Cole Valley Mid Century Gets $4,000,000 – Plus Overbids

It’s $1,250,000 over asking for 1238 Stanyan (#3 on the list, and worth every penny)…or to put it another way…an overbid that could almost (+$25k) buy you this condo in Cole Valley at 1240 Willard outright.

Put that in your morning pastry and chew on it.

As for the rest of the top 10 Overbids, here you go.

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
58 Lapidge Street 4/2.50/N/A 13 $1,348,000 $2,325,000 72.48%
1675 38th Avenue 2/2.00/N/A 11 $995,000 $1,501,675 50.92%
1238 Stanyan Street 4/3.00/N/A 10 $2,750,000 $4,000,000 45.45%
2301 25th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 14 $995,000 $1,410,000 41.71%
639 17th Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 13 $879,000 $1,202,000 36.75%
3238 Harrison Street 3/1.00/N/A 12 $1,099,000 $1,500,000 36.49%
1723 24th Avenue 5/4.00/N/A 5 $1,168,000 $1,575,000 34.85%
2263 42nd Avenue 4/4.00/N/A 12 $1,199,000 $1,608,000 34.11%
2300 34th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 18 $1,150,000 $1,538,000 33.74%
278 30th Street 280 2-4 Units 13 $1,498,000 $1,975,000 31.84%

It doesn’t take a genius to see from this list what part of town is white hot right now (Hint: the Avenues and all points West), but it does take some big cajones to go $1,250,000 over asking to win your mid century dream home in a stellar Cole Valley location.

In other news: For those of you looking to get into a single family in Cole Valley, I have one coming at 707 Cole…a 4 bed, 3 bath Victorian. We hope to be on MLS within a couple weeks, so if you’d like first crack, get in touch.

A lot of fun and good conversation comes by way of the Top 10 Overbids, but did you know I also share ALL of the recent sales in San Francisco with you, on a regular basis? Sort by neighborhood, property type, price, etc and track sales in you ‘hood. In case you can’t remember that, you should Follow theFrontSteps.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend. Play safe. Play smart. Wear sunscreen.

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SOLD | 323 Church St. #A | Mission Dolores | $1,525,000

I’m pleased to report the successful off market close of my clients’ amazing condominium in a smooth and effortless transaction. Congratulations to the buyers, and my clients (the sellers). It has been a great deal all around.

Talk about a great location…

Remodeled in 2015 and only lived in by one owner since, this home has softwood floors, high ceilings & period details.

The light & airy living room has new double-paned windows & a decorative fireplace. The remodeled kitchen features Carrera marble counters, wood floors, stainless appliances, including a Bertazzoni Gas range & stackable washer & dryer. It has a lovely, separate dining area with soaring windows viewing lush greenery and open space. The kitchen leads onto a back staircase with easy access to the garden.

This flat features two lovely bedrooms and a home office/den. The tiled bathroom has a shower over bathtub & vanity. The lush common garden is perfect for entertaining. Deeded 1 car parking w/ additional storage. Walk score 98. 1 block to tech buses, shopping, MUNI & restaurants. Walk to Dolores Park, Valencia Corridor & Castro.

Property Details:
$1,525,000
NOT ON MLS
Victorian Flat
2 bedroom
1 bath
Den/Office
Soft & Hardwood floors
High Ceilings
Decorative Fireplace
Designer Lighting
Period Details
Double Paned Windows
Bertazzoni Range
Carrera Marble Countertops
Washer & Dryer
Parking
Shared Yard
Storage
A+++ Location

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

San Francisco Real Estate’s Top 10 Overbids Week Ending 5/19/17

I know it’s hard to top the blog I just posted about the letters from buyers’ children to sellers, but it is Friday after all, and I know you like your Overbids, so here you go…

San Francisco’s Top 10 Overbids:

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
2654 15th Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 10 $995,000 $1,625,000 63.32%
1234 5th Avenue 4/1.25/N/A 13 $1,749,000 $2,600,000 48.66%
619 22nd Avenue 2/1.25/N/A 4 $995,000 $1,450,000 45.73%
1675 29th Avenue 3/1.25/N/A 15 $995,000 $1,440,000 44.72%
533 Vicente Street 2/1.00/N/A 12 $1,159,000 $1,610,000 38.91%
56 Majestic Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 14 $899,000 $1,180,000 31.26%
1237 Chestnut Street 2/1.00/5 11 $999,000 $1,300,000 30.13%
945 Teresita Boulevard 3/2.00/N/A 13 $1,145,000 $1,470,000 28.38%
780 Pacheco Street 3/2.00/N/A 12 $1,295,000 $1,655,000 27.80%
144 Putnam Street 3/1.00/N/A 12 $1,045,000 $1,333,144 27.57%

It’s Bay to Breakers weekend…as you might already know. Have fun, be safe, duck for cover, and watch out for low dangling objects that are best not to be seen in public!

