Something For You Fence Sitters And Gold Panners To Ponder…

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My clients just got shelled by 16 other offers on 1761 Hayes, a top floor 2 bed, 1 bath condo in NOPA asking $849,000. We offered $1,051,000, and they accepted an offer that was “barely higher”. So here’s a thought:

I’d say it’s time for many of you long time residents sitting on the selling fence to pack it up, cash out, and head for greener pastures where the $$$ you make on your sale can buy you acres of space, money in the bank, and plenty of breathing room. I’d even suggest all of you gold panner techies flocking to SF looking to strike it rich consider building another hub for tech activity somewhere else. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of you, many of you are my clients, we love what you’re doing for the economy (for that matter, the world), and there is a reason everyone wants to be in San Francisco, but at some point, I’d think even you, the innovators, would get tired of throwing your money at sellers and it still not being enough. Surely, the internet works in other locales around the world, and surely companies can be built and go viral from anywhere. Perhaps the companies that are leading the innovation now should open satellite offices in markets where their talent can afford to live? I know Oregon, Seattle, and Salt Lake City have a reasonable real estate market, as well as hip scene. Makes perfect sense to me, and might ease the frenzy that is San Francisco real estate. What do you think?

On a side note (somewhat related to technology): in case you aren’t on the VIP list, and you’re stuck waiting in line for your real estate agent to send you stale data via snail mail about recent sales in your ‘hood, comps that by the time they reach you are old news, I published yet another issue of sfnewsletter last week, and it’s chock full of good real estate porn, including a few good overbids you’ll want to share amongst friends, and a link to the stuff you really want: real time market data sortable by neighborhood and property type (courtesy of The Goods-SF).

Get on the list at sfnewsletter.com. Get out of town with money in the bank by giving me a shout (alexclark@gmail.com, 415-254-5351).

-1761 Hayes Property Detail [theGoods-sf.com]

Maximum Overbid Monday!

Well now that we have the government shutdown (temporarily) behind us, let’s get back to the market at hand. It would appear there is a bit of a calm washing over our waters, but open house activity is still through the roof, so we might indeed be stuck in this craziness for a while. Case in point, San Francisco’s most recent Top 10 Overbids.

Rank| Address | Property Type | Bed/Bath | DOM | Asking Price | Sale Price | % Over

#1-709 York St: Single-Family; 2/2.00; 10 DOM; $799,000; $1,150,000; 43.93%
#2-152 Hancock St: 2-4 Units; 26 DOM; $1,100,000; $1,557,000; 41.55%
#3-82 Peralta Ave: Single-Family; 3/2.00; 28 DOM; $998,000, $1,380,000; 38.28%
#4-514 Precita Ave: Single-Family; 2/1.00; 11 DOM; $925,000; $1,255,000, 35.68%
#5-130 Randall St: Single-Family; 3/1.50; 7 DOM; $1,195,000; $1,575,000; 31.80%
#6-3901 17th St: 5+ Units; 28 DOM; $2,300,000; $3,025,000; 31.52%
#7-327 Richland Ave: Single-Family; 3/1.00; 35 DOM; $749,000; $980,000; 30.84%
#8-515 Powhattan St: Single-Family; 2/1.00; 13 DOM; $708,000; $925,000; 30.65%
#9-4430 Cabrillo St: 2-4 Units; 14 DOM; $925,000; $1,200,000; 29.73%
#10- 1108 Cabrillo St: Single-Family; 3/1.50; 11 DOM; $1,295,000; $1,677,000; 29.50%

[Copyright ©2013 TheGoods-SF.com. Visit www.thegoods-sf.com for more information. Data feed from SFAR MLS deemed accurate but not guaranteed.]

This data set reflects properties that got into contract on average 30+ days ago, so it will be interesting to see how this continues. We look forward to providing this information to you every Monday, now that the Goods has made it easy for us to share it, so come on back!

REALLY Expensive Real Estate…Like $35,000,000

Twenty-nine fifty Broadway sold “off market” last month for $35,000,000.

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[Photo Source: SocketSite]

As reported on SocketSite today:
“Hidden behind non-disclosure agreements and tax records stamped “DO NOT FILM,” you’re not supposed to know about the sale of 2950 Broadway which was purchased for $29,500,000 in 2011, remodeled a little last year, and very quietly sold off the market last month. But now you know. And you’re about to know the record setting sale price as well.

