Arquitectonica’s One Mission Bay tops out in San Francisco!

Very exciting news for a city in extreme need for more housing units. The One Mission project is a great one and should prove a favorite for those taking a chance on a virtually brand new neighborhood in our great city. Just a few years ago, Mission Bay was empty lots and open land. What a difference 5 years can make.

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Welcome One Mission Bay to our list of outstanding new residential buildings brought to market in recent years!

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A beautiful entrance welcoming home owners and guests into the tastefully appointed One Mission Bay residences.

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What a great place to call home. Imagine yourself taking advantage of the comforts afforded to you as a home owner in one of the city’s new condo buildings.

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A tranquil setting along Mission Creek where homeowners who have North-facing views can take in the sites of the city just a stone’s throw away. Those folks will also be able to see views of our baseball stadium, AT&T Park.

Contact Gabriel for a consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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Can Millennials Find the American Dream?

With a shrinking middle class and with median incomes decreasing, is it still possible for Millennials to find their way to the American Dream. Well, obviously, it comes down to what your definition of American Dream is but, if it’s the traditional kind of working for yourself and having the ability and means to buy a home for yourself, let’s look at some facts.

The item to note, in my opinion, is the lack of jobs for such a large group of Americans. You may have a great education but may be having a difficult time finding a job. I don’t think there is any doubt as to why so many young folks want to live in urban areas. It’s lots of fun and there are JOBS!

Once you’re fortunate to find a job, paying down those student loans is, or should be, your main priority. I was lucky enough to have a smaller student loan balance after school after going to state universities in New York during a time when school wasn’t nearly as expensive as it is today. That said, paying off those loans was my main priority and, once I did, it opened up other opportunities.

If you’re interested in starting a family, well, just take a look at the statistic above. As you can see, this study estimates that it will cost around $250K to raise one child from birth to 18 years. To me, that seems a bit low but it all comes down to where you live I suppose. Just a word of advice from this old man: Don’t rush on this step. There’s plenty of time to raise a child or two after 30 years old. In fact, if you and your partner can, perhaps waiting longer to do this would be advantageous as you build your reserves, etc.

Millennials are a very important segment of our population and needed to be treated so. They are the leaders and future leaders of this country and they need our support. I hope they find a more fruitful life than we have left them so far. With their intelligence and forward thinking spirit, I’m sure they’ll find a way to great prosperity in no time.

Contact Gabriel for a consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland. He can be reached at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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The Pacific – First Release Begins!

In June 2015, I posted an article highlighting an exciting new development known as The Pacific. Well, the time has come where we’ll be seeing sales opening for those lucky few who’ll be able to call this stellar new building their home. The first release in February features The Row House Collection, 10 adjacent three- and four-story residences. In Spring 2016, sales begin for the limited collection of 66 pristine flats, townhomes, and penthouses atThe Pacific.

To read more about this building in that previous post, please follow this link: The Pacific Comes to San Francisco

Some of the key features of the project mentioned in the previous post include:

Square feet:

Approx. 157,170 residential, 9 floors

Sustainable features:

LEED Gold

Adaptive re-use of the existing building.

Adjacent townhomes: LEED Silver

Electric vehicle charging stations

One dedicated City CarShare space

What is new?

Let’s move on to the new features being announced. I have been informed thatThe Pacific will be offering more outstanding resident features. These will include:

A private valeted garage

A grand lobby with concierge services

A fully appointed Guest Suite

A Yoga garden and fitness studio

A penthouse level observatory lounge with unparalleled views.

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To purchase your dream home at The Pacific, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Home Improvements That Pay Off

For many of us it’s time to consider cashing in on a good return on our homes or investment property. Values are at an all-time high in some areas and those gains are good for our next “steps”. Making sure you maximize on those gains is a huge consideration and one way to get the best price for your listing is to do some remodeling or improvements.

The attached graph, provided by C.A.R., shows us some good projects and their returns in the Pacific region of the country. Each segment of the country has different “improvements” that will be more important so make sure to source your local Realtor and consider what  would like to have when searching for your next property. Remember though, a overly specific uses like a custom rack for your widgets may not suite everyone. In fact, it may turn off some buyers.

