Michael Lecht, Anna Harrison, Jason Torres, Jay Shapiro Are ALL Fake Buyers

Apologies to anyone out there who might actually be named, Michael Lecht, Anna Harrison, Jason Torres, or Jay Shapiro and you are a solid, good person, but here in San Francisco, we have some fakes…

To my colleagues around San Francisco, it looks like Michael Lecht is still at it. He’s a fake. A phony. A nuisance. Not Real. Not a buyer. He’s a pain in your ass, and at this point, I’d think the police should somehow get involved.

Cases in point, we blogged about Jay Shapiro (possibly Michael Lecht) in 2008, then Michael Lecht in 2012, then Anna Harrison and Jason Torres (Michael Lecht’s next of kin?) in 2015, and here we are in 2016 and it’s clear this guy is still out there doing his thing. Beware…

The most recent email sent to theFrontSteps today:

I am an agent with Mcguire and Michael Lecht is back. He is trying to get me to work with him.

If you don’t have time to browse the the comments of this thread, which show the who’s who in San Francisco real estate reporting this guy, I’ll share their stories here.

Pass this along.

SF Realtor
October 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Oct. 7, 2013: A buyer named Michael Lecht just called me to make an appointment to see a listing that I have. His story sounded a bit sketchy so I Googled him – glad that I did, found these postings. I tried to call him to ask him to come to a public open house instead of a private showing and he has a number with no voice mail. When he called me back to ask why I was calling, I told him that I’d be more comfortable if he would be able to view my listing during a Broker’s Tour or a public Open House this weekend. He got irate and hung up on me.

Silvana Messing
April 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm
I received a call from Mi harl Lecht today 4/6/14. He instructed me to meet him at Starbucks on Pacific x Battery.
He game me his email to send 1 bdr condos up to $3Mil in dist 8 and South Beach. Thank you for this blog site as I thought he was too anxious with wanting to meet at a certain hour and place was too thought out without options. I will now not respond!

April 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm
Thanks for the heads up that this guy is still out there.

Yvonne Toracca
September 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm
He called me last year looking for a unit up to $3M with specifically 1 bathroom, had to have only 1 bathroom! That was the first sign that he was not right. Also, wanted to meet at Starbucks on Battery St. and at that point I Googled him as well. I spoke with our in house Legal Counsel, reported it to the SFPD and told him NOT TO CONTACT ME AGAIN! Just this week he called again. I would appreciate it If anyone has a picture of him please post it so I can give it to the SFPD and we can all be aware of what he looks like should he show up at an Open House!

October 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm
Agents, heads up…. He is still out there. Has contacted me 4-5 times this year on two different listings. Claims he would like to see them by appointment. Once he also left multiple messages with detail descriptions of what he was looking for, with a request to meet at a coffee shop.

Laura Lanzone
July 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm
He has been calling me for the last two days and is all over the place with his requests. SO he is definitely a scammer then I take it?

July 26, 2016 at 8:17 am
He’s definitely a scam…

Donna R Aldrich
December 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm
Fortunately for me I have a clever processor who, when I told her about this strange guy who had called me for an appointment, said have you googled him. When I did I found this… Not only did he call me last week while I was at my Mom’s for the holiday wanting to schedule an appointment and referencing some ad he’d saved for a long time. I’ve NEVER taken an ad out in any publication. THEN, as I was at the airport returning home ON CHRISTMAS DAY, he called to ‘wish me a Merry Christmas’. He was supposed to come to my office today but called to cancel for which I am grateful. I will not be rescheduling with him. That really freaked me out and I’m so glad I googled him. He’s baaaaaaaaaaack!

Agent Z
January 31, 2016 at 7:13 pm
Yes, Michael is back in game. I saw him yesterday at the open house in lower pacific heights. This time he was looking for 1 bedroom for $2.5 mil.. I remember, I read that article couple of years ago, but didn’t expect to meet him in person. He is a small elder man, ~5 ft tall, with a beard and mustache. We was dressed in a really old and worn clothes. Then he gave me a ridiculous description of what he is looking for. I felt that something was wrong, so I googled him and came across this article ones again.

February 2, 2016 at 8:37 am
Thanks for letting us know. Agents keep a lookout!

