Category Archives: pocket listings

For Sale | Off Market | 192 Seal Rock Drive #2, San Francisco

[Update: Open House Sunday 11/16 from 2-4pm. Please come by. Asking price $725,000.]

I’m claiming this as the best one bedroom ocean view property as far West as you can get in San Francisco, and here’s why:


Situated in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond District, this magnificent property is literally on the edge of nature, National Parks, hiking/running trails (Land’s End Coastal Trail considered by many to be the best trail in SF), and several major attractions in San Francisco. It overlooks Seal Rock with amazing 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, is walking distance to the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park Golf Course, Fort Miley, and you can practically roll yourself down to Ocean Beach.

The owners have poured their heart and soul into remodeling this amazing building with the best, high end, designer features and finishes you can find, and you, my friend, are lucky enough to have come across it, as it will not be going on the MLS until January (if at all).

The Home Features:
-1 bedroom
-1 bath (separate shower and tub)
-1 car garage parking
-Carrara Marble Island countertops
-Spekva European Ash butcher block countertops
-Custom cabinets
-Recessed Lighting
-Thermador Gas Range with Hood
-Built in Bosch Refrigerator and Dishwasher
-Bosch Washer & Dryer in unit
-Hardwood floors throughout
-Radiant floor heating
-RC channel soundproofing between all units
-California Closets in Master Closet
-Franke Atriflo kitchen faucet
-Wired for surround sound
-Cat-5, Fiberoptic and Ethernet wired in entire unit
-Double paned windows
-$200/Mo HOA dues (incl. H20, Garbage, Gas, Reserves, Common Area Electric)
-Property is a Tenancy In Common and Individual/Fractional Financing is available with Sterling Bank

Because we are not placing this property actively in the Multiple Listing Service as of yet, nor doing the full blown marketing with open houses, tours, listing syndications, etc., we have not yet set an asking price.

Something tells me this property won’t last long, so don’t drag your feet. If you’re interested, contact me and we’ll take it from there.

Alex Clark
Paragon Real Estate Group
415-254-5351
alexclark@gmail.com

Sold | Off Market In Cole Valley – 1242 Cole

giants_world_series Giants win the World Series, yet again, it’s Halloween, and my clients just stole this amazing condominium in the heart center of Cole Valley! The essence of what we just witnessed in the World Series is not much different from the Real Estate game in San Francisco. It takes a great team, strategy, timing, focus, and of course a little luck to win. I’m happy to say all the elements came together for my buyers and we knocked this purchase out of the park on the first pitch. My clients knew it was a great opportunity, took my advice, didn’t hesitate, and scored! Congratulations Elizabeth and Andrew. Ya done good.

Not only is October great for baseball, Halloween, and our Indian Summers, but this October has been my most memorable month of this year. With 6 deals closing this month, this one in Cole Valley was the icing on the cake. I have another deal in contract in Cole Valley, and know of a couple great listings off market and coming soon, so don’t be a stranger if you’re looking in Cole Valley for a home.

This score proves that there are opportunities out there without overpaying, but you have to be aggressive and know where to look.

An average condominium in Cole Valley sells for $941 per square foot, according to my third quarter report, and we grabbed this sweet 3-bedroom, 1 bath home with parking, yard, amazing period details, an awesome kitchen, some rugs, and some great furniture at $886 per square foot before it hit the market at $1,300,000.

For you buyers out there, it’s a crazy market, but don’t get discouraged. You can win.

Alex Clark
Paragon Real Estate Group
415-254-5351
alexclark@gmail.com

Happy Halloween! Giants Baby! Pray for Snow!

Hey Buyers! Turns Out There’s More Inventory Than You Thought

Have a look at what hit our email in the past couple months, and the companies heavily marketing “pocket listings”, “off market” property, or “not on MLS” opportunities.

You, the buyer, would probably like to know about these opportunities, wouldn’t you? Well…you can’t. Not until these brokerages wake up and join the year 2013, move beyond “private” or internal email as the method of choice for delivering these opportunities, look to social networks for some guidance as to where the buying (and selling) public lives, and get with the program!

Pacific Union, McGuire, Zephyr, Paragon, TRI Coldwell Banker, Vanguard, Sotheby’s, the list goes on and on…you ALL have pocket listings, and you’re all marketing them “privately”, so let’s make an effort to encourage each other to participate in an alternative marketplace to bring these opportunities to your fellow agents and the public, rather than continuing to shove this growing marketplace under the massive bureaucratic rug that is our National, State, and Local Association of Realtors. And for heaven’s sake, quit throwing your colleagues (Climb Real Estate) under the bus for taking a step in the right direction! (You know who you are.) It’s high time an alternative to the MLS takes shape, and the opportunity is right here and now.

