San Francisco, CA Real Estate News

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
This San Francisco Realtor is vacationing in the east coast at present, and reveling in all the green I see, in Manhattan and New Jersey, and now in Maryland and Virginia. It is May and we're seeing green everywhere.While the green in San Francisco isn't so much woods like the picture above (Tryon Park, Manhattan, near the MetCloisters) plenty of green greets one as we walk around San Francisco, like this pathway in Lafayette Park in Pacific Heights.Or these pictures below, in the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a patio of a Pacific Heights house, San Francisco City Hall, and at the St. Francis Yacht club.         
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Last week I shared various pictures I took that showcased Glimpses of yellow as I walked in San Francisco. Later I shared information about a one-night trip we took to the Sonoma County coast. That little get-away completely refreshed me and re-charged my batteries and left me----ahem---in the PINK.So today, here are some glimpses of PINK spotted in and around San Francisco.The cover picture shows delicate PINK cherry blossoms in Golden Gate Park.(Pink house with roses, in Pacific Heights, San Francisco)( a PINK mansion near the Lyon Street Steps, San Francisco)(PINK cloud at dawn, looking north from San Francisco to Marin County)(Grand Staircase at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco - PINK!)(Bright PINK sign along Polk Street, San Francisco)(a PINK Victorian house in San Francisco)I'm...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Many people have heard that the distinct neighborhoods of San Francisco provide much of the charm of The City. For a REALTOR like me who loves to walk, I catch glimpses that often would pass by someone riding in Uber, Lyft, or driving themselves.Recently I have been struck by the beautiful colors I see as I walk to and from appointments, as I walk to my office, bank, shopping errands, and as I walk for the sheer joy of walking.Perhaps it's because we've had a couple of unseasonably warm spring days this week, but today I'm thinking YELLOW!(Corvette spotted on Jackson near Van Ness Avenue) (Roses blooming in April, Fort Mason Community Garden) (Gracious Queen Anne Victorian on Gough Street, near Lafayette Park)   (tiled stairs at a private residence on Broderick Street)
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Come join Tom Parke, sales manager at Mason-McDuffie, Lottie Kendall, Realtor at Compass, and Rachael Kendall, team associate, as we demystify the buying process and answer fundamental questions like: how do I know if I'm qualified to buy anything? what's a credit score and how do I know if mine is good? how much down payment must I have? rents are sky-high in San Francisco; is it possible for me to buy a place of my own? These are typical questions we are often asked, the Buyer Information Night makes it easy to learn and ask questions in a friendly, no-pressure environment. Stop by on your way home from work. Enjoy some pre-dinner appetizers and beverages. Enter the raffle for a gift basket or two. Meet your neighbors. Start giving thought to how you might invest in your future. Ask t...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
The 2019 line-up for the ever popular Stern Grove Festival has been announced. Thanks to the generosity of Rosalie Stern, who purchased the grove in 1931 and gave it to the City to honor her late husband, Sigmund Stern, the public has been enjoying music since 1938.Every Sunday afternoon, at 2:00PM, beginning Sunday, June 16 through August 18, treat yourself to a FREE outdoor concert, and enjoy these 2019 performances:June 16     Digable Planets, Bang DataJune 23     Los Van Van, Banda Sin NombreJune 30     Galactic, Baby & the LuviesJuly 7        San Francisco SymphonyJuly 14      Mitski, Madeline KenneyJuly 21      Toots and the Maytals, Lee Fields and the ExpressionsJuly 28      San Francisco BalletAugust 4   The Psychedelic Furs, JamesAugust 11  Pink Martini, Barrio ManoucheAugust 1...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
To better help my clients, I see a lot of properties every week, many in San Francisco. There always seems to be one or two special places and capture my interest and would provide great living for my clients. Yesterday evening I took a look at an opportunity in a building I really like, The Landmark. Perched on a hillside on Russian Hill, adjacent to the lovely Ina Coolbrith Park, The Landmark has 60 condominium units stepping down the hill from Taylor to Mason street, on the staircase that is Vallejo Street (block too steep for cars!) and next to Broadway.  What an amazing opportunity to live so close to Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District. Walk to work in the Financial District. Enjoy dining al fresco on Columbus Avenue in the heart of North Beach. Saunter over to City ...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
