Hello From Our Family To Yours
LOOK NO FURTHER FOR BETTER BUYING AND SMARTER SELLING IN SAN FRANCISCO: YOU’VE MET KEVIN+JONATHAN
Hello. We’d like to introduce ourselves to you.
We are Kevin K. Ho, Esq. and Jonathan B. McNarry, partners in life and business. We have a black lab named Raffi. We work with Vanguard Properties — the locally owned, top-producing brokerage that sells some of San Francisco’s best properties.
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.
- Both buyers and sellers succeed with our continuous service and contact. We’re personable and always living, breathing and thinking about real estate.
In just the past few years we’ve sold more than $100,000,000 worth of real estate and the figure continues to grow everyday.
- Our third team member, Raffi, has seen more properties and hosted more open houses than many agents. He breaks the ice, helps draw the right type of buyers and sellers who are not only dog people but folks who are not only friendly, adaptive and flexible — these are the folks who tend to be more successful in life too.
- Our services work best because they’re rooted in the premise that things go better in life when you’re nice to people and any victory is that much sweeter when everyone wins.
- Our approach is a broad one rooted in giving our clients context, perspective and candor rather than a series of ad hoc or stale sales tactics.
All of this explains why we rank highly in San Francisco. When you search for real estate agents you’ll see our numerous positive client reviews and testimonials (on yelp for example)
All right, if you’re not convinced now take a peek around the site or contact us directly.
Folks who work with us will also receive the talents, capabilities and support of Vanguard Properties, one of the leading brokerages in San Francisco with a presence here in the City, up north in Marin, Sonoma and Napa and beyond. Importantly, Vanguard is locally owned and operated and has been for nearly 30 years. Vanguard has depth in residential sales and resales, development and redevelopment as well as commercial real estate.
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Partners in Business.
Partners in Life.
Real Estate Really is 24/7 for us.
Our clients are better prepared and educated about our marketplace and, therefore, our buyers tend to buy for less and our sellers tend to sell for more.
Of course, great work can only happen with great clients. So we thank all of ours for encouraging us to do better and better.
Naturally, we use technology, social media and our people skills to ensure our clients have the most current information and best perspective so they can make the best decisions possible.
First-licensed at age 19, Jonathan has significant experience in sales and service. He has sold vacant parcels to completed luxury homes in large-scale master-plan communities of 2,000+ residences throughout the Southeast including communities in Callaway Gardens, Hilton Head and Tybee Island.
He also has experience selling 6000+ sqft custom homes in the affluent Atlanta Buckhead and Chastain Park Districts where he not only assisted in the actual transactions but also helped in deciding which design and finish options would attract the best buyer interest.
Closer to San Francisco he has sold in SoMa, South Beach and in the Mission Dolores districts among other areas in Northern California. Jonathan has also worked in the banking industry, medical field and is a Notary Public.
Raffi the Dog, aka Raffi McNarry-Ho, was born in Marin County and attended the prestigious Guide Dogs for the Blind school where he excelled. Raffi transitioned from his original task of being a seeing-eye dog for a blind person when his teachers soon realized that he enjoyed meeting new people and dogs too much. Through the Career Change Adoption Program, Raffi joined Kevin and Jonathan in May 2012 and has been enjoying his work with real estate ever since. Raffi has helped with negotiated tenant-buyouts and loves exploring new properties and accompanying dog parks.
Raffi explores many of the homes Kevin and Jonathan’s clients wish to purchase finding areas to plop down so as to confirm floor levelness and when Kevin and Jonathan list properties, Raffi often stars in real estate tour videos featuring how he interacts with a property like this one.
Raffi's Latest Listing Video
Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, before committing to real estate 100 percent, he was (and is) a California licensed lawyer with 6 years of experience in civil litigation & commercial transactions when he worked in private practice in San Francisco. He’s been featured on local news and on SFGate talking about San Francisco real estate and is a regular invited contributor to the real estate blog Curbed SF having been a blogger for CNET in the past too.
He graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2004; has a Masters in Diplomacy, International Law and Economics from the University of London’s School for Oriental and African Studies. He studied in China, New College, Oxford and has a Bachelors from Washington University in St. Louis.
Kevin is also trained mediator having worked with San Francisco’s Office of Citizen Complaints mediating more than 100 disputes between citizens and their police department.
He worked as a news reporter, at the Senate and as an intern with Universal Music in London. He has trained hundreds of novice bicyclists to participate in the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s annual AIDS LifeCycle bike ride from San Francisco to LA having ridden the 7-day route a number of times himself.
