Two weeks ago I attended the South Beach Mission Bay Neighborhood Association. Alan Mark of The Mark Company was the speaker for the evening, and if you do not know who he is, just think of sales and marketing for The Infinity, The Brannan, The St. Regis, 200 Brannan, The Arterra, The Montgomery, 733 Front, and the soon to be released One Hawthorne.

Alan Mark and his company represented the sales of all of the above buildings in the South Beach and SOMA areas of San Francisco and many more since his company was founded 11 years ago. So I was dying to hear his perspective on the sales activity in the South Beach area that night.

What did he say? He said that within 2 years he sees us with a shortage of inventory in South Beach. Why? New construction loans are extremely tough to get these days. But let’s say an entity was fortunate enough to get a loan. Getting the entitlements to the land is another time-consuming hurdle that could take years. Then there’s the time it takes to build.

What is available today in new construction? As of February 2010:

  • Only 14 units are left at The Infinity
  • One Hawthorne is going to open soon with just 119 units
  • The Montgomery is sold out, and
  • The Arterra is also close to being sold out

If an entity gets that new construction loan and the entitlements to build, it could be up to 10 years before the building would be complete and ready for sale.

Realtors get accused of being overly optimistic. So I’m not going to make any recommendations; I’m just reporting this is what Alan Mark sees on the horizon. He’s pretty credible in my book. Like I said, think The Infinity, St. Regis, The Brannan, 200 Brannan, One Hawthorne….

As the market shifts and changes, I am starting to see more of a silver lining. Your property may be eligible for a reduction in your property tax. The Assessor’s office is accepting “Requests for Informal Review of Assessed Value” through August 28, 2009.  You may also submit a request for a formal appeal with the Assessment Appeals Board. See below link.

The filing period is between July 2nd – September 15th, 2009. If your appeal is approved by the assessor’s office, you could benefit from the tax reduction for the period of July 1, 2009-June 30th, 2010. You will need sales comparables to support your claims.  Let me know if I can be of assistance!

San Francisco property tax appeal information

Jenn Davis

jdavis@mcguire.com

San Francisco Painted Ladies

San Francisco Painted Ladies

I have been working with a buyer for the past 6 months who wants to upgrade from a condo to a single family home. We all are aware the market has softened and the time is right to make a move.

My client finally found the home of her dreams last month but felt the market had not hit bottom and wanted to wait things out. See if the Sellers would drop their price. Sure enough, another buyer thought this home was their dream home too and made an offer that was accepted immediately. Surprised and disappointed, my client continued her search.

The next dream home surfaced just a week later. The listing agent set an ‘offer date’! (what year is this – 2005?) and would not entertain offers until there had been 2 Sunday open houses. The offer date arrived. Three offers (including ours) were presented. The offer that was accepted was head and shoulders above our offer. The Sellers didn’t even bother to issue a counter. The belief was it is best to accept the top offer than to take their chances in issuing a counter (what if the buyer went away? they felt).

I’ve also seen two fixer single family homes go into contract in under 10 days.

I know we are in a softer market. But it is not a market that can be generalized. The nicer properties, priced well, will go alarmingly fast. My perspective is why wait? If you see a property that fits your needs, write your best offer now. Many times, the first offer in is the best offer. Sellers know that. But even if a Seller does not know that, an agent representing you knows that. Just my 2 cents.

Jenn Davis jdavis@mcguire.com

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Who would have thought that just last year San Francisco was considered #24 as the best place to invest in real estate? Now in 2009, it has moved up to position #6. This is the year for playing it safe, not investing in creative or far flung opportunities.

The City by the Bay has always been a destination city with international appeal. Only 7×7 miles…the traditional rules of supply and demand apply in this gorgeous city of ours.

For investment opportunities, click here for my info or send me an email at jdavis@mcguire.com.

Jenn

 Take a look through the latest offerings from the Stimulus Plan. Incentives for first time home buyers as well as buyers of new construction. There is an opportunity here especially with the low interest rates.

Contact me for details jdavis@mcguire.com.