The San Francisco City Chorus has been working hard, preparing a treat for us! Who: San Francisco City Chorus, a community group of about 30 singersWhat: Spring Concert, with pieces by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Alexander GretchaninovWhere: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street (corner of Van Ness Avenue), San Francisco 94109When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 3:00 PMWhy: To provide us a joyful, peaceful respite in the midst of our busy days If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come and join us. I think you'll be glad you did.San Francisco City Chorus ...where the City sings  
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Located Pacific Heights, along the Van Ness Avenue corridor, where Nob Hill and Pacific Heights meet, with Russian Hill 2 blocks away, you'll find Pacific Place, a condominium project. I've written about Pacific Place several times before, including this post from 2012.Pacific Place remains a highly-desired place to call home. Built in 2001, this well-maintained development remains lovely and pristine. One can appreciate that there is one parking spot per unit (unlike many new projects built in the last couple of year that have often have only 1/2 spot per unit) with no stacker mechanism to stall or break down. The secured, well-lit 3-level garage, with a deeded spot for every unit, is served by two high-speed elevators in each tower whisk you to your floor--no stairs, no weather with w...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
As Friday draws to a close, my mind is whirling around, not settling on any one thing. This entire day has been that way, from my morning yoga at home practice, to my early morning "wake up and breathe" walk. From lunch with a client/friend to our check up on the renovations of a duplex that will soon be ready for a new tenant. And dodging rain drops once again as I drove home. A nap didn't settle me down, nor did cooking a new meatless recipe for dinner (yummy!) It seems fitting that this blog post just has random pictures that I enjoy. I hope you'll find one that makes you smile. If there is any theme, it could be called, "color in the urban environment." The dog portraits were showcased at a gallery called "Batch" a couple of blocks from home. The license plate was spotted as we walk...
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
We are in full swing for the 2019 San Francisco real estate market. Median sales prices ticked up compared to last month, though single family home prices were down compared to the same month last year. Inventory is again anemic with fewer new listings than last month or last year. The average days on market are also shortening compared to January , though they are still longer than what we saw for most of last year. Check out all of the February stats below! Median Sales Price:The median sales price for a single family home shot back up to over $1.5 million, but was down compared to the same month last year. Condos and loft prices also bounced up compared to January and were also up compared to February of last year. New Listings:New listings of single family homes and condos/ lofts we...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Several weeks ago I posted pictures of various Victorian houses I walked by on a morning walk and asked which color appealed the most. (You can read that post and see pictures here.)Grant Schneider said he'd like to see some pastels, so -- here you go, Grant. I spotted these yesterday as I walked along Baker Street on my way home from an appointment.Beauty is all around us; we just need to open our eyes.
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a seminar hosted by the San Francisco Women's Council of Realtors that featured an amazing panel of local pros: Patrick Carlisle, Compass Chief Market Analyst, Compass Paul Zeger, Partner at Polaris Pacific Gary Slossberg, Senior Economist at Wells Capital Management, Inc. Research Division  The focus of this moderated panel discussion was to examine the current and forecasted Bay Area economy and real estate market for 2019. It was a very instructive event, so I thought I would share some of the highlights. On 2018:The panel was asked to describe 2018 in a few words. Here's what the panelists said: “Turbulent, Helluva ride, and End of Cycle?”Patrick Carlisle reminded us of the cyclical nature of the real estate market. Specifically, that real e...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
As I walked home from an early morning meeting this week, these Victorians caught my eye. Would you paint a house black? This one worked, and looked good. White and tan are more common colors, not surprisingly.Which color appeals most to you?All the eye-candy on my walks in San Francisco make the hills less steep (or perhaps it's knowing my morning coffee awaits!)  
