It’s Time for Real Estate in San Francisco (and beyond) with Kevin+Jonathan (and Raffi), of Vanguard Properties, San Francisco

Looking for Better San Francisco Real Estate Services? Good Thing You’ve Found Kevin+Jonathan.

What Are You Looking to Accomplish in San Francisco Real Estate? 

Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry (and their black labrador retriever Raffi) are dedicated San Francisco expert realtors who live and breathe real estate 24/7. We love what we do. So, if you want engaged, personable and energetic San Francisco real estate from agents who are truly caring, comprehensive and enthusiastic then you’re in the right place. 

We are successful, top-producing, real estate agents with Vanguard Properties in San Francisco. Buyers and Sellers work with us so great things can happen. Let's see what your success story will look like.

Grow your success, wealth and happiness together with Kevin+Jonathan (and Raffi).

 

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.

Join Our Successful and Loyal Client Base — Now

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.

Contact us today to put all of our knowledge, personality and experience to work for you!

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Kevin K. Ho, Esq.

VANGUARD PROPERTIES

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)

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Jonathan B. McNarry

VANGUARD PROPERTIES

Realtor Vanguard Properties (bre 01747295), Top Producer, RN, Notary Public (Top Agent Network, Top 1-2% of San Francisco Agents)


“Nobody puts in the time and effort like you guys do.”

— Howard E.

Luxury Developer, San Francisco


Active and Recent Listings 

We prepare properties like no one else. See some examples. 

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NOW AVAILABLE: 520 Natoma, No. 2

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Surprising SoMa Flat Listed at: $499,000
Surprising + Unexpected Perch
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NOW AVAILABLE: 101–103 Lundys Lane

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Radically Redone Bernal Heights List: $2,398,000
A Rare Opportunity in Bernal Heights
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IN CONTRACT: 60 Danvers Street

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Modern Living in the Castro Listed at: $1,495,000 PENDING
Big. Bright. Comfortable.

GUIDING YOU TO REAL ESTATE SUCCESS


 

How's the market?

WHAT DO THE NUMBERS SAY?

Live Market Data For You.

What Makes Kevin Jonathan Tick?

We genuinely love what we do — we have heart: To us, real estate doesn’t feel like work — it’s just what we do.

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 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 McNarry-Ho

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.

Recent Sales Data

What do the numbers say?

What closed in San Francisco from June 25–July 2, 2017 as reported on the MLS.

GUESS HOW MUCH OVER LIST PRICE?

San Francisco real estate has become known for its teaser prices and inaccurate list prices.

San Francisco real estate pricing has remained elusive as it is annoying as there’s often little correlation between a property’s list price and its final sale price. Sometimes a low list price is deliberate — where an agent advises a seller to ‘price to entice’ — while there are other times where a property’s final closing sale prices are genuine surprises for everyone involved including the agents themselves. We regularly highlight the most striking examples with our Most Over-List Price Award of recent SF home sales.

For example, nearly 77% of all single-family houses and 63% of all condominiums sold for over list price in San Francisco in April 2017. But some stand out above the rest. A lot of people seemed surprised and shocked when this issue’s Most-Over-Asking-Prize Property at 58 Lapidge closed last week — but not us. This truly vintage mid-century fixer in between 19th and 18th Streets by Dolores Park would sell for more than twice its list price. But after you watch our video walk-through of the property, which received 13 offers and closed at $2.325M at nearly 172% of its (silly) list price. After you watch the walk-through we shot of the property you might come to understand why we didn’t think the sale price like would be surprising. (Hint: great floor current floor plan with 2-car parking, 4 beds and 2 baths on the same floor with a perfect yard all negate the need to ask neighbors for any approval combined with this ultra-hot location). Take a watch here: https://youtu.be/d8ezOj8FtPo

RECOMMENDED

  “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

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Median Single-Family Home Sale Price in San Francisco: June 2017

$1.45M(the MLS)

June 2017 Sales Data

  • Average single-family house sale price: $1,834,000 at an average of $924/sqft 
  • Average condominium sale price: $1,161,000 at an average of $1,062/sqft

 

(Source: SFAR MLS Apr–May, 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.

