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The ABCs of HOAs

The ABCs of HOAs

Condos are a popular option for many home buyers in San Francisco. Prices for condos are more affordable, and there’s less upkeep involved. For busy professionals, condos are generally a better fit than single-family homes.

The residents within a condo building are part of a homeowners association (HOA). In larger buildings, there’s usually an HOA board, too. These entities make decisions about the property with respect to expenditures, special assessments and other issues that arise. Continue Reading

Budget for HOA Dues During Loan Preapproval

You’re thinking about buying a condo in San Francisco, and the first thing on your checklist is loan preapproval. Along with mortgage payments and property taxes, your lender tells you that you need a rough idea of how much your homeowners association dues (HOA) will be. But you don’t know what you’ll be buying, so how are you supposed to know how much the dues will be? Continue Reading

What’s Selling Now: New Construction Condos

The new construction condo market is constantly changing as new properties hit the market, developers revise pricing, and projects simply sell out. It can be a part-time job keeping track of available inventory throughout San Francisco.

I’ve rounded up my favorite new developments currently selling condos. And if you’re interested in scheduling a tour, don’t hesitate to get in touch . I’m not on the sales teams for any of these developments, but can represent you independently. This means I can get you started with a loan preapproval and walk you through the contract and the entire process—looking out for your best interests.

Here are your best bets for new construction condos right now:
One Mission Bay (110 Channel)
Neighborhood: Mission Bay

Current Inventory: 80 units of 350 available
The Prices: Studios from $575,000; 1BRs from $725,000; 2BRs from $1,250,000; 3BRs from $1.7M
Avge Price Per Square Foot: $1,237
HOA Dues: $622-$825/month
The Perks: Resort-style deck; pool, spa, cabanas and fire pit; resident lounge; library
Buy If: You’d like top-tier amenities and want to be in the midst of a constantly developing neighborhood that’s now on track to be the future home of the Warriors
Developer: CIM Group Continue Reading

Off-Market Opportunity: 1BR at The Hayes

Off-Market Opportunity: 1BR at The Hayes

Two of my Zephyr colleagues let me know about a cool one-bedroom/one bath condo that they have available. The property will go into the MLS next week, but the seller is open to an offer before then.

This 746 square foot condo is on the third floor and is an interior corner unit with an open floor plan. It has upgraded LED lighting, bamboo floors, and closet organizers by Elfa and California Closets. A large deeded patio is accessible from the living room and bedroom. HOA dues are $573.86/month. Continue Reading

Mission’s 1188 Valencia Half Sold Out

Mission’s 1188 Valencia Half Sold Out

Home buyers have given the Mission’s 1188 Valencia condo development a warm welcome, snapping up half of its 49 units since the project came online in December.

I stopped in to see the remaining inventory on broker tour this week, and wasn’t surprised to hear about the rapid-fire sales progress. As far as location goes, it’s a slam dunk on the corner of 23rd and Valencia—near BART and everything else along the Mission’s most popular retail corridor. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos With Walker’s Paradise Scores

Location counts for a lot in San Francisco, and most condo buyers want to live in neighborhoods that offer services, restaurants, shops and public transportation in walking distance. I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite properties currently on the market that have excellent Walk Scores. Here are my picks:

77 Jersey
Noe Valley

3BR/1BA, 1 tandem pkg
HOA dues: $473.33/mo
List price: $1,349,000
Walk Score: 96

77 Jersey is an ideal location for buyers who take BART, and want to be a block from the 24th Street corridor that runs through both Noe Valley and the Mission. The condo itself is a handsome, first-floor unit with a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen and a nicely remodeled bathroom in an Edwardian building. Continue Reading

What’s Selling Now: New Construction Condos

It can be mind numbing trying to track sales of the more than 1,000 new construction condos currently on the market. After all, there are more than 17 projects actively selling units in a variety of neighborhoods, and sales offices play things close to the vest. You’ll find a limited number of units listed on real estate Web sites; pricing is typically not public and changes continuously based on the most recent sales.

So if you’re drawn to brand new condos, where do you begin to look? With the help of my company, Zephyr Real Estate, I pulled together the vital deets on some of my favorite projects. Note: I am not on the sales teams for any of these projects, but can represent you independently. This means I can get you started with a loan preapproval and walk you through the contract and the entire process—looking out for your best interests.

