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Eileen’s Recent and Past Sales
1631A Oakdale Avenue
Bayview
New Construction Condo
Sold: $1,336,000
Represented Buyer

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th!

Best wishes for a safe, fun Independence Day weekend. Remember to practice social distancing, wear your mask and let’s all hope that 2021 will see us back to watching fireworks shows and having backyard barbeques.

I’ll be back next week with more on the San Francisco market.

Corona Protocols Critical to SF Real Estate

We seem to be in another corona surge period, with San Francisco treading water when it comes to hospitalizations and rising infection rates. That’s why it’s extremely important for agents and clients to continue following correct property showing protocols when it comes to real estate business.

Listing agents, please make sure you have hand sanitizer and shoe covers in the property if you are allowing showings. It is not particularly encouraging when I bring clients to a property via lockbox, and find a sign requesting that we take our shoes off when there are no shoe covers in sight. And no hand sanitizer. Sticking a lockbox on the house and assuring me that I am scheduled for the showing isn’t convincing me that you’re handling things the proper way. Yes, I bring hand sanitizer with me, but please do your part to assure everyone’s safety.

And please resist the urge to put an A frame outside the property during an appointment timeframe. My clients and I arrive at a home and the anxiety level goes up if we think there’s a possibility random people off the street may be inside. If you have to market yourself, the house sign will be sufficient. Continue Reading

CrimeMapping A Cool Tool for SF Home Buyers

I always advise home buyers to do their due diligence if they’re concerned about crime activity around a property or in a particular neighborhood. Car theft/break-ins, muggings, assaults and burglaries are unfortunately incidents that happen in all areas. But some areas do have higher crime rates than others, and you should be aware of the nature and frequencies of crimes in the area you choose to call home in the future. Continue Reading

Take Advantage of Property Tax Base Transfer in These CA Counties

If you’re a California homeowner age 55 or older who’s thinking about moving, you may have the opportunity to take your property tax base with you. That’s a huge benefit, as property tax bases are a large homeownership expense.

Propositions 60 and 90 are constitutional amendments passed by California voters that allow homeowners aged 55 and over to transfer their property tax base when purchasing a new principal residence. Your replacement home must be of equal or lesser current market value than the original property. And you can only do this once. Prop 60 allows transfers of base year values within the same county, and Prop 90 allows transfers from one county to another. Continue Reading

No Seasonality in SF Real Estate in 2020

It’s unanimous among SF Realtors: If you’re thinking about selling your home, get moving on that now.

The San Francisco real estate market has traditionally had its two peak seasons—Spring (April/May June) and Fall (Sept through Thanksgiving). However, the coronavirus has changed all that. Buyers aren’t going anywhere for the summer, and sellers have a prime opportunity to get their attention with new housing inventory.

The bottom line is that sellers shouldn’t wait around for another virus surge, shelter in place order, or the presidential election to happen. All that can influence buyer behavior.

Sellers should seize the summer and make every effort to get their properties on the market ASAP.

What Closing Costs Do Buyers Pay?

Closing costs include the various loan, title and insurance fees that a buyer pays in a transaction.

There is no fixed amount for closing costs, but they generally total one- to two percent of the purchase price. For example, I recently spoke with Karen McDowell at Citibank for her take on things. For a purchase of $1M – $1.5M, Karen typically tells clients to budget $10,000 for closing cost totals, excluding points. And as the purchase price goes up, she increases that total to $15,000. Costs will increase once you hit the $3M threshold; it’s best to pull your escrow officer in to estimate those costs.

Here’s a rundown on the major types of closing costs you’ll see when you buy your home: Continue Reading

My Top Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Home

You’ve been sheltering in place in San Francisco since mid March, and realizing that there are random things you really should address before they all add up and totally disgust you. There are a handful of things you can do to better clean and maintain your house, and that will make you happier at a time when we can all use a dose of positivity.

I was inspired to write this post while I washed my bedroom windows last week. The rooms were brighter afterward, and my reaction was similar to those of the homeowners for whom I’ve managed pre-sale prep work. (“We should have done this ourselves a long time ago! It looks so much better in here!”)

Here are my household tips for cleaning and maintenance. Doing any one of these things will make you feel more productive and satisfied living in your home:

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1. Wash the windows. This includes interior and exterior panes, removing and wiping down screens, and washing the frame and sill around the windows. If you’re in a position to do this yourself, you can find a window cleaning kit at Lowe’s. Or you can contact my favorite cleaning company, Xavier, and schedule a time for Jezer to stop by to provide an estimate. And if you really want to go the extra mile, have those torn screen replaced within their frames at your local hardware store (or patch them yourself.) Continue Reading

Check Out District 4 Before You Flee SF for the Suburbs

Sheltering in place in a small flat with no outdoor space in a dense urban area has not been the ideal scenario this year. But before you decide to leave San Francisco behind because you can’t find the space you need, consider neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks.

