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Just Sold: Renovated Mission Victorian

Just Sold: Renovated Mission Victorian

My clients just closed on their purchase of a beautifully renovated Victorian single-family home at 164 San Carlos in the Mission. The three-bedroom home is located on a small street around the corner from the popular Valencia Street corridor.

All three bedrooms are upstairs, and the main level has a nice flow from the living area to the kitchen—great for post-pandemic dinner parties and entertaining. The garden has mature fruit trees, and the lower level features a family room, office and full bath. Continue Reading

Short-Term, Furnished Rentals Good Seller Pit Stops

I’ve met recently with a number of homeowners who are considering selling their properties, but don’t know where they’ll be able to buy next. Though they know they’ll do extremely well in the current market with the sale of their property, they’re nervous about competing with buyers to purchase their next place.

Here’s a suggestion that will work for these potential sellers: Rent a short-term, furnished rental. There are actually quite a number of these available at any given time, in all parts of The Bay Area. (Short-term, unfurnished rentals are more of a challenge to find, given that many landlords prefer longer-term apartment leases.) Continue Reading

Big Condo Overbids Return in 2021

Big Condo Overbids Return in 2021

Condos with two or more bedrooms, all the amenities, and desirable neighborhood locations are currently very much in demand by San Francisco buyers. As a result, there are increasing numbers of large overbids and sellers receiving many, many offers.

You’ll read about this trend a couple months from now in the mainstream media, but I am officially seeing the return of the list-low, sell-for-more pricing strategy for these properties.

A look at February’s closed and pending condo sales point to a trend in rising buyer demand for condos in popular neighborhoods near parks and retail areas. A condo that also features an exclusive-use outdoor space is at the top of everyone’s list. Even better if that condo is remodeled, and has two bathrooms, in-unit laundry and parking. Continue Reading

TIC Inventory Poised To Grow in 2021

TIC Inventory Poised To Grow in 2021

The tenancy-in-common (TIC) market slowed to a crawl in the last quarter of 2020, with almost 100 cancelled or expired listings laying by the MLS wayside. With the condo market cooling due to Covid, it was no surprise that the less conventional TIC took a bit of a hit, as well.

But 87 TIC interests did end up selling (up from 70 sold in Q4 2019) despite these challenges. Buyers snapped up TICs in popular neighborhoods like Noe/Eureka Valleys, the Haight, Hayes Valley, NoPa, Marina, Russian Hill and the Mission in search of prime locations and more space than condos can typically offer for the same price. Continue Reading

SF Real Estate Smackdowns: Holiday Edition

It’s been years since I ran a San Francisco real estate smackdown. I thought it would be a good time to take a look at a range of homes competing for buyers’ attention as 2020 (thankfully) winds down.

A smackdown is when we take a look at two different properties at the same price point, in two very different neighborhoods—and you get to choose which one you’d buy. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re a qualified buyer who’d like to see your pick in person.

Smackdown #1:
3BR+ House or Condo | $2M Range
Contestant #1

178 Denslowe | Lakeside
4BR/3BA, 1925 sq ft
$1,849,000

The Art Deco-style home at 178 Denslowe is very charming, and has been totally remodeled. The bedroom locations are a little staggered, with two bedrooms on one level, and two additional bedrooms on their own levels. There’s walk-out garden access and lovely finishes throughout. Noise-sensitive buyers take note, the property backs up to busy 19th Avenue. However, if you’re looking for a home close to San Francisco State, the university is across the street. And you’re a short distance from Stonestown Galleria. (Photo courtesy of Compass)

Contestant #2
1436 Vallejo | Russian Hill
3BR/3BA, 1 tandem pkg
$1,995,000

1436 Vallejo is a two-level condo in a three-unit building on a central block in Russian Hill. The unit has a small outdoor space, an ensuite bedroom downstairs and an open living/dining/kitchen area. There are also fun perks like a built-in sound system, a smart refrigerator, and steam shower. HOA dues are $322/month. (Photo courtesy of Compass) Continue Reading

Holiday Home Stretch Condo Inventory at Peak

I started blogging several years ago about what I call “the holiday home stretch”—the time right after Thanksgiving through Dec 31st.

