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(Raffi loves real estate too).
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We live and breathe San Francisco real estate 24/7.
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WELCOME to San Francisco real estate with Kevin K. Ho and his partner Jonathan B. McNarry — Kevin+Jonathan. They’re partners in life and in business, they live and breathe real estate with their big black lab Raffi, who is a real estate super dog (you’ll see him at open houses, marketing videos and in person). They’re involved, active and successful professionals who rank in the top 1-2 percent of San Francisco real estate agents. Kevin and Jonathan work at Vanguard Properties, the leading locally owned boutique San Francisco-based brokerage, known for its powerful top-quality branding, LGBT roots and development prowess.
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Our clients have bought for less and sold for more and remain loyal consumers of San Francisco real estate. We have many repeat buyers and sellers because we are plugged-in, empathetic and responsive. No one else cares as much about their clients than as we do. Our approach to real estate is special. Our approach to San Francisco’s competitive and valuable real estate market combines better thinking, smarter doing and heart. We maximize our experience of what works.
Our sellers’ listings are thoughtfully prepared and regularly break records.
Our buyers get winning comprehensive and all-compassing service; many times we’re not the highest bidder but the best ones.
Explore our site and you’ll see how we stand out from other agents.
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Kevin K. Ho, Esq.
Top Producer & Top 21 Club Vanguard Properties, Realtor (bre 01875957 | sbn 233408) Member: SFAR MLS & Technology Committee, Residential Builder’s Association, State Bar Real Property Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, AIA, Top Agent Network (Top 1-2% of San Francisco Agents)
Jonathan B. McNarry
Realtor Vanguard Properties (bre 01747295), Top Producer, RN, Notary Public (Top Agent Network, Top 1-2% of San Francisco Agents)
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May the (Market) Forces Be With You…
It looks like the May surge is coming. Indeed, last week we saw nearly 100 new listings (our benchmark for a ‘healthy’ replenishing inventory) and this week we saw 92 new listings show up the 24 hours before our Friday noon submission deadline to make it for this weekend’s open houses.
Speaking of new listings, Jonathan and I are happy to present our latest one at 375 15th Avenue in the Richmond. And before you jump to conclusions about it we must say that this is now your ordinary Richmond district condo. It’s not Victorian/Edwardian/Arts+Craft style, nor is it a dreadful mid-century, single-pane aluminum glass affair. Rather, it’s just been updated from its 1989 roots and turned into a brilliant, smart and bright contemporary 2-bed, 2-bath, top-floor condominium that sits on an unexpectedly cute street that’s also super convenient. Learn more about the unit’s new, super luxe and quiet floors, its new appliances, updated baths are more below.
As we move towards Star Wars day (May the 4th… i.e., may the force be with you…) we are seeing the following trends out there:
1. Prices are holding steady compared to last year (as we’ve shown with MLS comparisons from last year to now, median sale prices are within 5% of 2016 prices).
2. People are still paying good prices for properties but only after they take the time to figure it out as most buyers aren’t feeling any sense of urgency these days which allows for steals of deals (see Luassat’s close below) and rewards first-movers willing to throw down a preemptive offer (see Stories of the Week below)
3. While flip construction profit margins grow ever tighter, competition for fixers or off-market properties increase which is likely to lead to more inflation. As everyone is trying their hand at house flipping we’re seeing that post-renovation inventory is being impacted with some properties become more extravagant (to justify higher sale prices), cheaper (with cut corners and lackluster finishes), and bold (so as to stand out because of design, views, size, etc.).
4. The big picture is the here and now (for now): real estate is a win as it’s a hedge against risk but is also a long-term hold. With the prospect of looser tax policy and regulatory easing on the horizon we’re likely to see more cash float into the economy or, perhaps, more market turmoil meaning that people will turn to ‘safe’ commodities. And real estate is one of those core investments that has the ability to generate income and one where its owners have the ability to improve the commodity’s inherent value through renovation, refinancing or more. I mean can you add another bedroom to gold bullion?
