Kevin+Jonathan’s Blog Posts re SF Real Estate

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The September 2021 Update

San Francisco Housing Market data shows the city loves buying and selling houses — not so as much with condos.

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Breaking A Lease

Buying While Renting: What to Do When You Win a House with Kevin+Jonathan, San Francisco, Vanguard Properties

Home buying while renting runs the risk that you’ll buy something where you’ll have to break your lease. What tips and strategies can you employ in minimizing any extra rent you may have to pay otherwise?

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Raffi in the Kitchen

House and Home, Dog and Home, How Mr. Raffi Sells Homes with Kevin+Jonathan in San Francisco

See how our former Guide Dog guides our clients to real estate success in San Francisco. Born in Marin County and attended the prestigious Guide Dogs for the Blind school where he excelled just enough to be cut from the program, Raffi McNarry-Ho 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 has probably been to more escrow signings and closing that many agents have been (and certainly more than most people will go to during their lifetime).

Mr. 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 many of our property listings for sale. Check out some of his video on his YouTube playlist and you’ll see why so many agents and clients can’t wait to see him both onsite and open houses and online with another property video.

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FOR SALE: 119 Prospect Avenue, San Francisco, Exclusively Listed By Kevin K. Ho + Jonathan B. McNarry, Vanguard Properties | MLS 421580361

Listed and now for sale with Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry is 119 Prospect Avenue, San Francisco. The home is a truly special one set on the west slope of Bernal Heights. A blend of London-meets-California, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 outdoor area, a garage with 1-parking parking and room for storage and a workshop with seismic updates too. The 1902-era Victorian has just been updated with all the finest details where they count the most — the kitchen and bathrooms. $1,795,000. A must-see. MLS 421580361 Learn more at www.bernal-elemental.com

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Type of Flipped Houses in San Francisco

Flipped for Good?

How are you supposed to tell if a renovated property is good quality or not? See what Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of San Francisco’s Vanguard Properties, have to say about assessing flipped homes.

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July 15, 2021 On the Media, Sellers advice

SF Chronicle: When do you recommend staging and when is it unnecessary?

We’re regular contributors to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Real Estate Section. Our comments on how staging is never really an option.  …

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SOLD: 2155 12th Avenue, San Francisco, Listed with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry, Vanguard Properties, MLS 421572637

2155 12th Avenue, Golden Gate Heights view home w/3bds, 2baths, sweeping view patio, yard, 1,690 sqft, updated for sale. Listed with Kevin+Jonathan, Vanguard Properties, San Francisco. SF MLS 421572637. Stylishly updated with sweeping ocean views and deck to enjoy them from on a block that rarely sells. There are 2 beds and 1 full bath up with an open-layout living, dining and kitchen and the lower level has 1 bed, 1 bath, a wet bar/kitchenette and direct access to the back garden.

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S.F. mansion sets new record for most expensive home ever sold in the city — San Francisco Business Times

What’s $45 million between friends? When will tens of millions push to 100+? There are signs that it won’t be too much…

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875 Vermont - Raffi in the Dining Area

SOLD: 875 Vermont St., No. 204, San Francisco Listed By Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry, Vanguard Properties | Bight Modern Mint Hill Home

sted with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry: 875 Vermont Street, No. 204: Just-updated 1-bed, 1-bath, 1-car parking, Potrero condominium with in-unit laundry that’s comfortable, bright and relaxed. San Francisco MLS 421534716, www.875-vermont.com

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Staged Homes vs Unstaged Homes

On the Media: K+J on Home Staging’s Importance

Home staging will show people how they can change their lives by living differently and better than they do now. We cannot underscore how important this really is; forgoing staging runs the risk of costing far more than a staging fee with a reduced sale price.

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NOW SELLING: 1631 Pierce Street, San Francisco | Listed with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry, Vanguard Properties | MLS 421572650

Fall in love with this beautiful Victorian home with a blossoming, oversized yard in Lower Pacific Heights with yoga next door and tennis courts at either end of the block among the many shops, restaurants and attractions that surround 1631 Pierce Street. 1631 is a sophisticated and stylish, 3-bed, 2.5-bath, 1-car garage parking updated Victorian condominium that with rich details, updated chef’s kitchen, laundry, 2 outdoor areas, and an adaptable layout that allows for public and private spaces to coexist comfortably. The home is envy-worthy but not overly pretentious either. Tour virtually, watch the sweet video and see the floorplans at www.1631-Pierce.com or visit in person. Before we forget, 1631 is part of a self-managed 3-unit HOA with invested co-owners who are committed with ensuring 1631 shines on for another 135 years and love the building and its amazing yard. Homeowner dues include earthquake insurance and 1631 has ≈ 1,504 sqft of living area (per appraiser).

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How We Use Matterport in Our Listings

Increasingly vital to real estate is the ability to bring you there even if we can’t literally get you there to the site. And while the initial technology was more Salvador Dali and a frill than something essential to any listing, thanks to COVID and technological development and further enhancement to the platform, 3-D Matterport tours have become the new standard and is something Kevin+Jonathan are happy to include as part of our core of listing services and marketing.

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