Holiday Home Stretch Condo Inventory at Peak

I started blogging several years ago about what I call “the holiday home stretch”—the time right after Thanksgiving through Dec 31st.

2020’s holiday home stretch is finding condo inventory at possibly the highest level ever, with 930 condos currently available. Compare that number to what was on the market in the same timeframe in 2014 (81), 2015 (241), 2016 (411), 2018 (417) and 2019 (388). We are literally swimming in condos in the city. Continue Reading

Welcome To The 2020 Holiday Home Stretch

2020 has been a year like no other, but I’m willing to bet that motivated buyers and sellers will follow their usual holiday season activity pattern. Buyers will aggressively write offers and try to negotiate, and sellers will be more willing to negotiate so they can wrap up their sale before year end.

There’s a healthy amount of houses, condos and TICs on the market that all stand a chance of having to return in 2021. Here’s a quick look at each category:
Single-Family Homes
Number available: 345
Median list price: $1,890,000
Avge days on market (DOM): 59
Where the inventory is: Parkside/Sunset, Ingleside, Sunnyside, Noe/Eureka Valleys, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, Bernal Heights, Mission, Bayview, Visitacion Valley.
Worth noting: There are far fewer houses than condos sitting on the market, with about 40% listed for up to $1.5M. That means buyers can expect to pay $2M+ for most of the homes on the market. Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best wishes to all my readers for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It’s been a challenging year on so many fronts, but I’m grateful that one bright spot was the strength of our San Francisco real estate market. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to help many new and existing clients buy and sell homes this year, and thank them all for their business and faith in my services.

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank all of you who regularly read my blog. It is always very gratifying to meet new people through this blog, and I look forward to meeting more of you in 2021.

Stay safe and healthy this Thanksgiving, and count even the smallest of blessings.

Prop 19 Offers New Opportunities for Tax Base Transfer

Homeowners age 55 and over have a lot more options when it comes to transferring the tax base of their principal residence to a new home.

Prop 19 prevailed in our recent election, and will let these homeowners move anywhere within California and still retain their original tax base. This benefit was previously limited to a few California “reciprocal” counties, as well as the county in which you were selling. Continue Reading

SF House Market Meets Corona Challenge

SF House Market Meets Corona Challenge

Corona may be surging again, but the virus certainly hasn’t obliterated the San Francisco single-family home market. Despite limitations on showing property (no open houses or broker tours!) and many people reportedly fleeing San Francisco for more far-flung locations, our house market remained strong and steady over the past six weeks.

The average price for the 382 houses sold was $2,022,151 (October 1-November 13), with a median price of $1,650,000. The average overbid citywide was five percent. However, 50 homes changed hands for 20% or more over the list price, proving that even a pandemic can’t seem to break our eternal list-low, sell-for-more pattern in San Francisco. Continue Reading

SF Board of Supervisors Bans Natural Gas in Future New Construction

The future isn’t bright for natural gas in future San Francisco new construction. If you’re dead set on having a gas range in your condo, now is the time to snap up a unit in a building powered by natural gas.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to ban natural gas in new construction buildings, in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation that will affect more than 50,000 homes currently in the development pipeline, reports J.K. Dineen in the San Francisco Chronicle. Continue Reading

Yes, Neighbors Can Affect Property Values

In a city as dense as San Francisco, it’s important for buyers and sellers to consider the “neighbor factor.”

My clients visited an open house recently that I recommended they see, with a heads up that the property next door was a bit of an issue. The single-family home they saw was well appointed, renovated, and on a lovely block. They loved the floor plan and overall space. The garden was cute and private. They basically liked everything about it—except for the hoarder house next door whose yard looked like the dump. They decided to pass. Continue Reading

Just Sold: 517 8th Avenue

Just Sold: 517 8th Avenue

We just closed the sale of my listing at 517 8th Avenue in the Inner Richmond. Featuring three bedrooms and two baths on the upper level, along with multiple spaces for office, fitness and recreation, the home was an immediate hit with buyers.

We had 20 showings scheduled in the first four days, which was more than I might have expected at the $2,595,000 price point. We took offers shortly thereafter and received multiple bids. The sale closed yesterday for $2,810,517.

Congratulations to my lovely sellers—Melanie, Levi and Mary—whom I represented when they purchased the house way back in 2004. I deeply appreciate loyal clients and am thrilled everything worked out well! And here’s what they had to say about their experience working with me for the second time (click to enlarge):

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Eileen’s Recent and Past Sales
517 8th Avenue
Inner Richmond
Victorian Single-Family Home
Sold: $2,810,517
Represented Sellers

How Real Estate Agents Get Paid in San Francisco

I’m often contacted by prospective buyers and sellers who eventually ask how payment and commissions work. So I thought I’d give you the bottom line as to how real estate agents get paid.

Homeowners who list their properties are typically responsible for paying the commission to the brokers (e.g., the companies affiliated with each agent) who represent the seller and the buyer. The listing agent negotiates a commission up front, and this is included in the seller paperwork. Total commissions for both brokers range from five- to six percent, and are typically divided equally. For example, a five percent commission on a $1,000,000 condo would find the seller paying $50,000 in commissions, with the brokers each receiving $25,000. Continue Reading

SF High Rises Dig Deeper These Days

San Francisco buyers looking for condo in a newer-construction high rise in downtown San Francisco have a better chance of purchasing a property that has a foundation which reaches down into bedrock, thanks to city requirements and guidelines adopted a decade ago.

The San Francisco Business Times reports (paywall) that the city pursued what’s called the Tall Buildings Study after it was revealed that the 2009-built Millennium Tower was leaning and tilting. The study explored strategies to address the seismic issues of tall downtown buildings, writes SF Business Times’ Neil Gonzales. (The Millennium does not reach bedrock.) Continue Reading

Kickstart Your Next Phase of Corona Living in a Floating Home

Kickstart Your Next Phase of Corona Living in a Floating Home

One of only 20 live-aboard floating homes in Mission Creek is available now, and it could be an excellent option to get out of the corona rut.

If you’re tired of being a landlubber working from your flat and you have the cash, 300 Channel Berth 14 may be the ticket to coping with corona times. The boat has three bedrooms and three bathrooms across three levels for a total of 1,780 square feet. The entry level has a loft setup and contiguous outdoor space. There’s an ensuite bedroom on the middle level, and the “penthouse” level features another ensuite bedroom, living spaces and deck. Continue Reading

Check Rental Restrictions When Buying a Condo

Make sure you’re aware of rental restrictions on that condo you’re thinking of buying—especially if your future plans involve being able to rent it out and keep the property for investment purposes.

Most condo buyers like to know that they’ll be able to rent out their unit if so desired. Circumstances could change and require you to move, but you’d like to keep that condo for the long term and rent it out for a while.

It’s important to be fully aware of potential rental restrictions in the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs)—the main document that homeowners associations (HOAs) use that states how the HOA will be run. Continue Reading

Contact Eileen for Real Estate Help

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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