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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Q+A

The San Francisco Chronicle asks expert area realtors questions every week for their Sound-Off segment found in its Sunday Real Estate Section. The online counter part appears on SF Gate. We've been asked to contribute and do so fairly often, which is what you're seeing here.  

Q: Is it a challenge to stay busy right now? Why or why not?

A: Because our approach to real estate is quite personal and big picture, we’ve been very busy recently as the pandemic has changed personal circumstances for so many. It’s a transition period where it’s important to keep an eye on the bigger perspective, which is still strong in San Francisco: inventory and activity is up.

Buyers fortunate enough to be able to buy now are eager to secure low mortgage rates instead of paying rent. Because COVID has changed commutes, some homeowners are looking to relocate to homes with yards and more space. And there are landlords who want to leave the rental business.

Serving this wide mix of client needs takes more time and effort: property visits require PPE and scheduling; mortgage processing times are up; decisions to buy or sell consider more factors than before. This is why it’s great that there are two of us helping our clients and that we have a go-to support team to ensure nothing is missed.

The online version of this was published on July 27, 2020, while the print version was published on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Find the online version here.

People need to buy and sell houses no matter when

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SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Still Busy During Covid with Kevin+Jonathan

Even during a Pandemic, people need to buy and sell houses and properties. See why it’s been such a busy market in San Francisco with Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties, the largest, locally owned and operated boutique brokerage in the Bay Area.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Impact a Second Corona Spike on San Francisco's Housing Market Considered with Kevin+Jonathan

How has another wave of Corona-19 cases impacted San Francisco’s housing market? It’s emphasized how important it is to be working with professionals like Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of San Francisco’s largest, independently owned brokerage Vanguard Properties.

Kevin Quoted in Mission Local: “Real estate market in the Mission appears to recover, for now - Mission Local”

“A lot of renters have become buyers,” observed real estate agent Kevin Ho. “All the talk of exodus — that’s the headline-grabbing news — but the real news is that a lot of buyers have a little more affordability. And a little more balance to the market allows them to own a piece of San Francisco.”

Ho said more of the buyers right now seem to be people who want to live in the home they’re purchasing, rather than using it as an investment. He said some of the recent changes to the law around tenant protections and rent forgiveness might be having an impact, and investors “don’t necessarily want to assume that risk.” In Mission Local.

Kevin on KTVU-2 Talking About Corona and SF Real Estate

San Francisco real estate and the coronavirus/COVID-19 as discussed by Kevin Ho of San Francisco’s Vanguard Properties, the leading locally owned luxury brokerage for the San Francisco Bay Area. The forecast is optimistic, the question is when.

Top Places for LGBTQ Folks to Live—and It's Not Just NYC and San Francisco | realtor.com

Talking about destination neighborhoods for LGBTQ folks, Kevin Ho of Vanguard Properties discusses how the Castro in San Francisco’s Eureka Valley, stacks up compared to other destinations and why it has a unique appeal.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: On Setting a List Price with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry

Setting a property’s list price or better yet trying to find a property’s real market value is always tricky especially in high-value and competitive markets like San Francisco. See how Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry, top-ranked agents at San Francisco’s luxury boutique brokerage Vanguard Properties handle the question in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sound-Off Section

San Francisco Chronicle's Sound-Off: What Can Buyers Do To Help Their Agents with Kevin Ho+Jonathan McNarry

Getting into San Francisco’s real estate market can be daunting, but don’t worry, Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry have a map.

SF Gate's Sound Off: Will the 49ers playing in the Super Bowl affect open houses this weekend? 

We compare how San Francisco real estate stacks up against its Super Bowl rivals Baltimore and Kansas City. It’s not even close.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Impact a Second Corona Spike on San Francisco’s Housing Market Considered with Kevin+Jonathan

A Second Wave's impact on San Francisco's housing market

Kevin+Jonathan In and On the Media

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Q+A

The San Francisco Chronicle asks expert area realtors questions every week for their Sound-Off segment found in its Sunday Real Estate Section. The online counter part appears on SF Gate. We've been asked to contribute and do so fairly often, which is what you're seeing here.  

