Better than Cookies in the Oven (and gluten-free): Raffi

Being memorable is what most agents strive to be — cookies baking in the oven anyone? We have something better in mind. 

Real estate and dogs go hand in, well, paw, which is where Raffi McNarry-Ho comes in. There are anywhere from 70 to 90 million dogs in America (more than half of American households have a pet as a denizen according to the Washington Post) it should make perfect sense as to why Raffi, Guide Dog turned real estate super dog, is a memorable part of any property that Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry, top producers at San Francisco’s Vanguard Properties, list and sell for their clients.

More eco-friendly and memorable than cookies (not to mention gluten-free) Raffi is a conversation starter and something that will make our listings stand out from all the others. Being remembered fondly and positively is the rare combination that can be elusive for many real estate agents. This is something we have handled. Of course having two enthusiastic, knowledgeable and charismatic agents working on your behalf is one thing, but our third team member who goes to open houses, escrows and photoshoots  — Raffi McNarry-Ho — is someone no other agents can offer. 

In a time where setting yourself apart in a disarming, positive and reassuring way is difficult, Raffi’s mellow nature, affable mannerisms and handsome looks are a true asset and fringe benefit for our clients. Whether he’s in a property video, in a 3-D tour or at an actual open house, Raffi makes a positive, warm and welcoming impression that stands out in people’s minds so when agents and buyers ask about our listings, the response you’d overhear would go something like this: “Yes, that’s right. the house with the (big) dog.”  

Are There More Dogs in SF than Kids?

Yes, according to media reports, there are more dogs in San Francisco than kids. 

According to the American Community Survey, in 2016 there were about 115,000 children under 18 living in the city. At the same time, San Francisco Animal Care and Control estimated there were about 120,000 to 150,000 dogs in the city.

Read and listen to the KQED story here.

A Team of Three for Me?

Wait Until He Gets His Paws On It

Our listings regularly sell faster, better and stronger than so many other properties in San Francisco. Part of this success has to do the efforts of our third, four-legged team member, Raffi. 

Some Examples of Raffi’s Work To Date

(aka, shameless dog photos in pretty real estate)

  • All
  • Buy Now
  • Castro District
  • Condos
  • Glen Park
  • Golden Gate Heights
  • Great Opportunity
  • Hot Property
  • Listing
  • Lower Pac Heights
  • Potrero Hill
  • San Francisco Real Estate
  • SoMa
  • Something Special
  • Unqiue Properties for Sale
  • Vanguard Properties
  • Victorian
  • Views

For Sale: 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.

For Sale: 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,

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 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).

SOLD: 201 Mateo Street, San Francisco | Listed By Kevin+Jonathan, MLS 421524593


SOLD: 27 Boardman Place, San Francisco | A Rare and Unexpected SoMa Home MLS 421524274 | List $1.895M | SOLD: $2M

Owned by the same family for years, this first time in over 40 years that 27 Boardman Place is available for sale. With more than 2800+ square foot, this home can be a family compound, home + income property, or multigenerational home. With 4 bedrooms, 2 levels, 2-car parking, this is a special opportunity. The current owners supplemented their income with a licensed Airbnb space that generated more than $80,000 with the income prior to the pandemic.

SOLD: 340 Sanchez Street, San Francisco with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry, Vanguard Properties, MLS 514843 Listed: $1.195M | SOLD: $1.36M


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