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Time For A Blogger Break

This Realtor-blogger is taking some time off for the summer. I’ll be back the week of June 26th!

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to sharing my insights, tips and advice with you after I return.

What You Can Buy For Up To $1.2M

Trying to figure out what’s in your price range at the outset of your house hunt can be a frustrating experience. It seems like every property sells for well over the list price, and it’s impossible to tell what will actually sell within your budget.

This is a good time to engage a knowledgeable real estate agent who can point you in the right direction. After all, what’s the point of spending your weekend afternoons trudging from one open house to another if the half the homes you’re seeing will be out of your range? I decided to give it a whirl and spotlight a few new house and condo listings that I believe will sell for up to $1,200,000—a popular price point in San Francisco. Here goes:

1991 32nd Avenue
Parkside

2BR/1BA, 2 pkg
$798,000

This Hollywood style starter in the Parkside is adorable and has a remodeled kitchen and bath, two-car garage and small yard with potential. You’re only two blocks from the restaurants, shops and Safeway on Noriega, as well as near many public and private schools. Continue Reading

Just Sold: 3BR/2BA Lake District Condo

Just Sold: 3BR/2BA Lake District Condo

My clients just closed on their purchase of a beautiful top-floor, three-bedroom condo at 175 17th Avenue in the desirable Lake Street area. The home features two full baths, an open living/dining area and large master suite. And let’s not forget the chef’s kitchen with six-burner Viking range, one-car independent parking and a large, shared yard.

A huge plus for 17th Avenue is its prime location between California and Lake, which is in easy walking distance to Clement Street shops and restaurants, Mountain Lake Park, and Laurel Village.

Sale price was $1,625,000.

Special thanks to Karen McDowell at Bank of the West for her loan assistance, as well as Bridget Cannata-Deming at Pacific Union International for a great job on the seller side. And Maggie Wong at Old Republic Title was an excellent escrow officer. Congratulations to everyone!

Sunset, Pacific Heights Hot Spots for Cash Sales in 2017

Almost a quarter of this year’s single-family homes and condos were purchased by cash buyers, with neighborhoods like the Sunset, Parkside and Pacific Heights seeing the most such sales.

The Sunset and Parkside have been going full speed this year as house buyers priced out of the more interior neighborhoods head west in search of their next home.

Noe and Eureka Valley single-family homes were also big cash magnets, where sales ranged from $2,000,000-$5,000,000. However, such buyers also scooped up houses for $1,000,000 or less in the city’s southeastern neighborhoods of Bayview, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, and Silver Terrace. Continue Reading

The Most Overbid House ‘Hoods in San Francisco Right Now

Buyers have had no qualms about dramatically overbidding for single-family homes in West Portal, Westwood Park/Highlands, the Central Sunset, Ingleside Heights and Miraloma Park this year.

Those neighborhoods are seeing an average overbid of 20 percent. West Portal actually had five homes sell for between 30 and 50 percent over list price this year.

The selling pattern within individual neighborhoods is a useful data point for sellers when it comes to setting a list price—and for buyers as they decide how much to offer for a property. The traditional pattern in San Francisco has been to list low and sell for more. In general, single-family homes in popular neighborhoods and at price points under $2M tend to get the highest overbids.

I did a quick analysis on the single-family home market and flagged the neighborhoods that are experiencing the highest levels of overbidding. Here are the hot spots now, according to the average overbid percentage year to date:

West Portal 22%
Westwood Park/Highlands 21% Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos That Live Like Houses

The single-family home market is currently crawling with buyers, and inventory is at a low level for the number of prospective purchasers. Single-family home buyers need to be creative and flexible when it comes to landing the right dwelling, which sometimes translates into considering other types of properties.

Condos with unique, house-like features are out there—from detached Victorian cottages to two-level units. Here are a few homes that are technically condos, but that live like houses and are located in popular, walkable neighborhoods. Here are just a few I’ve seen recently:

75 Wood
Jordan Park/Laurel Heights

4BR/2BA, 1500 sq ft
Leased parking @$300/month available
$1,295,000

The Deets: 75 Wood is one of two cottages, and sits on the rear of the lot. You enter through the breezeway from the street, and there’s a nice courtyard between both cottages. The main level has two bedrooms and the living spaces, and the lower level is connected via spiral staircase and includes another two bedrooms and bath, as well as an office area. Improvements include new foundation, electrical, plumbing and roof. There is also a huge, undeveloped attic, which definitely has possibilities given that this is a standalone building and wouldn’t require messing with a unit below you when it comes to structural work. Though there’s no garage, street parking is not bad and there is also leased parking available nearby.
The Location: Commanding a 96 Walk Score, 75 Wood is an easy hop to the restaurants and shops along Clement and Sacramento Streets, the heart of the Laurel Village retail area, and is more or less situated between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Continue Reading

Spring’s Overbidding Trend: Pay $500,000+ To Get That House

Spring’s Overbidding Trend: Pay $500,000+ To Get That House

The list low, sell high pattern in San Francisco real estate has been going on for years. But a trend surfacing in April points to the willingness of some buyers in the $2,000,000-$3,000,000 range to pay anywhere from $500,000-$800,000 over asking for a single-family house to “win” their personal bidding wars.

