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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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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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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http://amerosf.com

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It’s my honor to serve!

Now well into January of this new year, I want to send out a very sincere thank you to all of you who encouraged and supported me during my journey that led to my serving on the Board of Directors at the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® in 2015. With our first meeting completed, I understand, more than ever, the importance and the responsibility of this role and feel more gratitude than ever before.

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Thank you for bestowing this honor upon me and enabling me to help the real estate community and the citizens of San Francisco and those effected by this amazing organization.

A special thank you must go out to my team and family at Climb Real Estate Group, my fellow members of SFAR who encouraged me to run and who voted for me, my fellow members who were also appointed to the Board, and to Patrick Barber, our new SFAR president. You’re an amazing asset to our Association, Patrick!

Thank you! It’s an honor and a privilege to serve.

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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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San Francisco SoMa High-Rise Boom

It’s an exciting time to be part of the growth of our SoMa and Mid-Market areas. With 16+ projects in the works, and more on the way, our fine city is finally growing up. Some may argue that this type of growth will ruin the “charm” of San Francisco. In my opinion, there will always be plenty of charm to go around. However, San Francisco is in need of change that is long overdue. We have a window of opportunity that closes day by day that we need to take advantage of. If not, opportunity will go to cities that are willing to change and grow with the times.
 
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Here’s a link to the original article from PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11897721.htm

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.

New Homes Hit the Market in Hunters Point this Summer!

88 new homes will begin selling at Shipyard in Summer of 2014! This is the beginning of many exciting changes slated for Hunters Point and the surrounding area.

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Renderings by Transparent House

Here is a link to the official website: http://thesfshipyard.com

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

http://athomesf.com/2014/04/30/660/

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.

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See the original article at SF Gate here:

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

72 Townsend Once Again Underway

Works Commences on Delayed South Beach Condo Conversion. I’m truly looking forward to seeing this project completed. It’s going to be a great addition to our South Beach neighborhood. The one-story warehouse is the former home of Hooper’s South End Grain Warehouse, which survived the 1906 San Francisco’s earthquake. It will bring 74 new homes to our market and is slated to be completed in the summer of 2015:

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Here is a link to the original article which will explain the current happenings here: http://curbed.cc/1b6x6Hl  via @CurbedSF

The 6th Street Streetscape Upgrades

Designs and Renderings for 6th Street Streetscape Upgrades Released

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The SFMTA released its proposal for redesigning Sixth Street between Market Street and Howard Street, including renderings of the upgraded SOMA streetscape. Traffic lanes would be reduced from four to two, sidewalks would be widened (making room for more landscaping and seating), and green-painted bike lanes would be added. Intersections would get raised crosswalks, extra-wide speed bumps, and textured pavement intended to reduce driving speeds.

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The SFMTA is currently soliciting input from the community, but environmental review for the development is expected to begin in January and might take 16 to 18 months. Although the project isn’t funded yet, city officials expect little difficulty given the high number of pedestrian injuries in the area.

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The city will be adding new lighting and other minor upgrades in the meantime, and has already added painted sidewalk extensions to Sixth Street with the goal of reducing the number of lanes pedestrians must cross.

For more information about how streetscape improvements will affect property values in SOMA, contact neighborhood professional Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com.

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

New Ideas for Using Idle Buildings in San Francisco

A whole new take on who and how our citizens are helping to plan out areas of San Francisco that need the help.

“Civic innovators” are coming up with new ideas for using idle buildings in San Francisco. Also called “civic hackers,” they are socially-minded citizens who want to improve their city yet work outside of develpment firms and city planning departments.

San Francisco’s Mid-Market area was a perfect target, with multiple vacant buildings lining the city’s main thoroughfare while the area is under redevelopment. Civic innovators at last year’s Creative Currency hackathon came up with ways to use this inactive space by creating an online platform to connect the building’s owners to entrepreneurial renters who could use short-term leases to jumpstart their businesses, host gallery shows, or just have fun.

“A cafe popped up at an SF Chronicle newsstand kiosk hosting a bike-repair station by Huckleberry Bicycles; an outdoor sidewalk market displayed wares from local artisans and shopkeepers; a sidewalk came alive with a mobile library in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library; a yoga class took place in the GAFFTA office; and people let loose at a game night in the commissary kitchen at SF FoodLab. Over 500 people attended, and that stretch of Market Street felt alive. Local business owners and residents alike said they wanted to see the street charged with so much energy more often.” –Emily Eisenhart, The Bold Italic

For more information about how civic innovators’ projects could help enrich communities and increase home values in Mid-Market, the Mission District, and other neighborhoods of San Francisco, contact Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com.

Photo source: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle

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Follow this link to see my original post: http://www.sfnewdevelopments.com/14183/new-ideas-for-using-idle-buildings-in-san-francisco/

San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood a “Eco-District”? Plans for 2014

As a big advocate for “Green” construction and building practices, I have to put my support behind the idea of this project. Obviously, I will need a lot more detail about it before putting my stamp of approval on it but, in concept, I love it!

Original Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/san-francisco-eco-district_n_2140905.html#!

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What Buyers Don’t Want

Interesting trends in the eyes of Buyers. Feel free to share this as it will be interesting not only to Buyers but also those looking to sell their homes soon.

 

San Francisco’s Mid-Market. A red hot area!

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

As previously written in my other posts, Twitter and other innovators, are very quickly helping to reinvent and invigorate the area known as Mid-Market or Central Market. This move is long overdue and is absolutely great for our city. Currently, there are over 25 new projects in the work in this area alone!

Where would I invest? Mid-Market is one of a few I’d move on quickly.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/02/business/twitter-helps-revive-a-seedy-san-francisco-neighborhood.html?smid=tw-share