Q: How do you expect the recent spike in COVID-19 cases to affect the Bay Area’s housing market?

A: Since COVID started, many aspects of the Bay Area’s housing market stayed the same: it still costs about $1,000 per square foot to buy a home in San Francisco. People are still buying and selling.

Lenders are still lending (at very low interest rates). But it’s also changed: There are fewer transactions overall. Prices have stayed strong for houses but dipped a bit for condos. And there are no open houses.

The latest spike in COVID-19 cases will impact the housing market like everything else: it’ll interrupt our slow crawl towards a semblance of normalcy. You won’t be able to stumble upon an open house while out one weekend for a long while.

But the spike stresses why it’s even more important to work with good agents especially now.

Private appointments that agents facilitate are the only way to see a property for sale in person. More important, because COVID has really highlighted what “home” means to people, who better to help guide people with expertise, perspective and context sorely needed now than your friendly agent?

The online version of this was published on July 5, 2020 while the print version was also published on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Find the online version here.

A Second Wave's impact on San Francisco's housing market

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SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Still Busy During Covid with Kevin+Jonathan

Even during a Pandemic, people need to buy and sell houses and properties. See why it’s been such a busy market in San Francisco with Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties, the largest, locally owned and operated boutique brokerage in the Bay Area.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Impact a Second Corona Spike on San Francisco's Housing Market Considered with Kevin+Jonathan

How has another wave of Corona-19 cases impacted San Francisco’s housing market? It’s emphasized how important it is to be working with professionals like Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of San Francisco’s largest, independently owned brokerage Vanguard Properties.

Kevin Quoted in Mission Local: “Real estate market in the Mission appears to recover, for now - Mission Local”

“A lot of renters have become buyers,” observed real estate agent Kevin Ho. “All the talk of exodus — that’s the headline-grabbing news — but the real news is that a lot of buyers have a little more affordability. And a little more balance to the market allows them to own a piece of San Francisco.”

Ho said more of the buyers right now seem to be people who want to live in the home they’re purchasing, rather than using it as an investment. He said some of the recent changes to the law around tenant protections and rent forgiveness might be having an impact, and investors “don’t necessarily want to assume that risk.” In Mission Local.

Kevin on KTVU-2 Talking About Corona and SF Real Estate

San Francisco real estate and the coronavirus/COVID-19 as discussed by Kevin Ho of San Francisco’s Vanguard Properties, the leading locally owned luxury brokerage for the San Francisco Bay Area. The forecast is optimistic, the question is when.

Top Places for LGBTQ Folks to Live—and It's Not Just NYC and San Francisco | realtor.com

Talking about destination neighborhoods for LGBTQ folks, Kevin Ho of Vanguard Properties discusses how the Castro in San Francisco’s Eureka Valley, stacks up compared to other destinations and why it has a unique appeal.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: On Setting a List Price with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry

Setting a property’s list price or better yet trying to find a property’s real market value is always tricky especially in high-value and competitive markets like San Francisco. See how Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry, top-ranked agents at San Francisco’s luxury boutique brokerage Vanguard Properties handle the question in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sound-Off Section

San Francisco Chronicle's Sound-Off: What Can Buyers Do To Help Their Agents with Kevin Ho+Jonathan McNarry

Getting into San Francisco’s real estate market can be daunting, but don’t worry, Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry have a map.

SF Gate's Sound Off: Will the 49ers playing in the Super Bowl affect open houses this weekend? 

We compare how San Francisco real estate stacks up against its Super Bowl rivals Baltimore and Kansas City. It’s not even close.

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SF Gate’s Sound Off: Will the 49ers playing in the Super Bowl affect open houses this weekend? 

Sound off from the San Francisco Chronicle (Feb 2, 2020 Edition)

Will the 49ers playing in the Super Bowl affect open houses this weekend?

We get asked to share our take on real estate by our friends at the San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate, like the one above. Here's our answer to this week's question about the Super Bowl's impact on open houses: 

This weekend you’re likely to see more red and gold and fair-weather civic pride out there than open house signs. The cutest condo ever can’t compete with a spectacle as big as the Super Bowl, especially when our hometown team is playing, which no one expected.

