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Underbids All Over The Map | San Francisco

Did you miss the Top 10 Overbids last week? Don’t worry, SFGate has em posted, but since it’s Monday (well it was yesterday), we like to bring you the weekly top 10 Underbids. Sounds like SFGate might recap them there too, so keep your eyes peeled.

The top dogs are a variety this time around. Locations are spread out – Western Addition, Bayview, Nob hill, Telegraph Hill, Marina, Pacific Heights, Inner Mission, Cow Hollow, and Noe Valley. Sizes range from a 232 square foot micro studio condo, which sold for $390,000 (don’t get too excited, that’s nearly $1700/sqft), to a 5590 square foot 5 bedroom mansion, which sold for only $1500/sqft (don’t get too excited here either, that’s $8.4M). There’s even a commercial unit in the mix, that fetched “only” $430/sqft (we ain’t talking apples to apples to the above.)

Just goes to show, in real estate, particularly in San Francisco it’s all about location, location, location…and pricing, marketing, presentation, and timing.

Regardless, have a great work week. Enjoy the top 10, stay dry, and pray for more rain/snow.

Address BR/BA/Units List Price Sold Price Underbid
1406 Golden Gate Avenue 3/2/0 $1,399,000 $1,200,000 -14.22 %
1311-1313 Palou 2-4 Units $995,000 $875,000 -12.06 %
1300 Pacific Avenue 0/2/0 $468,000 $425,000 -9.19 %
412 Green Street #A 0/1/0 $425,000 $390,000 -8.24 %
3315 Pierce Street 3/3.5/3 $2,699,000 $2,500,000 -7.37 %
2470 Broadway 5/4.5/2 $6,995,000 $6,500,000 -7.08 %
1326 Utah Street 2-4 Units $1,289,000 $1,200,000 -6.90 %
33 Perine Place 2/2/1 $1,500,000 $1,400,000 -6.67 %
2828 Divisadero Street 5/5.5/2 $8,995,000 $8,400,000 -6.61 %
425 28th Street 3/2/1 $1,695,000 $1,588,888 -6.26 %

theFrontSteps Overbids on SFGate [SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle Online]

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Last Underbid of the year: Marina Home Wins

It’s the last Monday of 2015, everyone is out celebrating and the market is slow and quiet, but there are still properties closing every day, and some going significantly under asking.

The top 3 homes of the top 10 Underbid that closed in the last 2 weeks were sold more than 10% under asking (does that make any sense?) And the winner of our last underbid of the year goes to this wonderful 3 bedroom Marina District single-family home 59 Rico Way. Listed for $2,900,000 and sold for 2,550,000, 12% under asking.
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And here’s the rest. Happy holidays everyone!

Address BR/BA/Units List Price Sold Price Underbid
59 Rico Way 3/1.5/3 $2,900,000 $2,550,000 -12.07 %
233 Franconia Street 3/3.5/3 $1,795,000 $1,590,000 -11.42 %
1945 Washington Street #411 1/1/1 $739,000 $665,000 -10.01 %
2953 Broderick Street 2/2.5/2 $3,295,000 $3,000,000 -8.95 %
1200 California 1/1/1 $2,188,000 $2,000,000 -8.59 %
338 Spear Street 2/2/1 $2,998,000 $2,750,000 -8.27 %
1177 California Street 1/1/1 $965,000 $900,000 -6.74 %
1598 McAllister Street 5+ Units $3,000,000 $2,800,000 -6.67 %
646 Los Palmos Drive 5/3/3 $1,450,000 $1,360,000 -6.21 %
1 Hawthorne Street #22E 2/2/1 $1,650,000 $1,550,000 -6.06 %
1333 Jones St., Nob Hill San Francisco

13% Under Asking In Nob Hill | That’s An Audi R8

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know I did. Back to the grind…

With the grind comes daily ganders at all things San Francisco real estate, and today is no exception. Check out this this Nob Hill Co-op apartment at 1333 Jones topping our weekly list of underbids (because they do exist).
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Listed just under $1.5M and sold for $1.3M… that’s gotta put a smile on your face. The $200,000 savings can put an Audi R8 in your garage (it is holiday season after all), or your kids through San Francisco pre-school (go with the R8). :-)

Hey look! Two other full service bachelor pads also sold under asking recently: one at the Four Seasons and the other at the Ritz Carlton. Underbid by about 8% after being on market for 339 and 227 days respectively. Wowza…

Anywho…the weekly top 10 list of Underbids for your Monday viewing pleasure:

