Kevin+Jonathan: Clever, Bold and Significant Professional Real Estate in San Francisco — Vanguard Properties

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Buying or selling in San Francisco may seem to be an expensive and daunting effort. But with Kevin+Jonathan (and Raffi) you will receive dedicated, smart and enthusiastic service that will guide you to success. We live, work and play here and know our diverse City well. We love what we do and we know you will too. Thanks to our thoughtful and considered approach our clients buy for less and sell for more.

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Sellers Say…

We appreciate all you have done to help us. We were so afraid that the house wouldn’t sell, but it did and for more! You have worked a miracle inside and out!

— Gene & Sally

Sellers, Retired, Entrusted Home Renovation Choices  & Supervision to Kevin, Twin Peaks

Buyers Say…

Kevin is fantastic — highly recommend! We worked with Kevin as buying agent and he was superb. He invested considerable time and energy to help us understand how the market and process here works. And he is super-responsive, even to late-night emails/texts which was great due to our work commitments. Importantly, he had great suggestions and advice on making our offer compelling, helping us secure the property we really wanted despite not being all-cash nor the highest offer.

— Sarah & Ross

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WHY KEVIN+JONATHAN.

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Grow your success, wealth and happiness together with Kevin+Jonathan (and Raffi).

Welcome to San Francisco real estate with Kevin Ho, attorney, Broker Associate and Top Producer and my partner, Jonathan McNarry, REALTOR and Broker Associate both of Vanguard Properties, the leading locally owned boutique San Francisco brokerage, known for its powerful top-quality brand, LGBT roots and development prowess.

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We rank among the top 5 percent of San Francisco Agents. We specialize in residential real estate in and around our fair city of San Francisco representing buyers, sellers, investors, builders and more. Our methodical, all-encompassing and creative approach is focused on advancing our clients’ interests whether it’s listing properties that we’ve helped transform into desirable homes or helping buyers purchase properties with awareness and confidence. We look at real estate as being a valuable exercise that betters the community and as many people’s lives as possible.

We genuinely love what we do: Real Estate doesn’t feel like work, it feels like fun. And we’re good at it.  

Our clients know they’re working with approachable, engaged and authoritative professionals. Kevin has been an invited commentator/expert on Curbed SF, quoted and featured in the New York Times and interviewed a number of times on local television news all talking about real estate trends and developments. Jonathan, who was born and raised in the U.K. and Atlanta comes from a family of real estate developers — he had his first open house sign up when he was just 6 years old! Kevin, who is from Iowa originally, has lived in the U.K. and has a Masters and law degree from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He speaks Cantonese as well. Jonathan also works as a critical care, rapid response ICU nurse at UCSF and Kevin practiced as a business attorney and mediator for 5 years before focusing on real estate over the past 4 years.

Join Our Successful and Loyal Client Base — Now. 

Our clients have bought for less and sold for more and remain loyal customers of real estate with many repeat buyers and sellers. We are plugged-in, connected and responsive. Explore our site and you’ll see how we stand out from other agents.

Contact us today to put all of our knowledge, personality and experience to work for you!

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Kevin was a superb real estate agent, and did a great job helping us buy our first home! Kevin is funny and personable, and knows how to get the job done.

—Dana & Drew

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12-month average from Jan 2014-2015. According to Multiple Listing Service data from the San Francisco Association of Realtors. 

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Average Sales Price

$1,303,302/ house (Jan 2015)
  • Average of 44 days on market
  • + 5.2% from Jan 2014
  • -27% less sold than 12 months ago
IN THE KNOW.

For Readers Our Exclusive Client Newsletter 

Find out which of our clients won a trophy home after 20 hours of bidding and which 2 homes closed at 141% and 143% over asking in this week’s edition of In the Know with Kevin+Jonathan, Feb 21-22nd edition.

 

Oscar Wishes You a Most Prosperous 4315…       

Oscar-worthy bidding in SF’s real estate market kicks off Chinese New Year Season — Happy 4315!               