Because us agents work hard to keep property listings from become stale (or even being perceived as such), many will advise sellers to come to market after folks are done being distracted by the holidays, which should really also include the Super Bowl as 115 million people travel during the holidays and about 100 million watch the game.

The charming 2-bed, 2-bath, house can’t compete with J.Lo and Shakira just as the pricey open floor plan can’t compete with the far pricier spectacle where the commercials alone cost $175,000 a second. Sports fans rule the roost this weekend for sure, but don’t worry real estate fans, prime time is just about to kick off.

Published at: Sound Off: Will the 49ers playing in the Super Bowl affect open houses this weekend? - SFGate 

That got us to thinking about how we stack up to ourselves and to our rivals:
It's Pricy Here for Sure.

Now and Then, Here and There. What if you bought a house last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl? And how does SF stack up against its opponents real estate wise?

 

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SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Still Busy During Covid with Kevin+Jonathan

Even during a Pandemic, people need to buy and sell houses and properties. See why it’s been such a busy market in San Francisco with Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties, the largest, locally owned and operated boutique brokerage in the Bay Area.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: Impact a Second Corona Spike on San Francisco's Housing Market Considered with Kevin+Jonathan

How has another wave of Corona-19 cases impacted San Francisco’s housing market? It’s emphasized how important it is to be working with professionals like Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of San Francisco’s largest, independently owned brokerage Vanguard Properties.

Kevin Quoted in Mission Local: “Real estate market in the Mission appears to recover, for now - Mission Local”

“A lot of renters have become buyers,” observed real estate agent Kevin Ho. “All the talk of exodus — that’s the headline-grabbing news — but the real news is that a lot of buyers have a little more affordability. And a little more balance to the market allows them to own a piece of San Francisco.”

Ho said more of the buyers right now seem to be people who want to live in the home they’re purchasing, rather than using it as an investment. He said some of the recent changes to the law around tenant protections and rent forgiveness might be having an impact, and investors “don’t necessarily want to assume that risk.” In Mission Local.

Kevin on KTVU-2 Talking About Corona and SF Real Estate

San Francisco real estate and the coronavirus/COVID-19 as discussed by Kevin Ho of San Francisco’s Vanguard Properties, the leading locally owned luxury brokerage for the San Francisco Bay Area. The forecast is optimistic, the question is when.

Top Places for LGBTQ Folks to Live—and It's Not Just NYC and San Francisco | realtor.com

Talking about destination neighborhoods for LGBTQ folks, Kevin Ho of Vanguard Properties discusses how the Castro in San Francisco’s Eureka Valley, stacks up compared to other destinations and why it has a unique appeal.

SF Chronicle Sound-Off Q+A: On Setting a List Price with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry

Setting a property’s list price or better yet trying to find a property’s real market value is always tricky especially in high-value and competitive markets like San Francisco. See how Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry, top-ranked agents at San Francisco’s luxury boutique brokerage Vanguard Properties handle the question in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sound-Off Section

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LEARN HOW NOW → Put Expertise at work for you. Kevin+Jonathan Top 1% San Francisco Real Estate Agents We had a wonderful experience working with Kevin, Jonathan, and Raffi. We have and will continue to recommend them to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home in the Bay area. They are clearly experts in their industry.

One of their many strengths is breaking down the many steps of purchasing a home into simple easy to understand terms. Their advice was always considerate, honest and supportive.

— Ross+Rhea , Buyers, Industrial Design + Tech, Castro/Eureka Valley/Mission Dolores, who, after a few bids, beat out higher offers here as the seller’s agent knew we’d get the job done.
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Start Right Here → It’s Time to Change Your Life Kevin+Jonathan Kevin K. Ho, Esq. + Jonathan B. McNarry Kevin and Jonathan helped us find (and close!) on our dream house!

We talked to a number of buyers’ agents, however Kevin and Jonathan really stood out. Not only did they answer all our questions with their wealth of online information, but also taught us what to look for (and what to watch out for) in person as we toured homes with them.