Address BR/BA/Units List Price Sold Price Underbid
1333 Jones #801 1/1.5/1 $1,495,000 $1,300,000 -13.04 %
2955 Pacific Avenue 3/2/1 $4,100,000 $3,650,000 -10.98 %
2535 Vallejo Street 3/3.75/2 $6,275,000 $5,600,000 -10.76 %
956 South Van Ness 4/3.5/2 $2,995,000 $2,674,000 -10.72 %
3283 25th Street 2-4 Units $1,788,000 $1,615,000 -9.68 %
765 Market Street #27B 1/1.5/0 $1,550,000 $1,415,000 -8.71 %
690 Market Street 1/2/1 $1,150,000 $1,050,000 -8.70 %
3236 Scott Street 5+ Units $2,450,000 $2,250,000 -8.16 %
825 Rhode Island Street 4/3.5/1 $1,895,000 $1,750,000 -7.65 %
1069 Capp Street 5+ Units $1,799,000 $1,675,000 -6.89 %

Top 10 Underbids | Would You Believe 20% UNDER Asking In Bernal?

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The market is cooler…no doubt.. Is it seasonal, or longer term? Time will tell. As you saw last week, Overbids are still rampant, but more and more emails are coming to me, “Still Available”, “Offers as they come”, “Motivated Seller”, etc. Could we be approaching the year of the buyer?

Out of the 10 Underbids featured, 4 are multi-unit buildings, which made up the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on our list. The #1 underbid goes to a Bernal Heights duplex – a “Tremendous Bernal Heights Fixer” to be exact, 15 Prospect Avenue, which just closed 20% under asking or at $950,000 from its $1,199,000 list price. Looks like my buddy Eddie O’Sullivan got his clients a nice little project. Well done lad…

As for the rest, this is how it stacked up.

Address BR/BA/Units List Price Sold Price Underbid
15 Prospect Avenue 2-4 Units $1,199,000 $950,000 -20.77 %
622-626 Buchanan Street 2-4 Units $1,399,000 $1,250,000 -10.65 %
161-165 Cook Street 2-4 Units $2,395,000 $2,150,000 -10.23 %
2287 16th Avenue 4/2/2 $1,388,000 $1,250,000 -9.94 %
301 Mission Street #49D 2/3/2 $4,588,000 $4,180,000 -8.89 %
2829-2831 Pierce Street 2-4 Units $2,970,000 $2,750,000 -7.41 %
3260 Baker Street 3/2/2 $2,999,000 $2,800,000 -6.64 %
1308 Valencia Street 4/3.5/1 $2,499,000 $2,350,000 -5.96 %
265 Minerva Street 2/1/1 $699,999 $659,000 -5.86 %
2869 Broderick Street 4/3/2 $3,500,000 $3,300,000 -5.71 %

For more Good Real Estate Stuff…check out The Goods.

1487 Chestnut Living Room to Dining Room

Testimonial | “Alex Killed It On Both Deals”

It is so nice to make people happy. That’s the best part of what I do, and getting an amazing pat on the back from my clients is icing on the cake. I grabbed this from my client’s Facebook post to all of their friends in order to share it with you:

Many of you know that Linda and I recently sold 1487 Chestnut and bought [XXXX] Chestnut. What you probably don’t know about is the guy who made it happen for us: Alexander Clark
Alex killed it on both deals. He knew exactly how to market 1487 and held our hands while we dealt with the stress of moving out, staging the place, showing it, taking offers, and dealing with the buyer. In the end we got about 25% more than we expected, giving us the opportunity to reach a lot higher for our next place.
On the flipside, Alex was incredibly patient while we waited for the right opportunity to buy (we can be a bit picky…). He never pushed us to look outside of our preferred neighborhoods even though inventory was nonexistent, and even when a few less-than-perfect places came along he didn’t lobby for bids. Ironically, by not gunning for the quick sale, that’s exactly what he ended up getting – we won the first place we went for!
So if you’re thinking about doing a real estate deal in San Francisco [insert joke about market here], Alex is your man. Check out his work on theFrontSteps.com and ping me if you want an intro.

Thank you both so much for your business, loyalty, and patience. You guys rock and I’m incredibly happy for the both of you. Keep counting those ships sailing by…

Recent Transactions [theFrontSteps – Alexander Clark]
More Testimonials [theFrontSteps – Alexander Clark]

Stunning Marina Condo

SOLD | 1487 Chestnut | Marina District | $1,050,000 | 24% Over

1487 Chestnut Living Room to Dining Room
1487 Chestnut Living Room to Dining Room

Holy moly did this one go great, or what!? Top floor 1 bed, 1 bath condo with its own private deeded garage in an A+ Marina District location. After kindly declining multiple attempts to pre-empt offers, we stuck to our marketing plan, got roughly 250 parties through the door, reviewed 7 offers, and just closed for $1,050,000! In case you forgot, we listed at $849,000. That’s $1111.11 per square foot, and 24% over asking. Wowza…

You might be wondering how we got so many people through the door. It’s partly the sign of the times, but also some very creative online marketing, including this post about Liquefaction Zones of San Francisco’s Marina District that gets attention to my listings, which gets people through the door and contacting me to get in. Add to that amazing staging by GiGi Park, great photos by Whistle Photography, detailed inspections and files put together by my awesome assistant, a ton of web traffic to my site already, and you have a recipe for success when it comes to selling property.

