Street on the border of the Mission and Potrero Hill, Rowan is a ten-minute walk from the heart of the steadily developing east end of the Mission. It’s also a short distance from Potrero’s design center and Whole Foods. Rowan’s immediate area has a commercial-industrial-retail feel, with a tire store, McDonald’s, the UPS building and the Safeway shopping center in close proximity. And it should be noted that there’s a prominent homeless presence in the area at the moment.

But buyers have gone into contract on 15 units, of which eight have already closed. Rowan buyers have been exclusively San Francisco residents who work within a mile of the building, in SoMa, the financial district and Mission Bay. And they’re all owner occupiers. Continue Reading

Outer Sunset Takes Overbid Title in Q4 2016

The Outer Sunset, Parkside and Outer Parkside led the single-family overbidding pack in the last quarter of 2016, with average overbids that far exceeded other neighborhoods.

Though the average citywide overbid was five percent, the Outer Sunset saw buyers paying an average of 19.5% over the list price, with the Parkside (19%) and Outer Parkside (17.5%) hot on its heels. Other high-flying neighborhoods included Miraloma Park (14%); Portola (13%); Central Sunset (12.5%); Sunnyside (12.5%); and Excelsior (11.5%). Continue Reading

Single-Family Homes: Holy Grail of 2016

Buyers had a seemingly endless appetite for houses when it came to San Francisco real estate in 2016. On the other hand, the condo market flatlined.

The fourth quarter of last year is the best indicator for market activity in early 2017. So here’s how things went down when it came to houses and condos, and what you can expect in the new year:

Single-Family Home Prices Rise, Overbidding Continues
Buyers purchased 590 houses in Q4 2016 for an average of $1,844,851. Many homes listed for $2,000,000 or less garnered multiple offers, particularly those listed for closer to $1,000,000. Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

It’s been a great year in real estate for me, and I’ve enjoyed helping many of you buy or sell homes in 2016. I’m heading into my ninth year blogging on this site and my 15th year as a real estate professional. I’m happy to say that it’s all still fun and exciting! Thank you for making my blog one of your regular stops.

I’ll be back during the first week of January with a 2016 wrap-up.

In the meantime, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a peaceful, prosperous 2017.

Bipolar Buyer Behavior Prevails Through 2016

Two recently closed sales in Eureka Valley and Buena Vista/Ashbury Heights point to the continued bipolar nature of the San Francisco real estate market.

There’s 562 Sanchez, a 4,000 square foot, four-bedroom house a block from Dolores Park. The property came on the market at the end of June for $3,950,000. After withdrawing the listing and then making a few price cuts, the sellers received an offer and the sale closed late last week for $3,500,000—$400,000 under the list price:
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Bark Louder Than Bite in “As Is” Sales

There’s an addendum that frequently makes it into the purchase agreement in many transactions—the “As Is” addendum. I’m often asked by buyers what this actually represents.

The truth is, an “As Is” addendum means virtually nothing. It’s basically a warning from sellers that they aren’t going to be receptive to repairs or credits during escrow. Or, as an attorney during my company’s recent risk management seminar put it: An As Is addendum is when “sellers are putting the flag up and keeping their fingers crossed” that the buyer won’t try to negotiate anything. Continue Reading

I’m A Realtor Seeking New Clients for 2017

Though I spend a lot of time sharing San Francisco market insights on this blog, I am a full-time real estate agent. That may not be obvious sometimes, but what it means is that I earn a living helping people buy and sell residential real estate.

I know many of you are considering making a move in 2016, or you may know friends, family or neighbors who are. That’s where I’d like to come in. If you’ve been reading my blog on a regular basis, you know that I’m a straightforward, knowledgeable professional who’s been a Realtor since 2002. I’ve navigated clients through slow markets, crazy markets and everything in between. I have a strong work ethic, am obsessed with providing excellent service and am always available to talk, email or text when my clients have questions or concerns.

This year is winding down, and I am looking to kick off 2017 by making myself useful to buyers and sellers. Most importantly, I typically consult with people well before they’re actually ready to take action. So don’t hesitate to get in touch. Early in the new year is a great time to strategize about a move.

