reating the right look, touch, and feel is key to ensuring that our clients’ properties are presented in the best possible light.
Sometimes that means a fixer will just be shown as a fixer. For us, however, it will be one that’s clean, bright and open. We’ll stress the property’s potential by imagining the space as it could be and arm buyers with the knowledge of what steps are needed to get there.
Check out some examples below including one where we bested early estimates and ended up closing at nearly $1M over (a realistic) list price.
But most times our clients’ properties are livable and decent enough. The key to getting a sale price that is truly special is by presenting spaces that have that extra “it” factor — spaces that will inspire buyers into action emotionally.
Before you think that updating is cost-prohibitive and too time-consuming, think again. We have access to a network of trades professionals and vendors who our various clients have retained to transform their properties into showcase ones by following a tailored preparation plan that we've created taking our clients' budgets, timelines and goals into consideration.
Take a look at some of our most notable examples below.
San Francisco’s Real Estate is a Place Where:
ROI IS HIGH. Every dollar invested (wisely) into a property should yield that dollar back and many more.
YOU GOT ME FEELING EMOTIONS. Despite being data-driven, many San Francisco buyers are nevertheless emotional ones looking to connect with the right home.
I GOT IT. People have mysterious amounts of money but scarce time, so they’re willing to pay more for something that’s done, done, done.
CALL + RETURN. Properties that harken back to or conjure up childhood or traditional themes while also attending to details, do very well.
DETAILS, DETAILS. Properties that are architect- or designer-designed can do very well indeed as they have a certain point of view that developers and contractors may not have.
The two above points confirm that thoughtfully and well-prepared properties outperform cookie-cutter ones as our experience with buyers and sellers confirms time and time again.
While there are many more, these will give you a sense of what we suggest our clients do.
- What: 3-Bed, 1-Bath, No Parking
- Where: 714 Page Street
- When: 2018
- What: Kitchen cabinets + counters, Bathroom finishes, new tile, Hallway lights, Lighting fixtures, Repainting, sound dampening, Refinishing wood floors
- Previous Purchase Price: $610,000 (2012)
- Pre-reno/As-Is Market Value Estimate: $1,000,000
- Renovation Cost: $70,000
- Renovation Duration: 3-4 weeks
- Sale Price: $1,375,000 (July 2018)
Befores and Afters On Page Street
Our clients, a government attorney and a nurse practitioner, bought their home as a tenancy-in-common a few years before they met us. A job relocation necessitated a move. Their ground-floor 3-bed, 1-bath converted condominiums that was solid and functional but also dark and dated.
Using existing custom cabinets and systems we proposed a series of cosmetic changes that would boost the value of our clients' property that included painting and reconfiguring custom kitchen cabinets, swapping out a pedestal sink for a floating vanity, and — perhaps most important — updating the home's lighting.
- What: 2-Bed, 2-Bath, 1 Parking
- Where: 375 15th Avenue
- When: 2017
- What: Kitchen, Living Room, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Hallway, Lighting, Repainting, Recarpeting, Install Wood Floors
- Pre-reno/As-Is Market Value Estimate: $800,000
- Renovation Cost: $70,000
- Renovation Duration: 4-5 weeks
- Sale Price: $1,340,000 (May 2017 after 3 days on the market)
Befores and Afters On 15th Avenue
Our clients, an office manager and former realtor, both based in Seattle, contacted us to help them value, clear-out, prepare, remodel, and sell this top-floor 2-bed, 2-bath vintage1980s condominium that was functional and very dated — all from a distance as they were in Seattle the entire time.
Using existing custom cabinets and systems we proposed a series of cosmetic changes that would boost the property's value that included painting kitchen cabinets, replacing appliances, swapping out bath vanities and installing new LED mirrors, installng new wood floors (with sound dampening material) and updating the condo's lighting.
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Listed by Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties in San Francisco, 714 Page Street is a luxurious and beautifully updated 3-bed, 1-bath condominium with a dream kitchen, garden access and elegant finishes that blend modern with its 105-year old history at the intersections of the Haight, Duboce, Hayes Valley and the Divisadero Corridor.
Hi, we’re Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties in San Francisco, California. We’re partners in life and in business. Together with our big black Labrador retriever, Raffi, we are top producing Realtors in San Francisco’s competitive and valuable residential real estate market.
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