Take a look at that return on the Entry Door! In my opinion, that is one of those additions that can work pretty much anywhere in the United States. Security for you and your family is paramount.

A recent addition of a wooden deck to a property I’m involved with in the Bay Area has me feeling good right now after seeing the second item on the list. After all, having a new outdoor space at a home is always wonderful.

Finally, the garage door replacement seems like a no brainer to me. Having an updated door provides security into the home, likely better and more up-to-date materials, and the confidence in knowing it won’t fall on your car when pulling into the garage! The other bonus is the pleasure of looking at a brand new door. It just looks better and adds curb appeal.

Whether it’s just for your own personal use or for an upcoming listing, these home improvements are a good way to add value and some can provide you with a good return. Consider these carefully when prioritizing your next project.

Let me close with a very important consideration which is choosing the right contractor for your next job. Please see a recent blog I wrote demonstrating the things to look for and look out for when deciding on your next contractor:

Hiring the Right Contractor is a Big Deal

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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Hiring the “Right” Contractor is a Big Deal

We’ve heard a million horror stories of people who’ve hired and used the wrong contractor over the years. The time frame went weeks or even months longer than agreed upon. Budgets were doubled or tripled after all was said and done.

Don’t get the wrong idea though. Not all contractors are bad or untrustworthy. In fact, the contractors on my “team” are outstanding professionals and truly good people. Those are the people you want to work with and those are the kinds of people you will find who include the items mentioned in this very important “check list” of items you should be referring to when selecting the right contractor for your needs.

Read these points very carefully. They are all so important starting with multiple assessments and bids on price and timeline. Terms can be drastically different between contractors so get at least two if not three or more. You do this with doctors and other professionals so why would you skip this step when it comes to your home or your investment property?

I would like to suggest one more item to add to this list: Renderings! In my opinion, a good/great contractor with be able to recommend the right materials based on your needs and also provide you with a full rendering presentation of what the project will look like when it’s complete. Do not move forward until you’ve seen these and approved them! Taking a contractors word for it that ‘It’s going to look great!’ is not good enough.

My clients come to me asking for referrals and I’m happy to suggest various resources for their needs. Trust your Realtor to also do the same. Part of being a successful Realtor is having a “team” of various professionals that we’ve built trusting relationships with. Your Realtor can do a lot more for you than just fill out forms to buy or sell a property.

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

There is no doubt that I’m a huge advocate for mechanics and systems that help to better the function and efficiency of a building of any type. Whether it’s a personal home or an office/commercial building, we simply have to find ways to limit the amount of waste we create and use modern energy systems to not just cut costs but potentially get off grid. In some cases, people have been known to create so much energy onsite that they can sell it back to the local utility company. Wouldn’t that be a nice change?!

I came across an article that discusses the growing industry for funding such projects and wanted to share it with all of you who may have an interest in it. This really should include all of us, especially a person like myself who is an investment property owner/buyer who is constantly looking for ways to cut down costs and create a great environment for renters who ultimately call your property home. So much of our personal happiness comes from our environment. Wouldn’t it make obvious sense for us to find the most comfortable and peaceful place we could find to call home?

Here’s a link to:

Increasing Access to Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

Written by Mike Sheridan

Please also take a look at the photo that I used for this post that points out some of the latest energy-efficient tools used in today’s homes.

One piece of equipment that I personally think is extremely valuable is the “tankless” water heater. They are extremely efficient and take a fraction of the space that a traditional tank would. Also, if you’ve never experienced radiant heating before, it will change your life!

Get out there and get to know the future of building the way it should be done now and in the future!

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

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The “Boom” is coming! Are you ready?

As we reach the final stretch to this event, a quick reminder of who is speaking and why it is so important for anyone involved in the real estate business in or around the Bay Area to be there. We look forward to seeing you on Friday for this incredible panel discussion and a fun and celebratory reception at the SF Jazz Center!