Chinese New and Oscar time generally happen near each other — there’s a lot of red going around. In the Chinese tradition red means prosperity and it looks like we’re seeing plenty of that in the City’s real estate market. So just as we celebrate golden statuettes for the silver screen collected after a stroll down the red carpet while red dragons dance around Chinatown this past week in real estate saw twin themes too: Buyers shouldn’t be shy and should just write an offer (already) and for sellers $2M is the new $1M.

There’s more coming, right? Out on Broker Tour last week and in the office many agents are asking each other if they have anything coming to market. The answers are either, “Nope,” or “I wish,” in many cases but in some case the agents will say they have 3 or 4 coming but later on this spring (the same can be said for yours truly too). There’s talk about interest rates going up in the summer (but who knows as pundits have been foretelling of increased interest rates for 2 years now) and there’s been a proliferation of non-MLS listings on the market access to is something that we’re proud to be able to deliver to our clients as it’s the current reality in San Francisco for better or worse — it’s a market share we can bring to you. 

Remember… 

Over the first 40 days of 2015 the total number of recorded and closed sales in the MLS was 388. By comparison, that number was 512 in 2014 — meaning that there were at least 25% fewer homes sold this year than last.

This leads people to the next question we hear a lot these days:

Will there be a bust? Is our growth sustainable? We’ve addressed this question many times over the past 2-3 years (which should tell you something). Many of the reasons we cite in responding to the question still hold true: (1) there’s no land left to build on essentially; (2) rent control/eviction control laws distort the marketplace; (3) tough zoning and demolition laws restrict efforts to increase housing density; (4) approval processes for building in the City is a quite involved and long process; (5) because folks are locking in their mortgages at such low rates for 30 years in many cases, little incentive exists that will compel owners to sell their home, why sell when you can rent your property out for far more than your mortgage payment every month? And the other element we cite is sustained economic growth as driven by the tech sector and other related sectors like biotech, finance and otherwise. Indeed, the word from Google’s HR is that the tech company is planning on hiring 10,000 employees in the Bay Area over the next year. Over at Facebook,181 Fremont’s builder is just finishing Facebook’s new HQ and the company is in the process of paying hundreds of millions of dollars for even more land near its future campus. Apple’s new HQ is almost done and reports are that the company is working on a new car. And speaking of electric cars there’s that company called Tesla that’s based here…    

Greater Lender Flexibility

(Feb 26, 2015) Mortgage rates have been low lately, but may be starting a steady march upwards towards the summer. Compared to just a year ago when rates ranged from 4%-4.5%, 30-year fixed jumbo loan rates with Citibank are still in the 3.8-3.875% range versus other banks that have been mainly offering rates at or over 4%.

Recognizing our market’s condition Vanguard partner Citibank has been rolling out products that work for many of our clients who change jobs or who have significant amounts of stock options in lieu of cash.

So, in addition to the 15% down payment, no-PMI, loans up to $1M (max purchase price being $1.177M) that Citibank announced a few weeks ago, the lender also announced that they will able to use future income to close a loan as based on an offer letter alone. The letter and confirmation from the new employer will be sufficient to close the mortgage which means you won’t have to wait several weeks for the first pay stub!

Also, underwriters will be able to count more restricted stocks and (stock units) as qualifying income when it comes to mortgage loan approvals.Contact Vanguard-Citibank lending guru Tony Alencar at (415) 215-1239 for more details or tony.alencar@citi.com.

In Contract — 535 Steiner

Congratulations to our client Mike who won a stunningly large and beautiful Alamo Square condominium at 535 Steiner after 20 hours of bidding, multiple counter offers and counters to those. In the end, we weren't the highest offer but the strongest in terms and thus beat out the one remaining offer from the original 5 that were submitted for this 3-bed, 2-bath, 2300+ sqft middle-level, triple-parlor, remodeled and tall-ceilinged home that's wider than most as the property sits atop a 28-foot wide parcel, opposed to the typical 25 feet. And while there's no parking currently the other two owners are keen to add parking soon which means an instant boost to equity and a major capital improvement cost at 1/3rd the price. Listed at $1.495M our offer is just about 15% over with no contingencies and a short 17-day escrow; even at this strong price the home is still a good value due to the sheer amount of square footage.