With a sale price of $35,000,000 (roughly $3,182 per square foot) and $875,000 in transfer tax confidentially paid, 2950 Broadway has just displaced 2840 Broadway to become the most expensive single-family home ever sold in San Francisco.”

Wow…and some people will wonder and cry foul that it never hit the MLS.

San Francisco’s Million Dollar (Sold Property) Club

A quick look at all of the million dollar plus sales (142 of them) in San Francisco in the last month for properties that closed escrow between 8/19 and 9/19/2012.

[Please note: Clicking an image below will not take you to that property's details page, simply a bigger photo. To see details, hover over photo, see address, and find it on the list of properties below, or contact me for details. Sorry for hassle.]

Instead of being able to share all of these properties, with photos, under one link, MLS puts a limit on that of 100 properties…so we had to break it up. Details below, and kudos if you’re in the club:

-Click here for the Comparative Market Analysis Version (all in one, no pics) [MLS]
-Click here for the Detailed Version, including pics, for Single Family Homes and 5+ Units [MLS]
-Click here for Detailed Version, including pics, for Condominiums and 2-4 units [MLS]

From $799,000 To $1,228,000, The Dust Settles On 137-139 Corbett

Perhaps you remember my attempt (for a client) to secure 137-139 Corbett?

If you had forgotten, it doesn’t really matter. The property was listed at $799,000, we offered $932,000, they received over 30 offers (many of them all cash). The dust has settled and the final sales price has been revealed…a staggering $429,000 over asking! Which brings the winning bid to $1,228,000.

Mind…blown…again.

-137-139 Corbett, San Francisco [MLS]

2701 Broadway, On San Francisco’s Billionaire Row, Finds Its Billionaire Buyer

It’s big news for the Billionaires on Broadway. We have it on good intel that 2701 Broadway, a little house on the hill just down the street from the likes of the Gettys, Trainas, and Ellisons of the world (and let’s not forget a Monster of Rock), has found a buyer ponying up an undisclosed amount of cash (originally asking $32,000,000 then reduced to $28,500,000 and no longer listed on MLS) for this one of a kind, meticulously remodeled home, last sold in 1998 for $5,500,000.

Break out the bubbly, and call it all cash (pocket change really), some new billionaires are moving to Broadway’s Billionaire Row.











To the gentleman that said to me when visiting this home at 3577 Pacific (before it came on the market) “Zephyr Real Estate doesn’t have clients for this…” You’re right, Zephyr has clients for this instead. Congratulations to Anna and Dennis of Zephyr Real Estate for bringing the buyer to 2701 Broadway.

Just need that invitation to the housewarming party, and we’ll bring the Cazadores for fresh lime margaritas on the deck overlooking San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the beautiful Bay!

-2701 Broadway, 7 bed, 7 bath, 16,400 sqft, asking $28,500,000 [MLS]
-Kirk Hammett Finds Buyer For His Pacific Heights Monster Den [theFrontSteps]

Out Of The (Stalefish) Pond And Into The File

When the bottom falls, it falls hard. By way of unplugged Flujster, we learn our new favorite house becomes our new favorite comp. Three thirteen Duncan, a stunningly remodeled contemporary 5 bed, 5.5 bath home in Noe Valley closes escrow for a reported $2,400,000…down slightly from the original $2,850,000 asking price.
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Looking on the bright side (for the developer), it only spent 72 days swimming in the Stalefish pond. [In order to reach Stalefish status a property must be on the market 100 days, 313 Duncan was on the market 172 days, so time spent in the pond...72. Prior to that it was just another listing.]

We’ll file this one under Done Deals that make us jealous. Congrats to the new buyers. We make a killer margarita, so don’t be shy.

-313 Duncan…5 bed, 5.5 Bath, closed at $2.4M [MLS]

Casa Cielo is a done deal…with an asterisk (3690 21st Street)

They asked $3,745,000 and they got….? We’ll just never know. It’s another one of those deals that closed with an asterisk (meaning sales price not disclosed). Something tells us it was close to that. It only spent 8 days on the market.