2020’s holiday home stretch is finding condo inventory at possibly the highest level ever, with 930 condos currently available. Compare that number to what was on the market in the same timeframe in 2014 (81), 2015 (241), 2016 (411), 2018 (417) and 2019 (388). We are literally swimming in condos in the city. Continue Reading

Welcome To The 2020 Holiday Home Stretch

2020 has been a year like no other, but I’m willing to bet that motivated buyers and sellers will follow their usual holiday season activity pattern. Buyers will aggressively write offers and try to negotiate, and sellers will be more willing to negotiate so they can wrap up their sale before year end.

There’s a healthy amount of houses, condos and TICs on the market that all stand a chance of having to return in 2021. Here’s a quick look at each category:
Single-Family Homes
Number available: 345
Median list price: $1,890,000
Avge days on market (DOM): 59
Where the inventory is: Parkside/Sunset, Ingleside, Sunnyside, Noe/Eureka Valleys, Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow, Bernal Heights, Mission, Bayview, Visitacion Valley.
Worth noting: There are far fewer houses than condos sitting on the market, with about 40% listed for up to $1.5M. That means buyers can expect to pay $2M+ for most of the homes on the market. Continue Reading

TIC Market Stays Alive During Corona

TIC Market Stays Alive During Corona

The tenancy-in-common (TIC) market in San Francisco is a small one, with about a tenth of the condo volume at any given time. Buyers tend to shy away from TICs when there’s a glut of condo inventory, as the former are a bit more complicated. But if you’re looking for more space and a better location than your condo budget allows, you may want to consider one of the TICs currently on the market. 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

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

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

Condos You Can Buy Near a Retail Corridor

One of the reasons people want to live in San Francisco is to be near its collection of popular, interesting retail districts that offer a diverse array of restaurants, shops, and services. Here are a few currently listed condos that are near some of our best retail corridors in popular, walkable neighborhoods.

Here’s the lineup:
168 Eureka
Eureka Valley/Castro

3BR/3BA condo, 2 pkg
$2,250,000

One block from the 18th Street corridor and only a few blocks away from Castro Street, 168 Eureka is a sexy, spacious condo with in-unit laundry, a big master suite at the rear and direct access to the nicely landscaped garden. Did I mention two-car parking, and a 2019 Range Rover included as a gift from the seller? [Listing courtesy of Vanguard Properties.] Continue Reading

Welcome To The 2019 Holiday Home Stretch

Serious buyers hit the streets right after Thanksgiving to scoop up what’s left of the year’s inventory. Yes, there are fewer homes from which to pick. But the competition thins out because a majority of the buyer pool gets distracted by holiday activities. (Why spend Sunday going to open houses when you can get your Christmas tree, attend a party or go shopping?)

There are 185 single-family homes, 388 condos and 59 TICs currently on the market as of this writing. Here’s a quick look at each category:
Single-Family Homes
Median list price: $1,850,000
Avge days on market: 65
My pick: 1086 Alabama is an updated three-bedroom home with a large kitchen that leads to a deck and yard. There’s also expansion potential on the garage level (if you don’t need two-car parking). Convenient Mission location near 24th Street and SF General. List price is $1,795,000. 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

The 5 Best Neighborhoods for NY Transplants

I moved to San Francisco from New York twenty years ago, and frequently work with many New Yorkers who have relocated here. New York is definitely a world of its own, and I must admit that I was a bit worried when I moved to San Francisco; in my mind, I’d have to drive everywhere, and things wouldn’t be as central. After all, San Francisco’s layout is different in that downtown feels like Manhattan, but everywhere else seems like outer borough neighborhoods strung together—at least, at first. It takes some time to realize that many San Francisco areas are little New Yorks unto themselves. 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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