Congratulations to our client Mike who won a stunningly large and beautiful Alamo Square condominium at 535 Steiner after 20 hours of bidding, multiple counter offers and counters to those. In the end, we weren’t the highest offer but the strongest in terms and thus beat out the one remaining offer from the original 5 that were submitted for this 3-bed, 2-bath, 2300+ sqft middle-level, triple-parlor, remodeled and tall-ceilinged home that’s wider than most as the property sits atop a 28-foot wide parcel, opposed to the typical 25 feet. And while there’s no parking currently the other two owners are keen to add parking soon which means an instant boost to equity and a major capital improvement cost at 1/3rd the price. Listed at $1.495M our offer is just about 15% over with no contingencies and a short 17-day escrow; even at this strong price the home is still a good value due to the sheer amount of square footage.

MARKET STATS.

What Closed Over the 7 Past Days in San Francisco

FOR FROM KEVIN+JONATHAN — IN CONTRACT: 
Classic tunnel-entry Outer Sunset SFH with 4 bd / 2 ba over 2 levels. Vintage details, large garage, 1405 sqft, large patio, could use some TLC. Located just blocks away from the outer lands enclave on Judah near the beach.
Listed at $799,000.

After receiving 2 pre-emptive offers before our Monday, Feb 9 offer date, we received 3 offers on the day and are now in contract around 20% over the asking price. Some interesting analytics to share: of the 50 disclosure requests, 25 were read and we received at least 7-10 verbal offers from agents and folks who said if the contract price was anywhere near the list price that they would then submit an offer.

Escrow is scheduled to close within 3.5 weeks and the buyers are folks who love the area and who want to start remodeling work at the property right away.

For the past 7 days (Feb 15-22, 2015) we saw 90 transactions close escrow as reported in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) here in the City (14 moew than the same period the week before). Here are the numbers:

  • Single-family homes: 33 sold (6 more than last week) 
  • Condominiums, Tenancy in Common/Co-Ops: 46 (+14)
  • 2- to 4-unit buildings: 6 (-7)
  • 5+ unit buildings: 2 (-2) 
  • Commercial: 3

This Week’s Most-Over-Asking-Price House Award was going to go to 752 Elizabeth Street at Douglass Street in Noe Valley. The 3 bed, 2 bath, 2-car garage Marina style home is, as we’ve said before, ho-hum. Choppy layout, low ceilings and decently cute yard. What Elizabeth had that drew 17 offers is location and potential to expand upwards. Being just a block off of 24th Street near the cute Douglass Dogpark as well as being sandwiched in the middle of a row of much taller Queen Anne homes combined with a lack of inventory pushed the price up, up and away. Listed at $1.499M the property sold at a staggering $2.150M in just 6 days; nearly 141% over asking and at $1493/sqft — making it the highest per square foot price for a single-family house in Noe Valley for the past 6 months but only the 4th highest since January 2014.

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But… before we sent this week’s edition of the newsletter out another home knocked Elizabeth out. Instead, the chic house at 37 Aztec takes the cake. The single-family home perched atop a hill listed at $1.395M in Bernal Heights (northwest slope) has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 parking spaces and 270-degree views. While no square footage was reported on the MLS tax records show the 1961-built home has 1,450 sqft, which means its $2,049,225 closing price puts it at 146% of list and at a $1413/sqft price. 