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
Are You a Lender or a Banker or a Broker? "So are you a broker or a lender?"  "Or a banker or a lender?"  "Or a broker/banker?"  Yes, yes, and yes! We get this question all the time, but I think it comes from a good place.  Naturally, everybody shopping for a home loan wants to get the best rates and terms and some confusion swirls around how the type of mortgage originator one uses has a bearing on the outcome.  So when they work with me, who is really behind the curtain?[Too lazy to read the rest? Watch the video below instead.]  Banker / Broker / LenderIn the post-downturn lending industry, there are really only three primary channels for obtaining a residential home loan; mortgage banker, mortgage broker and mortgage lender.  It's important to know that no matter which you choose th...
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
January sales are typically among the lowest of the year. That is because in real estate, the data is the result of what the market looked like 30-45 days prior. So January sales reflect what was happening and on the market in late November and December. In these months, sales are slower as sellers hold off until after the holidays, particularly in the higher-priced luxury market, and many buyers take a break as well.The good news is that so far February seems to be picking up. We've gotten more inventory on the market and judging from the open houses I've hosted as well as chats with other agents, buyers seem to be out in numbers again. The stock market has steadied in the new year, the government shutdown is over, and the Fed announced that they will not be raising rates again until a...
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Possibly because of my profession as a real estate agent, or perhaps because of my role as a mother and grandmother, or maybe just because -- I've long supported charities working on housing and hunger issues. Usually my support has been financial.Thanks to the San Francisco Association of Realtor's "Give Back Day" I had an opportunity last year to volunteer at Glide Memorial serving meals to the homeless and hungry. My assignment was to welcome each client who came through the line, and hand each a breakfast tray. Each tray had been filled with a variety of breakfast items, with good protein, some carbs, a sweet and fruit. For two hours, the line never stopped. It brought home to me the immensity of the need in our city--and I know we're not unique here in San Francisco. It humbled me....
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Today was a rainy Saturday in San Francisco. While that means my qi gong class at the top of Lafayette Park didn't take place, it did mean we had a couple of unexpected hours for a "field trip" we have wanted to take for a long time - a visit to Rainbow Grocery. We spent a delightful couple of hours perusing the aisles, starting with an almost overwhelming array of bulk teas, flours of all types, nuts, oils, mushrooms, nuts and seeds and then moving into the aisles rich with numerous varieties of vegetarian food - condiments, soups, protein powders of various descriptions, aisle after aisle of supplements, and food of all types. Rainy days have silver linings indeed. Ours today was our first (but not last) visit to Rainbow Grocery.
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By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
(Compass)
Open House today, 2/3/19, with special Super Bowl hours12:00 Noon - 2:00 PMHosted by Lottie Kendall 2911 Jackson Street, San Francisco(between Broderick and Baker Streets) Offered at: $3,650,000Built in 1904, 2911 Jackson Street is a 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2-level condo in a 3-unit building, located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. This Edwardian penthouse is full of architectural detail and renovated in an exceptional manner to meet today's life style. A two-car garage, always coveted in San Francisco, and a roof-top deck with cityscape views add to the joy and ease of living here.You are invited to stop by today's Open House, 12:00 Noon-2:00PM
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By Debra Donovan, San Francisco Real Estate
(Park North Real Estate)
2018 Wrap-Up  Generally speaking, San Francisco home sellers did quite well in 2018. The median price for single family homes grew 13% year over year, and condos and lofts median prices grew almost 5%. Homes sold rather quickly and most for more than their list price. Here's how the year shook out: Median Sales Price: The median sales price for 2018 reached $1.6 million, up 13% compared to last year as previously stated. The almost 5% bump for condos and lofts brought their median price to just over $1.2 million.Average Days on Market :Thanks to continued anemic inventory available, homes in 2018 practically flew off the proverbial shelves. Single family homes spent an average of 23 days on the market before accepting an offer, down almost 14% compared to 2017. Condos and lofts averaged...
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By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
The Bay Area is known for Artisan coffee, but robots?   This futuristic cafe in San Francisco called Cafe X uses Robots to take your order, and make your coffee in under 2 minutes.  Artificial intelligence is real! This coffee shop in San Francisco doesn't have a person behind the counter but rather a robot. Are you ready for this? Personally I prefer a person to serve my coffee. What do you think?      The bay area continues to be a popular place to call home.If you are ready to search for your next property, or are looking for your home value, visit:www.searchalleastbayhomes.comClick here for the monthly market reports! 
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