See you next week, and don’t forget to follow theFrontSteps so you don’t miss a beat.

Buyers Look to Their Children’s Art & Writing Skills to Get Offers Accepted [theFrontSteps]

Buyers Look To Their Children’s Art & Writing Skills To Get Offers Accepted

Sometimes, it’s not just money that gets a seller’s attention.

I’ve been party to many, many a transaction in the last 15 years, and this year has been particularly busy for me (definitely not complaining). I know all the tricks to get an offer accepted when I represent buyers, and how to weed through the pros and cons of multiple offers when representing a seller. I have seen it all…at least I thought I did.

You see, in our incredibly heated market, it’s totally customary for buyers to pretty much offer everything they can to a seller (wine, concert tickets, VIP access to restaurants) with their offer, and writing a personal letter to the seller about how much the buyer loves the home is standard. (If you’re not doing that with every competitive offer you write, get another Realtor, because it works.)

But I was recently part of a transaction on the seller side where we literally had 15 offers on the table, at some ridiculously high prices with amazing terms, and it was this letter (and of course the hand drawn pictures of the cat…or maybe that’s a dog…dinosaur…?) that pulled at the heart strings of the sellers and ultimately got them the house…at a price less than the top offer, and less favorable.

In case you can’t read that:

First letter from the big sister:
Dear [Seller],
I really hope you pick us for the house because I currently share a room with my brother and it is really cramped. Also, my Mom says that if we get a house we can get a dog, and I really want to get a dog. I really like the house and I think my cat will like the yard (and the dog if and when we get one) so I really hope you will pick us for the house.
Sincerely,
[the cutest, nicest, most thoughtful child on the planet]

Second Letter from the little brother:
Dear [Seller],
I hope you choose us because I think our cat will like the yard and our mom says we can get a dog if we get a house!
Sincerely,
[the second cutest, nicest, most thoughtful child on the planet]

These are not the only letters from children lately that I’ve heard have put sellers over the top. I tried it as well with a buyer on 1238 Stanyan, but ultimately we weren’t even in the ballpark so it didn’t help us.

Anyway…take note, add it to your arsenal, and if you should be working with another agent, and try this new technique and win…you owe me a bottle of wine…at the very least.

10. Letters from Kids – El [pdf]
16 Jessie Sale, Seller gets $1000 of wine [theFrontSteps]

San Francisco Median Home Price Hits All Time High

San Francisco’s continued hot housing market reflects the incredibly strong full-employment economy that the Bay Area and the U.S. is experiencing. Not only is unemployment in San Francisco historically low (3.3%), but also the number of employees who are involuntarily part-time is falling and older workers are remaining in the work force longer.

The impact of all of this very healthy jobs data is twofold: continued strong demand for our high-priced San Francisco housing; and fewer older workers retiring and moving out of the city. In fact, the number of new homes for sale year-to-date is 15.9% lower than in 2016, and the lowest number in the last 13 years. That combination of strong demand and fewer homes coming on the market led to the median sold price for single family homes rising to its highest level on record, $1,407,000, in April. That’s 1.99% higher than April, 2016.

The resale condo/loft/TIC market is competitive, but not quite as much. Prices have bounced around a bit, up one month and down the next. April’s median sold price, $1,100,000, was down a bit from February and March, and down 3.3% from April, 2016.

The number of new condo/loft/TIC listings coming on the market in April declined even more sharply, 33.5%, than March’s 25.8% drop. Inventory stands at 2.3 months, down from last April’s 3.0.

Competition among buyers is fierce, with most properties still receiving multiple offers. For single family homes, the median percentage overbid was 114%, up from April 2016’s 111.7%. Condo/loft/TIC buyers dropped their overbids a tiny amount, 102.3% of list price, versus 102.4% last April.

To say it another way…San Francisco real estate continues to roar on at a blistering pace, especially for single family homes, and especially if those homes are still under $1.5M. If you’re considering a move/sale, now is a great time.

SOLD | 456 Belvedere | Cole Valley | $4,500,000

Congratulations to my buyers that just scored this AAA located Cole Valley home at 456 Belvedere. We were the first people to see it, and we wrote an offer that day. They went big and fast to win, and I told ’em they can’t ever move. It’s that kind of house. It’s that kind of market, and it’s those kinds of tactics that get you property in San Francisco. This market waits for nobody.

Over, Under, and Everything In Between

I haven’t forgotten about you all. Setting some Overbids both on the buy and sell side myself. Closing 18th Ave today (will probably get on the Overbid list), closed an off market place on Steiner a couple days ago, closing a Cole Valley home next week, got a 15th Ave house in contract two days ago, have an off market condo in Mission Dolores in contract, and marketing this gem of a gem in Duboce, also off market. I’ve been busy, therefore not blogging.

The market is still great for you sellers, and shows no signs of slowing down for the single family home market.

