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Challenged Condo Market Still Sees Overbidding

Challenged Condo Market Still Sees Overbidding

It’s no secret that the San Francisco condo market has plenty of inventory right now, especially in large buildings in South Beach, SoMa, and Mission Bay. But I’m still seeing some condos close for above the list price.

Buyers continue to pay top dollar for remodeled condos with classic architectural styles, and which also include parking and in-unit laundry. Location is key, of course. Two-bedroom units in the Inner/Central Richmond, Inner Sunset, Lake district, and Cole/Noe/Eureka Valleys were most commonly sold for over the list price in July. 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

SF TIC Market: Small But Mighty

SF TIC Market: Small But Mighty

Tenancy-in-common (TIC) interests accounted for a small portion of San Francisco sales in 2019. But the average price was almost $1,300,000, and there were a fair number of luxury sales in the $2,000,000+ range.

Only 262 TICs sold in 2019—a comparably small quantity compared to the 2,530 condos sold. But the fact that there is a still a solid market for a property type that involves sharing title with other building owners speaks to the risks buyers are willing to assume in their quest to become San Francisco homeowners. Continue Reading

Cash Sales in San Francisco Drop in 2019

San Francisco real estate sees its share of cash buyers, but they’re not popping up as frequently as they used to. For the past several years, cash buyers have represented a quarter of all single-family and condo sales.

However, the percentage has dropped to 16.5% for houses and 14.6% for condos in 2019.

Having the ability to pay all cash certainly gives you an advantage as a buyer. You’ll likely get a call back in a multiple-offer situation if your offer isn’t the highest. But being able to pay in all cash typically doesn’t exempt you from having to overbid like everyone else.

Here’s how things have shaken out in 2019: Continue Reading

Bernal, Sunset Top List of Most Competitive Neighborhoods for Buyers

San Francisco’s real estate market has long operated under the “list low, sell higher” approach. I’ve been a full-time Realtor since 2002, and it’s basically always been that way. If you’re a buyer or seller, it’s important to get a grip on how this selling pattern will affect the types of offers you write—or the ones you can expect to receive.

One of the ways to figure out which neighborhoods are the most competitive when it comes to multiple offers and interest levels is by seeing where the most extreme overbids are happening most frequently. Continue Reading

Luxury Market Sees Extreme Overbids in October

Luxury Market Sees Extreme Overbids in October

October has been the month for buyers in the $2M+ range to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking for single-family homes (and one condo) in various neighborhoods across the city.

Deep-pocketed buyers are obviously feeling pretty cheeky about our Bay Area economy.

The most egregious example of extreme overbidding happened at 128 26th Avenue in the Lake District (see photo, left). The custom 4BR/2.5 home at the Sea Cliff entrance has a roof deck with panoramic views, and was listed for $2,995,000. So why not pay a million dollars more, right? That’s exactly what happened, as the sale closed on October 20th for $3,910,000.

Here are a few more extreme overbids that went on the books in October:
1 Miguel | Glen Park
3BR/2.5BA
List price: $1,675,000
Sale price: $2,600,000 Continue Reading

Massive Overbids from Luxury Buyers Continue

Massive Overbids from Luxury Buyers Continue

I first blogged about the huge overbids I was seeing in the luxury market back in May.

Well, that trend continued throughout the second quarter, with multiple high-end buyers throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the list price at happy sellers.

One of my favorites was that small house (photo, left) at 1238 Stanyan in Cole Valley. Renovated in 1969, the modest four-bedroom home had views and was on a deep lot—code for development potential. Stanyan was listed for $2,750,000. But the buyers were feeling extra generous and the sale closed for $4,000,000 in May. Continue Reading

The Most Overbid House ‘Hoods in San Francisco Right Now

Buyers have had no qualms about dramatically overbidding for single-family homes in West Portal, Westwood Park/Highlands, the Central Sunset, Ingleside Heights and Miraloma Park this year.

Those neighborhoods are seeing an average overbid of 20 percent. West Portal actually had five homes sell for between 30 and 50 percent over list price this year.

The selling pattern within individual neighborhoods is a useful data point for sellers when it comes to setting a list price—and for buyers as they decide how much to offer for a property. The traditional pattern in San Francisco has been to list low and sell for more. In general, single-family homes in popular neighborhoods and at price points under $2M tend to get the highest overbids.

I did a quick analysis on the single-family home market and flagged the neighborhoods that are experiencing the highest levels of overbidding. Here are the hot spots now, according to the average overbid percentage year to date:

West Portal 22%
Westwood Park/Highlands 21% Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: July 14, 2015

We’re back in the swing of things after the July 4th holiday, and the off-market and coming soon listings are popping up all over the place. Here are my picks this week:

88 King #112 / South Beach
2BR/2BA, 1455 sq ft, 1 pkg in The Towers at One Embarcadero
$1,298,000

88 King #115 / South Beach
2BR + den/2.5BA in The Towers
$1,495,000

1510 York / Bernal Heights
1BR/1BA Victorian house with bonus room near Precita Park
$975,000 Continue Reading

Buyers Don’t Always Need to Overbid

Much has been made of some buyers’ irrational exuberance when it comes to overbidding dramatically for San Francisco properties, as The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender reported last week. This kind of thing makes a great headline and fuels party conversation.

But overbidding doesn’t always happen, even in the hard-to-crack single-family home market. But no reporters are swarming around looking for those stories. As a real estate agent who prefers a more balanced market and a blogger who strives to write about the larger picture, I thought I’d round up the house sales that clocked in at or under the asking prices in June. Continue Reading

Opportunities Abound in High-End Market

Opportunities Abound in High-End Market

There are plenty of homes that have been sitting on the market in San Francisco for 21 days or more—especially for home buyers in the $2M+ range.

Of course, the buyer pool is smaller in this range. And in the same way that some sellers in lower price ranges set a list price that misfires, high-end homeowners can do the same thing. Buyers at all price ranges can be price sensitive; just because you’re ready and able to spend $6,000,000 doesn’t mean you’ll fork over that amount for a house that isn’t worth that price. Continue Reading

Here Are My SF Real Estate Predictions for 2015

Here Are My SF Real Estate Predictions for 2015

 

It’s that time of year when I haul out my crystal ball and let you all know what I think will be happening in the San Francisco real estate market this year. One thing that’s definitely certain is that many of you will be contacting me to help you buy or sell a home. I look forward to talking with you! In the meantime, here’s how things will shake out in 2015. Continue Reading

Holidays Approach, Time To Make Your Move

We’re speeding toward Thanksgiving, which only means one thing when it comes to San Francisco real estate: Inventory will decline after turkey day, and serious buyers need to take a second look at what’s been sitting on the market.

There are 255 single-family homes and 288 condos currently available, a good portion of which have been on the market for three weeks or more. Take 7 Burnett ($1,695,000), a beautiful 3BR/2BA Twin Peaks view condo. Or for something more quirky with amazing curb appeal, look at 10 Carmel ($3M) in Cole Valley–a 1909 firehouse that’s now a very cool pad for a buyer who likes entertaining and living in a unique home. (I covered the other condo in the building back in 2010 when that was on the market in this blog post.)

It’s definitely time to buckle down and work with current inventory. Our market moves so quickly that you can sometimes get obsessed with new listings and completely miss out on homes that won’t involve tedious multiple offers and overbidding. Give me a shout if you need some help finding the right place. I’ll be in town and ready to work!

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Corcoran Global Living

415.823.4656

eileen@insidesfre.com

DRE# 01352627

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