One observation that may be crystalizing in the city now that the rain is gone and the sun is finally here is that San Francisco is being rebuilt. Look around and you’ll see the tell-tale signs of porta-potties, permit signs and plywood associated with construction, remodeling and development. With that property use and character is changing. We’re seeing many two-unit buildings now being marketed as single-family houses — perhaps with two legal units (see 3662 Folsom). We’re seeing units that sold as fixers with ‘protected’ tenants now sell as two legitimate condominiums (see 70 & 72 Walter). Along with that we’re seeing other long-suffering projects that involve demolition actually move forward with, swear-to-goodness genuine in-fill development (see 53 States Street).
Thank you all for reading. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you think someone you know could benefit from our thoughtful and engaging approach, pass our contact information along. Without you we cannot do what we love to do!
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“We highly recommend him to everyone out there.”
As first time homebuyers (and in SF no less!), Kevin helped my wife and I navigate the process from beginning to end. With his exceptional help, we were able to quickly find a place we loved. As others have mentioned, he is extremely responsive and his prior legal background helped in explaining the various contracts we were looking at. We will definitely use Kevin again when looking for our next home and highly recommend him to everyone out there.
— Arun & Maelle, Buyers, Dogpatch
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price in San Francisco: Mar–Apr 2017
March 15–April 15, 2017 Sales Data
- 209 houses sold with the average single-family house selling at $1,877,185 (a $200,000 increase over the 30 days prior) at an average of $929/sqft
- The most expensive house sold was one for $10.35M while the least expensive was one at $584,000.
- Meanwhile, 265 condominiums sold with the average one selling at $1,286,082, at an average of $1,051/sqft
- The low condominium sale was at $305,000 while the high was at $9,000,000.
(Source: SFAR MLS Mar 15–Apr 15, 2017)
Do You Mean the Median? or the Average?
Picking which figure will impact your results and observations
When folks talk about data you’ll remember there are the 3Ms: median, mode and mean. We’ll only concern ourselves with two: Median figures are prices that are in the middle, the midpoint — with prices 50% above and 50% below the number reported. The mean (average) figure is, well, the total when you add up all data and find the mathematical average. If there is symmetrical data array then using the mean is better, if there isn’t then the median is better to use, which is what we see in real estate.
What Makes Kevin + Jonathan Tick?
We genuinely love what we do — we have heart. To us, real estate doesn’t feel like work, it feels like fun.
Our clients know they’re working with always approachable, continually engaged and authoritative top-producing professionals and a happy, mellow and friendly big black dog Raffi who likes to wag his tail too.
Kevin and Jonathan are partners in life as in business. They live in Eureka Valley & the Inner Sunset with their trusty real estate super dog Raffi McNarry-Ho, who is a Guide Dogs for the Blind alum. Here’s a little more about each:
Kevin K. Ho
Kevin has been an invited commentator/expert on Curbed SF, quoted and featured in the New York Times and interviewed a number of times on local television news sharing his thoughts about real estate trends and developments. Kevin, who is from Iowa originally, has lived in the U.K. and has a Master’s degree, a law degree from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a BA from Washington University, St. Louis. He speaks Cantonese and was a reporter and blogger before going to law school. Kevin still carries his law license ‘just-in-case’ he needs it and practiced as a business attorney in the City and as a mediator for 5 years working with the City’s Office of Citizen Complaints — which handles citizen complaints against the SFPD — before focusing on real estate exclusively starting in 2010 after Jonathan said it’d be a ‘good idea.’ Indeed it has proven to be. Kevin is the chatty one, has the ‘vision’ thing and casual one.
Jonathan B. McNarry
Jonathan, who was born in the U.K. and raised in Atlanta comes from a family of real estate developers — he had his first open house sign up when he was just 6 years old! He worked in large-scale, high-end, subdivision development there and has been in the Bay Area for 10 years. Jonathan also works as a critical care, rapid response ICU nurse at UCSF with Board certifications and was also EMT/Paramedic. He is a Notary Public. He’s also worked in banking and insurance but real estate is in his blood and his role in this powerhouse team is of the details man, the well-dressed one who offers perspective, class and humor to the mix.
Raffi was born in Marin County came from a litter where his brother was top of the class who now works in Michigan while his other brother works with folks with diabetes in the East Bay. Raffi trained with the Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael and joined Kevin+Jonathan’s family in 2012. He’s starred in a number of real estate tour videos for Kevin+Jonathan’s property listings and often sits open houses, finds the best place to nap during property visits and inspections for Kevin+Jonathan’s buyers. His favorite activity apart from waiting for treats and saying hello to new people is lounging around at Duboce Park, which he frequents nearly every day. Raffi is the silent one, the especially sweet one who will always make himself at home no matter where he’s at.
