What Boomers Want

Roughly a third of our population is 50 years or older. This significant portion of our country is extremely important to our nation not only as leaders but trend setters in how we see and participate in real estate. With 59% of these folks planning on staying in their current homes and not selling, what does this mean for our inventory trends and need for new construction? Time will tell.

Please take a look at these interesting statistics on how the Boomers are leveraged in their investments, their trends when it comes to retirement plans and housing, and the idea of downsizing as they grow older.

What Boomers Want

Contact Gabriel for a consultation to buy or sell a home in San Francisco or Oakland. He can be reached at luxerealtySF@gmail.com or 917-674-6556.

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Own a piece of historic San Francisco at Mint Plaza

I am thrilled to announce my new listing at 10 Mint Plaza, a historical location home to not only stunning condos but also the historical San Francisco Mint Building. The “Mint” was completed in 1854 to deal with the obvious need to turn raw gold into coins. In fact, in its first year of operation, the SF Mint turned four million dollars worth of gold bullions into coins. That’s a lotta coins! Follow this link to find out more about our historical site: San Francisco Mint

Just next door to the Mint building lies Mint Plaza. Also an historical row of buildings that includes 10 Mint Plaza, extensively converted in 2006 by the Martin Building Company and released for sale in 2014 know as the Sliver Building. My client purchased unit #1 during this first release and is now ready to sell.

This home is very special. A private elevator opens to a full-floor loft home with polished concrete ceilings and soaring ceilings. There are custom features in all directions like wood panel hallway walls and steel work center and hidden washer and dryer. The features and amenities go on and on. Here is a link to the original website: Sliver Building

A view and a list of features can be found here: 10 Mint Plaza

See all the great attractions that surround this wonderful home:

Contact me directly at 415-562-6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com for more information or to view the home.

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Get Connected…To Your Community

As a Realtor, I love it when I get to work in my own community. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Whether as a listing agent or a buyer’s agent, when someone is interested in my neighborhood or community I get excited. The reason for this is familiarity. I know my neighborhood, the people in it, the local shop owners, restaurant and bar owners, etc. very well. I love sharing my knowledge with people considering a purchase there or with buyers who come to visit a listing.

We all know the importance of using the internet for real estate information. It provides us statistics, listing information, and local business info amongst other things. That said, there is nothing that can replace the real people who live and work in our communities.

Get out and do some researching through immersion. Take a walk in your areas of interest with your Realtor and let them share with you their local knowledge. I love touring with clients and sharing the local knowledge I have. Technology is amazing but nothing beats the real thing. The human connection.

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

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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.

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

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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.

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

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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.

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

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What’s Important to the LGBT Community? Looks like Home Ownership is…

It is no question that a large segment of our residents in San Francisco are part of the LGBT community. They are a powerful force and I am honored to call many of these fine folks my dear friends. Many of my friends are home owners or look to purchase a home in the near future.

Lets take a look at some of the items that are most important to the LGBT Community when it comes to the Real Estate conversation.

Safe neighborhoods seem to be paramount in the research. Also, having access to parks is important as many same-sex couples I know that aren’t having human children call their animals their kids. Taking dogs out to the park is fun and also a lot better than doing their “doggie business” in the street. Of course, this is probably one of many reasons why a park is important but it’s something that stands out as a very San Francisco lifestyle element.

In the “Working with a Realtor” sector, it seems obvious that folks would want to work with someone who is open and willing to work with the LGBT community. Discrimination of any kind is cause for concern and a Realtor is held to the highest standard with regard to this topic. Fewer LGBT-identified folks cared if their agent was also within this distinction which says a lot about trusting who you’re working with and holding you accountable for your level of expertise as apposed to who you sleep with.

Here’s to helping EVERYONE in their pursuit of owning a home in San Francisco and EVERYWHERE!

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

gabriel@climbsf.com | 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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Million Dollar Listing San Francisco Premiere at Local Edition!

Well, what can I say about it? It was cool? It was fun? No, it was a stellar celebration for the premiere of Million Dollar Listing last week at Local Edition in San Francisco. Hosted by Climb Real Estate Group and Sindeo, we had a packed house celebrating my friend and fellow-Climber, Justin Fichelson.