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Last week’s Most-Over-Asking-Single-Family-House award went to a fixer galore at 56 Clipper Street in Noe Valley. The 1,000-sqft home was home to a family for a number of years and after being cleared out it was listed at $859,000. Feverish interested turned into numerous bids from folks who ranged from developers to end-owner users willing to dig out the basement, backyard and essentially redo the entire house, which sat on a larger-than-usual parcel at 26′ x 114′ with RH-2 zoning. The final closing price for the property was at $1300/sqft, $1.38M, or 160% percent over asking. 

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Caution going forward: Putting Prices in Context — You’ve been hearing about weak inventory from us for months now along with hearing about phenomenal offers and bidding wars over what little is out there.

Beware of making too much about the high prices we’ve seen over the past few weeks as they may prove to be outliers in the grand scheme of things. Higher prices may also indicate a new trend or hot neighborhood. This uncertainty is why working with Kevin+Jonathan is all the more important as we will give you proper context and perspective.

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We add value and assist our clients in preparing their property so that the property is appealing, desirable and anticipated commanding top-dollar prices.

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In Contract! 1643 44th Avenue

1643 44th Avenue. Classic tunnel-entry, Outer Sunset single-family home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms over 2 levels. Vintage details, large garage, approximately 1405 ft.² with a large 3-level patio. Listed at $799,000 (Feb 2015) Pending.

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Listed & Sold! $607,500

788 Minna Street, No. 403, Mid-Market/SOMA condo 1-bed, 1-bath, 1 car parking, elevator. Sophisticated & bright (MLS 421876). Listed at: $600,000 SOLD AT: $607,500 (July 21, 2014)

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Two Vacant Development Parcels in Lafayette in the affluent San Francisco suburb of Lafayette. (SF MLS 423537 & 423549) Listed at: $1.798M combined

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Listed & Sold!

766 Harrison, No. 604, the Cubix. Smart, ingenious and compact urban living at its modular best. (MLS 425832) List Price: $375,000 SOLD: $362,500 (November 13, 2014)

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Listed & Sold! $1.4M

471 Hickory Street. Hayes Valley single-family home with 2 bed, 1 bath, 2-3 car garage, private center patio. Cute, bright & chic. (MLS 421090) Listed at: $1,060,000 SOLD AT: $1,400,000 (June 12, 2014, multiple offers)

See How We Did It.
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Listed & Sold! $1.27M

273 Romain Street, Twin Peaks/Upper Market view single-family home. Remodeled and Refreshed for sale. 2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car garage and private yard. Quiet, bright, airy with incredible 180º views from Bay to Peaks. (MLS 420070) Listed at: $995,000 SOLD AT: $1,270,000 (May 30, 2014, multiple offers)

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Listed & Sold! $825,000

868 Minnesota, No. 411, Chic, serene & spacious Dogpatch condominium with 1 bed, 1.5 baths at Esprit Park. Serene, bright & amenity-filled. (MLS 423598) Listed at: $739,000 SOLD at: $825,000 (Sold in 72 hours)

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Listed in SOMA

1118 Howard Street, SOMA, San Francisco. 13,497 sqft, 3-story commercial space with elevator and loft-like top floor with 18-foot ceilings. Off Market.

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As first time homebuyers (and in SF no less!), Kevin helped my wife and I navigate the process from beginning to end. With his exceptional help, we were able to quickly find a place we loved. As others have mentioned, he is extremely responsive and his prior legal background helped in explaining the various contracts we were looking at. We will definitely use Kevin again when looking for our next home and highly recommend him to everyone out there.

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F E B R U A R Y  15,  2 0 1 5

Bad Idea Jeans in SF — Last week it was a vacant unit tax, this week it’s a moratorium on all market-rate development in the Inner Mission. Ah, local government’s infinite wisdom is on the march again.

No More Buildings For You!

And in this week’s latest installment of Pennywise-Poundfoolish, the SF Business Times is reporting that Mission District Supervisor David Campos is threatening to propose legislation that will add more policy ‘guidance’ of what can be built around 24th Street near the BART station which would have the effect of temporarily stop market-rate housing approvals altogether in an attempt to stop gentrification, which makes little sense as the folks who would move into these market-rate homes presumably are the very folks’ units whom people making less money would be able to move into after more supply is built.