The “Building Boom” series came about 2 years ago when the SFAR’s Member Education committee concluded that it was imperative that the real estate community in San Francisco and the Bay Area stayed current on what was being built, where it was being built, who the players where and how it effected us as real estate professionals as well as our clients. We asked other key organizations in our community like The Women’s Council of RealtorsCREAAAREAA, and YPN for help in creating the areas’ best event for our members and the Building Boom was born.

This session will mark our 3rd semi-annual event and it’s the greatest one yet. We have some of the areas greatest experts in real estate sales, development, city planning, economics, and the real estate press. And, for the first time, we are offering seats to those who are non-members of SFAR (San Francisco Association of Realtors) and our affiliate associations.

The event will be followed by a reception to celebrate with friends, make new connections, and discuss your ideas and thoughts about real estate in our great city.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this incredible event! Mark your calendar and Register Here to book tickets today.

Contact Gabriel Rojas about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Hey, Homebuyers! Do you know your credit score?

 It’s that time of the year again. Yup, even in places like San Francisco, we can experience a peak in home sales during the Summer. If you’re one of those homebuyers looking right now, knowing your credit score not only builds confidence but also makes applying for your home loan that much easier. Once that pre-approval letter is in-hand there’s no stopping us!

Let’s take a close look at the chart below. Is it possible that 54% out of the prospective home buyers in this study really don’t know their credit score?!?! Seriously? You really shouldn’t be considering a home purchase without this information. With more difficult standards in the loan qualification process these days, this is really one of the very first things you’ll need to find out.

Finding out is pretty simply these days. There are services like CreditKarma.com and FreeCreditReport.com (a paid service). I find that FreeCreditReport.com is more accurate than others but that is just MY experience. I’ve found that Credit Karma leans to the high side pretty significantly. I’ve also found that when using the credit scoring systems on my credit card account that include them.

Look at the numbers on the bottom of this graph. Only 28% of people polled say that they’re keeping their credit card balances low. Please keep in mind that about 35% of your credit score is effected by this factor. I’ve heard that keeping it under 30% of the max limit is the criteria. I do half of that and keep mine under 15% almost all the time. I also pay off all debt in full each month.

One factor that I do like to see when getting close to applying for a home loan is the low number of people applying for or opening a new credit card. This also goes for things like auto loans and retail store cards. I would always advise a client to avoid doing this until close of escrow. Any changes like this during the loan process and before you close can be a sure way to lose the home of your dreams. Do not do this while you’re applying or already in the loan process, please!

A couple months ago, I blogged about 6 Myths of Credit Scores. Take a look at the following link to read that article too. It’s quite helpful.

Credit Card Myths

Contact Gabriel about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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SF Building Boom Comes to the SF Jazz Center!

I am very pleased to announce the 3rd Annual SF Building Boom Panel Discussion is coming to the SF Jazz Center on September 18th!

The “Building Boom” series came about 2 years ago when the SFAR’sMember Education committee concluded that it was imperative that the real estate community in San Francisco and the Bay Area stayed current on what was being built, where it was being built, who the players where and how it effected us as real estate professionals as well as our clients. We asked other key organizations in our community like The Women’s Council of RealtorsCREAAAREAA, and YPN for help in creating the areas’ best event for our members and the Building Boom was born.

This session will mark our 3rd annual event and it’s the greatest one yet. We have some of the areas greatest experts in real estate sales, development, city planning, economic growth, and the real estate press. And, for the first time, we are offering seats to those who are non-members of SFAR (San Francisco Association of Realtors) and our affiliate associations.

The event will be followed by a reception to celebrate with friends, make new connections, and discuss your ideas and thoughts about real estate in our great city.

Another first for us is the opportunity for sponsorship. If you have an interest in getting your real estate-related product or service in front of hundreds of real estate professionals, contact Deborah Grinnell at deborah@sfrealtors.com or by phone at 415-230-26732.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this incredible event! Mark your calendar and Register Here to book tickets today.

Contact Gabriel Rojas about buying or selling your Bay Area property at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Is love in the cards for Google and The Shipyard?

