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.

One Mission Bay

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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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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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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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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New Symphony Towers Listing for Sale!

November 15, 2015 marked the premiere of a new listing I represent with trusted colleague and listing partner, Michelle Balog. Being sold by the original owner, this 2008 construction is in exceptional condition and offers buyers a great starter home or a pied-de-tier in this fine city. Look at the views of City Hall!

Here is more information about this lovely studio condo:

Address: 650 Turk Street #T706
Neighborhood: Van Ness-Civic Center
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1 BA
Style: Condo
Parking: Deeded
HOA Dues: $486
Listed At: $549,000

This studio condo features incredible light, an open floor plan, and iconic views. Symphony Towers is a refined urban residence that is perfect for the urban dweller or for a pied-a-terre seeker who likes to be amidst city living with modern amenities including an elevator. Centrally located near San Francisco’s cultural center, The Performing Arts District (PAD), Symphony Towers is only a short distance from the SF Symphony, Ballet, and Opera. There is easy access to public transportation, freeways, and tech shuttles, and one of the most popular and best local coffee makers, Philz, is right by your front door!

One-car parking is an added convenience, but public transport is a cinch. The building includes a locked bicycle storage room and a controlled-access garage with City CarShare if you need use of a second car. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the gracious roof deck where you can sunbathe, entertain with the help of the gas barbecue, or sip a beverage and watch the sunset.

Several of the City’s major cultural and governmental buildings are located in the Van Ness/Civic Center neighborhood along with the Civic Center Plaza and United Nations Plaza. The United Nations Charter was signed in the Herbst Theatre in 1945, and in 1987 it was declared a national historic landmark. Other buildings of note include City Hall, the Supreme Court of California, the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Art Institute of California. The area is brimming with history. It is the epicenter for culture and the arts. Take cooking classes at The San Francisco Cooking School, enjoy a famous French soul food brunch at Brenda’s, take in a performance at Great American Music Hall or the Opera House, or watch a movie, all within a few blocks of your home. Whole Foods is nearby as well. At 650 Turk you are in the center of the city and close to major highways for quick transportation.

Unit Features:

• Studio condo with iconic views of San Francisco
• Great layout with incredible light
• Open living/dining area with laminate wood flooring
• Modern kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances including Miele oven, cooktop, and hood
• Full bathroom with limestone counters and shower over tub
• In-unit Bosch washer and dryer
• Deeded 1-car parking plus bike storage
• HOA dues: $486 per month

Building Features:

• Elegant custom lobbies with maple and slate finishes
• High-speed elevator
• Landscaped courtyard and fountain
• Landscaped roof deck with stainless steel gas grill and incredible San Francisco views
• Controlled-access garage
• Locked bike storage room
• State-of-the-art building access systems
• Professional property management
• City CarShare location available to residents
• Blocks from Jefferson Square Park
• Close to many shuttle stops, gyms, cultural activities, and great restaurants and bars

For showings contact Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbSF.com

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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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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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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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.

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?