[The same properties shown above, with links to the site:]
-Dominican Estate [Decker Bullock/Sothebys]
-53 Clifford Terrace [Vanguard]
-1299 Bush Street [Vanguard]
-219 Brannan [Vanguard]
-524 Roosevelt [Vanguard]
-2876 25th Ave [Vanguard]
-466 Hill [Vanguard]
-2509 Polk [McGuire]
-855 Folsom [McGuire]
-2094 Bush [McGuire]
-66 Parker [McGuire]
-2200 Pacific [McGuire]
-171 Caznea [McGuire]
-615 Buena Vista West [Sotheby's]
-2245 Francisco [Sotheby's]
-29 Oak Springs [Sotheby's]
-26 Sanford Lane [Pacific Union]
-1200 Laguna [Zephyr]
-1278 Stanyan [Zephyr]
-50 Lansing [Zephyr]
-Nob Hill Secret address [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-2325 Divisadero [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-2220 Sacramento [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-465 10th St [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-6 Emlin, Kentfield [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-595 12th Ave [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-850 Powell [TRI Coldwell Banker]
-287 Mangels [Barbegelata]

[Editor’s Note: Some of these properties were placed on PocketListings.net, and others have since hit MLS and are now sold, but they did land in our email a very short time ago. You can expect some of these links to be killed by day’s end, due to panicking brokerages.
Finally, if you’d like to be alerted when these opportunities hit our inbox, drop us a line, and we’ll figure out a way to get them to you.]

-PocketListings.net: How To Tutorial [blog.pocketlistings.net]
-Climb Real Estate, PocketListings.net Join To Bring You More Buying And Selling Opportunity [theFrontSteps]
-It’s not listed, but it’s definitely for sale [New York Times]
-Remaking Real Estate, Again [SF Gate]

Buying A Home In San Francisco – Step 2: Get New Listings Fed To You Automatically

Yesterday, we educated you on the first and most important step in the San Francisco home buying process, so today we’re moving on…

Step 2 – Get New Listings Fed To You Automatically (via Email or Text)

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Our market moves fast, and so must you. You might have thought the next step would be to contact a Realtor. You can certainly do this now, but it’s not necessary. You can preview all the property you want yourself, right here online, and very soon we’ll show you just how easy it is to get dialed in to seeing these homes on your own.

So how do you get these new listings “fed” to you?
a. Get dialed into MLS. Contact us with your criteria (desired # of beds, baths, parking spaces, size, price, location, and your email) and we can set you up with behind the scenes access to what we call our “Client Portal”. You’ll receive new listings to your inbox the second they hit MLS, you can save, reject, and track what properties are selling for (very important), and you can request showings from within the application. This way, you’ll also be on our radar for potential off market matches should any pop up.
b. A different variation of the same theme, but without the need to contact anyone. It’s called MyZephyr, and you can get alerts, save, search, and track property from the comfort of your own home. The only downfall to this, is that we have so many people in this system using this tool, we simply do not have time to track your activity (some might consider this a plus), and therefore we probably won’t know who you are should something great pop up “not on MLS”.
c. Browse MLS: Even less intrusive, and way more stealth, MLS is actually there and available to you 24/7. No really…it is.
d. Redfin. Hands down the best way to search property if you’re not searching with one of the tools provided above. It’s a great site, with a ton of great info, and incredibly accurate data. If you don’t choose a. or b. above, use this over option c. It’s better.
e. Trulia, Zillow, or Realtor.com. These three are crap, inaccurate, and not worth your time. The only saving grace is Trulia’s community or “Voices” area. There is some good info to be found there. Zillow Zestimates are awful, and when we’re sipping a Cerveza after we hand you the keys to your house, we’ll make sure the beers are on you if you mention one word about “but the Zestimate said it’s worth this.”

What about all of the “off market” listings that are becoming so popular, and how do you get clued in to them?
a. PocketListings.net: It’s growing, more agents are using it, and you (the buyer) can certainly browse it for “off market” opportunities. You can follow PocketListings on Twitter for instant notification of new listings, and you can even have your “buyer need” added to it…but for that you’ll need a Realtor.
b. A Realtor: At this stage, there is no way around it, and it’s the very reason Pocket Listings are growing in popularity…Realtors are taking back the control of their listings, and they’re doing this to keep themselves relevant. Listing aggregators like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, and Realtor.com don’t always portray the most accurate data, agent contact info, pictures, and local information. The system needs to change, and Realtors are taking it back. And guess what? A human is actually a really useful tool in the home searching process and if you find the right one, said human can provide a wealth of accurate and opinionated information. If you want off market opportunities, and want to truly feel like you’re getting in the loop of what most people aren’t, you need a Realtor. If you want to just browse MLS, PocketListings.net, and go at your own pace, you can still get by without contacting one.

So now you’ve proven to all involved you have the money, you’re getting listings fed to you from all angles, and you’re ready to take the next step…Check back tomorrow, and we’ll let you know what to do.

‘Tis The Season For “Temp Off Market” Listings

This week and last, I’ve seen countless emails like this from real estate professionals:

” My listing is off MLS for the holidays, but still available.”

” Withdrawn in MLS, but seller wants to sell before Spring!”

” Not back on MLS until January, but actively showing. Motivated Sellers!”

” Off MLS for holidays, but can still show with some notice.”

During the past two weeks, in Marin and San Francisco, almost 100 listings have been withdrawn or temporarily taken off the market- but they aren’t really off the market.  

Contrary to popular belief, homes DO sell during the holiday season. Last year, in San Francisco alone, there were over 350 homes sold from November 15th through the end of the year.

So how do you market your listing during the holidays when it’s off MLS and your sellers still expect you to sell their home before Spring? You use PocketListings.net. Why? On Pocketlistings.net any post can be searched, linked to, ranked, Shared, emailed, marketed, and seen by potentially thousands of people around the world. We also feed every post you do to our Twitter page  (over 1800 followers) and to our Facebook (over 1600 friends).

Your sellers may go dark for the holiday, but your listing doesn’t have to!

-PocketListings.net