It’s just a matter of time before this part of San Francisco is a highly flourishing area with jobs and beautiful homes. The question is who will help build it and how long will it take? Moves like the potential Google investment could really help to expedite this.

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Read the full article by SF Business Times writer, Cory Weinberg:

EXCLUSIVE: Google eyes S.F.’s Hunters Point Shipyard for future office space

As always, I’m always suggesting to my more pioneering clients that this is an area to invest in. As someone who invested in areas like South Harlem in the early 2000s, I can tell you from experience that it’s always best to buy or build early than too late.

For more information about buying or selling in San Francisco and Oakland, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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The Pacific comes to San Francisco!

Located at 2121 Webster Street in San Francisco, The Pacific is a new condominium building coming to market in late 2015.

In charge of the architecture and the interior design is Handel Architects. This 76-unit buildings is being called a modern luxury building according to Handel and will go into its sales phase in late 2015 and delivery is scheduled for Spring 2016.

Little is known about this project at the moment but it will be comprised of a limited number of luxury flats, two-story penthouses and three-bedroom townhouses. Some key features of the project include:

Square feet:

Approx. 157,170 residential, 9 floors

Sustainable features:

LEED Gold

Adaptive re-use of the existing building.

Adjacent townhomes: LEED Silver

Electric vehicle charging stations

One dedicated City CarShare space

One charity: water well funded (Not certain what Trumark Urban means by this but I will follow up once I’ve found out more.)

Here is a link to The Pacific:

The Pacific

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I’m very pleased to report on this new project as San Francisco continues to look for ways to increase its housing supply.

For more information on buying or selling in San Francisco, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or via phone at 415-562-6999.

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Trumark Urban to bring 2 new condo buildings to SF

Starting as I often do with my San Francisco real estate blog, We Need More Housing! This statement still rings true in just about every corner of this fine city. Thankfully, a handful of new condos go into sales mode this year and more that will begin that process in the early part of 2016.

Two projects I’d like to bring to your attention today are two that have already broken ground thanks to Trumark Urban: Knox, a 91-Unit condo building located at 645 Texas Street in the Dogpatch and Rowan, a 70-unit condo building located at 346 Potrero Avenue, consider the Inner Mission.

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Click this link to see the full article in the SF Business Times:

Dogpatch/Inner Mission Condos

Both of these projects will begin their sales process in the Spring of 2016 and both estimate completion in the Fall of 2016 which means that owners should expect to move in late 2016. The Dogpatch currently has 5+ multifamily project currently in the works and, in my humble opinion, is poised for some serious growth and appreciation for current homeowners in the area. Many exciting things are happening in this area so keep your eyes peeled for a lot more to come.

For more information about buying or selling in San Francisco, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or by phone at 415-562-6999.

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Rem Koolhaas-Designed Transbay Project kicks off in 2016

More and more we see the exciting news of what is to come in San Francisco’s TransBay project area.

The 56-story tower will begin construction in 2016 and provide the city with 554 new homes. There will also be two mid-rise buildings that will be 6 and 8 stories each.

The tower is designed by Rem Koolhaas Architecture, and two mid-rise podium buildings designed by local firm Fougeron Architecture.

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Please see the link for the full article here:

http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2015/04/22/rem_koolhaasdesigned_transbay_project_lops_off_27_affordable_units.php

For more information about new development or to buy or sell in San Francisco, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or 415-562-6999.

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A Park 181 Luxury Residence Update

A new “Property Summary” was just released for Park 181; the future luxury residences that will be located at 181 Fremont in San Francisco.

Some of the highlights include a total of 185 valet parking spots, average unit size of the residential units, and a taste of the residential amenities.

Some corrections should be noted:

Floors 54-70 will be residential NOT floors 39-54.

Floor 52 will be the “Amenities” floor and will include a wrap-around terrace with 360 degree views, fitness center, lounge spaces, and a full catering kitchen.

For further information, call 415-562-6999 or email gabriel@climbsf.com.