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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

What's News with Kevin+Jonathan

More Real Estate with Kevin+Jonathan

Some of Our Recent & Current Listings

We add value and assist our clients in preparing their property so that the property is appealing, desirable and anticipated to command top-dollar prices.

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Sold in 5 Days:: 2346 18th Avenue

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Impeccable Inner Parkside House Listed at: $1,499,000 SOLD: $1,875,000
Big. Bright. Comfortable.
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SOLD: 8 Octavia, No. 304

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Lush, yet minimalist Hayes Valley condominium List: $1,089,000 SOLD: $1,205,000
Complete with 350-sqft private patio...
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Recently Sold: 374 Prague

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Crafted Excelsior Cul-de-sac Home List: $869,000 SOLD: $1,000,000
Check Out This Special Home
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Off-Market For A Limited Time

A Once-A-Generation Opportunity in Diamond Heights
See it Before Anyone Else
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JUST SOLD: 140 S. Van Ness, No. 1022

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan A South-view, 2-bed, 2-bath Unlike any other at 140 S. Van Ness Listed: $899,000 SOLD: $980,000
See What Smart + Focused Updates We Suggested
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LISTED + SOLD: 101-103 Lundy's Lane

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan A Bernal 2-Unit Fixer Upper Listed: $969,000 SOLD: $1,100,000
See More
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SOLD 436 30th Street

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan A Noe Valley Home Base List: $799,000 SOLD: $900,000
Visit 30th Street
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SOLD within 72 Hours: 375 15th Avenue

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Top-Floor Richmond Comfort List: $1,095,000 SOLD: $1,340,000
Surprising + Unexpected Perch
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NOW LISTED: 396 Guerrero St

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Elegant + Updated Mission Dolores Listed at: $1,295,000
Take a Closer Look
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SOLD: 120-122 Scott Street

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Lower Haight/Duboce 2-Unit List: $2,250,000 SOLD: $2,246,400
Take a Closer Look
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SOLD: 1617 Church St.

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Noe Valley Charmer List: $1,349,000 SOLD: $1,705,000
Take a Closer Look
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SOLD: 1669 Grove

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Top-Floor NoPa Victorian Condo List: $1,349,000 SOLD: $1,365,000
1669 Grove
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Listed & Sold! $607,500

788 Minna Street, No. 403, Mid-Market/SOMA condo 1-bed, 1-bath, 1 car parking, elevator. Sophisticated & bright (MLS 421876). Listed at: $600,000 SOLD AT: $607,500 (July 21, 2014)
How'd We Do It.
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SOLD: 913 Central

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan NoPa Secret Garden Condo List: $699,000 SOLD: $725,000
Check out the Secret Sauce
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SOLD FOR $900,000 OVER

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Noe Valley Fixer List: $1,898,000 SOLD: $2,800,000
$1M Over, How'd We Do It
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SOLD 1252 Brunswick

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan A California Bungalow List: $749,000 SOLD: $755,000
Visit Brunswick
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Listed & Sold! $1.27M

273 Romain Street, Twin Peaks/Upper Market view single-family home. Remodeled and Refreshed for sale. 2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car garage and private yard. Quiet, bright, airy with incredible 180º views from Bay to Peaks. (MLS 420070) Listed at: $995,000 SOLD AT: $1,270,000 (May 30, 2014, multiple offers)
See How It Happened
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SOLD: 241 Judson

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan A Sunny Sunnyside House List: $1,095,000 SOLD $1,200,000
Check it Out
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Listed & Sold! $1.4M

471 Hickory Street. Hayes Valley single-family home with 2 bed, 1 bath, 2-3 car garage, private center patio. Cute, bright & chic. (MLS 421090) Listed at: $1,060,000 SOLD AT: $1,400,000 (June 12, 2014, multiple offers)
See How We Did It.
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For Sale: Lafayette Parcels

Listed Now: Two Parcels in Lafayette $1.65M OBO Offers Welcome
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SOLD: 175 Bluxome, No. 327

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Chic SOMA Loft Listed: $899,000 SOLD: $925,000
Details Here.
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Sold in 72 Hours!

