Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: April 6, 2016

I’m seeing a lot more new listings coming on the market this week as we ease into Spring! Here’s a heads up on properties that will hit the market this weekend—or might be snapped up before they hit the MLS:

719 Avalon / Excelsior
3BR/2BA house with bonus room and bath down, 1 pkg
$849,000

5140 Diamond Heights Blvd #A303 / Diamond Heights
1BR/1BA top-floor condo facing rear gardens, 1 pkg
$599,000

147 Precita / Bernal Heights
5BR/3BA house with in law, 2 pkg
$1,700,000-$1,800,000 range

685 Peralta / Bernal Heights
3BR/2BA house with Bay views, 1 pkg
$999,000 Continue Reading

148 Duncan
Noe Valley

Edwardian Condo
Sold: $1,080,000
Represented Seller

Underpricing Strategy Still Works for Sellers

Underpricing Strategy Still Works for Sellers

If you’re a homeowner who’s about to list your San Francisco property this Spring, have no doubt about where to set your list price: Well below the sale price you’re seeking.

If there’s any doubt that underpricing is the best way to jack up your value, take a gander at how things played out at 1812 Church Street. The 2BR/1BA single-family home on the border of Glen Park and Noe Valley was first listed for $1,495,000 in mid February. When no buyers materialized after two weeks, the price dropped to $995,000. A week later, the house went into contract with no contingencies, and closed on March 18th for $1,445,000. Continue Reading

647 Athens
Excelsior

Large Renovated House
Sold: $1,050,000
Represented Buyers

Spring Break for This Blogger

Time for a real estate Spring break!

I’ll be back in early April refreshed and ready to tackle what’s shaping up to be a busy San Francisco Spring market.

Thanks for your continued readership.

Just Sold: Big Excelsior House

Just Sold: Big Excelsior House

I’m happy to report that my clients just closed on a great single-family home on a nice block in the popular Excelsior neighborhood.

647 Athens is a 3BR/2BA, fully detached home with almost 2,000 square feet and a one-car garage. Built in 1912, the house has been updated and includes a large kitchen with island, as well as a family room downstairs. Listed for $799,000 the seller received multiple offers, but we prevailed in a multiple counter offer situation. Continue Reading

Five Things That Cut Your Condo’s Value

We’re fast approaching the busy Spring real estate season, and many people are getting ready to put their condos on the market. That means there’s a lot of discussion happening citywide between sellers and real estate agents about value.

There are a lot of factors that can limit resale value, but I wanted to highlight a few things that can narrow the buyer pool for your condo. Here are my top five, based on what I’ve seen recently in the market. Continue Reading

Where You Can Buy a House for Up to $1M in San Francisco

A home-buying budget that maxes out at $1,000,000 has its limitations—especially when it comes to a single-family home. So where can you still find a house in that price range?

There are a few neighborhoods where these sales have taken place so far in 2016. Here’s where and what you can expect in the single-family home market for up to $1,000,000: Continue Reading

Condo Overbids Calm Down in Early 2016

The San Francisco condo market is softening when it comes to overbidding. Though aggressive overbidding (20% or more over list price) has been happening on select properties this year, the gap between list and sale price for the average condo is narrowing.

The average citywide, year-to-date condo overbid is four percent. Of the 301 condos sold as of this writing, only 20 changed hands for 20% or more over the list price.

A handful of neighborhoods saw one or two sales in this range—Noe Valley, Mission Dolores, Hayes Valley, Lake, Lower Pacific Heights, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, NoPa and Potrero. Continue Reading

Know The Ground Upon Which You Live

This being earthquake country, it’s important to know what sort of ground lies beneath the home you own or are planning to purchase. In San Francisco, there are liquefaction zones, which are essentially landfill and are not recognized to be as stable. I’ll let Wikipedia explain it in more detail here.

Yes, people are buying and selling property all the time who live in what are deemed liquefaction zones. Some of the most popular neighborhoods, in fact, are those which are very much a part of these zones. Think the Marina, North Beach, South Beach, Mission Bay, South of Market, and the Mission. But that factor isn’t stopping developers, who are building new condo developments at a frenzied pace in the last four of those neighborhoods. Continue Reading

Price Refresh: 148 Duncan

We just adjusted the price of my two-bedroom Noe Valley condo at 148 Duncan.

The property is a better deal than ever, now at $1,095,000—down from $1,195.000.

That means you have the opportunity to own a spacious, top-floor flat with a remodeled kitchen, in-unit laundry, private deck, parking, storage and shared garden.

Here’s the kitchen, with attached laundry room:
148Duncan Kitch1

Visit our property Web site for more details and photo gallery.

We’ll be open Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-4:00!

Single-Family Home Market Soars in San Francisco

Single-Family Home Market Soars in San Francisco

Houses are a hot ticket—especially for properties under $1,500,000 in neighborhoods with high Walk Scores and easy Muni/BART access.

The “fixer” market is ripe with contractors and developers looking to invest in their latest flip, and would-be owner occupiers looking to build sweat equity. Take the small home (see photo) at 626 Faxon in Westwood Park. Steps from Ocean Avenue’s Muni line to downtown and its array of shops, restaurants and of course, Whole Foods, 626 Faxon was listed for $699,000. The seller received 42 offers, and the property will close in the mid-$900,000s. Continue Reading

Top Designers Talk 2016 Trends

Interior designers are finding themselves moving away from “cookie-cutter” renovations and spare spaces in 2016, said two prominent local designers at a panel discussion I attended last week at the San Francisco Design Center.

designcenter event

My client, Catherine Kwong of Catherine Kwong Design, was a panelist along with Geoffrey De Sousa of De Sousa Hughes. Million Dollar Listing L.A. cast member Josh Flagg was also thrown into the mix. Continue Reading

Noe, Potrero Condos Looking for Qualified Buyers

My two condo listings in Noe Valley and Potrero Hill are looking for qualified buyers to make these properties their homes!

148 Duncan is a gracious, top-floor 2BR/1BA condo with a formal dining room, private deck, shared yard, independent parking and storage. It’s in a great Upper Noe location that’s near BART, the J Church, shuttle stops and freeways—not to mention the restaurants, cafes and services in Noe, the Mission and Bernal Heights. List price is $1,195,000.

Here are two of my favorite rooms at 148 Duncan:
148Duncan LR1 Continue Reading

The Difference Between a TIC and a Condo

It’s not always obvious whether a property is a condo or tenancy-in-common (TIC) when you’re a buyer who’s searching online for properties. You have to click in to all the details before you realize that the photos of the wonderful “flat” that seems listed kind of low is actually a TIC.

But what’s the difference between a TIC and a condo? All things being equal, couldn’t you just buy a TIC if it has the space and location you want? Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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