Once we found *the home* they helped us craft an amazing pre-emptive offer that landed us the house. After we were under contract, Kevin and Jonathan handled all the little details, allowing us to close in under 2 weeks!

With all the people we interacted with in the home-buying process, Kevin and Jonathan are our top recommendation.

— Kitt and Jonathan, Buyers, Tech + Internet Architecture, Bernal Heights
San Francisco is beautiful START WITH KEVIN+JONATHAN NOW → Make the right move. Kevin +Jonathan On Top of San Francisco Real Estate When I had my first phone conversation with Kevin and Jonathan, my gut told me that THIS is the team I want to work with when the time came for me to sell. I didn’t even bother interviewing other agents. They worked with me on both selling and buying transactions and the results speak for themselves.

If there was one word to describe my experience with Kevin and Jonathan, it’s ”smart.” They know the current market environment and also helped educate and guide me to getting both buying and selling done.

— Clodel, Seller and Buyer, Retail Apps.,SoMa + Excelsior
TIME TO GET STARTED → Always Be Supported Kevin+Jonathan Top 1% San Francisco Real Estate Agents Kevin and Jonathan are a fantastic team. I found them via Yelp and, for once, the superlative reviews were accurate. They helped me sell my place in less than a month for a great price. They answered all my questions, gave me proactive suggestions, and never once left me hanging.

— Mary W., Seller, Government, the Richmond District, whose property sold in a week, over asking after she followed our prep plan.
Raffi in Glen Canyon GET GOING WITH KEVIN+JONATHAN NOW → Understanding the emotional. Kevin +Jonathan San Francisco Real Estate Can Be Amazing We had such an amazing experience with Kevin purchasing our first home in a crazy competitive market like SF. We visited together some homes we liked and we were really impressed by his knowledge and as well helping us guiding through the process. Kevin did a fantastic job being there for us almost 24/7 with all our questions. He made the process so easy for us and beyond just getting the place — provided us with very thoughtful curated information what we need to know as homeowners.

We trusted Kevin right from the beginning and his combination of being very professional, knowledgeable but at the same time understanding the emotional side that we went through purchasing the home. This was truly an amazing experience

— Oliver + Janette, Buyers, Tech/Industrial Design, The Richmond, a pre-emptive offer that saved time and money

What Do You Want to Accomplish in San Francisco Real Estate? 

Hi, we’re Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry — partners in life and in business. With our real estate super dog Raffi, we are expert, dedicated, and top-ranked San Francisco real estate agents at the City’s largest locally owned brokerage, Vanguard Properties. 

We really love what we do and know our clients — both buyers and sellers, who often become our friends — do too.  We live and breathe real estate 24/7. We are homeowners, dog dads and among the top agents in the City working with buyers and sellers from all walks of life. We regularly appear on the news as real estate experts and are frequent contributors to news outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle, Curbed SF and Realtor.com.

We love what we do and we live and breathe real estate 24/7. More importantly our clients love what we do too.

 

THE WAY WE SEE IT:

Real estate is also about changing your life (for the better).

Buyer or seller, experienced or first-timers, fixer or finished to perfection, big budget or smaller budget, today or tomorrow (or, perhaps, and tomorrow), we resolutely meet and usually best our clients’ real estate goals. We like to think of ourselves as your brokers for life. 

In case you couldn’t tell, you’re in the in the right place if you want engaged, personable, and energetic San Francisco real estate. We truly care about our client’s lives and well-being and use our experience and knowledge from hundreds of millions of dollars of sales to our client’s advantage every day. 

It’s time to begin.

Kevin K. Ho, Esq. 

[email protected]

415.297.7462 

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Jonathan B. McNarry

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415.215.4393

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Raffi McNarry-Ho

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We drill down to the neighborhoods, the side of the street you're on, which way the wind blows at 4:00 a.m. and p.m. to help our clients — who are both buyers and sellers, first-timers, veterans to the market and repeat — understand the variety, nuance and micro-markets that fit into our 7-mile-by-7-mile slice of the world.

