Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?


If you’ve been reading Maximum Overbid for a while then you know that you can’t take every home sale at face value. Case in point, our top overbid of the week is a choice three bed, three bath house at 929 Diamond Street in the Noe Valley Hills, which was only on the market for … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: The Weirdest Sale of the Year?

Maximum Overbid: Easy Street


Sometimes no news really is good news. Oftentimes our weekly top overbid has something remarkable going for it: A recent renovation, a hot trend, a strategic price change or recent sale that marks this home as a prime mover. But the number one spot this week, a lovely Marina-esque number from 1931 with three beds … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Easy Street

Maximum Overbid: A House Flip That’s Still Flipping


This week’s top overbid is a three-bedroom Parkside house at 1923 30th Avenue that sold after just 10 days on the market, netted $2.1 million, and hit more than 175 percent of the original list price. That sentence would turn people’s brains into solid blocks of chalk in most markets, but it’s just another week … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A House Flip That’s Still Flipping

‘Maximum Overbid’: The Sunset’s Millions


Over on the Richmond Review, we wrote this week about how San Franciscans, both homeowners and renters alike, tend to stay in one place in the western neighborhoods more often than for the city at large. But that’s got to be getting harder for at least some of the home-owning class, because the temptation to … Continue reading ‘Maximum Overbid’: The Sunset’s Millions

Maximum Overbid: From $27K to $1.65M


This week’s top overbid really is a product of another time: The two-week Parkside sale at 2626 26th Avenue listed for just under $1 million but ended up clearing $1.65 million, making the initial offer look downright naive. But maybe that’s because this true blue, two bed, one bath cottage really hasn’t been sold in … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: From $27K to $1.65M

Maximum Overbid: A Sunset Home For a Pac Heights Price


Today’s lesson: How to make $3 million in just ten easy days. Or was it actually five years? Or more than that? It depends on your perspective. Certainly the number is right: Our top overbid for the week, a four bed, three bath Outer Sunset setup at 1591 43rd Avenue closed a deal this week … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A Sunset Home For a Pac Heights Price

Maximum Overbid: Where In SF Can You Find a Million-Dollar Listing?


The Bravo show Million Dollar Listing has been a consistent hit for about a decade now, but its San Francisco spin-off lasted only one season. Maybe the problem was the title: In SF, a million-dollar listing is probably selling itself short. That was the case with this week’s top overbid, a two bed, two bath … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Where In SF Can You Find a Million-Dollar Listing?

Maximum Overbid: What’s a Fair Home Price Anyway?


As usual, this week’s top overbid is on the west side of town, but this time north of the park, at 287 24th Avenue in the Richmond, which managed a downright vertigo-inducing 67.25 percent overbid for this three bed, two bath, circa 1916 home. When a sale goes way, way, WAY over asking, we’re left … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: What’s a Fair Home Price Anyway?

Maximum Overbid: Doubling Your Money In Just Nine Short Years


San Francisco is always changing: For example, there’s the case of this week’s top overbid, a two bed, one bath Outer Sunset beach house at 2142 44th Avenue. The final sale price of more than $1.45 million is well over 162 percent of the asking price from the end of February–a mere $895K. Again, this … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Doubling Your Money In Just Nine Short Years

Maximum Overbid: Bernal’s Heights (and lows)


One of the oldest tricks in the book for turning heads is to market a property as one that’s been off the market for decades, as in the case of this week’s top overbid, a three bed, two bath house on the north slope of Bernal Heights at 238 Rutledge. This place listed for just … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Bernal’s Heights (and lows)

Maximum Overbid: A Parkside Puzzle


Overbids can be a surprisingly sensitive topic. For example, a while back, the buyer of one of our previously featured weekly overbids pointed out that the realtor of that property intentionally priced it low, and argued that we should talk about this practice when highlighting overbids. The truth is, we’ve brought that subject up many … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A Parkside Puzzle

Maximum Overbid: Southside Teardown Sells for $1 Million, Because Of Course


It’s time for Maximum Overbid and oh my, isn’t this one a treat. The listing for 1598 Geneva Avenue says it all–or rather, says very little, from which you can extrapolate the rest: boarded-up windows and doors, no interior photos, “contractor’s paradise,” and the low-for-SF price of just under $600K for an ostensibly two bed, … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Southside Teardown Sells for $1 Million, Because Of Course

Maximum Overbid: Someone Else’s Payday


Flipping a fixer can be a formula for a quick payday, but it turns out there’s an even easier way to score a big deal, if you’re lucky enough. This week’s biggest overbid is 1787 48th Avenue, an Outside Sunset house right on the edge of the recently acclaimed Great Highway that listed for nearly … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Someone Else’s Payday

Maximum Overbid: Make Yourself at Home


The US Census estimates that the average American move more than 11 times in their life, or about once every six or seven years. But someone just plain has to be ahead of the curve, like the case of this week’s biggest overbid, 2494 35th Avenue, a three bed, three bath Parkside house that came … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: Make Yourself at Home

Maximum Overbid: “The Worst House” Doubles Its Money


Sometimes the real estate game is simple: All you have to do is predict the future. That doesn’t require any special powers–just a reasonably good sense of the way things are going. Case in point, back in September we featured 320 Day Street, a crumbling fixer advertised as “the worst house on the best block” … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: “The Worst House” Doubles Its Money

Maximum Overbid: A New Year’s Fixer Breaks Bank


There’s nothing quite like the first overbid of the new year–in this case because it’s actually a fairly modest affair all around. The two bed, one-bath circa 1930 house at 2626 23rd Avenue sold this week after just a little over a month on the market for more than $1.5 million, or more than 134 … Continue reading Maximum Overbid: A New Year’s Fixer Breaks Bank