868 Minnesota Chic, serene & spacious 1 Bed in Dogpatch (Sold in 72 hours)
868 Minnesota, No. 411
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Listed & Sold! 1643 44th Avenue

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan Outer Sunset Fixer. Listed at $799,000 (March 2015) Sold: $960,000 +120%
See More
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SOLD: 60 Montebello Dr

Listed with Kevin+Jonathan A House by the Ocean List: $749,000 SOLD: $900,000
Visit Montebello
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Just Sold: 172 Valleyview, S. San Francisco

Record-setting Fixer Sale. Done.
Check it Out

W A L K – T H R O U G H S 

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Walk with Us. These properties caught our eye as being exceptional. Just how a property is exceptional depends! It could be a fixer, a fabulous value or just plain fabulous!

SF Properties We've Walked Through for You

ALL OVER THE MAP

See Where Kevin+Jonathan’s Buyers & Sellers Have Succeeded

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It’s Time To Get Started With Kevin+Jonathan

Representing a loyal, diverse and ever-growing client base, Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties deliver unmatched professional real estate services for buyers and sellers in San Francisco. They’re good at what they do and watch out for their clients’ interests with comprehensive and analytical advice to ensure their clients make the most informed decisions.

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I love the style of your newsletter! It is so informative and fun! I love to see what is happening in my neighborhood too.

—Cynthia W.

Homeowner, Noe Valley


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In the Know with Kevin+Jonathan …

THIS IS NOT YOUR AUTOMATED NEWSLETTER

Every week we spend hours looking at, researching and writing about San Francisco’s real estate markets for our exclusive insider’s newsletter we send to our private list of clients every 2 weeks (sometimes more often than that). Yes, you’ll see our typos as this newsletter is written by actual humans with thoughts and commentary to boot.

Besides our typos our readers get access to….

  • Shhh. It’s a secret: Exclusive & Advance Listing information for properties being sold ‘off-market’ or are otherwise ‘coming soon’
  • Stories of the Week — our readers learn the details of how and why a property sold with how many offers, what the sellers were thinking, etc.
  • Our Commentary & Perspective on San Francisco’s mix of markets
  • Early Access and leads on new developments, trends and mortgage rates from Vanguard Properties’ preferred lenders and much more!

And, yes, your contact information stays private with us only, so why are you still buying real estate in the dark?

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Clients Say…

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

 

Why You're Hiring Vanguard Properties

 

 

 

We live here. We work here. We thrive here. When you’re looking to buy or sell in the Bay Area trust Vanguard Properties to lead the way.

Being ranked as the top LGBT, locally-owned and operated business in San Francisco, Vanguard Properties has sold billions and billions of dollars worth of property in the City and the Bay Area. No one knows San Francisco and the Bay Area like Vanguard.

At Vanguard Properties we are committed to understanding your individual needs. We promise to provide you with the kind of quality service that will exceed your expectations. Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilled execution. Kevin+Jonathan are proud and happy to be apart of such success. We realize this success is thanks to our clients, friends and colleagues. Thank You!

Learn more about Vanguard Properties HERE.


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Clients Say…

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


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Clients Say

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

Other Agents Want to Work With Us Too.

Sure our clients like us and our work, but other agents do too and will pick our clients’ offers simply because it’s from us.

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)

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Our Secret Weapon: Raffi the Dog

(Raffi, Real Estate Dog Extraordinaire, Vets Properties, Helps with Open Houses and More)

Just Sold: 175 Bluxome, No. 327: Raffi Shows this Remodeled SOMA Loft

Raffi's Real Estate Videos: 4658 18th Street — Someone is Waiting for You at Home

For More Vimeo Videos from Kevin+Jonathan (and Raffi), Click Here or on YouTube.

Previously Listed: 735 Clementina: Raffi Plays Hide and Go Seek at this SOMA Trophy Home

Just Sold with Kevin+Jonathan: 1617 Church Street, Noe Valley, $1.349M List, Sold at: $1.705M

Raffi Returns: 243 Romain Street — What Goes On at Home While You're Away (come home soon)