Sell A Home, Save The Planet

We live in an incredibly beautiful location here in the Bay Area with amazing parks and recreation at our fingertips, and serene natural environments literally just minutes from a bustling city that affords us the opportunity to escape it all. Sadly, we’re polluting the hell out of ourselves and our environment, and it’s got to stop.

The beaches I frequent to surf are riddled with plastics and trash, the sea level is definitely rising eroding our shores, snow levels continue to rise forcing us to ski more rain days than I have ever in my life, Lake Tahoe is filled with beer cans, bottles and trash, it’s clarity diminishing, and “spare the air” days are becoming way too common in San Francisco. So what can we do?

I just joined 1% for the Planet, which means that 1% of my earnings will go towards supporting the environment and 1% for the Planet certifies my giving. It’s an iron-clad way for me, and you, to put money earned from your transaction and donate to non-profits fighting the fight of reversing the downward trajectory of our environment and everything we take for granted.

In the words of Craig Matthews, co-founder of 1% for the Planet, “If we just take, take, take, and give nothing back, we’re going to have nothing in the end…” Sadly, that’s the truth, but luckily Yvonne Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia has sage advice for all of us, “Don’t get depressed, get angry.”

I try not to get angry in my daily life, even when my kids refuse to do what I ask them, and I hope every transaction I do is free from drama, but I have to admit, I’m a little upset about the cleanliness of the world we live in, so I’m taking action.

I’ve given to many charities in my time as a Realtor, and I will continue to give to many more, but it’s time I take it up a notch on the environment, and do more by guaranteeing, no matter what, I donate.

There are numerous non-profits on the 1% for the Planet roster, so if there is one in particular you’d like me to donate to after the close of your transaction, do not hesitate to let me know.

If you’d like to get involved on your own, you can learn more at onepercentfortheplanet.org.

In the meantime, let’s get some property sold, and help save our environment.

For Sale | 875 La Playa Unit 179 | Outer Richmond / Ocean Beach | $779,000

Whether you’re looking for a starter home, Pacific Ocean view pied-a-terre, or simply an Ocean Beach property for the right price, 875 La Playa unit 179 is just the ticket.


Situated on the ground floor and just steps from Ocean Beach, this wonderful Outer Richmond residence features an open living/kitchen/dining area, spacious bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops, a patio with direct access to the common area/courtyard, a private balcony accessed from the living area and guest room…oh…and VIEWS! Views, views, views. On a clear day you can see the Farallon Islands, and on any given day you can watch ships sail in and out of the bay, whales breaching, dolphins playing in the surf, fishermen, dog walkers, runners, cyclists, surfers, and all of the wonderful things living by the beach affords.

In addition to the well maintained unit with breathtaking views, you also get parking for one car in a large underground garage, a private storage facility, and gym, art, and woodworking rooms.

This home is walking distance to the bustling Balboa Corridor Shops and Restaurants (Have you tried Miki or Shanghai Dumpling King? What about Chino’s?), but it’s 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; Safeway; and so much more. The location of this property also makes for an easy commute to the South via the Great Highway, East via 5 Fulton, 38 Geary, and 31 Balboa Muni Buses, as well as proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge and points north. If you want to go West, you’ll need a boat.

It’s just a matter of time before the Outer Richmond really gets “discovered” so get in while the gettin’s good.

Property Details:
List Price: $779,000
1306 Square Feet (per tax Records)
2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms (both en-suite)
1 Car Parking
1 Storage Unit
Updated Kitchen
Updated Bathrooms
Open Living/Dining/Kitchen
Patio
Private Balcony
Pacific Ocean Views
In Unit Washer & Dryer
HOA dues $733.34 per month (water, garbage, outside management, on-site manager, maintenance, repairs, building insurance, reserves)
Common Areas (Gym, bike storage, BBQ area, woodworking and art rooms)
Close to Public transportation

Showing Schedule:
By Appointment only
Sunday Open House 2-4pm

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386

Buying Or Selling I Got Your Back…Another Great Testimonial

Just got this in from my clients I helped sell 754 18th Ave and buy 2139 15th Ave:

Alex helped us sell our home and buy a new home, both in San Francisco in 2017. Alex understands the market very well and brought a skilled team of stagers, painters and handymen to prepare our home for sale and make it look great. They’re a good group to work with, they all know what sells in the current market and got our place ready and looking great in quick time. Alex’s sales and marketing skills are one of his strengths.