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Thanks to our devoted client base and their referrals and repeat business, we've been able to rank in the City's top echelon of agents for many years. We always remember that our success is rooted in our clients' success. We're in this together. 

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San Francisco has its very own real estate dog. Whether Raffi is helping our buyers sniff out the competition or our sellers out by looking his friendly self, Raffi does his part in Kevin+Jonathan's success.  

Forward Thinking.

Local Experts with A Global Reach.

We could be working with any brokerage in San Francisco or even be an independent one. But we chose to align with a company that is distinct, special and successful — Vanguard Properties. The (last) locally owned and operated major brokerage in San Francisco, the firm has deep roots in the LGBT community, new development and the community at large. 

What's it Like to Work with Kevin+Jonathan?  

Importantly, Kevin and Jonathan 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 and Homeowners of a Noe Valley Single-Family Home, who later remodeled and updated their home. Ross and Sarah also referred many other happy buyers — many of whom are also now homeowners thanks to Kevin+Jonathan. Also pictured, Mr. Raffi pays a follow-up visit to the growing family.

We love what we do.

But more importantly, our clients love what we do too. 

Yes, other San Francisco agents seek to work with us and our clients because they know we will follow-through and stay true

Kevin and Jonathan helped us sell our home in the Lower Haight, and they were fantastic! We seriously cannot recommend them enough. Kevin and Jonathan are knowledgeable, savvy, hands-on agents who are worth their weight in gold! If you need to buy or sell, WORK WITH THEM! They CARE about their clients as PEOPLE.

From the beginning stages of brainstorming ideas, to the execution and final sale, Kevin and Jonathan were with us every step of the way. They knew exactly what needed to be done and who to talk to, whether it be design, painting, hiring contractors or staging.

They were also incredibly knowledgeable about the market and what potential buyers would be looking for. Once the sales process was in play, it quickly became apparently that Kevin and Jonathan know how to run a competitive process. They sold our property and helped us get an amazing return.

LJ & Lawrence, Personal Consulting and Gaming, Sellers, Lower Haight, who followed our advice on strategic remodeling and updates to realize a gain of $740,000 in just two years.

Respected In the Community (of Other Agents)

About 10–20 percent of real estate agents in San Francisco account for 80 percent of all the transactions that take place in the City. This relatively small community is one full of so many types of personalities, approaches, style and practices. To stand out among this community takes experience, courtesy and professionalism that form the basis of a solid reputation. 

Other Agents Want to Work with Us And Our Clients

It’s nice to be held in high regard or esteem by co-workers (and even competitors), right? Our clients benefit from our great reputation among the agent community. And yes — it really does make a difference as to who your representation is.  

PRESENTATION + PACKAGING

We always remember that other agents and their clients are our audience as well who need to be seen, acknowledged and engaged.

{One of the Best Open Houses in 40 Years}

I must say that your entire property from stem to stern, showed Spectacular! ... 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!

Long time Noe Valley agent 

(Unsolicited feedback about our listing at 1617 Church Street, which saw our clients realize a nearly $450,000 gain (35%) in 2 years without major renovations, just better preparation that we personally supervised) 

Yes, other San Francisco agents seek to work with us and our clients because they know we will follow-through and stay true

Agents Have Good Memories. Let’s Make Those Fond Ones, Shall We? 


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 buyer won an attractive Corona/Castro property by beating out 2 other competitive and similar offers)


Your clients got the property because of you!

Listing Agent, San Francisco, Haight District

(Our buyers won and beat out 1 other similar offer)

 

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’ carefully crafted preemptive offer was accepted instead of going to market, where property would have sold for more most likely)

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Hard to believe that we finished the renovation just about a year ago. Mr. Raffi was an excellent foredog/supervisor. #kevinandjonathan @subzero #kitchenlighting #kitchenlightingideas @alloyled @muutodesign @gdb_official ...