Congratulations to my seller, and also to the buyer that successfully fended off the wolves chasing after him. Well played.

As your listing agent, I am always thinking outside of the box to knock your sale out of the park, so let’s get to know one another when you’re ready to sell.

Details about this property, including full photo gallery, can be found here. To see more of my recent transactions, click here.

1487 Chestnut, Marina District 1/1/1, asking $849,000, sold $1,050,000 [theFrontSteps]
Liquefaction Zones of San Francisco’s Marina District [theFrontSteps]

1487 Chestnut Marina Views

Liquefaction Zones Of San Francisco’s Marina District

I have a great listing currently for sale at 1487 Chestnut Street (corner Gough & Chestnut) here in San Francisco, and of the 50 or so people I actually had the chance to speak with at yesterday’s Open House, all of them (not kidding) asked if this property is built on landfill, and thus in an area of liquefaction.

Since this is clearly an area of concern for many people, I did a little digging on some of the maps I’m able to access, as well as a few more, and was able to layer the MLS district map over the liquefaction map, capture the image, and I’m sharing it with you to satisfy your curiosity. As you’ll see, contrary to popular belief, the entire Marina District (in purple) is not all landfill/liquefaction.

Marina Liquefaction
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There you have it. If I helped you win a bet, you’re welcome.

I’ve done a fair bit of research about earthquakes, liquefaction zones, and earthquake induced landslides areas in San Francisco and have shared it all over the years, the links which you can find below. As for the Marina District, now I gotcha covered there too.

Map of Bedrock Vs Landfill [theFrontSteps]
San Francisco Neighborhoods Prone To Liquefaction and Earthquake Induced Landslides [theFrontSteps]
Areas of Marina In Liquefaction Zone

[BIG ASS DISCLAIMER! I AM NOT AN EXPERT ON EARTHQUAKES, LANDFILL, OR LIQUEFACTION, I AM ONLY SHARING MY RESEARCH WITH YOU, AND IF YOU ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOCATION OF YOUR PROPERTY OR ANY ISSUES REGARDING EARTHQUAKES AND LIQUEFACTION YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH AN ENGINEER OR EXPERT IN THIS MATTER.]

Stunning Marina Condo

For Sale | 1487 Chestnut Street | Marina District | $849,000

When it comes to real estate, there is location, but when it comes to 1487 Chestnut Street and being lucky enough to call this property home, there is location, location, location.

Situated on the corner of Chestnut and Gough streets in an area of the Marina deemed NOT on landfill, this quintessential top floor, corner unit, Marina condominium is bathed in natural light, early century charm, and the warmth of hardwood floors throughout. With all of the modern amenities you’ve come to love, a great floor plan, ample closet space, and a Marina location to live for (walk to Marina Green, Moscone Recreation Center, Aquatic Park, Union, Chestnut & Polk Street shops/restaurants, and so much more), you’ll be the envy of all your friends.

Home Highlights:
1 bedroom
1 bath
Formal Dining Room (could be used as second bedroom/office)
Formal Living Room
Granite Countertops
Kitchen Bar Seating area
Washer & Dryer in unit
View Roof Deck (shared)
Hardwood floors
Deeded Private Garage w/ 1 car parking
Additional Storage
HOA Fees: $201/mo (includes: building insurance, water, sewer, and garbage)
Approx. 945 square feet
Year Built: 1923
Walk Score: 92 (Walker’s Paradise)
Amazing Marina location
List Price: $849,000

Showing schedule:
Sunday 2/8 from 1-4pm
Tuesday 2/10 from 10-11:30
Thursday 2/12 from 5-7pm
Saturday 2/14 from 1-4pm
Sunday 2/15 from 1-4pm
Tuesday 2/17 10:30-12
Private Showings by appointment
Offer Date: Wednesday 2/18 by 12 noon

Listing Agent & Contact:
Alexander Clark
Paragon Real Estate Group
415-254-5351
alexclark@gmail.com

This is an awesome property in an amazing location. Please come to any one of the showings, send your friends/family, and make sure to introduce yourself. If you can’t make it during one of the times, just give us a shout and we’ll make sure to get you in.