April 13, 2016 at 12:51 am
He’s back again!! Called me today saying he picked up my card from a table at an open house. Who does that? I knew something was weird when he quickly rattled off his email, emphasized the number he gave as his home phone number (which differed from the number he called from), rattled off specifically what he wanted (1/1/1, etc) $600k-$3 million. He’s only available M-W 1-4pm, and asked me to meet at Starbucks on Bush and Van Ness. It was creepy from the start, so I looked him up on Google. My boyfriend is glad I did too. Sent him an email cancelling the meeting. Not sure he’ll get the message; doesn’t sound like he ever does. Be safe everyone!

April 13, 2016 at 12:53 am
He’s back, just in time for spring. Same story argh!!!

May 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm
He just contacted me – email miclecht2@gmail.com Thanks for heads up – I will cancel appointment with him.

Christine Doud
July 13, 2016 at 11:24 am
I just received a call from his as well! Watch out everyone!

Jill Gumina
August 12, 2016 at 10:07 am
Me, too!

Anthony Koutsos
July 13, 2016 at 11:54 am
from Jan this year some secondary website request:

Homebidz.co has a lead inquiring about a property.

Michael Lecht

I am interested in this property and would like to schedule a viewing. Please let me know when this would be possible. 716 2nd Avenue San Francisco, CA 94118 MLS# 436262

Faye Dibachi
July 18, 2016 at 2:19 pm
He contacted me over the weekend.

Jill Gumina
August 12, 2016 at 10:05 am
I just got a Homebidz.com request to see my listing on Berry St from a Michael Lecht…..

September 24, 2016 at 11:51 pm
He contacted me. Thanks everyone for the posts so now I know my instincts are correct!!

On a different note, in case you haven’t heard, there have been a few break-ins at vacant listings around town where young aspiring partiers are getting their groove on. Lock em up, close the windows, leave the lights on. Be safe.

Beware of Buyers [theFrontSteps]
San Francisco Real Estate Agents, Sellers, and Investors, Beware of Michael Lecht [theFrontSteps]
Agents/Sellers Beward of Fake Buyers In San Francisco [theFrontSteps]
The Way Every Agent Should Market To Their Sphere [the Goods]

2250 Vallejo Listed $25,000,000

The Rise Of the Underbid

It used to be this Top 10 Underbids list was made up largely of the “ugly ducklings”…the properties nobody wanted…the overpriced “shoot for the stars” sellers…or the homes that just had too much hair on them. Not anymore. Check ’em out. The market has shifted for sure. Buyers…wake up! There are deals to be had all around San Francisco, as we speak.

San Francisco’s Weekly Top 10 Underbids

Address BR BA Parking List Price Sold Price Underbid
327 Cumberland Street 2 1.00 0 $2,350,000 $2,030,000 -13.62 %
2250 Vallejo 7 7.00 2 $25,000,000 $21,800,000 -12.80 %
2028 McAllister Street 3 1.00 3 $1,695,000 $1,500,000 -11.50 %
62 Glover Street 64 N/A N/A 2 $2,500,000 $2,275,000 -9.00 %
3233-3235 Steiner Street N/A N/A 2 $1,899,000 $1,765,000 -7.06 %
5211 Mission Street N/A N/A 2 $1,385,000 $1,290,000 -6.86 %
1379-1383 25th Avenue N/A N/A 2 $2,359,000 $2,200,000 -6.74 %
13 Surrey Street N/A N/A 0 $899,000 $840,000 -6.56 %
955 Rockdale Drive 4 2.50 2 $1,999,000 $1,875,000 -6.20 %
362 28th Avenue 2 1.00 1 $1,270,000 $1,193,500 -6.02 %

In case you missed it, check out 2250 Vallejo (sold for $21,800,000)…holy sh*t that’s a sweet house!

More Overbids, Underbids, Stalefish, New Listings, and Recent Sales [theGoods-sf.com]


SOLD! | 1957 11th Ave | Golden Gate Heights | $1,400,000

There is a story to this one…Nonetheless, I’m pleased to report the (finally!) successful sale of this amazing Golden Gate Heights Property.

Nestled in the hills of Golden Gate Heights with wonderful vistas to the North/North East, surrounded by beautiful trees and a lush garden, and tastefully remodeled for the minimalist in all of us, including a painstakingly thought out master suite on the lower level, which opens to the garden, 1957 11th Ave is the home you don’t want to miss.