Obama’s Federal Stimulus Plan:

 $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time home buyers (have not owned a
home in the past three years);

Applies to any primary residence (new construction or previously
owned, but not second homes or investment property), purchased between
January 1, 2009, and November 30, 2009;

Up to modified adjusted gross income less than $95,000 for single taxpayers and
$170,000 for married taxpayers;

Still eligible for the credit, even if overall tax liability is
insufficient to cover the amount of the tax credit;

Must live in the residence for a minimum of three years, or the credit
will have to be repaid.

California State Plan:

 $10,000 state tax credit, spread out over three years;

Applies to anyone (first-time or previous home owners) buying a
primary residence (i.e. not second homes or investment property),
between March 1, 2009, and March 1, 2010;

New construction only (i.e. not previously owned or occupied);

No income limit on the credit, but overall tax liability must equal or
exceed the amount of the tax credit;

Must live in the residence for a minimum of two years, or the credit
will have to be repaid;

$100,000,000 has been set aside for this credit, to be allocated to
the first 10,000 eligible home buyers who apply, on a
first-come-first-served basis.

New construction in San Francisco such as the Infinity, One Rincon, Millenium, Blu, The Montgomery…so many choices and a lot of options!

Why wait?

www.jenndavis.com

jdavis@mcguire.com

Marina Homes

Marina Homes

The Marina is one of the more beautiful areas in San Francisco with outstanding views of the Bay. The sales in 2008 supported the desirability of this area.

Sale #1: 767 Marina Boulevard @ Baker. This panoramic view home has 4BR, 3.5BA, 3 fireplaces, decks, skylights and has been extensively renovated. It was listed for $4,950,000 and closed for $4,700,000 after 54 days on the market.

Sale #2: 2427 Bay St @ Baker/Lyon. This is a Mediterranean view home with views of the Palace of Fine Arts. It has 4BR, 3.5BA, and was listed for $3,995,000. It closed on 8/28/08 for and even $4,000,000. Rapid fire marketing period, only 9 days!

Sale #3:  455 Marina Boulevard @ Scott a 3BR, 3.5BA view home.  It sold for $3,900,000 after being marketed for 54 days. The original list price was $3,950,000.

Sale #4:  2015  Jefferson @ Baker. A lovely 4 level home with 4BR and 4BA.  This home came on the market in early January and sold in just 22 days for $3,400,000 off the original list price of $3,500,000.

Sale #5:  827 Marina Boulevard @ Baker. You had to move quick to purchase this home as it sold in 6 days! 4BR, 4.5BA, views of Marin and Alcatraz, why would you wait? It was listed and sold for $2,995,000.

Want to know more? Contact me.  2009 should prove to have very interesting tales of sales.

This information was gathered from the SFAR MLS.

www.jenndavis.com

jdavis@mcguire.com

Presidio Wall

Presidio Wall

Presidio Heights is a very lush neighborhood close to the greenery of the Presidio. It is adjacent to Pacific Heights and Laurel Heights and commands some of the highest real estate sales in the city.

The top 5 sales in 2008 started with,

#1 Sale: 3641 Clay @ Locust. A beautiful 5BR, 4.5BA home with architectural details throughout and a lovely garden. It was listed for $8,500,000 and after 49 days on the market it closed for $8,250,000.

#2 Sale: 3370 Washington @ Walnut, a 5BR, 4.5BA Victorian with 4 levels, spacious interiors, tall windows, deck and more. It was listed for $6,495,000 and the closing price is confidential. It sold in just 35 days so the offering price must have been very attractive for it to close within 5 weeks.

#3 Sale: 3460 Clay @ Locust.  This home has 6BR, 3.5BA that was originally listed for $4,200,000 and closed in February for $3,700,000 after just 10 days on the market.  Very impressive!

Sale #4: 1 Locust @ Pacific. Another home that sold very quickly in only 8 days!  This extensively remodeled 4BR, 4.5BA home offers grand entertaining spaces including a gym and media room. Offered at $5,600,000 and it closed in June for $5,975,000.

Sale #5: 3855 Jackson @ Cherry. Demonstrating the desirability of the Presidio Heights neighborhood yet again, this 5BR, 5BA home sold in 5 days! It was listed for $5,995,000 and closed in May for $5,900,000.

Presidio Heights not only commanded some of the highest prices in the city, it also commands some of the fastest sales.

If you would like more information about the sales in Presidio Heights, contact me.

www.jenndavis.com

jdavis@mcguire.com