For more information about San Francisco’s Liquefaction/Landfill areas, check out our posts on the matter a long time back:

San Francisco Neighborhoods Prone To Liquefaction and Earthquake Induced Landslides: Bedrock vs. Landfill Take Two [theFrontSteps]
A Map Of Bedrock Vs. Landfill [theFrontSteps]
Liquefaction Zones of San Francisco’s Marina District [theFrontSteps]

San Francisco Housing Market Continues to Strengthen

The San Francisco housing market continues to heat up, as evidenced by the increasing sale prices of homes in the city. Compared to one year ago, the median price for a single-family home rose by 10.6 percent to $785,000. And, with a limited supply of homes for sale, the city has remained a seller’s market, with aggressive bidding and multiple offers occurring regularly.

Single-Family Home Sales

Compared to May 2011, the city’s inventory of single-family homes for sale fell by 10.8 percent, while the number of homes under contract rose by 13.9 percent. During the same period, the number of homes sold increased by 23.3 percent.

For homes that were priced below $700,000, the months of supply inventory fell by 70.6 percent to a reading of 0.9. For higher-priced homes between $700,000 and $1.2 million, the months of supply inventory also dropped, by 52.7 percent to 1.1 months.

One area of the city which continues to experience healthy sales activity is Twin Peaks West, located in the mid-western part of town. Since May of last year, the number of homes under contract here has increased by 13.9 percent, while the number of homes sold has jumped by 23.3 percent, with 37 transactions closed. Twin Peaks West offers a variety of neighborhood communities, from the upscale and exclusive St. Francis Wood, to the charming mom and pop shops of the West Portal. Homes for sale here typically receive multiple offers and do not last on the market for very long. The median price for a home in Twin Peaks West is $918,000.

Another area of the city which experienced high sales activity is the northernmost district, which includes classic San Francisco neighborhoods such as the Marina and Pacific Heights. Compared to one year ago, the number of homes for sale in this region rose by 24.4 percent, being one of only three districts in the last month which experienced an increase in for-sale inventory. At the same time, the number of homes under contract increased by 18.8 percent, while the number of homes sold rose by 22.2 percent. Here you will find some of the most impressive views and properties in the city, and whose close proximity to Presidio Park and the waters of the San Francisco Bay, provide an endless array of outdoor recreational activities. The median price for a home here is $2,875,000.

Condominium Sales

In the same fashion as single-family homes, the inventory of condominiums for sale in the city dropped by 38.1 percent compared to May 2011. As a result, the number of condominiums under contract increased by 38.7 percent, while the number of condominiums sold rose by 9.1 percent.

For condominiums that were priced between $500,000 and $900,000, the months of supply inventory contracted by 72.5 percent to a reading of 0.9. For luxury condominiums priced above $900,000, the months of supply inventory also fell by 57.2 percent to 1.4 months.

One area of the city which experienced positive condominium sales activity is Downtown San Francisco, in the northeast section of town. Since May 2011, the number of condominiums under contract here increased by 4 percent to a total of 52 properties, making it the second highest district in the city with the greatest number of condominiums under contract. The number of condominiums sold also rose by 8.5 percent, with 51 units sold. Downtown San Francisco not only includes the center of the city’s commerce, it also features quintessential and historic San Francisco neighborhoods such as North Beach, or “Little Italy” as it is also commonly known, and Nob Hill, home to not only some of the city’s most luxurious condominiums, but also to a number of famous landmark hotels such as the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins. The median price for a condominium here is $734,333.

Outlook

The National Association of REALTORS® reports that, “Pending home sales retrenched in April following three consecutive monthly gains, but are notably higher than a year ago.” Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said a one-month setback against a background of many months of gains does not change the fundamentally improving housing market conditions. “Home contract activity has been above year-ago levels now for 12 consecutive months. The housing recovery momentum continues,” he said.

The consumer confidence index, which had declined slightly in April, fell further in May. The index now stands at 64.9, down from a reading of 68.7 in April. Regarding the short-term outlook, Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center, says that, “Consumers were less positive about current business and labor market conditions, and they were pessimistic about the short-term outlook. However, consumers were more upbeat about their income prospects, which should help sustain spending.”

According to the California Employment Development Department, California’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.8 percent in May, and nonfarm payrolls increased by 33,900 during the month for a total gain of 425,000 jobs since the recovery began in September 2009.