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Park 181 Luxury Residences

A wonderful event occurred this week inviting a select group of Realtors to hear from the leaders of the much-anticipated new project, Park 181 (181 Fremont Street). I was amongst the lucky in attendance.

There to present was Alan Mark of The Mark Company and renowned designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy of ODADA. Mr. Diaz-Azcuy walked us through his design vision and showed us the materials being used while walking us through the details of the residential interiors and common areas. They were quite stunning and incorporated some very unique and inspiring elements.

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Designer

Park 181 will set the new standard in what luxury should be and will be in San Francisco moving forward. As our city changes and matures, so does our type of buyer. The wealthy that may have bought in New York, Paris, or London are now focusing on San Francisco in a new way.

Here are some of the details gathered so far:

181 Fremont will be a 70 story high rise that will be topped with 17 floors of residential living, known as Park 181, with offices below. The homes will be located on floors 54-70 and will be the highest residences in the Western United States. 181 Fremont will stand 802 feet tall and offer the fortunate who will live and/or work in it incredible views with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Residents will also be getting the very best in amenities. An amenities floor will be located on the 52nd floor which will include a wrap-around terrace with 360 degree views, fitness center, lounge spaces and a catering kitchen.

Additional features that will set Park 181 apart from any other is the addition of 12 “Accessory Suites” in which homeowners can purchase an additional studio or one-bedroom home for guests, offices, home/childcare staff, etc. Park 181 will also be the only residential building that will offer direct access to the Transbay Terminal and its elevated 5.4 acre park via the “Skybridge”.

Wrapping up the amenities will be a fully staffed private residential lobby with concierge and two dedicated destination dispatch elevators. There will also be valet parking, 90 residential parking spaces and bicycle parking.

Details that I have a personal interest in pointing out are things like the distinctive diagonal bracing that creates the elegant design and forward-thinking engineering solution. Give thanks to Heller Manus Architects for this. Also of note will be the building’s emphasis on sustainable elements. Park 181 will be Platinum-level LEED certified and implement water and energy saving techniques that minimize the environmental impact common to high rise construction.

Here is further information provided by The Mark Company:

1 Full-Floor Penthouse Home – Floor 70

2 Half-Floor Penthouses – Floor 69

2 Half-Floor Penthouses – Floor 68

The remaining homes will be a collection of 3 Bedroom plus Den Homes (2), 3 Bedroom Homes (14), 2 Bedroom plus Den Homes (20), and 2 Bedrooms Homes (14). Home size will range from 1,400 to 3,600 square feet. The full-floor Penthouse is estimated at 7,000 square feet!

Construction has already begun and they should be available in the first quarter of 2016. Should you have further questions about Park 181, contact me at 415-562-6999.

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Amero’s Close Out Event!

A final close-out event will happen this Wednesday at Amero at 1501 Filbert Street from 4-6 PM. This event will be spotlighting the final two remaining homes that feature amazing Golden Gate Bridge views.

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Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Plumpjack Winery.

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72 Townsend if finally here!

As some of you may remember, I wrote about this new mid-rise development a year ago when I had a listing next door to the site of this new condo building. The much-anticipated completion is around the corner and sales are starting now. For more information or for a tour of the sales office, please contact me at 415-562-6999 or via email at gabriel@climbsf.com.

I’m looking forward to putting my buyer clients into this amazing new building!

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http://news.kbhome.com/blog/72-townsend/live-lap-luxury-kb-homes-72-townsend-san-francisco

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Tech Savvy Home Buyers

The world is now full of Tech-Savvy buyers.

Check out these statistics on how buyers are using technology. 89% of home buyers are currently using online resources during the home buying process and 71% are using online resources to submit documents to their lenders!

Tech-Smart Buyers

What can your Realtor do for you?

Your Realtor not only negotiates on your behalf, they do a whole lot more. See the various ways that a Realtor can shape your next transaction and potentially save you a lot of money. Knowledge is key!

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How do young people perceive home ownership?

Young Renters’ Optimism to Buy.

Take a look at these stats and see the views that young people have about buying and why. It’s good to see that people are still investing in their future using real estate as a vehicle.

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