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Last-Ditch Summer Blog Break

Last-Ditch Summer Blog Break

I’ll be trying to squeeze in some rest and relaxation before the big Fall real estate season starts in September. But I’ll be back during the first week of September with the deets on my new Bernal listing.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll see you in September! Thanks again for your continued readership, and for reaching out to me for my real estate services. I look forward to helping many of you find new homes this Fall!

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: August 19, 2015

Here are my picks for upcoming and off-market listings this week:

12 Winfield / Bernal Heights
2BR/1BA top-floor condo, 1 pkg
$899,000

355 Buena Vista Ave East #506W / Buena Vista-Ashbury Heights
1BR/1BA, 855 sq ft, 1 pkg
$788,000

555 Filbert St / Telegraph Hill
3BR/2BA renovated, top-floor TIC, 1 pkg
$1,695,000Continue Reading

SF Real Estate Sees Its Share of Summer Overbidding

The summer may have quieted down the market a bit in San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean prices are softening or that buyers have backed off from extreme overbidding (25%+ above the list price). In fact, we have three cases this month of irrational overbidding, too (50% or more over asking).

Of the 74 sold houses so far in August, 23 of them sold for 25% or more over asking. However, the condo market is definitely not experiencing parallel activity. Only six of the 62 units sold traded hands for more than 25% over asking.

Houses on the west side made a strong overbidding showing this month. Thirteen of those 18 houses sold for 25% or more above the list price were located in the Sunset, Parkside, Richmond and Golden Gate Heights. Buyers for the tenant-occupied house on Capp at 22nd Street in the Mission paid $1M in cash for what’s presumably a development opportunity.

Here’s how things have gone so far in August 2015:

Extreme Overbidding (25%+ over asking)
Houses:
763 36th Ave / Outer Richmond
List Price: $788,038 / Sale Price: $985,000 (25%)

554 45th Ave / Outer Richmond
$1,125,000 / $1,500,000 (33%)

2080 14th Ave / Golden Gate Heights
$899,000 / $1,302,080 (45%)Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: August 12, 2015

Here are my picks for upcoming and off-market listings this week:

147 Day #4 / Noe Valley
1BR/1BA top-floor condo, 1 pkg
$749,000

1670 Kirkwood / Bayview
Two 3BR/2BA flats, built 2001, 2 pkg
$899,000

1562 Portola / West Portal
3BR+/2.5BA, 2777 sq ft Craftsman house
$1,695,000

471 Munich / Excelsior
3BR/1.5BA barrel front house + inlaw unit, 1 pkg
Price TBDContinue Reading

What You Can Buy in the Center of It All

San Francisco home buyers typically want to purchase a property that’s near restaurants, cafes, bars, services and transportation. For those buyers who really want to be in the middle of everything, I’ve selected six currently available properties that I think would do the trick—in a variety of distinct neighborhoods.

You can expect to pay roughly $1,000-$1,300/square foot for homes with all the amenities in popular locations like these.

Here are some properties worth considering:

207 King #706 / Mission Bay
3BR/2.5BA, 1872 sq feet, 1 pkg
$2,195,000
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If you literally would like AT&T Park and the Giants in your backyard, 207 King #706 at The Glassworks will grant you that privilege. This sexy and spacious, loft-like penthouse spans two levels. It has three large bedrooms, an office space, and plenty of closets. Gaze through your wall of windows and take in the city and water view. Central air and in-unit laundry are also on hand, along with generous storage. Glassworks was constructed in 2007 and is in the midst of Mission Bay’s restaurants, nightlife, cafes and the Caltrain station.Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: August 7, 2015

Here are my picks for upcoming and off-market listings this week:

43-45 Fair / Bernal Heights
Two units, cosmetic fixer
$1,700,000

607 Shotwell / Mission
1BR/1BA TIC with no parking, four-unit building
$499,000

2905 Bush / Lower Pac Heights
3BR/3BA Victorian house with legal garden apartment–technically two units
$2,849,000Continue Reading

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

SF Condo Market Sees Summer Softening

SF Condo Market Sees Summer Softening

The San Francisco condo market tends to hop into a hammock for a siesta around July and August. For buyers who aren’t on vacation and serious about snagging a new home or investment property before the big Fall push, summer can present a wonderful opportunity to avoid bidding wars and get a pretty good deal.