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In case you’re wondering what’s all the fuss, here are the marketing remarks:

Atop Liberty Hill, Casa Cielo is one of San Francisco’s best known homes. A rich local history and a location perched on top of the city make it a true once in a lifetime opportunity! The opulent interior features a massive formal living room with vaulted ceilings, multiple sitting rooms, a large deck with 180 degree views of the city and bay, 3 bedrooms and 3 remodeled bathrooms. Surrounded by lush mature gardens and several patios with fountains. Detached one car garage with guest apt above.

And only one RealSpeak thrown in. You see, that’s how you get it done.

-3690 21st Street [sfnewsletter listing detail]

43% over (asking) on 2190 Broadway 9W ($5,000,000)

Just a bit busy, so this from today’s sfnewsletter:

“Hi Alex,

I just heard a rumor that 9W at 2190 Broadway asked for $3.45M and closed for $5M. An overbid of 43%?”

Rumor mill says…TRUE! Also true: that puts the price per square foot of this condo that “needs updating” at $1,562.50; HOA dues are $2254.50; Days On Market 39; built in 1973; 3200 square feet; and one parking space.

Happy Friday!

-2190 Broadway 9W [listing details]

153 Avila: A done deal and providing a bit of “color”

Recently we had someone ask if we could “provide a bit of color on 153 Avila”, a contemporary 3 bed, 2.5 bath, single family home in the Marina asking $2,695,000, and as a matter of fact, we can provide some “color”.

It sold after 14 days on the market for $2,975,000 (10.4% over asking) or $1202.51 per square foot. As for who’s house this is, PropertyonFire tells that. Hope that helps and glad to provide some “color”. Tough market down there in the Marina isn’t it?

Update: Here’s some more color…this home was listed by the owner (we call that FSBO) for $2.6M not too long before hitting MLS. A friend of ours wrote and presented an offer for $2.55, and the seller basically laughed them away. Our friends, and everyone who knows about sales on that block for that matter, told the seller he is nuts and “will never get $2.6M”. And look what happened! We might as well call it $3M at this point.

Those folks that bought 451 Avila just made what we like to call instant equity.

-153 Avila [listing detail]

-$600,000 Over Asking on Avila [theFrontSteps]

A done deal at 200 Brannan (#109)

Oh it’s just so awful when a property sells for under asking.  The world of San Francisco real estate has certainly come to an end when we start to see this.  We can all pack our things and head for more affordable, greener pastures.  That is, of course, unless you love yourself some loft!

After 32 days on the market, 200 Brannan #109 sold for a whopping $10,000 below list price, or more correctly stated, it sold at market value.

This is a fantastic property in a great building, and these buyers got a great price, and a great outdoor patio! They should be thrilled.

We doubt you’d find anything like this in Kansas.

-200 Brannan #109 [MLS]

A Done Deal at 3647 Washington ($910,000 over asking)

We’ve been through the over/under debate countless times, but when the big ones hit we have no choice other than high-light them, and 3647 Washington is no exception.

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According to MLS, this five bedroom, four and one half bath single family home in Presidio Heights hit the market March 26th at $3,595,000, spent a staggering 12 days (or less) actually “on” the market, and just closed escrow for $4,505,000…or 25% ($910,000) above asking.

We again say, look past the over/under debate on whether it paints a picture of the market and think more about the desire of one person to have that property so much more than the others. Also think about the ones that lost.

Ask us: Over/Under Asking

This is more of a tell than ask. From a reader, and sorry, we don’t have the time to get all of those links for you right now either.

“Hello,

Just got a newsletter that highlights all the homes sold since Feb. Was surprised to see over half sold for over asking. Do you have MLS links for these? Or at least some? Would love to know what sup.

1659 Beach St for 7.585mil

1940 Broadway #6 for 4.91 mil

2835-2839 Broderick for $2.35mil

1501 Greenwich #603 for 2.125 mil, sold for asking but curious.

3440-3442 Scott St. for 1.98mil

1930 Jackson St. for $1.825mi

1818-1820 lombard st for $1.662625 mil

1914 Filbert St. #C for $1.55 mil

3716 Sacramento for $1.47 mil

2421 Franlin St. for $1.388 il.

2114 Divis for $1.325mil

All of these sold for over asking, and up to $620,000 over asking There’s about 5 more, but I’m too lazy to type them all out.

thnx!”