Justin was absolutely great on the show and has already received many accolades and articles supporting this. The only native of San Francisco in the show, Justin has an incredible knowledge of the city and has a massive network to boot. His philanthropic work was also part of the celebration raising money for The Exploratorium on the Embarcadero. In all, $18,000 was raised for a program aimed to help high school students work there providing support and doing tours to visitors of this most amazing San Francisco attraction.

On a personal note, I am happy to announce that I appeared on the show with Justin around the half-way mark. I’m on for about 10 seconds and I think I say about two words but, hey, it’s a start! Word has it that I’ll be on episode 3 as well. Stay tuned!

I want to send a HUGE thank you to the entire production team for including me on the very first show. You are true professionals and an amazingly talented team. I look forward to working with you more on Season 2!

Justin, a job well done and congratulations again on your spot on the show! I’m wishing you great success in the SF real estate world and as a member of the Climb family!

My gorgeous date, Amy, and me arriving at the premiere last week.

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

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Is Staging a Home Important? Absolutely!

As a busy listing agent in one of the hottest markets in the world, I discuss the importance of staging with my sellers all the time. Some resist thinking that the cost isn’t worth it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It is proven that staging costs come back to you at, typically, 5 times or more when it’s time to review offers. It may be possible to get away with not staging outside of major metropolitan areas but in a place like San Francisco, it is imperative that potential buyers envision themselves living in a home when they come to your open house and see you listing online. This one step can keep you from leaving thousands of dollars on the table. Important decision? You bet!

Staging your home can also help you to de-clutter your home and utilize furniture that is appropriately sized and up-to-date with current trends that potential buyers can connect to. Have you ever gone to a home and seen a sofa the size of an aircraft carrier in a tiny living room? I have. It takes over the room and simply doesn’t work. It makes the room seem smaller than it is and will most definitely turn buyers off.

Take a look at this graph that shows the highlights and benefits of staging and also shows the ranking of rooms to stage for more effect.

To list your home and for more helpful information about staging and selling your property, contact Gabriel at gabriel@climbsf.com or at 415-562-6999.

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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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Attitudes About Home Prices Now and In The Future

Sellers are, indeed, feeling good about home prices and their rising values. Take a look at this graph to see how people are feeling about the future of home values.

Home Prices - May 2014

It’s truly amazing to see the shift in the market and in the attitudes of the citizens of this country over the last two plus years. In San Francisco and the Bay Area things are red hot with no signs of slowing down. I hope that the rest of the country can say the same thing soon.

Homes Are Selling Fast!

Statistics on the Days on Market in California according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR). Time frames in San Francisco, California are still in the 4-6 week category and, very often, much shorter. I had a listing in January get an offer just 5 hours after my first open house!

Days on Market - May 2014

How often were homes sold for more than the asking price in 2013? Here’s a simple diagram to show you these stats.

Here is San Francisco, it is currently rare to see a home sell for less than list price. That said, I have noticed a few home under in the last three months. Don’t expect this to trend upward anytime soon though.

Offers Over List

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Overbidding Trends in San Francisco

Some pretty amazing stats regarding properties that are going over list price in our great city. Of course, not all homes are going this far over asking price but there seems to be a trend affecting multi-unit homes to keep an eye on.

Overbidding

See the original article at SF Gate here:

S.F. overbids: Which home sold for more over the asking price?

It Pays to Use a Realtor

This is a fine example of the many reasons why using a Realtor truly is the right choice. Many folks who sell on their own run into legal issues after the sale and a high percentage of those who try to sell on their own end up using a Realtor after costly mistakes.

5 Home Improvement Projects to Avoid in 2014

5 Home Improvement Projects to Avoid according to CAR.

It’s best to avoid over-specialized items & fixtures especially if you’re planning on listing a property in the near future. Great advice for 2014 and beyond!

5 Projects To Avoid

Take a look at the following cities and how they’ve experienced a major turnaround in 2013! These are excellent indicators for your local markets. Several of these are in California but it’s good to see that Detroit is on an upswing after many very tough years there.

Top 10 Turnaround Towns in 2013

Top 10 Turnaround Towns in 2013

 

 

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2013 Buyers Most Wanted List

Take a look at the items that are most wanted in 2013. Buyers want them and Sellers should be thinking about them when thinking about what will sell when the time is right to go to market.

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