There are 200 condos on the market as of this writing, and almost half are looking at a days on market (DOM) count of 21 days or more. 38 of these condos are listed for under $1M, and 29 for $1.5M+. For once, the luxury market isn’t leading the market-sitter pack.Continue Reading

The Scoop on South Beach’s 72 Townsend

The Scoop on South Beach’s 72 Townsend

I took my clients on a hard hat tour last weekend of South Beach’s newest condo development, 72 Townsend. Boasting a prime neighborhood location and city/water views from many of the balconies, 72 Townsend is currently under construction with no actual finished units just yet.

The building sits at the corner of Townsend and Colin P. Kelly Jr. Street, and the lobby entrance will be on Colin P. Kelly Jr. It was formerly a historic grain warehouse that survived the 1906 earthquake, and part of the original facade remains. There will be about 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level.

72 Townsend is a block from the Embarcadero, two blocks to the Giants’ ballpark, and many restaurants, cafes and major San Francisco employers are scattered within easy walking distance. Caltrain is a few blocks west on Townsend, and the 280 entrance is also a quick drive away. The bottom line is that this is a great location for buyers looking for a modern home with all the conveniences.Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: July 28, 2015

Here are my picks for upcoming and off-market listings this week:

18 Lansing #303 / SoMa
1BR/1.5BA loft, 1 pkg
$875,000

72 Amber Drive / Diamond Heights
4BR/2.5BA Eichler home, needs work
$1,199,000

475 Texas #B / Potrero
4BR/2BA condo, 2 pkg, top-floor condo with decks

4521 25th Street #1 / Noe Valley
3BR/2.5BA condo, 2 pkg, 1860 sq feet with deeded flat yard
$1,695,000Continue Reading

Spotlight on Russian Hill, Parks, and SF Sales

The latest Zephyr Market Tracker checks out a trio of hot listings in the coveted enclave of Russian Hill. Interested in visiting one of San Francisco’s parks—without actually going to one? We take a look at Rec and Park and Google’s joint street maps venture that lets you tour parks virtually.

We also give you the scoop on the most recent stats, plus individual sales. It’s all here in the Zephyr Market Tracker!

“Million Dollar Listing SF”: Fun Foray Into Unreality TV

“Million Dollar Listing SF”: Fun Foray Into Unreality TV

I’ve been enjoying Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing San Francisco. The show is a kick, even if it’s all fake and bears little resemblance to the way the real estate business is done in our city. Who cares? We get to see attractive shots of various San Francisco icons and neighborhood streets, and sexy properties—and the show is way easier to follow than season two of “True Detective.”

Sometimes we get to see actual successful agents dropping in, like Joel Goodrich and Dona Crowder. Otherwise, we’re treated to the scripted antics of three agents named Andrew, Roh and Justin who are playing the roles of “top agents.”

But the writers take a wrong turn on the credibility road in this week’s episode. Out-of-area agent Andrew is tasked with handling a newly renovated, south-of-Cortland Bernal Heights listing at 535 Gates. (The house was actually listed by Amanda Jones at Sotheby’s for $1,595,000 earlier this year, with Roh representing the buyer for a sale price of $1.9M.) Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: July 22, 2015

The market is a little slow this week, but there’s inventory on the way. Here are my picks for upcoming and off-market listings this week:

Condo at 25th and Douglass / Noe Valley
3BR/2.5BA, 1859 sq feet, 2 pkg
Excellent floor plan for entertaining, chef’s kitchen
$1,700,000

300 Berry #721 / Mission Bay
1BR + den, 732 sq feet, 1 pkg
Unobstructed city views at The Arterra
$900,000Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: July 14, 2015

We’re back in the swing of things after the July 4th holiday, and the off-market and coming soon listings are popping up all over the place. Here are my picks this week:

88 King #112 / South Beach
2BR/2BA, 1455 sq ft, 1 pkg in The Towers at One Embarcadero
$1,298,000

88 King #115 / South Beach
2BR + den/2.5BA in The Towers
$1,495,000

1510 York / Bernal Heights
1BR/1BA Victorian house with bonus room near Precita Park
$975,000Continue Reading

Latest Sales, Spotlight on Haight Ashbury

The new issue of the Zephyr Market Tracker highlights a nice selection of available homes in the Haight. Why? The San Francisco Marathon is coming up on July 26th, and it runs right through the Haight.

We also check out recent citywide sales, and the most current stats. Plus, the deets on the marathon!

It’s all here in the Zephyr Market Tracker!

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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