The sale price of our home exceeded our expectations and set a new high for the neighborhood. On the buy side, once we found a home we wanted, Alex was a tiger in pushing our bid forward against multiple competitive offers. It helped that Alex had a prior working relationship with the seller’s Realtor. After some negotiation, our bid was accepted and we’re very happy in our new home. Thanks to Alex.

In both buy and sell transactions, Alex stayed closely involved throughout and handled any bumps. You can trust Alex to take care of your buying or selling of your home.

p.s. we’re very happy with our new home, love the views, garden, great location and neighborhood…thank you!
Cheers
Denis and Mercy

Congratulations to the both of you, and thank you for the great testimonial.

754 18th Ave, Central Richmond [theFrontSteps]
2139 15th Ave, Inner Parkside [theFrontSteps]

FOR SALE | 740 Clayton | Haight-Ashbury / Cole Valley | $2,495,000

First time on the market since the 1960’s, and currently used as a Church, 740 Clayton is a true (circa 1906) Victorian gem just waiting to be restored to its original glory, or developed to the max (zoned RH-3), situated on a massive L-shaped lot with 38 feet of frontage, and containing an additional structure / cottage in the rear.


The main level features a grand entrance, and staircase, large open area, kitchen, and half bath.
Second level has 4 bedrooms, 1 bath, 2 fireplaces.
There is an unfinished attic with incredible views, and an unfinished basement level.
Period details abound, Hardwood floors underneath carpets, fireplaces have been covered up, and property has a fire sprinkler system.

This is a one of a kind property in an A+ location that doesn’t come around that often.

Property Details:
List Price $2,495,000
Built 1906
Large L-Shaped Lot
4652 Square Foot Lot
38 feet frontage
Zoned RH3
4 beds
1.5 baths
3 Fireplaces
Hardwood Floors
Additional Structure in Rear (approximately 400 square feet)
Unfinished Basement
Parking for many cars

Showing Schedule:
By Appointment only
Saturday & Sunday Open House 2-4pm
DO NOT DISTURB CHURCH SERVICES

Exclusively listed by:
Alexander Clark
Keller Williams Luxury Realty International
theFrontSteps.com
alexclark@gmail.com
415-254-5351
BRE#01339386

SOLD | 1143-45 Jackson | It’s a Good Story…

I had the pleasure of representing some repeat clients on their purchase of this well located and highly sought after two unit property at 1143-45 Jackson for $2,150,000. We had to go to battle, for sure, but in the end we beat out 11 other buyers (including one higher) to seal the deal. The story on this is very interesting…


My clients really wanted this property, despite having just recently (2 weeks prior) purchased another property in the neighborhood. Listed for $1,688,000, it was anybody’s guess where 1143-45 Jackson would go, so we guessed $1,850,000 as our original offer (cash, 7 day close, no contingencies) would “get us a seat at the table”. Well…it almost got us kicked out of the club as we were the LOWEST of 11! Laughable, but not laughable. Many agents would stop there. Not me.

I practically begged to be involved in a multiple counter, and advised the listing agents we could go higher, but simply didn’t know where to begin. So we got the counter from sellers at $2,150,000…and it was ours, because we had excellent terms and a well put together offer package. BUT! We countered at $2,125,000, which was a risky move and could backfire. It backfired. The sellers said they were accepting a higher offer than ours, because we didn’t go where we needed to go. We were devastated.

Then we got the call…the other buyer was M.I.A., and so we could again have the property at $2,150,000 if we could get it signed within 30 minutes. While cooking Salmon on the barbecue, and managing my starving children, I was able to sit down to Docusign (our electronic signature system) between grill checks, some flames, and occasional shouts of “the fish is on fire dad!” to get the counter sent to my buyer, signed, and back to the seller within 10 minutes. Fish off the grill. White wine and milk poured. Napkins in laps. Mahlzeit.

They put the other buyer in “backup” position, in case we faltered. We closed 7 days later.

That’s probably more story than you needed to hear, but that’s how you get it done for your buyers in this market.

Congratulations!