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Curbed SF: Why Do Some Realtors Use “Eureka Valley” Instead of “Castro”? – Curbed SF

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Realtor Kevin Ho explains to Curbed SF, “Eureka Valley encompasses the broader real estate subdistrict of District 5…the city has many more micro-neighborhoods than the realtor maps dare depict and this is just one more example of that.” When asked to get more granular, Ho tells us the distinction between Castro and Eureka Valley with the following specifics: “Eureka Valley refers to the hillier, tree-lined streets…

Source: Why Do Some Realtors Use “Eureka Valley” Instead of “Castro”? – Curbed SF

SF Chronicle: Q+A: How Do Agents Get Each Other’s Attention?

Q+As re San Francisco Real Estate

Besides broker tours, how can agents introduce other Realtors to their new listings?

There are so many ways to reach fellow agents these days like email and social media but at the root of a lot of client successes are tried and true ways of talking to agents face to face or spreading the word word-of-mouth in person, on the phone or via text.

Given the fact that Kevin is a trained lawyer and Jonathan is a trained nurse, they have a natural background to delve deeper and to be more inquisitive. As one of Kevin’s classmates at U.C. Berkeley’s law school said, “we’re a school of researchers, there’s nothing we won’t uncover!”

1. Word of Mouth. In person, via text or on the phone. There’s nothing like direct contact that are, of course, enhanced by established networks and good reputations.

2. In An Agent’s Own Office. There’s usually a list or repository of coming-soon or pocket listings. That or an agent will give their colleagues sneak peeks or early access to listings.

3. Top Agent Network. The invite-only, email forum for top-producing agents in the City to promote off-market or coming-soon listings or other information like upcoming price reductions or ‘buy-it-now’ prices

4. The MLS. Either as “coming soon” listings or, for active listings, what agents will say in the private comments section of a listing.

5. Direct Email. Less effective because folks are inundated with emails but it still does work in that they reach a wider audience of more agents.

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The worst question is the unasked one. So go ahead, tell us what’s on your mind. 

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Perspective from those who value properties professionally: the appraisers. How a single article might have sparked the 2019 San Francisco price surge. The coming IPO's impact on San Francisco Real Estate is already here.

The fact our listing in NoPa at 1608 Fulton Street went into contract just 4 days after we launched it on the MLS, should be indicative of the transformed nature of San Francisco’s 2019 market. Just last fall prices were slowing and properties were taking longer to sell. That’s because the stock markets fell, forest fires burned and literally choked the air outside and everyone was more focused on the midterm election.

This spring’s market couldn’t be more different with multiple offers and surging prices. We chatted with the appraiser who came to our listing today and here are some takeaways from our chat:

  • Comps (comparable sales) from last fall aren’t helping sustain or support this year’s sales,
  • Appraisers working today are really looking long and hard for comparable sales to justify current contract prices. While stretching last year’s sales data is one way of getting that task done, reaching out to other agents and appraisers for properties that are currently pending is the other way to do it.
  • As true with years past, no buyers (at least the ones who actually get houses into contract) are including appraisal contingencies in their offers.
  • Average per-square foot prices for properties under $2,000,000 in San Francisco are now hovering around $1,100/sqft with smaller units pushing into the $1,700/sqft range. We’re still not quite at the $2,000/sqft range…. yet.
  • And yes, the low-list price-crazy-contract-price game is still going on out there with agents still listing their properties for less than market value which is intended to draw attention and multiple offers competing with each other.

The reason for this big surge of purchases and prices?

The appraiser we talked to today attributes this push to that same New York Times IPO-about-to-hit-San-Francisco-real-estate article as being the trigger for this overnight transformation of our marketplace.

Indeed, buyers are taking the hint of trying to buy before waves of IPO monies are freed up, but as we’ve said before, that time is still in the offing.

What Does this Mean to Me?

Buyer or Seller alike will feel the IPO impact, ask us how.

So how might this surge impact your position? Ask us how. 

San Francisco Chronicle: Q+A: How do I determine my priorities before I search for a home? By Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry

K E V I N + J O N A T H A N  I N  T H E  M E D I A 

Question: How do I determine my priorities before I search for a home?

