Category Archives: West Portal/Forest Hill

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 Could’ve Bought: For Under The List Price

The selling pattern in San Francisco continues to be list low, sell for more. However, it doesn’t always work out that way for some sellers. Properties that sell for under asking typically have spent a good chunk of time on the market, and are often in the multi-million dollar price range. But that’s not always the case. Here are a few examples of homes that didn’t have a fast path to a signed contract:

1290 Portola
West Portal
List Price: $2,198,000
Sale Price: $1,724,000
Days on Market (DOM): 91

This large, stately home was in easy walking distance to the West Portal retail area. But its busy location on the corner of Portola and Dorchester scared more than a few buyers away. Not a bad deal here; the house has three bedrooms on the same level and a nice, big kitchen. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: My Picks for This Week

Inventory is starting to hit the market, and I’ve been scouting around for properties for my buyer clients. In between, I get to see properties that aren’t quite a fit for my buyers, but would work for my blog readers who may be house hunting. Here are some cool properties in varied price ranges. If you’re interested in taking a look, give me a shout at 415.823.4656 and we can schedule a showing just like that.

500 Masonic #2 / NoPa
2BR/2.5BA, 1220 sq ft, 1 pkg
$1,299,000
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The two-level condo at 500 Masonic #2 has what many buyers are looking for—two bedrooms upstairs, an open kitchen/dining/living space, in-unit laundry, and secure garage parking for up to two cars (tandem).
Pros: Large, deeded rooftop space easily accessible from the elevator. Smaller, seven-unit building. 94 Walk Score!
Cons: One bedroom and the main living space front Masonic, which is a heavily trafficked street. (Note that a major streetscape improvement project is planned.) Continue Reading

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
$1,695,000 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 TBD Continue Reading

Good Deal: 115 San Pablo in St. Francis Wood

Good Deal: 115 San Pablo in St. Francis Wood

I was reviewing sales in Noe Valley today and came across the final selling price for 752 Elizabeth. This was a 3BR/2BA, 1440 square foot house with a two-car garage and cute garden that was listed for $1.5M. The seller received 17 offers, and the home sold for $2,150,000 in an all-cash transaction. (About half the offers were for cash, by the way.)

This kind of market activity tends to scare buyers off—and with good reason. The reality? Unless you have cash or a hefty down payment and can go into contract with no contingencies and a fast close, you can’t compete in high-demand neighborhoods like Noe Valley. A successful house hunt, as a result, will largely depend on how flexible you can be with respect to location and amenities. Continue Reading

The Most Competitive House Markets in San Francisco Right Now

If you’re aiming to buy or sell a single-family home in San Francisco, it’s important to take note of the selling patterns in the city’s various neighborhoods. You’ve probably read my blog post from earlier this week on the hottest condo markets, but when it comes to overbidding on houses, the landscape looks slightly different.

The neighborhoods where buyers are overbidding most intensely are varied, and there are many. Continue Reading

21 Days & Counting: Hot SF ‘Hoods

San Francisco inventory is typically snapped up within a week in popular neighborhoods. But it may come as a surprise to find that there are many properties that have been on the market for three or more weeks—and are still available.

For buyers who are tired of competing in multiple-offer situations, it’s time to revisit the listings that are taking offers as they come. Today we take a look at three homes in the hot neighborhoods of Bernal, West Portal and Cow Hollow that have been on the market for 21 days or longer: Continue Reading

Inventory Down, But Don’t Overlook Older Listings

It’s no secret that San Francisco housing inventory is pretty low right now. The above graph shows you how inventory levels have steadily decreased over the past two years.

So in one corner, we have prospective buyers out there who are feeling an urgent need to make a purchase, fueled by high rents and low mortgage rate. But in the other corner, we have a limited supply of homes to meet the need. What’s a buyer to do?

Answer: Don’t fall into the trap of only considering new listings. It may take a little more work and negotiating, but hunting down a home that’s been on the market for 30+ days may turn out to be the solution. With that in mind, I’m going to regularly feature trios of these types of listings across all property types and price ranges. Sometimes calling such listings to buyers’ attention gets the wheels turning. Continue Reading

Calling All Sweat Equity Buyers: West Portal Project for Ya

Calling All Sweat Equity Buyers: West Portal Project for Ya

For buyers looking for a well-located house that would allow them to make improvements and increase value over time, 72 Allston Way in West Portal is a good prospect.

Listed at $675,000, the 2BR/1BA house was built in 1922 and has its original kitchen and bath. The split-level floor plan provides nice separation of living and sleeping space, and two large bedrooms are at the rear of the property. Both feature large closets and bay windows. The split bathroom —toilet in one room, sink and shower in the other—has the original octagonal flooring and tile. There’s a large deck overlooking the garden, which could use your landscaping creativity. The roof has recently been replaced, so knock off about $12,000 from the improvement list.

It’s likely the house will sell for more than its list price, given recent market patterns.

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Lake Shore Doelger a Good West Portal Alternative

Lake Shore Doelger a Good West Portal Alternative

One neighborhood that buyers sometimes overlook is Lake Shore. It’s located around Lake Merced in the western part of the city, near Stonestown and Merced Manor. And it’s just down Sloat Boulevard from West Portal and Stern Grove; your money goes a little further here than it will in West Portal proper.

I previewed 1400 Eucalyptus on the Zephyr tour this past week. The single-family home was designed by architect Henry Doelger, who was famous for his box-like design in the 1940s, in areas like Westlake in Daly City and also in the Sunset. For those looking for very functional floor plans and good space, a Doelger can be right on. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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