To see all of the overs, unders, and everything in between, check out my Goods page:

Thinking about selling your place? The time is now. Contact me and I can help.

Have a great weekend!

For Sale | Not On MLS | 2154 A Market St. | Duboce Triangle | $1,450,000

Don’t let the address fool you…this property is a slice of heaven in one of San Francisco’s most hip, lively, and sought after neighborhoods, literally on the borders of Duboce Triangle, Upper Market/Castro, and Mission Dolores neighborhoods.


[Images from previous listing. The interior is unchanged, exterior has new paint/color.]

Situated at the rear of the property, and not fronting the street, amongst towering trees and urban gardens, 2154 A Market Street is a beautiful oasis in the heart of the action. This top floor, late 1800’s Victorian with amazing period details features soaring ~13 foot ceilings, triple crown molding, original wood floors, a large open living room with wood burning fireplace, two generously sized bedrooms, a formal dining room with tons of natural light, an open and bright kitchen with modern appliances, Fisher Paykal refrigerator, ceasarstone countertops, and breakfast nook, stackable washer & dryer, shared outdoor space, additional storage, and parking for one car.

The variety of entertainment, dining, public transportation, bike routes, and city life immediately out your front door is astounding. Make this your home, and be the envy of all your friends.

Property Details:
List price: $1,450,000
NOT ON MLS
2 bed
1 bath
1 car parking
Condominium
High Ceilings
Original Wood Floors
Victorian Details
13′ Ceilings
Fireplace
Washer & Dryer
Cottage is in Rear of Lot
Common Area Outdoor Space
HOA Dues: $317.32/mo includes water, garbage

Showing Schedule:
NOT ON MLS Private showings only

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

The List That Just Won’t Quit | San Francisco’s Top 10 Overbids Of The Week

To say the Richmond District single family home market is hot right now is a wee little understatement. It’s white hot.

Overbid of $712,000 aside, it’s another $1100 per square foot sale in an area of town previously undiscovered and overlooked. I guess the secret is out

Address BR/BA/Units DOM List Price Sold Price Overbid
571 20th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 12 $1,388,000 $2,100,000 51.30%
1463 40th Avenue 2/1.00/N/A 14 $899,000 $1,350,000 50.17%
844 Detroit Street 3/1.00/N/A 22 $899,000 $1,300,000 44.61%
171 Ledyard Street 2/2.00/N/A 11 $599,000 $850,000 41.90%
340 Benton Avenue 3/2.50/ 15 $829,000 $1,142,500 37.82%
1523 26th Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 17 $998,000 $1,375,000 37.78%
3030 Rivera Street 3/2.00/N/A 12 $899,000 $1,235,000 37.37%
4045 Ocean Avenue 3/2.00/N/A 10 $1,195,000 $1,622,000 35.73%
849 44th Avenue 3/1.00/N/A 10 $1,049,000 $1,410,000 34.41%
74 Winfield Street 76 2-4 Units 29 $995,000 $1,320,000 32.66%

Special mention to my listing at 849 44th Ave that barely made it to the list even as nuts as our situation there was!

These lists are very “real-time”, and a good indication of pockets of our market. For a broader look at the San Francisco market I continually refer people to my favorite resource in Patrick Carlisle at Paragon Real Estate:
30+ Years of San Francisco Real Estate Cycles
Preliminary Indications of Direction of the San Francisco 2017 Market

Have a great weekend! It’s gonna be a cracker, so get out and enjoy.

Five days later and $361,000 Over, 849 44th Ave Sets New Record Price Per Square Foot in the Outer Richmond [theFrontSteps]

Five Days Later And $361,000 Over, 849 44th Ave Sets New Price Per Square Foot Record In Outer Richmond

To say we knocked it out of the park on this wonderful Outer Richmond residence, like I did with 652 44th Ave would be an understatement…

Listed on a Friday morning, I got a call from an agent shortly thereafter asking if he could get his client in…so I obviously obliged. That day, same agent asked if they could write an offer now to “take it off the table”. The next day, three other buyers asked the same. The sellers and I respectfully declined all of the pre-emptive attempts, and asked the buyers to wait until our offer day 10 days later. Wait they did. After getting roughly 200 people through the door, we got nine offers, and two others that said they’d like to write at $1,250,000, so without actually saying it, I said it, “Don’t waste your time.”

After a slew of phone calls and negotiations, buyer #1..the same person that was the first person to see it, came up to where they needed to be, upped their offer to $1,410,000 and we closed 5 days later. (As a side note, it is often the first person to see a place that is the winner…keep that in mind.)

There you have it. Congratulations to buyers and sellers, and the Outer Richmond for being one of the hottest neighborhoods in all of San Francisco, at the moment. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1146 per square foot for the Outer Richmond.

To give you a little more indication of our market, as crazy as this Overbid was, it’s only #18 on the Top 20 Overbids!

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