572 Funston

Real Estate Porn For The People…

Who came down with a heavy case of the Mondays…and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays? I did. Right here.


I know you all want the great real estate porn that got you on this site in the first place, but I’ve been busy, so I figured I’d make your life, and my life, easier…here you go: Check out The Goods, it’s all new, super sleek, works great on your mobile device, and has all of the same great data you’ve come to love (minus my snarky comments).

Want Top 20 Overbids…all there, all the time. Start to notice things like 135 Webster, finally dethroned by 572 Funston.

Want Top 20 Underbids…got those too. Marvel at places like (239 Arletta in Visitacion Valley, which sold for 20% BELOW list…wait for it…at $480,000 to clinch top spot on the Underbids. That’s a $600,000 home selling for $480,000 and the address on the post card to mom will read “San Francisco, CA”.

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My buyers’ favorite…Stalefish…had to tone this down for the masses and call em 30+, but this is my site, and dammit if I don’t like calling them Stalefish better. A Stalefish is a property 30 DOM* or More…and would you believe 149 29th St is BOM*. For the record just cuz it’s Stale, doesn’t mean it stinks!

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*BOM = Back On Market
*DOM = Days On Market
*Duh!

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!

thefrontsteps
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
BE ADVISED!!!
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!

SFAgent
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?

thefrontsteps
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.

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

thedaythetumordied
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!

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

Lorrie
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:

Hello,
Homebidz.co has a lead inquiring about a property.

Info:
Michael Lecht
4159333449
miclecht2@gmail.com

Message:
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…..

Karen
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]

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.

1011 23rd Street Loft Bedroom

SOLD | 1011 23rd St. #10 | Dogpatch | $740,000

Dogpatch, San Francisco: according to Wikipedia “is located on the eastern side of the city, adjacent to the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay, and to the East of Potrero Hill. Its boundaries are Mariposa Street to the North, I-280 to the West, Cesar Chavez to the South, and the waterfront to the East. It contains housing, some remaining heavy industry, more recent light industry, and a new but growing arts district. In 2002 it became an officially designated historic district of the city of San Francisco….[and] there is no definitive explanation for the name

One thing we know for certain, Dogpatch

Time For An Intermission

Like Warren Miller always says, “Now it’s time for one of these…Intermission”. In my case, an intermission from blogging. Back to normal programming in early 2016.

This site will also be undergoing a redesign, so if you happen to land here when it looks totally weird, and possibly not working properly, please be patient, and check back later. Or contact me.

Happy New Year Everyone! Hope your holidays are going great. Here is to much success, fun, good vibes, and great times in 2016.

If you need help buying or selling Bay Area real estate, please contact me, and I’ll be in touch asap.

Agents & Sellers Beware: Fake Buyers in San Francisco

From one of our colleagues in the industry,
“Just FYI, I was notified today by another agent who ran into a family of fake buyers.

Here’s more info about the fake buyers:

They use the name Anna Harrison, phone number 415-200-5532. Jason Torres is the partner and there is an older gentleman claiming to be the dad of Jason. There is no account at Chase and they have no record of them.

This happened to another agent in the city. Motivation is unclear, other than tie up properties then walk.”

These folks aren’t the first, Michael Lecht might just be using another name…keep your game face on.

Real Estate Agents, Sellers, And Investors Beware of Fake Buyer, Michael Lecht [theFrontSteps]

1177 California, Gramercy Towers Pool

SOLD | 1177 California #1024, Nob Hill, San Francisco

I’m pleased to announce the successful off market purchase of an awesome unit at Gramercy Towers in San Francisco’s one and only Nob Hill district. My clients got word of this new listing, called me up, and we snagged it before it had a chance to go to MLS. They are thrilled, seller is happy, all is good.

Two bedrooms, two baths, remodeled, views, and great layout. Sales price $1,650,000.

Tired of getting beat out by multiple buyers…you gotta get somebody like me on your side. I have great relations with the majority of San Francisco realtors, I’m a member of the Top Agent Network, and I have my finger on the off market pulse, although my clients sniffed this one out…but that’s what it takes! Teamwork.

Representing buyers and sellers of amazing and unique property is what I do. This property is no exception.

Contact me, I’ll help you out.

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

88 King St

SOLD: 88 King St., South Beach, San Francisco

Working for sellers and working for buyers…that’s what I do.

I have a great client that I showed all kinds of different properties to in all parts of the city. Turns out, he really liked South Beach and all it has to offer (proximity to water, Giants games, restaurants, vibrancy, downtown, etc.), but we just couldn’t find the right unit in the dream building (88 King St)…so I did a little digging (Some call it “bird-doggin'”) and we SCORED!

He just closed on a big 2+ bed, 2 bath, corner unit in this awesome property that has arguably the best outdoor pool and common area in the city, and we did it all off market. No competition, no stressful overbids, just a buyer and seller agreeing on ideal price and terms (lots of terms actually) and that was that.

Congratulations amigo! I’m looking forward to hanging on your balcony when the Giants get back into the swing of things (all puns intended).

Recent Transactions [theFrontSteps]
South Beach, San Francisco [theFrontSteps]
Alexander Clark as listing agent [theFrontSteps]
Buyers…this is for you [theFrontSteps]