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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]

First Dibs: Cole Valley / Ashbury Heights To The Studs Modern Remodel With Big Views!

Okay, so you’re not getting first dibs, as I have been showing this property to one buyer on and off for about three weeks. Since they have decided not to move forward, you get second dibs. This is a completely gutted Edwardian right on the border of Cole Valley and Ashbury Heights. The developer is sparing no expense on finishes and it is going to be stunning and modern. It is going to have 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, roughly 2800 square feet of living space, 2 car (4 if you count carport and street) parking, designer kitchen and baths, terraced east facing backyard, and a booming top floor room and deck (pictured) with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, St. Ignacious Cathedral, Marin Headlands, and the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The property has been structurally and seismically upgraded as well, including partially new foundation, support beams, the works. If you missed out on 121 Beulah, or 1027 Cole, or any number of the hot properties that have flown off the shelf in Cole Valley recently, you’re not going to want to miss this one. The best part…it’s still under construction, so not only will you not have to compete with other buyers, but you can also have a say in final touches and even make some alterations if you get in there asap.

Once again, to all the people thinking I’m hiding listings, this is NOT my listing, it’s not even listed. I am putting this out there to unrepresented buyers, or buyers that would like to have a chance at this property, and all the others I find. Principals only please.

p.s. I know of another one coming on Belvedere, but not of this caliber. This one I’m showing you here is going to be near $3,000,000.

Call (415-254-5351), or email (alexclark@gmail.com) for details.

Pocket Listing. Not On MLS. Buyer In Need. No Problem. PocketListings.net Launches Nationwide!

Although you might think theFrontSteps has been completely sleeping these past months, you probably forgot we’ve been busy building a place for real estate agents to post the thousands and thousands of pocket listings they have throughout the year. Not only can they post pocket listings available to be sold, but post they have buyers who are looking for something they just can’t seem to find on MLS. There is no limit on how many times you can post, it’s completely FREE to join, and any type of property is fair game (Commercial, Residential, Land, Houseboat, etc.). It’s kind of like Craigslist meets Google meets eHarmony for off market real estate, and we’re not just for San Francisco. Today, we go nationwide!

Yup, we’re live (in beta) and we want you, and you, and you to check it out, use it, and tell 100 of your bestest of best Friends.

Non agents (i.e. Public) are welcome too! Just contact your agent if you see something you like.

Here’s the best thing…we’ve quietly been live and testing the site for a couple of weeks, and trying to keep it relatively under wraps, but already have agents who have joined us from Santa Rosa, San Francisco, San Diego, Burlingame, Belmont, Pacific Palisades, and Palo Alto, CA to name a few. Still other agents in Scottsdale, AZ, Miami Beach, FL, Bend, Oregon, and the number of agents joining are growing at a very surprising rate.

We’ve had great feedback from our initial users, four agents who’ve already contacted each other about potential matches, and we think we’re ready for all of you. So go check out and use PocketListings.net.

Here are some direct links to some noteworthy pocket listings already posted:
-Click here to see the very first pocket listing ever posted on our site (A $2.4M home in Scottsdale, AZ).
-Click here to see the most expensive pocket listing posted so far (A $5.5M home in Palo Alto, CA).
-Click here to see the most unexpected post so far (A $60,000 parking space in San Francisco, CA).

PocketListings.net is absolutely ROCKING and we haven’t even begun. Don’t wait, get in the game!

To keep updated on our happenings, we have a substantial number of “Friends” already on our Facebook Profile (also serving as our blog), so we’d be delighted to have you come join us there.

Our Twitter page is growing every day, and is also the place every single one of our posts is fed. Huh? Fed? Yep, you can follow us on Twitter, you can follow our hashtags for #plcity, and you’ll see every single post in real time. No need to search, no need to sort. Just browsing for all of you real estate porn addicts. Follow us @PocketListings.

If you liked watching theFrontSteps grow to over 500,000 readers*, you’re going to be more impressed with what we do with PocketListings.net, so we hope you find a way to be a part.

-PocketListings.net
-Facebook.com/pocketlistings
-Twitter.com/pocketlistings

*in our heyday, we had ~500,000 unique visitors per year, right here on these very theFrontSteps.

Getting Close To One Place For Pocket Listings (“Off Market” Real Estate)

It’s no secret we’ve been incredibly quiet here on theFrontSteps, but we’ve been incredibly busy building a site we think will be a tremendous boost to real estate agents and their clients, not just here in San Francisco, but across the nation.

The launch of our site is getting nearer and you can either follow us on Twitter, or better yet, go to our site enter your email (Agents, Brokers, Buyers, Sellers all welcome!), and you’ll be notified as soon as we launch.

Please help us by forwarding this post. If you’re a Real Estate professional, please tell every Real Estate Agent/Broker you know and put yourself on a path to “do more deals”.

PocketListings.net was conceived by professionals in the real estate industry. We know what it takes to be successful in real estate, and we see a need for this site. We want real estate agents to sell more real estate, and buyers and sellers to have purchasing and selling opportunities beyond your local MLS. We hope you will join us.

-PocketListings.net [Off Market Real Estate Network Coming Soon]