You can view my most recent sales here, and my Yelp reviews here. My Yelp page also features a video about my business, so check that out if you’d like to put a voice and face to this blogger.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Small Bump in House Prices Forecasted for 2017

Small Bump in House Prices Forecasted for 2017

Single-family homes will likely see a three- to five-percent appreciation in 2017, says First Republic Bank’s Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager Alan Zafran at yesterday’s annual holiday Realtor luncheon. Trends are pointing to these slight price increases due to supply constraints and the overall desirability of the city. Continue Reading

Should You Remodel Your Kitchen Before You Sell?

Three potential sellers have recently asked me this question, so I thought it would be a good time to let everyone know where I stand when it comes to remodeling in order to sell your home—particularly if you’re thinking of selling in the new year.

Kitchens are typically the primary renovation target in a property. The kitchen is where everyone pretty much lives these days, and it’s the core of a home. You can certainly command more money when you’re selling if you have a remodeled kitchen. Buyers come through the property and don’t knock money off the list price for the new kitchen they “need” to do. But that’s only if they like the remodeling you’ve done. Continue Reading

Gap Narrows Between List and Sale Price in San Francisco

Our shifting market will be seeing a lot less crazy overbidding in 2017 as the gap narrows between list and sale prices.

I’m expecting the list-low, sell-for-more pricing strategy to continue throughout next year. But as our market evens out, it’s likely we’ll see sale prices that are a lot closer to their list prices.

The average overbids in October-November 2016 for houses and condos were 5.5% and 4%, down by half in the same time last year. This pattern will set the pace for 2017 sales, as buyers and sellers reference comps and base values on late 2016 activity.

I’m predicting that a small portion of properties will sell for 25% or more next year—houses in highly desirable neighborhoods, and “classic” condos with period detail in smaller buildings that are near popular retail areas and transportation. But the majority of sellers will be wise to expect values within comp ranges, and set their list prices closer to the likely values.

The Pros & Cons of Preemptive Offers

Your agent has shown you a great two-bedroom condo in Pacific Heights before the first official open house. You love the property and are ready to make an offer, but the sellers and listing agent have set an offer date. Should you seize the day and submit an offer?

Buyers make preemptive offers when they want to avoid competing with other buyers. And especially around the holidays, sellers may be open to accepting a quick offer if they are motivated to wrap up their sale by the end of the year.

Though preemptives have their benefits, there are definitely a few drawbacks. Before you rush out to write that offer, here are some points to consider: Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes to all my readers for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I have much to be grateful for this year, and appreciate it every time you share a post with your friends or contact me about buying or selling a home.

I’ll be back next week to keep you informed about how the holiday real estate market is shaping up.

What The Trump Presidency Will Mean For San Francisco Real Estate

It’s taken me a bit of time to absorb the political events of the past two weeks. It was a challenge to think clearly about the ramifications of a Trump presidency in the first week after the election. But once the shock wore off, I started talking with my colleagues and devouring various trusted financial and real estate news sources for some clues about what we can expect in the San Francisco real estate market over the next four years.

I’ve concluded that the most direct effects a Trump presidency will have on our local market will be related to two things—interest rates and available cash for home purchases.

Interest rates are already higher due to more selling in the U.S. bond market. Rates are at four percent on the 30-year fixed product, up from 3.5%. The lending industry didn’t expect to see four percent interest rates until sometime in 2017. It’s a good time for prospective home buyers to reevaluate what you can afford based on the most current interest rates.

Whether the stock market will generate favorable returns will have everything to do with how much cash is available to home buyers. I’m expecting that the stock market will experience constant ups and downs as the new presidential administration announces its plans and initiatives throughout 2017.

SoMa Condos, High-End Houses Top Year-End Inventory

We’re approaching Thanksgiving, and that means we are officially in “year-end” territory. Buyers looking to get a deal are likely to find one in South of Market, or in the single-family home luxury market if they can spend $2,000,000+.

But there really are a variety of options out there right now. Here’s where to focus your energy if you’re aiming to purchase a condo or house before the end of 2016, along with price ranges and my picks:

Single-Family Homes
Central Richmond
What’s Available Two- to four-bedroom houses from $1,300,000-$2,500,000
My Pick 791 30th Avenue
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791 30th Avenue was built in 1941 and is nicely updated. There are two bedrooms on the main level, and two more downstairs, with a total of 2,085 square feet. Landscaped yard and garage parking. Only one block from Golden Gate Park. List price: $1,495,000. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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