Hello and Welcome to Our Quick Intro to Working with Us

Whether you’re a seasoned pro at buying property or a first-time home buyers, the process starts with giving us a call, email, or text. We will customize our approach to meet your needs, circumstances and goals. Get ready for better buying as informed by our successful record of representing both buyers and sellers in San Francisco.

Okay, Just How Ready Are You?

Are you in a hurry? Or can we take some time? Determining your time horizon from fire drill to leisurely stroll we will help you move properly

It’s important to understand where you are in the process. If you’re dipping your toe into the pond or diving right in. Letting us know where you really are in the process helps set everyone’s expectations. We’ve had clients who we met on one day and got them a house the next. We’ve also had clients we met who didn’t get a home until 4 years later and that’s okay too. We believe in getting you the right home not something right now. 

Similarly, when it comes to selling the need for speed can be misplaced as there are ways of selling a property and then there are ways to sell property correctly and for more, which is what we also excel at  too — isn’t it helpful to have agents who do both buying and selling? 

Step 1: Time to Discuss

Let’s set aside some time to get to know each other and what you’re looking to accomplish in San Francisco real estate (these days via Zoom or call)

Whether by phone, text, FaceTime or in person (later in 2020 maybe?), the first time we talk is just the beginning of our work together and one of just many conversations we will have. We hope you will find the conversation enriching and that it will kickstart the process.

Step 2: Time to Learn About All Our Neighborhoods

A lot of variety, opportunities and gems can fit into 49 square miles. Let’s start learning about our neighborhoods to see which are a match

The MLS sorts the City into 10 large geographic districts and many smaller sub districts that approximate the neighborhoods you know. Each district has a different reputation and value of course. We will help you find which matches for you and where hidden gems may be that you never knew about.


Step 3: Learning How You Can Pay

Coins, Coins, Coins — or should we say, Loans, Loans, Loans? Figuring out how you plan on paying for your purchase involves referrals potentially and, in all cases, learning about your options and how best to reach an optimal balance to maximize purchasing power and prudence

There are so many considerations to consider when it comes the money involved used to purchase a property even if you are an all-cash buyer. We have suggestions and loan people who can work with a variety of scenarios that may turn a seemingly impossible situation into a doable one. 



Step 4: Open House Etiquette + Logistics

What to do, how to act and when to visit open houses considered


Open houses are times when the seller’s agent invites the public to come and see the property. They usually take place on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. with fewer taking place at the same time on Saturdays and some homes being open on Thursday nights for ‘twilight tours’ after work gets out for most people. If you can’t make it, let us know and we can set up an appointment to see it with you or talk to us about Broker Tour Tuesdays.

Until these come back, we’re doing private appointment showings with masks, social distance and hand sanitizer. That being said, it’s a little more efficient, private and quiet this way except for the fact that there are probably people before us and after us chomping at the bit to get in! 

Step 5: Now That You Found It, What Do We Need to Know?

Once a property becomes a serious contender we will delve deeper to help you decipher property disclosures and how to put them into context

Because we see and sell so many properties in San Francisco, we have a good understanding how houses work — at least generally. And if more help or commentary or assistance is needed, we can call the right folks to help. But we are here to help you delve deeply into the pros and cons of a given property before diving in. 

What’s next? It’s time for us to help you prepare the winning offer of course.

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Excited yet? We would hope so! Let's channel that energy and excitement into the start of our work together. 


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.

We truly love what we do and are passionately committed to our clients, their needs and advancing their interests. We represent both buyers and sellers with many repeat clients but we are always expanding our client base. Our belief is that by working with you you will make better informed decisions in this most important of areas of life.

We invite you to contact us to learn more and to start your success story now.


To that extent possible, the information on this website is copyright protected. But other information such as links, articles and other ephemera are only reproduced here for educational purposes and may not represent our views or are otherwise approved by us. More important, whatever the source, remember to research all matters discussed here to your own satisfaction; trust but verify. 


Real estate is always changing and evolving. Because it’s based on people and people are, well people. Therefore, real estate can be complex and as fickle as it is surprising. And while the information and knowledge on this site is considered to be accurate and correct, it cannot be warranted. Market conditions in San Francisco, in California, and the world can change with a tweet or a sneeze and is beyond anyone’s control as hard as we try.

In San Francisco, things like local, state and federal tax regulations can change quickly leading to big implications that take time to be realized or appreciated. Other factors like rent control rules, eviction control, lending practices and standards, building and zoning regulations are just a few of the other things like pandemics, forest fires or mortgage rates that can change with little or no notice. All of these things and other intangible factors may well impact market values and performance. So keep your wits about you and keep in touch with us. 

Kevin is a licensed California attorney but focuses on real estate about 99.9 percent of the time. It’s important to note that while you can’t take the attorney out of him he will not be acting as your attorney here. To the larger point, you should also seek out qualified folks who work in their respective sectors if you have further questions about X, Y or Z; we have referrals too if you need. 




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Kevin K. Ho, DRE 01875957/SBN 233408

Jonathan B. McNarry, DRE 01747295

Vanguard Properties
2501 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
555 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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