Look past the furniture and focus on the sale (1700 Jones #4)

Being real estate professionals, it is our duty to look past the clutter and furniture and find the value in each property. We had a little trouble getting past the ottoman, sofa, chairs, and dining room wall coverings of 1700 Jones #4, but apparently the buyers saw something we didn’t.

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This is a 2 bed, 2 bath condo in Russian Hill, which came to market at $1,395,000 on January 10th. By January 17th, it was already in contract, open houses and Broker Tours canceled, and recently closed escrow on January 29th for $1,500,000 ($105,000 or 7.5% over asking). Forget pricing, forget overbidding, forget the cooling market, forget all that. Think about how quickly this home came and went…seven days on the market, during the worst market San Francisco has seen in over five years.

Merely an anecdote indeed, but significant nonetheless.

Maybe it was the white kitchen with pink lights that sealed the deal. Continue reading

Mid-Century Movement (56 Clarendon)

Originally listed September 19, 2007 for $2,495,000, reduced to $2,300,000 two months later, and now sold for $2,250,000, 56 Clarendon, in Clarendon Heights, is a done deal.

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Is this a significant “anecdote” of market information/fluctuation. We’ll let you decide that, we just wanted to highlight another gem of the mid-century.

-56 Clarendon [mls]

-more mid-century posts [theFrontSteps]

3630 Jackson…a done deal? (Asking $18M)

Since we’ve recently been on the subject of high end ultra high end homes changing hands, we thought we’d bring your attention to 3630 Jackson, a home in Presidio Heights that was recently on the market and “withdrawn” at $18,000,000.

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According to our reader, another reliable source, and Property Shark.com, it did indeed “resale” on 11/30/2007 with a recorded loan amount of $11,800,000. We’ll let you all guess as to the actual sales price, unless someone wants to comment on the matter. For now, our lips are sealed.

That would make three sales in as many months that get a total value sold up around $45,000,000:

2820 Pacific

3730 Washington

3630 Jackson

Wow!

We would have taken it for the garage (2820 Pacific: a done deal ~$16M)

In another sign of the times at the high end, 2820 Pacific closes escrow with that damn little asterisk next to the price $16,000,000 (*), which can only tell us the sales price was close.  Not too close to the original $17,500,000 asking, but up there nonetheless.

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Like we said, we would have taken it for the garage. Man is 2008 high end real estate starting off with a bang, or what?

[Update: According to a reader, the sales price is closer to $15M.]

-2820 Pacific [MLS]

-$17,500,000 and no picture of the garage [theFrontSteps]

Done Deal in Presidio Heights: 327 Locust

We’re putting 327 Locust (3 bed, 2 bath SFR condo (oops!) asking $1,798,000 selling $2,025,000) up per reader request.

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We acknowledge this sale closed 10/31/2007 and we are now in the beginning of 2008. The market has changed since then, but an eye-catching sale nonetheless. Or shall we say classic “competitive pricing” situation?

If you’d like to see the sales history, check out Redfin.

-327 Locust [mls]

-Property History [Redfin]

Hip Hip Hooray!…and $300,000 over (4924 17th)

We know, we know…stop cheerleading, it doesn’t serve us well. It really doesn’t indicate any sort of bearing as to our real estate market. It’s just rubbish. It only happens on the high end, but it happens, and you need to know about it.

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4924 17th St. asking $3,600,000, selling $3,900,000. Listed 10/19/2007, “pending” 10/31/2007, sold today 12/10/2007…cash. Apparently, these buyers don’t care about the memo.

-4924 17th St. [mls]

Reduce and Sell, Reduce and Sell (411 Banks in Bernal)

Even if the market has cooled, and properties are seeing price reductions, they are still selling. There is a technique to employ that usually leads to the same outcome: Reduce, and Sell, and we might add, don’t panic.

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Case in point, 411 Banks, a two bed, one bath, 1600 square foot single family home in Bernal Heights, listed in May at $750,000, price reduced and relisted in September at $699,000 and now on track to becoming a done deal during the holiday doldrums. From what we can tell it spent ~160 days on the market. The last recorded sale on MLS was in 1997 at $165,000.

What’s your favorite? The pink, the picket, or the 1997 price?