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Precita Park Tops Bernal’s Microhoods in 2015

Precita Park Tops Bernal’s Microhoods in 2015

I unveiled my Bernal Heights microhoods more than a year ago, and the post inspired local blog favorite Bernalwood to create its own more humorous, cartoonish microhood map—not to mention inspired a few real estate agent marketing pieces that you may have seen around town lately.

But if you know Bernal and are a serious buyer or future seller, you’ll know that the microhoods I carved out last year will give you the most accurate sense of neighborhood values.

All the microhoods have made substantial jumps in their sales price averages since my initial post in March 2014. But the biggest boost belongs to Precita Park, which has basically exploded over the past year. The Precita Park microhood now carries an average sale price of $2,203,857.

It’s a good time for an update on how home prices are doing in each microhood. (Note: All 2015 numbers are based on the time period April-July 2015; the 2014 averages referenced in my initial post are based on sales that took place from September 2013-March 2014.)

North West Slope
Average Price: 2014: $1,195,589 / 2015: $1,498,146
Price Increase: 25%
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The North West Slope has been going strong these days. Of the 15 homes sold, five sold for more than $1.5M. There were two cash sales, including the one at 52 Mirabel, which was the most expensive home sold in the past few months at $2,625,000. Continue Reading

The Story Behind Unwarranted Spaces

An “unwarranted” space is one that hasn’t been done with city permits. If you’re doing a major renovation—say, adding a unit or bedroom and bath—you’ll typically apply for a permit from the city. Besides serving as a revenue stream for the city, a permit warrants that the appropriate city inspectors have reviewed and approved electrical wiring, plumbing, etc., and that everything is up to code. Continue Reading

Defer Paying Taxes with a 1031 Exchange

A 1031 exchange is an excellent option for investors looking to cash in on the San Francisco market. You can defer paying big capital gains taxes, move up to a bigger and better investment property, and build your wealth in the process.

The Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 allows investors to reinvest proceeds from the sale of one investment property into another similar property while deferring capital gains that would otherwise be due on the sale.

Here are the four simple guidelines for exchanges, as per the Asset Exchange Company in San Francisco:Continue Reading

Thanks for Another 5-Star Yelp Review!

It’s always a pleasure to receive an unsolicited Yelp review from happy clients. The latest is from the sellers of a house in Ingleside, which closed escrow a few months back. My clients were a pleasure to work with; I consider myself fortunate to have met and helped them. (Click on the review to enlarge.)

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If you’re thinking about buying or selling in 2015, please get in touch with me at ebermingham@zephyrsf.com or 415.823.4656. I am actively seeking new clients and would love to chat about your plans. Check out my other 28 Yelp reviews if you’d like to read more about how I work with clients.

Today’s Buyers Love “Done” Homes

The real estate market is booming, and many potential home sellers are wondering if it might make sense to do some remodeling for sale purposes. The answer? Yes. A little sprucing up can go a long way with today’s buyers—and maximize your selling price.Continue Reading

New SF Residential Lease Available Now

The San Francisco Apartment Association (SFAA) recently released a brand new residential tenancy agreement that’s specific to rent laws in the city.

If you own a rental property and are planning to draw up a new lease, I highly recommend considering using the most updated rental agreement available.

One important update concerns roommates and master tenants—most specifically, that rent is to be paid by one tenant only. And if there is a change in roommates, the remaining tenant is solely responsible for the apartment.

There are also updates related to short-term rentals, pets, smoking, balconies/patios, maintenance and floor coverings.

Check out more details at the SFAA’s Web site!

The 5 Biggest Home Seller Mistakes You Can Make

New listings are hitting the market daily, so I thought it might be a good time to give a shout out to all those prospective San Francisco home sellers out there who are thinking of putting their homes on the market.

I’ve been doing my job long enough to recognize good and bad seller strategies and decisions. So I thought I’d round up the bad ones to potentially make things smoother for some sellers this year.Continue Reading

Watch Out For Water Intrusion

Watch Out For Water Intrusion

The California drought has pushed thoughts of flooding and water damage out of many homeowners’ minds—until the past week or so. We’ve managed to get substantial rainfall, and another big storm is heading to The Bay Area this week. You’ll be in the majority if you suddenly notice a roof leak or water pooling in your garage.

The best time to check for water intrusion is this time of year, particularly after heavy rainfall. Whether you’re a homeowner or a home buyer having a property inspected, here’s a checklist of things to monitor.Continue Reading

Thanks For Another 5-Star Yelp Review!

It’s always a pleasure to receive an unsolicited Yelp review from happy clients. The latest is from the sellers of a condo in Arterra in Mission Bay, which recently closed escrow. They were a pleasure to work with, and a reminder that many of my clients are genuinely nice, thoughtful people who appreciate my efforts.

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If you’re thinking about buying or selling in 2015, please get in touch with me at ebermingham@zephyrsf.com or 415.823.4656. I am actively seeking new clients and would love to chat about your plans. Check out my other 24 Yelp reviews if you’d like to read more about how I work with clients.

“Off-Market” in a Hot Market Can Shortchange Sellers

“Off-Market” in a Hot Market Can Shortchange Sellers

The San Francisco real estate market is booming, and sellers are greatly benefitting from buyer demand. There are five or more buyers for every listing, particularly in popular neighborhoods. Interest rates are low, our local job market is strong and there’s no shortage of foreign investors.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future, here’s how you can capitalize on this hot market: Make sure your agent enters your property in the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (SFARMLS) database. Continue Reading

Yes, SF Real Estate is Seasonal

Yes, SF Real Estate is Seasonal

Yes, our San Francisco market is going strong—and has been for the past several months. But if you’re planning to buy or sell real estate, it’s important to know that the industry does slow down after Thanksgiving.

I know of a few colleagues who are bringing new listings on the market in early December. But new inventory will substantially decrease after your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are gone.Continue Reading

Property Tax Tips for New Homeowners

October is always a fun month where home ownership in San Francisco is concerned. That’s because the property tax bills are issued in the second or third week of this month. And if you’ve recently purchased a new home, there a few things to keep in mind about how tax payment works.

First off, your tax bill may not reach you because the city will likely still have the property taxes under the name of the previous homeowner. It takes the city a while to update records after a sale. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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