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  • What’s New in the Market – What Buyers Need

    This week’s list of upcoming listings, pocket listings, price reductions and what some buyers are looking for:

    Upcoming listings:
    $959,000 // Corona Heights // States Street BR/BA: 2/2 PKG: 1 Brief Description: Sophisticated Top floor unit in 2-Units 1960’s building, one block up from Castro. This unit has a large open living and dining area with adjoining kitchen—great for entertaining. Granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances, fireplace and hardwood floor. Multiple doors open out to decks on upper and lower levels of unit with views of Eureka valley and partial view of the Bay Bridge. Trust sale, no court confirmation. First OPEN house Sunday, 8/17, 1-4pm.

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    Snapshot of the SF Market this week

    Sales activity still strong, though number of new listings down (common in summer).

    For every condo that sold, another had a price reduction.

    For every SFD that came on market, more expired or were withdrawn.

    Back on Markets still high, especially for condos.

                                          SFD                      Condo/TIC
    New listings                      108                       118
    Sold                                106                       94
    Price Reductions                62                         95
    Back on Market                 29                         50
    Contingent                       93                         73
    Pending                           101                       108
    Withdrawn/Expired             138                       63

    The Trends in San Francisco Real Estate

    As of July 31, 2009:

    Statistical Analysis of San Francisco Market Trends

    Coming Soon and Buyers In Need!

    This week’s list of our upcoming listings, pocket listings, price reductions and unusual needs for buyers:

    Upcoming listings:

    $975,000 // Noe Valley //  Cesar Chavez   BR/BA:  3/2  PKG:  2 Brief Description: Top floor flat in 2 unit Edwardian building – Wonderful/large flat – move-in ready – shared garden and huge undeveloped attic in excellent shape.
    $890,000 // Telegraph Hill // Greenwich St BR/BA: 1/1 PKG: 0 Brief Description: Cottage like getaway with expansive views of the bay – deeded deck with same views and undeveloped yard.
    $674,000 // Pacific Heights // Broadway BR/BA:  1/1 PKG:  1 Brief Description: View one bedroom.
    Pocket Listings:

    $1,495,000 // Monterey Heights // Rosewood BR/BA: 4/3.5 PKG: 2 Brief Description: Tudor…still available to show.
    $1,295,000 // Pacific Heights // Vallejo BR/BA:  2/2 PKG: 1 Brief Description:  Sexy remodeled (totally done) condo with bay views and large deeded deck.
    Price Reduction:
    $899,000 Old Price: $929,000 Neighborhood: Central Richmond // 274-21st Avenue    BR/BA: 3+/2 PKG: 2 Brief Comments:  Top floor Edwardian condo w/FDR, FP. Approx 1900 sf.
    Unusual Buyer Needs:

    Price Range: < $3,000,000 Neighborhoods: Marina and Cow Hollow    Brief Comments: My buyer needs a condo, Min BR/BA: 2/1, Top Floor, Any condition.
    Price Range: <$2,000,000 Neighborhoods:  Telegraph Hill/Russian Hill   Brief Comments: My buyer needs a  VIEW condo/SFD/2unit – Min 2 bed/2bath, VIEW from rooms or a deck Will remodel if needed.
    Price Range: <$1,900,000  Neighborhoods: Nob Hill ,Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill Pac Heights and the Presidio Brief Comments:  My buyer needs a Condo, Min-BR/BA: 2/2, Min 1850 sq ft, elevator, min 3 unit building max 15-20 unit (loves 990 Green).          
    Price Range: <$350,000 Neighborhoods: Upper Market, Central North and Central East Brief Comments: Buyer Needs- 1-BR or Studio ok, parking NOT essential TIC ok, but cannot do fractional financing. MUST close by mid-September.

    Bay Area Home Prices? Gains or declines?

    Yesterday, the Case-Shiller Index — considered the most objective index of US home prices — reported, as pertaining to April to May prices: “10-city and 20-city composites reported positive returns for the first time since the summer of 2006…the first time we have seen broad increases in home prices in 34 months. This could be an indication that home price declines are finally stabilizing.” For the SF Metro Area (i.e. greater Bay Area, NOT just SF), C-S reported gains of .6% March to April, and 1.4% April to May. Year over year, C-S reported an overall metro area decline of 26.1%.

    The full article is attached and online at:

    Planning Department – New Hours

    I thought it would be helpful to let everyone know that the Building and Planning , 3R division, ask desk at Planning, etc. at 1660 Mission Street have new hours that start at 9:30am. This change took place on 7/15. 

    1995 to Present: SF Median Home Prices

    Please note some neighborhoods have had very few sales.  Conclusions could be hard to draw because of this.

    1995 to Present: SF Median Home Prices (PDF)

    What’s coming to the market and what’s missing

    This week’s list of upcoming listings, pocket listings, price reductions and needs for buyers:

    Upcoming listings:
    $1,600,000 // Pacific Heights // Sacramento Street BR/BA: 4/3 PKG: 4 Brief Description: This is a great Victorian SFH, that had a 70’s remodel that opened up the floor plan with an incredible yard and great parking.  It hasn’t sold since the 70’s and needs a cosmetic re-do. Trust sale, no court confirmation.
    $1,325,000 // Healdsburg // Chalk Hill Rd  BR/BA: 3/2.5  PKG: 6   Brief Description: 2+ acres in Alexander Valley, 1 hour from GG Bridge, 10 minutes to hburg plaza, 15 min to St Helena; pool, gardens, decks, patios and outbuildings. World class wines, dining and cycling.

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