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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.

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.

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

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

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

Staging Homes Is Officially Okay During the SIP

The city has been gradually loosening shelter in place (SIP) restrictions on the real estate industry. Construction activities have resumed, agents can show homes and appraisers can enter properties.

And now, stagers are officially able to work again. This means homeowners aiming to sell in 2020 won’t be limited to virtual staging, and they won’t have to wait around waiting for a stager to become available. Staging is allowed now on vacant homes only. Continue Reading

Coronavirus Isn’t Stopping Overbidding in San Francisco

Coronavirus Isn’t Stopping Overbidding in San Francisco

Limited inventory during the shelter in place (SIP) market seems to be motivating many buyers to overbid on properties—particularly when it comes to single-family homes.

Of the 186 houses sold from March 17th-May 5th, approximately 70% closed for above list price. Clusters of homes in the Outer Mission, Bernal Heights, Miraloma Park, Outer Parkside and Central Sunset saw overbids of well above twenty percent. Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Single-Family Homes Coming Soon

There are plenty of properties in the queue that will be ready to go when the shelter in place (SIP) ends. Of course, many of these properties have sellers who would be happy to entertain offers sooner rather than later. Offer dates, for the most part, are not the norm right now. And sellers are also more likely to use transparent pricing—a list price that isn’t begging for an overbid.

Homes listed for under $2,000,000 in San Francisco are the sweet spot at the moment. In that spirit, I have rounded up my picks in the “Coming Soon” category. (This is an actual Multiple Listing Service category now, visible only to MLS agent members.) Please feel free to get in touch with me at eileen@insidesfre.com | 415.823.4656 if you’d like more info about any of these off-market homes.

54 Sussex
Glen Park

3BR/1.5BA, 1242 sq ft, 2 parking
List price: $1,675,000

This sweet mid-century home at 54 Sussex has all three bedrooms on the same level, two-car parking and a bucolic location that’s a few minutes’ stroll from Glen Park’s downtown area and the all-important BART station. Pricing is transparent on this one, so writing an offer at $1,675,000 with reasonable terms could easily do the trick. [Listing courtesy of Corcoran Global Living] Continue Reading

“End Users” Snatch Up Fixers for Dream Home

“End Users” Snatch Up Fixers for Dream Home

The “fixer” buyer pool no longer exclusively consists of contractors and small-scale developers. Instead, deep-pocketed buyers looking to purchase a fixer and turn it into their dream home are increasingly becoming the dominant players in this property category.

A small Noe Valley Victorian recently hit the market (see above photo, left) and attracted multiple offers within a week. The listing agent reported that all offers were from “end users”—industry speak for buyers who will eventually owner occupy the property as their primary residence. There was a time when the only purchasers for a property like this would’ve been contractors looking to flip. Continue Reading

Slice of Steel Hits the Market in Cole Valley

Slice of Steel Hits the Market in Cole Valley

1415 Shrader in Cole Valley just came on the market, and it’s perfect for buyers who love tiny houses and minimalist, stark finishes.

The home originally started construction in the early 2000s, and was completed in 2004. It last sold in 2011 for $849,000, and the current owners have since renovated the kitchen and bath, along with other components of the property:

This one bedroom/one bath home is only ten feet wide—less than half the width of a standard San Francisco home. But it sits on a relatively deep, 94.8′ lot. At first glance from the street, it looks like a bizarre extension of the Spanish Mediterranean style home next door. The lot size is 948 square feet, and the home itself is 1,030 square feet. This is all larger than your bonafide tiny house, but it’s considered to be pretty small even by San Francisco standards.

List price is $1,295,000 for this condo alternative on a great block in the neighborhood. Thinking of writing an offer? Comp this one out with small houses in Cole Valley and adjacent neighborhoods—or one-bedroom standalone condos/cottages in the area.

[Photos courtesy of McGuire Real Estate]

Best Neighborhoods for Dog Owners in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the more dog-friendly cities in the country, and many of its neighborhoods offer ideal environments for dogs and their owners.

I’m a dog owner myself, and frequently meet clients looking for a home in a neighborhood that will provide what we all need for us and our pets. That means proximity to open space, dog-friendly cafes and shops, and a community of dog owners who support each other and their ‘hood. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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