That’s what five sets of buyers did last month, in neighborhoods as varied as the Central Richmond, Forest Hill, Forest Hill Extension, Ingleside Terrace, Eureka Valley/Mission and Bernal Heights. Let’s take a look: Continue Reading

New Listing: Multi-Unit Opportunity in The Haight

New Listing: Multi-Unit Opportunity in The Haight

Investors or buyers looking to live in a large flat and collect rental income from other units will love my new listing at 521 Clayton.

Featuring three vacant flats and a tenant-occupied unit, 521 Clayton is a classic San Francisco building with a prime Haight location near the heart of Haight Street and the Panhandle. There are wonderful period details running through the building, from crown moldings and exquisite wood work to stained glass windows and high ceilings. The building has a one-car garage and a nice garden at the rear. Continue Reading

Condo Market Healthy But Flat in Q1 2017

Fewer buyers cared to overbid dramatically for condos in the first quarter of 2017—with a few exceptions when it came to two-level units, or nicely renovated ones in prime locations.

The average condo price for the 524 units reported sold in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) was $1,270,736, up slightly from the $1,218,956 average in the first quarter of 2016.

Buyers paid a citywide average of $1,027 per square foot, with 24% of all sales changing hands for all cash. Continue Reading

Just Sold: Unique Edwardian Home in Noe Valley

Just Sold: Unique Edwardian Home in Noe Valley

We just closed the sale of my listing at 4163 26th Street in Noe Valley. The seller had lived in the home for 53 years, and needed assistance in preparing for and executing his move. Our team included professional organizer and interior designer Gwen McClure, Dan Mahoney of Hassle-Free Hauling and also the new moving service, Lugg. Together, they worked to help the seller decide where to donate, dispose of or move his belongings.

Buyers and agents loved the unique nature of the property, such as the open beam ceiling and artist’s loft. And the garden was a big hit, as well, with its many Japanese maples.

Listed for $1,195,000, 4163 26th Street just closed escrow for $1,560,000.

Special thanks to buyers’ agent Tanya Dzhibrailova, lender Jane Viltman at All Homes Financial and escrow officer Paula Siegel of Fidelity National Title!

Single-Family Home Market Kicks Off 2017 With a Bang

There were no winter doldrums for the San Francisco house market this year. Low inventory and strong buyer demand fueled the first quarter—activity that promises to continue in 2017.

Possibly motivated by the threat of rising interest rates, buyers frequently waived contingencies in competitive situations, foregoing inspection, appraisal and financing safety nets to increase their chances of landing a single-family home.

The average price for the 381 homes sold was $1,761,226, up five percent over the first quarter of 2016. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy Near a Retail District

One of the reasons people want to live in San Francisco is to be near its collection of popular, interesting retail districts that offer a diverse array of restaurants, shops, and services. I thought I’d round up a few newly listed homes that are near some of our best retail corridors in popular, walkable neighborhoods.

Here’s the lineup:
156 Guerrero #101
Mission Dolores

2BR/1.5BA condo, 1 pkg
$1,100,000

One block from Valencia Street in the Mission, 156 Guerrero is a townhouse-style condo with parking and a private roof deck. This is an eighties building, so it doesn’t have that period detail charm—but it has an extremely functional floor plan. Fall out the door and have every hot Mission restaurant at your disposal. Continue Reading

Last Weekend Opens for Unique Noe Valley Edwardian

Last Weekend Opens for Unique Noe Valley Edwardian

My single-family home listing in a prime Noe Valley location has been very popular. The one-bedroom/one bath with loft area and many interesting features—catwalk, open beam ceiling, to name a few—has attracted many prospective buyers.

Listed for $1,300,000, 4163 26th Street is a short distance from the heart of the 24th Street retail area, as well as the J Muni to downtown and multiple bus lines.

We’ll be open on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-4:00. Stop in if you’re in the neighborhood! And check out our property Web site here for more photos and details.

Live and Work Under One Roof: 1 Enterprise Has Landed

Live and Work Under One Roof: 1 Enterprise Has Landed

One of the coolest live/work spaces I’ve seen is over at 1 Enterprise Street—a single-family residence with a studio/workshop, in a freestanding building in the Mission that was a brewery in the late 1800s. Enterprise is located on Folsom Street between 16th and 17th Streets.

1 Enterprise has 1,500 square feet of ground floor workspace, along with two levels of residential space that include four bedrooms and two baths. Outfitted with a chef’s kitchen, spa-like baths, a sound system, and a 360-degree view roof deck, the building is PDR-zoned (Production, Distribution and Repair). I particularly like the open timber interior and rustic, urban look:

Continue Reading

Just Listed: Unique Noe Valley Edwardian

Just Listed: Unique Noe Valley Edwardian

I’m proud to present my new listing is 4163 26th Street, a handsome Edwardian in an A+ Noe Valley location. This well-maintained single-family home has a great vibe, from its cool open beam ceilings to the loft sleeping area and large rear bedroom. There are downtown views, and an amazing garden with Japanese maples.

You’ll love the spacious kitchen with its Wedgewood stove and mosaic backsplash. The full basement offers ample storage and laundry. Great location on 26th Street between Noe and Castro, just a few blocks to the 24th Street retail corridor and library.

4163 26th Street sits on a large, 2,848-square-foot lot and has excellent potential to be reimagined for today’s living.

Our very first open house will be tomorrow on Thursday 3/23 from 5:30-7:00. And we’ll be open on Saturday 3/25 and Sunday 3/26 from 2:00-4:00. Hope to see you there!

Visit our property Web site here for photos and more details:

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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