A: Home buyers can easily get wrapped up and turned around in questioning what their priorities really are — from the esoteric, “What am I actually buying?” (especially for tenancy in commons and condominiums); the overwhelming, “How am I really going to pay for this?” to the existential, “How can a space really be ‘0’ square feet?”

But must-haves and deal-breakers really come into focus when we ask our buyers to take a look at their calendars, weekend plans and daily routines.

After work, do you nest or is home just a pit-stop before spin class and dinner? (Read: location/starter home).

Are you making dinner at home tonight? (Read: kitchen quality).

Did you leave you clothes in the washer again? (Read: in-unit laundry and closet space).

Just how often will those out-of-town guests really visit you? (Read: budget/room count).

By taking a look at the humdrum of daily life, disoriented buyers may well see that the answers were right in front of them all along.

What's important to you? Let's discuss and we'll figure it out and find the right place for you together!

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From time to time we get asked to chime in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle’s real estate Ask-a-Realtor column “Sound Off.”  This week’s question asked about how the Internet has impacted real estate.

Appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Sound Off” real estate column as published on April 1, 2019, see the online version here.

More Columns from Kevin + Jonathan

Q1 2019 in San Francisco Real Estate with Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry, Vanguard Properties

Q1 2019: A Mix of Sun, Rain and Sales

How did San Francisco real estate do in 2019 compared to 2018?

Lower Inventory Held Off Any Price Declines in the First Quarter of 2019

This spring has been wet. Really wet. More than Seattle wet. We’ve had more than 36 inches of rain here at our house for example. Over the spring, we’ve seen this: when the sun comes out people come out to open houses and when it rains they don’t. It seems simple and straightforward but it’s been the pattern we’ve been seeing this spring. So watch this space next week as this is one of the first sunny and warm weekends we’ve had in a while. 

The weather’s impact has been showing up as certain properties have amassed more days on market than you’d expect but still do well despite being on the market longer. Also, we’ve seen little surges of properties going into contract after a given sunny weekend. 

But What Will Continued Low Mortgage Interest Rates and IPO Cash Do to San Francisco's High-Value Real Estate?

What we’ve seen this spring: 

  • Buyers are out in force but inventory continues to lag
  • The quality of inventory has been okay but will May bring the stunners and special properties that folks love?
  • When people want a property, they’re throwing down more an earlier but sellers are still holding to offer dates and pushing prices up and up 
  • $1,200 is the new $1,000-a-square-foot as 7 neighborhoods now regularly see prices push beyond the $1,000/sqft barrier
  • The Lyft IPO went well the 1st day (and declined the next). This brings up a lot of talk about the impact more IPOs will bring (uber, pinterest, slack, etc), but remember, any IPO impact will be sustained over time (if there is anything appreciable) because not everyone can or will cash out their stocks and many of the people who benefit from this windfall have been there and done that and probably bought a nice house last time around. See our thoughts about that here.

Yellow = Average Prices > $1,000/sqft for all property types 

Red = Average Prices > $1,200/sqft for all property types

 

Source: SFAR MLS Sales Data

How About You?

What impact will sales figures have on your real estate position?

We beat expectations all the time. See how we can for you. 

How Did San Francisco Real Estate Fare in 2018?

Market data for San Francisco residential real estate shows that median prices for houses and condominiums held steady overall rising the most in southern parts of San Francisco. See how Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties break it apart.

Our Annual Review: Steady As She Goes — Median San Francisco Prices Rise 6% Matching Historic Norms in 2017

While 2017 may not have seemed to be the most normal year around the world — wild fires, 106° days in San Francisco, mayors suddenly leaving us early, presidential lows and a whole renewed awareness of what ‘crossing the line’ meant one thing that held unsurprisingly steady: real estate prices and value. As we’ve said time and time again, real estate is the ultimate hedge against risk, change and surprise in that it’s both an asset with value that also has utility.

What the Data Shows for San Francisco’s Real Estate Market in November 2015

The realtors released recent sales data for November showing nice growth but not nutso growth we’ve seen in years past — which is a good thing, right?

