Category Archives: Condos

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

Why There Aren’t More Condo “Deals” In San Francisco

Many prospective home buyers and real estate market watchers have been waiting for San Francisco prices to plunge ever since our shelter-in-place went into effect on March 17th. After all, people are reportedly leaving the city in droves, and there’s such a lack of interest in urban dwellings that homeowners will take any price just to get out from under a property that’s steadily falling in value—right?

Wrong. Volume may be down in 2020, but prices certainly aren’t plunging. The single-family home remains the holy grail, very much in demand. And condos are holding steady, especially units in smaller buildings with outdoor space. Continue Reading

Large SF Condo Inventory Available for First-Time Home Buyers

Corona has ushered in a period of real estate movement in San Francisco. It seems like everyone is making big decisions about where they’re living—and where they might want to live in the future. Working from home is the new normal, as is spending more time at home.

Many city condo owners are deciding to stay in San Francisco and trading up to a large single-family home. I’m seeing this firsthand while showing my new listing at 517 8th Avenue in the Inner Richmond. Almost all of the prospective buyers own condos and are on the hunt for a house with three or four bedrooms, office space and a yard. Continue Reading

Here’s Where You Can Negotiate the Best Price on a 2BR Condo

Looking to get a good price on a two-bedroom San Francisco condo? Check out a few of the 360 two-bedroom units currently on the market in San Francisco in buildings with ten or more units. These properties have been on the market for an average of 56 days, and I’m betting their owners would love to get offers from qualified buyers.

It helps to know where to look for the best deals. The neighborhoods where these condo buildings are located are Diamond Heights, Mission Dolores, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, Downtown/Financial District, Nob Hill, Van Ness/Civic Center, Mission, Mission Bay, SoMa/Yerba Buena, South Beach and Dogpatch/Central Waterfront. 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

Price Reductions Hitting Large SF Buildings

Condos in larger buildings are seeing their fair share of price reductions during corona, based on sales that have closed from July 1 to August 15th.

Twenty percent of the 306 condos sold in that timeframe saw a price chop prior to closing, in various locations throughout San Francisco. But a majority of the reductions were concentrated in the Mission Bay, SoMa and South Beach areas.

Condos in smaller buildings with yards and parking that also have convenient neighborhood locations appear to be holding their values better. Buyers aren’t as quick to write offers on units in hotel-like properties where they have to share elevators and common areas with large numbers of residents. Continue Reading

How to Evaluate a Condo and HOA

The condo market offers excellent opportunities right now for savvy buyers, because there seems to be more inventory than interested purchasers. This is particularly true for condos located in larger buildings and high rises—not so much for units in smaller buildings with access to outdoor space. Those are still popular and go into contract more quickly.

It’s important to consider the complexity of owning this type of property, before you rush out to look at different possibilities.

Here’s a quick primer that will help you evaluate the fundamentals of a condo and its homeowners association (HOA). Continue Reading

My Picks for Price-Reduced Properties

I’m seeing a lot more price reductions happening on a regular basis lately, especially in the $2M+ price ranges for condos. Sellers and their agents are trying to find their accurate home values and the corona market is a work in progress.

I always recommend seeing a property as soon as you can if there’s a big price reduction. A large list price cut tends to attract eyeballs, particularly belonging to folks who had already been through on a showing. Continue Reading

What The Heck is HO-6 Condo Insurance?

You might have HOA insurance coverage when buying a condo, but you have to purchase your own “walls-in” coverage during escrow.

Lenders require what’s known as HO-6 insurance. Otherwise known as hazard or individual unit coverage, HO-6 insurance provides personal property and liability coverage for whatever happens within your unit’s walls. 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

What You Can Buy: With Outdoor Space

The shelter in place has done its part to help many prospective buyers realize that they want outdoor space in their next home. The thought of having a garden or a big deck sounds extremely appealing right now.

I’ve rounded up some homes that have lovely exclusive-use outdoor space. Give me a shout at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like to see any of these in person:

375 Moncada
Ingleside Terrace

5BR/3BA, 2 pkg
$2,495,000


375 Moncada is a big Mediterranean-style house with a landscaped front yard and sprawling rear garden. The kitchens and baths could use updating, but the home is certainly in move-in condition. And when Stonestown Galleria opens again, you’ll be in walking distance. (Photos courtesy of Keller Williams Realty) Continue Reading

Meeting Minutes Key in Evaluating HOA Financials

Most condo associations in large buildings have a homeowners association (HOA) board or general membership that meet at least annually to discuss and vote on a variety of items. One of the most important aspects to note when evaluating a condo HOA is whether there are any upcoming, approved expenditures.

Upcoming special assessments are always the big question, but you shouldn’t stop there because those assessments won’t be dipping into the current reserve account. A portion of HOA dues typically goes to the reserve account so there’s some money on hand. Lenders like to see healthy reserves in larger buildings, and having good reserves means the HOA won’t immediately be hit up for a special assessment if, say, the roof needs to be replaced. However, it’s not always evident based on the other disclosure documents whether a large expense is imminent. Though there’s a condo financial disclosure, it only asks about upcoming special assessments. Continue Reading

Q1 2019 Quick Fix: The Latest on House and Condo Sales

We’re in the midst of the busy Spring market, and everyone is referencing comparable sales from the first quarter of 2019. Sellers are using this information to price their homes, and buyers are basing offer prices on this data.

Here’s a rundown on how things shook out in the first quarter:

Single-Family Homes
# homes sold 382
Average price $1,911,273
Avge price per square foot $959
# cash sales 59
Most cash sales happened in: Eureka Valley, Pacific Heights, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley
# homes sold for $1M or less 59
Most competitive neighborhoods (25%+ overbids) Outer Parkside/Sunset; Parkside; Central Sunset; Eureka Valley; Potrero; Portola; Mission Terrace
Craziest overbid 3825 19th Street at Church, right at Dolores Park. This mid-century 4BR/3BA, 2360-square foot house has two-car parking and multiple outdoor spaces. List price: $2,995,000 | Sold: $3,500,000 Continue Reading

Top 10 HOA Issues in Condo Sales

You’ve finally found a great condo to buy that hits on all your preferences, is in a good location and has affordable homeowners association (HOA) dues. Now it’s time to review the disclosures, particularly when it comes to the HOA. What restrictions exist or could lead to potential problems?

Here are my top 10 HOA issues to vet when it comes to condo living:

1. Flooring restrictions.. Are there serious restrictions against having hardwood floors? In most cases, HOAs require that owners cover a certain percentage of hardwood floors with area rugs or carpet. But some HOAs mandate that bedrooms have wall-to-wall carpet. If this isn’t your thing, make sure you know about it before you write an offer. 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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