Vacant Unit Tax?

There they go again, right? Under a new proposal from Supervisor Eric Mar, landlords keeping units vacant could face a special tax.

Competitive Bidding Aftermath Gone Awry

Talk about sour grapes. After losing a house in a competitive bidding war in San Diego, the winning couple endured a year of harassment. From fielding calls from buyers responding to a fake Zillow ad, they got magazine subscriptions they didn’t order, bills for diapers, people showed up to a New Year’s Party they hadn’t advertised, all the neighbors’ wives got Valentine’s Day cards signed by the husband of the couple and so on… read and watch this ABC report about how and why a disgruntled buyer who lost out to the couple was behind the harassment here.

Happenings & Highlights…from Earlier Editions

On the News & In the News: Kevin on Local News, KTVU-Fox 2, on Affordability Issues

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Mayor Ed Lee introduced a few proposals a few weeks ago aimed at easing affordability barriers for middle class folks wanting to buy property in the City. Along with his goals of increasing supply over the upcoming decade the Mayor’s initiatives focuses on providing financial assistance to would-be buyers via a bond measure that would allow more monies and grants targeted at would-be buyers. Expanding MUNI capacity to ease congestion and traffic in the City along with expanding kindergarten and early education access were among the other wish list items. To gauge how home buying can be more than challenging these days, our friends at KTVU Fox-2 caught up with me and my client-cousin Charles and interviewed us. Check out the news clip here.

Burying cables in SF

So our City’s entire budget to burying these visual nuisances went to one 3-block area. First rule of government spending: Why buy one when you can but two for twice the price? Check it out here: http://abc7news.com/news/efforts-to-bury-all-utility-wires-in-sf-nearly-impossible-/486804/

How Throwing Shade Put the Kibosh on a SOMA Condo Development’s Ambitions

For the first time in 30 years the Sunshine Ordinance gets used to stop a development that really didn’t cast that much shade. All politics is indeed local. Check it out here: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/S-F-activists-shocked-that-shade-killed-condo-6031075.php

 

Pipeline Report: A New Year? 50,000 New Units Coming to San Francisco

Curbed SF reports that 50,000 new units are coming online in the city, which is good news as we need them. Among them, of course, are the Lumina luxury development in the South Beach/Rincon Hill area, the new development at 899 Valencia (18 new units at 20th Street) and another new-build at 400 Grove Street (33 market-rate units at Gough) in the Civic Center/Hayes Valley area,  2121 Webster (71 new luxury residences in Pacific Heights) and at 72 Townsend, located in South Beach, which will consist of 64 1-2 bedroom condominiums, 2 3-bedroom penthouses and 1 2-bedroom townhome.

Remember if you want to buy at any of these new buildings please let us know so we can provide you independent, unbiased buyer representation and let each sales office know too in case we’re not with you when you first meet them.

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Representing a loyal, diverse and ever-growing client base, Kevin Ho and Jonathan McNarry of Vanguard Properties deliver unmatched professional real estate services for buyers and sellers in San Francisco. They’re good at what they do and watch out for their clients’ interests with comprehensive and analytical advice to ensure their clients make the most informed decisions.

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Each weekend, we spend a few hours writing our newsletter for you. Instead of some kind of automated regurgitated series of listing information that makes no sense for everyone to get, our readers get the following every weekend:

  • Exclusive & Advance Listings that are Off-Market or Coming Soon — available only to our readers

  • Stories of the Week — our readers learn the details of how a property sold and for how much (approximately)

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We couldn’t be happier with the service we received from Kevin.

He’s personable, helpful, tech-savvy, and extremely dedicated! Kevin is a very opinionated realtor, but I say this in a good way.  There were many homes that we were willing to bid on in what was a very challenging market, but thankfully Kevin kept our best interests in mind.  Rather than going for a quick close, he actually talked us out of a few homes to make sure we stayed true to our criteria.