Having found this wonderfully crafted home built in 1948, the architect/owner of this home set out on a journey to create an oasis of minimalist living and design aesthetic nestled into the hills of this vibrant and bustling city of San Francisco. The kitchen was remodeled in 2008 with a focus on clean lines and simple living while maintaining the charm of the original home. In 2014 the lower level was completely remodeled incorporating a designer master suite with walk-in closet and ultra modern master bathroom complete with radiant floor heat, Hans Grohe fixtures, Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood tile, and Toto toilet.

Not wanting the upstairs bath to be outdone, it too underwent an extensive designer remodel in early 2016 also with radiant floor heat, Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood floor tile, Honed Italian MaxFine Calacatta wall tile, Toto toilet, and a wonderfully situated window which make tub soaks and showers feel as if you’re in the garden.

In addition to the remodeled designer master suite, kitchen, and luxury baths, this home contains a total of three bedrooms, approximately 1595 square feet, parking for one car, a woodburning fireplace, hardwood floors with original detailing, high ceilings, views, hallway skylight, a “Romeo & Juliet” balcony from the second bedroom to the garden, a deck off of the kitchen perfect for outdoor dining/entertainment (and of course barbecuing), plantation shutters, new water main, new furnace, tankless water heater, stackable washer & dryer, recessed lighting, and a newly installed irrigation system to keep the amazingly lush garden alive and well.

This home…you must see.

List Price: $1,295,000
Sold Price: $1,400,000
3 bed
2 bath
1 car parking
Remodeled Kitchen, Baths, Master Suite
Radiant Floor Heating in Baths
Ariostea Italian High-Tech Wood tile
Hans Grohe Fixtures
Woodburning Fireplace
Hardwood Floors
Lush Landscaped Front and Rear Garden
Irrigation System
Stackable W&D
Tankless Water Heater
Recessed Lighting
Plantation Shutters
New Furnace
Toto Toilets

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International

Contact me for details about this sale, or to talk about selling your home:

8 Buchanan #612

Sold | 8 Buchanan #612 | Hayes Valley | $1,295,000

I am pleased to announce another successful transaction completed where we had the pleasure of representing the sellers of this amazing view property. Congratulations to the buyer, as well as my wonderful clients who are now officially off to Oregon. Lots of rain coming…get good rain gear.

Designed and built by world renowned Architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Arquitectonica in 2014, Linea provides luxury living in the heart-center of San Francisco. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from your living room, sip coffee in the morning sun, and experience the vibrancy that is living on the edge of Hayes Valley, Mission Dolores, Castro, Lower Haight, Duboce Triangle, and Mid-Market districts.

With walls of glass framed by bold, geometric pillars, this building was designed to impress, and impress it does. Unit 612 features two bedrooms, one bath, 1107 square feet of open floor plan, natural hardwood floors, Bertazzoni gas range, Liebherr refrigerator, polished quartz countertops, high end Italian kitchen cabinets, under cabinet LED lighting, Kohler and Grohe fixtures, stackable washer & dryer, Nest thermostat, custom closets (walk-in), central heating and air conditioning, and the piece de resistance…parking.

The elegant, expansive, attended lobby is finished with porcelain tile floors, natural white-oak wood panels and Italian marble highlights. An interior courtyard with lush plantings and greenery creates a serene interior view, and the rooftop terrace has multiple areas for entertaining and enjoying the city lights (if you don’t get enough of them from the comfort of unit 612).

Linea was born from the imagination of world-renowned architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia as a way to bring a forward-thinking aesthetic to those who appreciate true modern design, so we invite you to come appreciate.

Property Details
2 beds
1 bath
1 parking
1107 square feet
Hardwood Floors
Panoramic Views
Bertazzoni Range
Liebherr Refrigerator
Italian Cabinets
Stackable W&D
Quartz Countertops
Kohler and Grohe Fixtures
Nest Thermostat
Air Conditioning
HOA Dues: $654/mo
Building wired for 400Mbps+ Webpass Internet
A+ Central Location
1 Block to Whole Foods
97 Walk Score
100 Transit Score!
88 Bike Score

Exclusively listed by
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International

[This above video is from the original new construction marketing, as well as the three building renderings]

What's for dinner?