You’re Successful. You’re Busy. You Want Better.
You’ve had enough professional and personal success to be at the point where you can buy (or sell) property in San Francisco — no small feat given how the City has been and continues to be home to some of the most extraordinary people in the world. If you’re like most people you want to best advice, information and service coming from dedicated professionals. But because you’re unlike most people and you want something more — that extra drive or personal touch. And that something more is what you get with Kevin+Jonathan.
That ‘something more’ is what clients of Kevin Ho, Jonathan McNarry and their real estate superdog Raffi deliver on a regular basis to our diverse client base. Attaining that ‘something more’ is why we moved to San Francisco. It’s what attracted us to Vanguard Properties — a top, locally owned boutique brokerage with strong connections to new development and the LGBT community — and it is what has propelled us to be Top Producers at Vanguard and top agents for San Francisco at large.
I must say that your entire property from stem to stern, showed Spectacular! In any event, everything was extremely well balanced … 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!
— Area Real Estate Agent, Noe Valley
(Unsolicited Email to Us)
Here's a Difference
We do real estate differently than most: we work hard, wisely and empathetically. We love what we do, whether it’s helping sellers prepare and list their property for sale or if it’s helping our buyers put their best foot forward to win that property.
SUCCESS BEGETS SUCCESS
Our Clients' Homes Away From Home: You're in Good Company
We Take a “Prof-ersonal” Approach to Real Estate.
And we probably should because we’re helping you with the place where you live after all.
As the lines between the personal and professional lives blur with folks legitimately working from home or remotely, emails and text messages buzzing at all hours of the day, it should only be natural that your real estate agents occupy that same space (figuratively speaking) because we are trying to give you some space (literally) to call your own (or someone else’s own).
We thought we were a bit crazy with this approach but it turns out that it’s more common than you’d think.
Check it out with this story from Marketplace on NPR:
Some of the Value We Add For Our Clients
Right Writing For You
Kevin was a features writer and reporter, which enables hime to provide clients as much commentary as possible in a very readable way. He’ll ask the questions, summarize the points and do it contemporaneously.
Solid Credentials at Work
Kevin is doing real estate 99.8 percent of the time these days. But he still studies up on developments in real estate law, zoning and planning issues in San Francisco and larger industry and demographic trends too.
- He has a law degree is from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) ’04
- A master’s from the University of London’s School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) ’01 (General Diplomatic Skills & International Law)
- And a BA from Washington University ’00 (East Asian Studies)
Access to Successful Real Estate for the Successful Types
We are proud of our clients. But sometimes we’re not a match. Take a look this to learn Why You May NOT Want to Work with Kevin+Jonathan.
An Average Day: Always On and Going for Clients
- On average, we have an active pool of 15-20 clients looking to buy or sell property from the $500,000 range to $4M range with a ratio of 60% buyers and 40% sellers generally.
- We have an average of 3-4 escrows open at a time which means our days are busy but only just so; because there are two of us our schedules also allows us to focus on clients when each needs some extra attention, we can handle last-minute appointments, and so on. In other words, our clients will receive comprehensive and responsive support.
- We are supported by one the City’s most experienced and cooperative brokerages that is top in the core of the City but is also expanding up north too — just like our market is.
Members Only? Membership Has its Privileges.
Clients all get the benefits from Kevin’s membership in the following organizations:
- The State Bar’s Real Property Section and its Subsection in Construction & Development
- San Francisco Residential Builders’ Association
- Allied Member, American Institute of Architects
- The influential San Francisco Association of Realtors MLS & Technology Committee
What Do the Numbers Say?
Kevin and Jonathan have been recognized as being Top Producers at Vanguard Properties since 2013 and rank among the top 3% of all San Francisco real estate agents.
A Broader Perspective that Brings People Together
Clients also benefit from Jonathan’s years-long real estate experience and business acumen along with the extensive negotiation skills developed during Kevin’s service as a local mediator with Community Boards and the SFPD Office of Citizen Complaints. The pair are strong at identifying deeper and larger motivating factors and value; bridging gaps and gulfs; and, their risk-averse approach combines with their natural, forward-thinking disposition.
A Diverse Client Base
Our clients range the spectrum from ladies who lunch, first-timers, portfolio-builders, builders who build, entrepreneurs who start — well — up, and countless other folks who are successful and prudent enough to buy or sell real property in San Francisco… We help folks at all stages of the home buying and selling process and are proud of our shared successes.