As reported earlier this month in the San Francisco Chronicle, “U.S. mortgage rates dropped to record lows for a sixth straight week as concerns over slowing job growth pushed investors into the safety of government bonds that guide interest costs. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.67 percent from 3.75 percent in the week ended Thursday, Freddie Mac reported. It was the lowest rate in the mortgage-finance company’s records dating to 1971. The average 15-year rate declined to 2.94 percent, also a record, from 2.97 percent.”

Client Testimonials From Way Back

Bear with me while I reorganize my testimonials into individual posts. These are a few put together from way back.

*Alex was very easy to work with. He was straightforward, gave good advice about how the condominium should look when it was being shown, and managed the negotiations with the buyer perfectly. I always felt he was dealing with me honestly, and he kept me fully informed. I will go to Alex any time I want to sell a house in San Francisco. JOHN BARTON

*I don’t know any Realtors in this city [San Francisco] that have a better grasp of technology as it applies to real estate than Alex. His sfnewsletter is a phenomenal resource and great way to begin your home search, or research home sales should you be selling, and he is a pleasure to work with. He seemed to get along great with the other agents involved in our transaction and we’re sure it helped get us the price we want. He negotiated hard, but made everyone laugh the whole way and it was great. Now we live in the suburbs, but if we ever move back, we’ll use Alex for sure. Not to mention he’s a decent golfer too. -Joe Condy

*Carole and I feel that we were very fortunate to have met you at the open house and I am glad we chose you to work with. Be assured in the future when we are ready to look at the market again we will be calling, as well as referring any house hunting friends to you. Read More-Carole and Bruce Derr

*Alex combines an insider’s knowledge of San Francisco, innovative marketingskills and the honesty and integrity of a down to earth guy.-Rich Singer

*Like a lot of SFNewsletter readers, I figured Alex would be either too busy or simply uninterested in representing a first time buyer with a sub-seven figure budget. Ten months of searching and four offers later, we’re homeowners, and he’s still returning my calls…The cool thing about Alex is he’s new-school enough to embrace technology’s influence over his profession, but old-school enough to hold your sweaty hand through every step of escrow. 

Bottom line, if you’re looking to be escorted from property to property in your agent’s Mercedes while being lavishly praised for your exquisite taste and style, Alex ain’t your guy. But if you’re looking for consummate San Francisco market expertise, every tool you’ll ever need to find and evaluate your properties, and a Tiger Woods-like closing mentality – hell, you’re already reading his newsletter, posting to his blog, and god forbid you’re receiving his twitter banter – seriously, why use anyone else?! -Tim Stevens

*We had our condo at the St. Regis listed for close to 8 months with another agent. We hired Alex and he sold it in two weeks! Amazing! Truly amazing and he was fun to work with the whole time, knew the market, knew we should take the offer we received, and knows where I should buy my next place. He is truly a pleasure to work with and really knows his stuff. His newsletter is great too. -Stephanie Morris

*I had been reading Alex’s “sfnewsletter” for over a year, so I knew when I was ready to sell my house in San Francisco, Alex was my choice. His newsletters were very informative and intelligently written. I know this sounds corny, but I really liked his sign-off at the end of each newsletter — “Happy Aloha Friday”. Alex kept on top of all correspondence and paperwork and kept me apprised every step of the selling process. I am happy to say that we accepted an offer after only 2 weeks on the market. I would recommend Alex to anyone in need of a superior REALTOR.-Debra Comstock

*I can and have enthusiastically recommended you to my friends who are looking at purchasing property here in San Francisco. Specifically, I appreciate your diligent work and follow-through, as well as your integrity in working with the seller’s representative and myself that made it possible to get this deal done. Read More.-Larry Singer

*Wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your assistance and help during the purchase of my new [home] in San Francisco. You did a great job of working with me all Summer long trying to find my dream house on my crazy schedule. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but by Fall you had identified my criteria and started showing me homes that suited my needs. The house we found has a great ocean view and is close to the beach with a big yard and potential to add on. Read More. -Ryan Seelbach

*Alex and I worked together for over 3 month searching for the right property. He showed me several properties and advised me on the pros and cons of each property. On [my home] he assisted in compiling a very strong offer on property where multiple bids were accepted. I strongly believe it was due to his assistance that I was able to purchase the proeprty despite the other offers being close to or higher than my own. Read More-David Kaneda

*I had met with several real estate agents before I decided on Alex, and it proved to be an excellent decision. He knew the market, had excellent recommendations based on my specific requirements and goals, and most importantly: he knew how to package and position the offer for quick acceptance once I decided on a property. We quickly closed on a condo at 1998 Broadway that was a great fit for me. And I believe the price and conditions make it an exceptional investment. I’d recommend Alex to anybody. Read More-Drew Sechrist