Outer Parkside Gem Claims Top Spot On Weekly Overbids

Usually, I’m posting the top 10 Overbids on Fridays, and Underbids on Mondays, but sometimes the planets get out of orbit, tides rise too high, and I have my own listings and buyers to tend to. But when I come up for air, I always like to enlighten you all with a little bit of jaw-dropping real estate porn to take you through the week, and today is no exception. Have a look at 2063 41st Ave, in San Francisco’s Outer Parkside district:

It came blazing on the market just after Labor Day at a seemingly bargain price of $599,000 (for comparison, here are ALL recent sales under $600,000 in SF), one bidding frenzy later, and this buyer just landed an epic fixer for $820,000…time to bust out the Coleman camping gear (including stove), and enjoy your Ocean View.

As for the rest…here you go, the Top 10 Overbids closed in the past 7 days in San Francisco (take note…they’re getting more mellow as our market cools):

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
2063 41st Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 14 $599,000 $820,000 36.89%
771 41st Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 13 $1,150,000 $1,420,000 23.48%
21 Seal Rock Drive 3/2.00/N/A 11 $1,295,000 $1,575,000 21.62%
1830 Mason Street 2/2.50/ 10 $1,095,000 $1,305,000 19.18%
354 Maynard Street 2/1.00/N/A 43 $699,000 $830,000 18.74%
3011 20th Street 2/2.00/2 13 $1,095,000 $1,300,000 18.72%
3943 21st Street 3/2.50/N/A 12 $1,895,000 $2,200,000 16.09%
14 White Street 2/1.00/N/A 17 $1,388,800 $1,608,889 15.85%
342 Faxon Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 28 $838,000 $968,000 15.51%
1365 16th Avenue 2/1.00/ 17 $1,095,000 $1,250,000 14.16%
762 Great Highway

For Sale | 762 Great Highway #3 | Outer Richmond | $1,095,000

You can’t buy property in San Francisco any further West…this is it…where the land ends and the Pacific Ocean begins. Marvel in the ebb and flow of ocean life from your living room (spot dolphins, whales, sea lions, surfers, kite surfers, and ships going by), escape the City life, catch every sunset from your couch kitchen or dining table, walk the beach every morning, experience the surrounding parks and abundant nature right out your front door.

Situated on the Western-most edge of San Francisco, 762 Great Highway #3 is a top floor, approximately 1491 square foot, Panoramic Ocean View residence with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, designer remodeled kitchen, refinished hardwood floors, high ceilings, new gas fireplace, in unit Washer & Dryer, Viking range, Dishwasher, new carpet, new paint, abundant natural light, 1 car parking (as well as parking permit for private street), storage, shared yard, and 4 miles of Ocean Beach enjoyment at your fingertips.

If Ocean Beach doesn’t keep you busy, you’re also a stone’s throw from: Land’s End hiking trails; the ruins of Sutro Baths; Sutro Park; Cliff House & Beach Chalet Restaurants; Lincoln & Golden Gate Park golf courses; Beach Chalet Soccer Fields; Golden Gate Park; Balboa Corridor shops and restaurants; Safeway; and so much more. The location of this property also makes for an easy commute to the South via the Great Highway, as well as proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north.

Welcome to Pacific Ocean living at it’s finest.

Property Details:
Top Floor
Approximately 1491 square feet
3 bed
2 bath
1 parking (plus permit for private street)
Hardwood Floors
New Carpet in Bedrooms
Remodeled open kitchen
Viking Gas Range
In Unit Bosch Washer & Dryer
Bosch Dishwasher
Shared Yard
Panoramic Ocean Views
Hoa Dues $200/month (plus $225/quarter for larger HOA)

Showing Schedule:
Sunday 10/9, 2-4pm Open House
Tuesday 10/11, 11a-12:30p Open House & Broker Tour
Thursday 10/13, 5-7pm Open House
Saturday 10/15, 2-4pm Open House
Sunday 10/16, 2-4pm Open House
Private Showings Upon Request

Exclusively listed by
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International


Weekly Tally Of Top 10 Underbids

I use the term “weekly” very loosely, but at least you’re seeing Underbids!

