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Massive Overbids from Luxury Buyers Continue

Massive Overbids from Luxury Buyers Continue

I first blogged about the huge overbids I was seeing in the luxury market back in May.

Well, that trend continued throughout the second quarter, with multiple high-end buyers throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the list price at happy sellers.

One of my favorites was that small house (photo, left) at 1238 Stanyan in Cole Valley. Renovated in 1969, the modest four-bedroom home had views and was on a deep lot—code for development potential. Stanyan was listed for $2,750,000. But the buyers were feeling extra generous and the sale closed for $4,000,000 in May. 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

Best Neighborhoods for Dog Owners in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the more dog-friendly cities in the country, and many of its neighborhoods offer ideal environments for dogs and their owners.

I’m a dog owner myself—two Cairn Terriers, a mother-daughter team—and frequently meet clients looking for a home in a neighborhood that will provide what we all need for us and our pets. That means proximity to open space, dog-friendly cafes and shops, and a community of dog owners who support each other and their ‘hood. Continue 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
$975,000 Continue Reading

Buyers Don’t Always Need to Overbid

Much has been made of some buyers’ irrational exuberance when it comes to overbidding dramatically for San Francisco properties, as The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender reported last week. This kind of thing makes a great headline and fuels party conversation.

But overbidding doesn’t always happen, even in the hard-to-crack single-family home market. But no reporters are swarming around looking for those stories. As a real estate agent who prefers a more balanced market and a blogger who strives to write about the larger picture, I thought I’d round up the house sales that clocked in at or under the asking prices in June. Continue Reading

Opportunities Abound in High-End Market

Opportunities Abound in High-End Market

There are plenty of homes that have been sitting on the market in San Francisco for 21 days or more—especially for home buyers in the $2M+ range.

Of course, the buyer pool is smaller in this range. And in the same way that some sellers in lower price ranges set a list price that misfires, high-end homeowners can do the same thing. Buyers at all price ranges can be price sensitive; just because you’re ready and able to spend $6,000,000 doesn’t mean you’ll fork over that amount for a house that isn’t worth that price. Continue Reading

Here Are My SF Real Estate Predictions for 2015

Here Are My SF Real Estate Predictions for 2015

 

It’s that time of year when I haul out my crystal ball and let you all know what I think will be happening in the San Francisco real estate market this year. One thing that’s definitely certain is that many of you will be contacting me to help you buy or sell a home. I look forward to talking with you! In the meantime, here’s how things will shake out in 2015. Continue Reading

Holidays Approach, Time To Make Your Move

We’re speeding toward Thanksgiving, which only means one thing when it comes to San Francisco real estate: Inventory will decline after turkey day, and serious buyers need to take a second look at what’s been sitting on the market.

There are 255 single-family homes and 288 condos currently available, a good portion of which have been on the market for three weeks or more. Take 7 Burnett ($1,695,000), a beautiful 3BR/2BA Twin Peaks view condo. Or for something more quirky with amazing curb appeal, look at 10 Carmel ($3M) in Cole Valley–a 1909 firehouse that’s now a very cool pad for a buyer who likes entertaining and living in a unique home. (I covered the other condo in the building back in 2010 when that was on the market in this blog post.)

It’s definitely time to buckle down and work with current inventory. Our market moves so quickly that you can sometimes get obsessed with new listings and completely miss out on homes that won’t involve tedious multiple offers and overbidding. Give me a shout if you need some help finding the right place. I’ll be in town and ready to work!

Just Sold: Cole Valley Condo

Just Sold: Cole Valley Condo

My one-bedroom condo listing at 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley closed last week. Listed for $579,000, the property was very popular with first-time home buyers looking to get into a well-maintained unit in a great location. We received five offers and the condo sold for $630,000.

If you’re planning to sell or buy a similar type of home, please give me a shout at 415.823.4656 / ebermingham@zephyrsf.com. I’m currently lining up business for 2015, and would be happy to talk with you about how I can help you with your real estate goals.

New Listing: 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley

New Listing: 286 Parnassus in Cole Valley

My new listing at 286 Parnassus has just come on the market, and it’s sure to be a hit with buyers seeking a home near everything the city has to offer.

286 Parnassus is a 1BR/1BA condo in a three-unit Edwardian building. The open floor plan features a remodeled kitchen and bath, as well as a bedroom with great natural light and partial downtown views (yes, that’s the Transamerica Building you can see). There’s a gas fireplace in the living room and a private balcony off the kitchen. Continue Reading

Community Doesn’t Just Happen, You Have To Build It

Community Doesn’t Just Happen, You Have To Build It

I was on the way to meet a stager at my upcoming listing in Cole Valley last week when I came upon this “lending library” on Woodland. Sheltered by a Far Niente wine box (and signalling immediately that one of these neighbors has good taste in wine), the library is used by neighbors who leave and borrow books on a regular basis. I’ve seen a few more of these lately in the Mission and in Noe Valley, and the libraries are a great way for neighbors to interact and build community. Continue Reading

The Most Competitive Condo Markets in San Francisco Right Now

One of the keys to success in the current San Francisco market is knowing which neighborhoods are the most competitive. Armed with that intel, you can more easily gauge how much to offer on a property, or what list price will work to your advantage.

As many of my regular readers know, I’ve been running a feature highlighting extreme overbidding for several months, regularly inducting new members into the SF Overbidders Club. The reality is that we have many neighborhoods in San Francisco that are showing double-digit overbid percentages, and it’s important to know what the selling patterns are when you’re determining values.

When it comes to the San Francisco market, these patterns can change pretty quickly. My sales data is based on reported MLS sales in the time period April 1 – May 12, 2014, so it’s the most current info available. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Vacant Two-Unit Buildings

The vacant two-unit building is one of the holy grails of San Francisco real estate. Two different owners can partner and pursue condo conversion, or a buyer looking to live in one unit and rent out the other can also benefit.

There are three such properties on the market right now, in transit-rich locations with plenty of restaurants, cafes and retail in walking distance. Let’s take a look at what’s out there. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy in Cole Valley

What You Can Buy in Cole Valley

Cole Valley is an excellent option for buyers looking for a home that’s in proximity to public transportation, has a charming and useful retail area, and is near Golden Gate Park. The weather can be cold and foggy—though afternoons are sunny—and Cole Valley has a nice inventory of architecturally appealing single-family homes and multi-unit buildings.

The average price for a Cole Valley single-family home was $1,606,027 in the time period from June-November 2012, and the condo average was $991,500. That makes Cole Valley one of the more expensive neighborhoods in the city. The highest-priced condo was a new construction 3BR/2.5BA, three-level view home that sold for $1.5M in October, and two 3BR single-family homes sold for $2,175,000 over the summer. Continue Reading

Stately Parnassus Heights Home a Cool Find

Stately Parnassus Heights Home a Cool Find

It’s a challenge to find a nice single-family home for sale in a centrally located neighborhood these days that hasn’t already gone into contract within the first 48 hours of going on the market. So when I come across an available property that’s waiting for the right buyer and offers lovely period detail, plenty of living and sleeping space and parking, I feel the need to give that home a shout out. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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