Kevin & Jonathan are an all-star team and simply put, they get the job done right.
We worked primarily with Kevin on our search for a new home in San Francisco. As first time buyers unsure of exactly what we wanted, not to mention where in the city we wanted to be, Kevin was very patient and generous with his time in order to help us figure out what would best fit our desires and budget. With the training and attention-to-detail of a lawyer and the eye of a designer, Kevin has all the right skills. He is personable, professional, hard-working and well-connected amongst agents in the city.
Kevin ultimately found an off-market property in Noe Valley, at the right price, that is perfect for us. He knew it, we knew it, and within 24 hours of seeing the property we had a signed contract. We were able to move with speed and confidence because of our trust in Kevin, the time he took to educate us in advance throughout our search, and his outstanding market knowledge.
We are nothing but happy with our new home and with the outstanding service Kevin provided. Even now, Kevin and Jonathan are only a text or email away with recommendations or answers to our questions. We highly recommend working with K&J!
— Andrew & Kaitlyn
Buyers, Noe Valley
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Kevin listened to our story and took the time to understand who we were and our personalities and then asked more than a few more questions to narrow down where we should live. His advice definitely helped us narrow down the choices and helped us with the all important targeting of our search. [H]e gave us very candid and honest responses to our questions including dissuading us from a couple of apartments that in retrospect would have been completely wrong for us.
When we finally found a place that we unquestionably loved, Kevin guided us through the process in winning a bidding war before the house even made it to its first public open house. He helped quell a lot of the eleventh hour jitters and pushed us in the helpful way not the overbearing way. Ultimately, we were absolutely delighted with the purchase and he was integral in the process and could not recommend him more to others.
— Mitchell & Debbie
Buyers, Relocated from New York, SOMA
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Importantly, [Kevin] had great suggestions and advice on making our offer compelling, helping us secure the property we really wanted despite not being all-cash nor the highest offer.
— Ross & Sarah
Successful Buyers, Noe Valley Single-Family Home
We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from Kevin.
He’s personable, helpful, tech-savvy, and extremely dedicated! Kevin is a very opinionated realtor, but I say this in a good way. There were many homes that we were willing to bid on in what was a very challenging market, but thankfully Kevin kept our best interests in mind. Rather than going for a quick close, he actually talked us out of a few homes to make sure we stayed true to our criteria.
—Aaron & Ashley
Buyers, Charming Victorian (Noe Valley)
$1,000/sqft?! That Happened. Here’s How.
A brief look at recent price history growth in San Francisco
Sure San Francisco has seen median dollars-per-square-foot prices above $1,000/sqft before (as early as 2005 and 2006) but since the Great Recession it was only starting in 2012 where we started seeing median sales prices (for all property types reported on the MLS) push past and — importantly — consistently stay above $1,000/sqft. As you’ll see with our graphic the trend has spread from east to west, north to south.
In 2016, nearly 23% of all reported San Francisco single house sales closed at $1,000/sqft
40% of all SF condo sales cost $1,000/sqft or more
I must say that your entire property from stem to stern, showed Spectacular! Was it staged, or were the furnishings the Seller’s? In any event, everything was extremely well balanced — the pictures, art work, mirrors, window treatments, lighting fixtures, interior & exterior paint jobs, back yard, and the total ambiance that the two of you created in your presence with your cordiality & friendly personalities, made this one of the best open house presentations that I have ever experienced in 40 years as a Realtor!
Needless to say, your asking price is perfectly priced and it is most likely that you will receive multiple offers! All the best to you both!
—Longtime Realtor in Noe Valley
We received a lot of good offers… but based on our past relationship and how smoothly it went, I pushed for your offer.
— Listing Agent, San Francisco, Corona Heights
(Our Buyers closed on property beating out 2 other offers)
I presented your clients offer to my sellers and told them about you in particular and encouraged them to go with you.
— Listing Agent, San Francisco, Eureka Valley
(Our Buyers’ offer was accepted instead of going to market)
Your clients got the property because of you!
— Listing Agent, San Francisco, Haight
(Our Buyers closed on property beating out 1 other offer)