Some Epic San Francisco Homes Still Without Buyers

As you know, I put a lot of attention on the Overbids, as they are truly jaw dropping and it’s amazing they just keep happening all over the City for the better part of a decade. But something that often goes under the radar is a little something I used to call Stalefish, but now refer to as the 30+ club…properties on the market 30 days or more.

This is for you buyers that think everything that hits MLS is gone two weeks later, so don’t even bother checking back. Not true. Many a property you would think goes in a flash, sometimes sits and begs for a buyer just like you.

Take for example, 4261 23rd Street in Noe Valley:

a complete, down to the studs home renovation, including new foundation and seismic upgrades, and designed by renowned architects Dumican Mosey…still on the market after 31 days (an eternity in San Francisco). Priced at $3,795,000 that price is getting more negotiable by the day. Might be worth a second, or maybe first look.

Have a look also at 125 25th Ave:

You’ve seen this house, tucked off the street on 25th Ave just before you get to El Camino Del Mar, right on the edge of Sea Cliff. Originally built in 1916 as a carriage house, and now on the market for the first time in 40 years, this home may have come across your radar, then vanished…alas, it’s still sending a signal and that signal is “make me an offer”…now 59 days on the market.

How about one more? If you’ve ever been to Russian Hill, had to endlessly circle the blocks and look for parking, you’ve surely seen this building:

As luck would have it, this home, the Livermore Polk House II “is a magnificent four bedroom home designed by Willis Polk with exquisite Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival architectural details and gracious timelessness in every room.” A rare home indeed, and (unless MLS is not accurate) 147 days on the market.

All of these homes are easy to search and track on my page of The Goods, called 30+*. You can filter the page by clicking “Filters” to the left of the search bar, and search for all of the same properties I peruse every day.

If you find something you like, you can easily share it with your friends, get their opinions, go see it, the whole 9 yards. There are deals to be found, and there are usually many, many homes on the list you would have already expected to be sold. Check it out, and contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Monday to everyone. What a glorious San Francisco weekend that was, and continues to be for many of you fortunate enough to not be working today. My thoughts and well-wishes go out to all of those in Napa/Sonoma battling the fires. As for us San Franciscans wondering when our air will clear, according to the multitude of wind sites and apps I check daily, we should have some onshore flow this afternoon to blow it out…but then winds clock back around from the N/NE this evening, so expect smoke back in the City tonight and tomorrow morning.

*Are you a real estate agent wondering how to get this same information to your sphere? Here’s how: http://thegoods-sf.com (new version coming soon).

The Goods 30+ Club

[Data of 30+ properties is deemed accurate, but not guaranteed. Information pulled for SFAR MLS and subject to agent input, which means if the agent hasn’t updated the MLS, that information is not sent to us.]

SOLD | 1673 8th Ave | Inner Sunset / Windsor Terrace | $2,465,000

Congratulations to my wonderful client on the successful acquisition of this amazing historical San Francisco home in the coveted Windsor Terrace area of town.

This home has it all: 4 bedrooms; 3.5 bathrooms; large garage for 2 cars; 2779 square feet; charm and period details galore.

It was yet another hard fought multiple offer situation, but in the end, it was the letter to the seller that got the job done.

I am super happy for you, and greatly appreciate your business and trust!

1673 8th Ave, $2,465,000 [theGoods Property Detail Page]
Buyers look to their Childrens’ Art & Writing Sills to get offers accepted [theFrontSteps]

“Tireless” and “Incredibly Calm and Laid Back”

Sometimes, you just gotta share the love…

This is the third time that I’ve availed myself of Alex’s services to purchase a home in San Francisco. Needless to say, I’m a repeat client —— and I will continue to be one so long as Alex continues to plug away in the same tireless and dedicated fashion done for me in the past – especially as I’ve watched him grow and refine his service over the past decade.

The usual banal litany of real estate professional superlatives apply. He’s available day or night to take questions / concerns. He’s got his pulse on homes that are off-market and not listed on the MLS so that you can maximize your search breadth. He’s tireless in his pursuit of seller’s agents to ensure you’re “in the game” (SF being a high demand / low supply market) even if your offer on a piece of property isn’t the highest or have the best terms.