Address BR BA Parking List Price Sold Price Underbid
74 Farview Court 2 1.00 2 $899,900 $800,000 -11.10 %
240 Liberty Street 2 1.00 1 $995,000 $890,000 -10.55 %
809-811 Pierce Street N/A N/A 2 $3,500,000 $3,200,000 -8.57 %
101-103 St Marys Avenue N/A N/A 1 $899,000 $825,000 -8.23 %
550 Davis Street 3 2.50 1 $2,800,000 $2,600,000 -7.14 %
2425 Francisco 3 2.00 1 $2,245,000 $2,100,000 -6.46 %
2937 Webster Street 3 2.00 1 $1,595,000 $1,500,000 -5.96 %
402 8th Avenue 2 2.00 1 $828,000 $780,000 -5.80 %
83 McAllister Street 2 1.00 0 $599,000 $565,000 -5.68 %
1537-1539 Mason Street N/A N/A 2 $1,800,000 $1,700,000 -5.56 %

Why the picture of the elevator buttons? To know which floor at 240 Liberty (#2 on the list) you’d be living on, of course.


844 Haight Street | Hayes Valley | $1,295,000

So you wanna live in the action, do you? Well, I have just the place for you – 844 Haight sits on the dividing line between Haight Ashbury (considered Lower Haight), Hayes Valley, Buena Vista Park, NOPA, Alamo Square, the Divisadero Corridor, is one block away from the Duboce Triangle area…and you’re in luck, because it hits the market today.

Huge full floor 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath Victorian flat with soaring 12′ ceilings and original details in a vibrant central San Francisco location. Formal Dining Room, Living Room, sitting area, eat-in kitchen w/ Italian Bertazzoni stove, hood and microwave, Bosch refrigerator and Dishwasher, Cherry cabinets w/pull out shelves/inserts, Granite counter tops, pot filler above stove, and Bosch Washer & Dryer in pantry. Travertine marble floors in kitchen and baths. Refinished Hardwood floors throughout. Private deck off kitchen leads to beautiful landscaped garden. Tankless water heater. One car parking. Built-in shelving and huge storage space in garage. Walkscore 93, Transit Score 97 (tech shuttle stop around corner), Bike Score 85 (you’re practically ON the Wiggle). Some would say it doesn’t get any better.

Property Details
Victorian Flat
2 bed
1.5 bath
1 parking
Formal Dining Room
2 Fireplaces
12′ Ceilings
Bertazzoni Range
Bosch Refrigerator
Bosch Dishwasher
Hardwood Floors
Private Deck
Shared Garden
Washer & Dryer
HOA Dues $300/month

Showing Schedule
Open Houses Saturday & Sunday 2-4pm
Private Showings by Request

Exclusively listed by
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International

SOLD | $1,400,000 | Box Factory Lofts

Sold | 2169 Folsom M202 | Inner Mission | $1,400,000

Holy hell that was a long one! In the end, we got it done. Congratulations to all involved. And to those readers that are looking for more blogging than just our recent sales, my apologies. We’re working on that too. Gotta make hay while the sun is shining, and get back to blogging about all that good real estate p*rn when we come up for air. In the meantime, there is always The Goods, which updates daily so you can track everything on your own.

SOLD | $3,200,000 | Alamo Square

SOLD | McCormick Queen Anne Flats | Alamo Square | $3,200,000

Congratulations to my wonderful clients on their (way below list price) purchase of this amazing property known as the McCormick Queen Anne Flats just a stone’s throw away from Alamo Square Park.

Built in 1894 by architect Absalom J. Barnett, a resident of the Western Addition, for William and Margaret McCormick in the hope that their daughters would live close to them when they married, this magnificent storybook Queen Anne Victorian is 6,000+ square feet, and loaded with Victorian details.

What an amazing property! Congratulations to everyone involved. My client’s lender was outstanding, the other agent was easy to work with, which all made for a very smooth and ideal transaction. Thank you everyone for your professionalism, and calm.

Originally listed for $4,150,000, my clients scored it for $3,200,000.

Buyer represented by Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty

For details about this transaction, please do not hesitate to contact me. In the market to sell your trophy property? I can help…I seem to be attracting the Queen Annes lately.

179 Carl, Cole Valley Queen Anne Sold [theFrontSteps]