Debunking The Great IPO Scare of ’19 with Kevin Ho + Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties

IPO v.2019

Don't Believe the Hype: Yes, 2019's IPOs are about to blast off, but their impact will take longer to feel and may not be as great as feared

By now you've probably heard that the IPO for [insert company-of-the-moment here] is going to flood the city with millionaires and push already high real estate prices out of this world. A popular variation is that many sellers who would otherwise list and sell their properties now are withholding their properties until IPO money hits the market to cash in on the forthcoming cash surge. But delve deeper into these propositions and you'll see there's more to it than those eye-catching headlines. One: Will there really be that much new cash out there? Maybe but the Facebook IPO is instructive as the company's shares did not go crazy but went down by $20 a share in the first few months after its IPO. Okay, eventually, the stock went up and cash followed. Two: Assuming there is more cash on the market and in the accounts of all those coders and sales people, the question then becomes: when will that cash be felt on the market? What many forget is that IPOs are usually followed by restrictive periods of 6 months to a year after an IPO where employees are barred from cashing their RSUs or options in. And a lot can happen to a stock during that time. Also, remember we'll be in an election cycle by the time money from 2019 IPOs hits the market and who knows what the world will be like then. Three: Just how many employees are there who stand to benefit? Not that many, the headcount at many of the darling unicorns of the tech IPO isn't high. So is now a better time to buy or later? Even if just one property owner decides to hold on to their property for longer than they would have otherwise prices will rise as our already-limited inventory will have one less property to buy thus driving up scarcity and prices. With longer term prospects looking to be ones flush with cash, the only solace you can find mow is that interest rates have fallen since last fall and continue to be low for the time being.

By now you’ve probably heard that there are lots IPOs set to blast off for San Francisco-based companies [if not, then take a read here]. The impact of these IPOs will flood the city with copious amounts of cash and a bevy of freshly minted millionaires, who will then push already sky-high real estate prices out of this world.

A popular variation of this story is that many sellers who would otherwise list and sell their properties now are instead withholding their properties until IPO money hits the market to list the property to take advantage of the anticipated forthcoming cash surge.

But if you delve deeper into these propositions you’ll see there’s more to it than those eye-catching headlines.

Three Reasons Why Money Won’t Fall From the Sky Today… 

One: Will there really be that much cash out there? Maybe but the Facebook IPO is instructive as the company’s shares did not go crazy and went down by $20 a share in the first few months after its IPO.

(Okay, eventually, the stock went up and cash flowed forth.) 

Two: Assuming there is more cash on the market and in the accounts of all those coders and sales people, the question then becomes: when will that cash be felt on the market? What many forget is that IPOs are usually followed by restrictive periods of 6 months to a year after an IPO during which employees are barred from cashing in their RSUs or selling options. And a lot can happen to a stock during that time.

(And remember we’ll be in an election cycle by the time money from 2019 IPOs hits the market and who knows what the world will be like then.)

Three: Just how many employees are there who stand to benefit? Not that many, right? The headcount at many of the darling unicorns of the tech IPOs is relatively small.

So is now a better time to buy or later?

So, if even just a single property owner decides to hold on to their property for longer than they would have otherwise, prices will rise in the short term because that will mean one less property to buy thus driving up scarcity and prices. Indeed, the data from when Google IPO’s in 2004 that condo price growth in District 5 held at a steady 15% clip while house prices rose 5% faster than the year prior to the IPO.  

The take-away: prices for single-family homes will increase post-IPO at a higher rate than they would for condominiums so buy now while you can while interest rates are lower than they have been over the past 2 years.

 

So How Did It Go When Google Went IPO?

Google's IPO was in August 2004. We look at price growth rates for house and condo prices in District 5 (Noe Valley, Eureka Valley, Mission Dolores, Duboce Triangle and the Haight) in the year before and after the IPO.

Price Change From 2002–2005

During which the average house price in District 5 grew from $948,000 to $1,074,000 to $1,292,000— by 13% and 18% respectively

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Price Change From 2002–2005

During which the average condominium price in District 5 grew from $613,000 to $713,000 to $827,000— holding at a steady 15% annual rate

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