So check out what’s on tap, and give me a shout if you’d like to explore your options within any of these projects:

201 Folsom (Lumina)
Neighborhood: South Beach

The Homes: 656 condos that are selling quickly
The Perks: Club lounge, private dining room, rooftop terrace, concierge, business center, children’s and game rooms, music practice room, pool, fitness center, spa, pet grooming station, screening room and market
What’s Left: Fewer than 300 units, project is 85% sold and they are now on their last release in Building B. Corner units are in short supply.
The Prices: 1BRs: $1,000,000-$1,700,000; 2BRs: $1,500,000-$3,000,000; 3BRs: $3,100,000+; penthouses: $8,000,000+
Buy If: You are looking for a luxury building with A+ amenities and views
Developer Tishman Speyer Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos That Live Like Houses

The single-family home market is currently crawling with buyers, and inventory is at a low level for the number of prospective purchasers. Single-family home buyers need to be creative and flexible when it comes to landing the right dwelling, which sometimes translates into considering other types of properties.

Condos with unique, house-like features are out there—from detached Victorian cottages to two-level units. Here are a few homes that are technically condos, but that live like houses and are located in popular, walkable neighborhoods. Here are just a few I’ve seen recently:

75 Wood
Jordan Park/Laurel Heights

4BR/2BA, 1500 sq ft
Leased parking @$300/month available
$1,295,000

The Deets: 75 Wood is one of two cottages, and sits on the rear of the lot. You enter through the breezeway from the street, and there’s a nice courtyard between both cottages. The main level has two bedrooms and the living spaces, and the lower level is connected via spiral staircase and includes another two bedrooms and bath, as well as an office area. Improvements include new foundation, electrical, plumbing and roof. There is also a huge, undeveloped attic, which definitely has possibilities given that this is a standalone building and wouldn’t require messing with a unit below you when it comes to structural work. Though there’s no garage, street parking is not bad and there is also leased parking available nearby.
The Location: Commanding a 96 Walk Score, 75 Wood is an easy hop to the restaurants and shops along Clement and Sacramento Streets, the heart of the Laurel Village retail area, and is more or less situated between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Continue Reading

Top 5 Challenges For a Condo Sale

If you’re planning to sell your condo this year, it’s important to be aware of certain things that will seriously shrink your condo’s buyer pool. Here are five of the most common challenges—and some advice on how to handle them so you have a successful transaction: Continue Reading

Is The Condo/TIC You’re Buying in a Building That Needs a Retrofit?

Make sure you do your due diligence when it comes to buying a condo or TIC in a building with five or more units over a garage.

The city adopted a mandatory soft-story law in 2013, which targets buildings in various tiers that are susceptible to failing in an earthquake and requires owners to retrofit as necessary. You might be noticing these jobs happening as you walk or drive up San Francisco’s streets. Many of the buildings are on corners and have multiple garages. The city has notified building owners and has given them deadlines to apply for permits; work costs roughly $30-$50 per square foot—not an insignificant cost. Continue Reading

SoMa Condos, High-End Houses Top Year-End Inventory

We’re approaching Thanksgiving, and that means we are officially in “year-end” territory. Buyers looking to get a deal are likely to find one in South of Market, or in the single-family home luxury market if they can spend $2,000,000+.

But there really are a variety of options out there right now. Here’s where to focus your energy if you’re aiming to purchase a condo or house before the end of 2016, along with price ranges and my picks:

Single-Family Homes
Central Richmond
What’s Available Two- to four-bedroom houses from $1,300,000-$2,500,000
My Pick 791 30th Avenue
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791 30th Avenue was built in 1941 and is nicely updated. There are two bedrooms on the main level, and two more downstairs, with a total of 2,085 square feet. Landscaped yard and garage parking. Only one block from Golden Gate Park. List price: $1,495,000. Continue Reading

Esprit Park Aging Well, Don’t Overlook It

There’s no shortage of new condo developments in San Francisco these days. It seems like there’s a constant supply of new units hitting the market, with each release offering properties that are shinier and newer than the last.

I toured a few condos in older but still very solid buildings this week. The takeaway? Buyers considering new construction shouldn’t overlook condos in buildings constructed five or more years ago. One shining example is at Dogpatch’s Esprit Park, which is in good shape both physically and within its HOA. 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

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

5 Things to Know About Negotiating New Condo Contracts

5 Things to Know About Negotiating New Condo Contracts

San Francisco continues to coast along its construction boom these days, with new developments going up in neighborhoods on a rolling basis—with many more to follow in the next several years.

There are two ways to handle contract negotiations if you’ve decided to buy a newly built—or not-quite-finished—condo. You can go directly to the sales office, or work with a local Realtor. Some buyers feel that they can handle things on their own, while others appreciate the guidance of a seasoned professional who’s negotiated contracts on other developments in the past. Continue Reading

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Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

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