However, the one quality that I really value in Alex is his incredibly calm and laid back manner that is closely coupled with his personal motto – “Always be nice.” This pays off for you and for him in spades when things get contentious. Need someone to schmooze the selling agent to clue you in on what the other offers on a piece of property are coming in at? That’s Alex. Need someone to get you in to a property on one hour’s notice to do an mini-inspection after the property is supposedly no longer open to yet more bids? That’s Alex. Need someone to help you gracefully find a way to charm the seller into signing a legal affidavit about the property — AFTER you’ve already signed the sales contract and AFTER you already were supposed to have read all the disclosures? That’s Alex.

Frankly – buying a home is an emotional affair. As much as one wants to be as logical about it as possible, unless your last name is Spock, there will be some drama involved. Alex knows how to make molehills out of mountains – and he will help you get it done.

Jason L.

Congratulations to you Jason, and well done keeping your cool. I greatly appreciate the testimonial and the continued loyalty. Onward!

Thinking of buying or selling in San Francisco? Give me a shout and we’ll get it done.

Facebook Snags Downtown SF Office Space | New Inventory Is Still Tight | Prices Up 10.4% YOY | And Overbids

Just when you thought maybe things would cool, Fall hits, listings are gobbled up, Overbids continue, multiple offers are the norm, pickin’s are still slim (even though at last check 100 new properties hit MLS today), and Facebook goes and signs a whopper of an office deal right next to Salesforce, around the corner from LinkedIn, and gives its commuter employees reason to rejoice and plant roots firmly in San Francisco.

I suspect this will play a role in our very basic supply/demand conundrum of the last 15 years, and counting.

As for our current market, here goes…

Single Family Homes:
August’s median sales price continued its predictable seasonal backing off from its Spring peak, dropping 6.4% to $1,380,000 from May’s $1,475,000. However, in the same time frame last year prices dipped 7.4%. Prices are still up 10.4% above August, 2016.

Since August, 2012, the median sold price in San Francisco is up 81%.

Inventory continues to be at its lowest level, 1.6 months, since last December. This is the ongoing result of fewer homes coming on the market while sales stay fairly constant. The number of new listings on the market year-to-date is down 7% from 2016 while the number of sales is up 3.3%.

The incredibly tight supply coupled with strong demand kept the level of overbids high as well, down a bit from July but still at 114%, and 79% of single family homes sold above the list price, up from 75.9% last August.

Condo/Loft/TIC’s:
Median sold prices are up 10.8%, to $1,175,000, compared to August 2016. And, while not as great a rise as with single family homes, the median sold price is up 62.5% compared to August 2012’s $723,000.

In August, 63.4% sold above list price and the median bid was 3.2% above list price.

The number of Condo/Loft/TIC listings are also down year-to-date compared to 2016, by 10.7%. And, like single family homes, sales are up, by 2.6%. Current inventory stands at a 2 months supply.

To see and share this in infographic form, see below.
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Let’s talk Overbids – The Top 10

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
1632 Pacheco Street 5/4.00/N/A 15 $995,000 $1,550,000 55.78%
1932 Ortega Street 2/2.00/N/A 10 $998,000 $1,425,000 42.79%
146 Beulah Street 2/1.00/ 14 $949,000 $1,350,000 42.26%
52 Dawnview Way 4/3.00/N/A 12 $1,250,000 $1,750,000 40.00%
177 Forest View Drive 3/2.00/N/A 18 $1,149,000 $1,580,000 37.51%
136 Andover Street 2/1.00/N/A 10 $1,099,000 $1,502,053 36.67%
1738 25th Avenue 4/3.00/N/A 11 $1,398,800 $1,800,000 28.68%
2319 15th Street 2/2.00/A 10 $1,195,000 $1,525,000 27.62%
217 Lowell Street 2/2.00/N/A 2 $849,000 $1,080,000 27.21%
62 Santa Ysabel Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 39 $998,000 $1,240,000 24.25%

Madness. Sheer madness, and I’ve been saying this for better part of a decade. It’s insane. So if you want to sell, check out my track record, and let’s get ‘er done in high fashion.

That’s all I have for you today. Finally some great weather out West Side of San Francisco, so get out and enjoy! Fall is in the air, cycling is great and getting crisp, surf is turning fun (water is warm too), and that means snow is on the way.

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