Miraloma Park, Sherwood Forest, Ingleside Terrace, Forest Hill, Westwood Park, Diamond Heights—these are just a few of the neighborhoods in what we Realtors call “district 4” in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). These areas offer predominantly single-family home inventory and a more suburban feel, with yards, plenty of trees, and wide sidewalks. You’re also geographically central, with Stonestown Galleria, Ocean Avenue and West Portal retail nearby.

Here are a few of my favorite single-family homes in District 4 that are currently on the market. Give me a shout at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like to chat about any of these homes:

451 Yerba Buena
Westwood Highlands

3BR/3BA, 3194 sq ft, 2 pkg
$2,375,000

451 Yerba Buena Avenue is a lovely English Tudor-style home with an awesome park-like yard, three bedrooms/two baths on the same level, gourmet kitchen and family room/bath down. Westwood Highlands has well-manicured, wide streets that aren’t packed with people, so you can go out for walks and not necessarily have to wear your masks constantly. [Listing courtesy of Berkshire-Hathaway Franciscan] Continue Reading

Don’t Get Sucked In By Super-Underpriced Properties

Don’t Get Sucked In By Super-Underpriced Properties

Heads up, home buyers: Super-underpriced homes are popping up in the market again. It’s a good time for a refresher on how this particular list price strategy works, so you don’t waste time on homes you can’t afford.

The coronavirus and ensuing shelter in place (SIP) temporarily influenced list prices in San Francisco, with many sellers and their agents going with transparent, closer-to-value asking prices. The idea was to limit property access to qualified buyers who could purchase the home at market value. Continue Reading

The Best Way To Screen Condos Before Scheduling a Showing

The real estate community is still working within corona limitations when it comes to showing property. Open houses won’t be returning anytime soon. Home-buying is all about qualified, ready-to-write-an-offer buyers who thoroughly screen homes via virtual tours with their agent prior to even thinking about seeing the property in person. Continue Reading

Preview: SF Homes Coming Soon

Inventory is slimmer this Spring, but there are plenty of homes coming soon with owners who may be open to selling before officially going on the market.

I’ve rounded up a few of my picks below. Give me a shout at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like more details or would be interested in seeing any of these homes in person:

439 16th Avenue
Central Richmond

3BR/3BA, 1 pkg
$1,900,000

439 16th Avenue is a gracious home with lovely period detailing like box beam ceilings. The upper level has three bedrooms and full bath, and the spacious master has two large closets. There’s a one-car garage, storage, and unwarranted one-bedroom inlaw. Large, flat, fenced yard. (Listing courtesy of Compass) Continue Reading

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931 14th Street
Duboce Triangle
Edwardian Condo
Sold: $1,100,000
Represented Buyer

Just Sold: Duboce Triangle Condo

Just Sold: Duboce Triangle Condo

I’m happy to announce the sale of 931 14th Street, a charming Edwardian two-bedroom/one-bath condo for $1,100,000 in popular Duboce Triangle. My client fell in love with the property immediately, and for good reason.

The condo features that stylish kitchen (photo, above) with its classic tuxedo cabinet color scheme. There’s an excellent flow to the living/dining/kitchen area at the rear of the unit, which also has a porch for laundry and an office area. Just outside is a private deck that’s great for grilling and chilling.

And 931 14th Street has an insane location near Muni, Market Street restaurants and retail, and parks.

Despite the pandemic, we had to navigate a multiple-offer situation, but we fortunately prevailed. Congratulations, Elana! And much thanks to listing agents Isabelle Grotte and Matthew Choi, lender Karen McDowell at Citi and Joanne Kung at Chicago Title for a smooth transaction during a challenging corona market.

Virtual Staging No Substitute for The Real Thing

Virtual staging grew in popularity after the San Francisco shelter in place (SIP) began in mid March. Buyers couldn’t physically get into properties for about two or three weeks, and listing agents had to quickly adapt to include virtual marketing pieces like 3D tours and photo galleries showing furniture in rooms that were technically empty. Stagers weren’t able to do their jobs, so staging wasn’t an option.

But now that we can physically show property and stagers are working again, it’s become obvious to me that virtual staging can only take sellers’ marketing so far. Sure, virtual staging is a lot less expensive for sellers than the real thing. Agents generally pay for the virtual staging on a per photo basis, so sellers avoid paying thousands of dollars for actual staging. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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