Aaron & Ashley 

Buyers, Charming Victorian (Noe Valley)

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Clients Say…

Kevin listened to our story and took the time to understand who we were and our personalities and then asked more than a few more questions to narrow down where we should live.  His advice definitely helped us narrow down the choices and helped us with the all important targeting of our search. [H]e gave us very candid and honest responses to our questions including dissuading us from a couple of apartments that in retrospect would have been completely wrong for us.

When we finally found a place that we unquestionably loved, Kevin guided us through the process in winning a bidding war before the house even made it to its first public open house.  He helped quell a lot of the eleventh hour jitters and pushed us in the helpful way not the overbearing way.  Ultimately, we were absolutely delighted with the purchase and he was integral in the process and could not recommend him more to others.

— Mitchell & Debbie

 Buyers, Relocated from New York, SOMA

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Why You’re Hiring Vanguard Properties

Vanguard Properties continues its Number 1 position in District 9 (SoMa, South Beach, Dogpatch, Potrero, Bernal Heights) and have moved up in District 5 (Noe and Eureka Valleys, Twin Peaks, Mission Dolores) to the Number 2 position just $10M short of Zephyr (a company that has nearly 80 more agents than Vanguard Properties) with 14.5% of the district’s market share. And of note, Districts 5 & 9 are the most traded in the City. Overall for all of San Francisco, Vanguard Properties is now Number 4 in overall trade/dollar volume as based on closed transactions. Vanguard Properties closed more than $1.7B worth of sales in 2014 thanks to all of you and your referrals. Keep them coming!

At Vanguard Properties we are committed to understanding your individual needs. We promise to provide you with the kind of quality service that will exceed your expectations. Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of sincere effort, intelligent direction and skilled execution. And all of this is thanks to you and yours. Keep up the support and help us succeed in helping you succeed.

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San Francisco is Worth the Price

kevinhoSFO map You’ve heard it before — San Francisco is a truly international city that will command a premium that attracts international buyers the world over. And while you may hear of growth in Houston, for example, would you really want to live there? Would the rest of the world’s people want to visit? Instead, San Francisco stands out from most of the country (bar NYC) as being tops in real estate and the place to be for tourist and techie alike —18 of the top 25 tech companies are here for example.

Our universities, proximity to emerging markets, financial base and diversity attracts the best and the brightest (although Berkeley and Stanford may have something to do with it). Plus our climate, while foggy sometimes, still beats cold vortexes and heat waves. And because land is scarce here … well, you get the picture.

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Clients Say…

Importantly, [Kevin] had great suggestions and advice on making our offer compelling, helping us secure the property we really wanted despite not being all-cash nor the highest offer.

— Ross & Sarah

Successful Buyers, Noe Valley Single-Family Home


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Other Agents Want to Work With Us Too.

Sure our clients like us and our work, but other agents do too.

We received a lot of good offers… but based on our past relationship and how smoothly it went, I pushed for your offer.

— Listing Agent, San Francisco, Corona Heights
(Our Buyers closed on property beating out 2 other offers)

I presented your clients offer to my sellers and told them about you in particular  and encouraged them to go with you.

— Listing Agent, San Francisco, Eureka Valley
(Our Buyers’ offer was accepted instead of going to market)

Your clients got the property because of you!

— Listing Agent, San Francisco, Haight
(Our Buyers closed on property beating out 1 other offer)

 

Winning & Comprehensive Seller Representation

How to get the most money & satisfy your goals using your property.

Broad and Comprehensive Service that Goes Above & Beyond

If you want a realtor who lives and breathes your deal, keeps you constantly abreast of your property’s progress and does nice little things for you, you have to call Kevin Ho. We have ushered in the era of smart, technology literate, well educated, vibrant deal closers like Kevin Ho. —Peter G. Media & Advertising Director, Seller (SOMA, the Palms)

Brainstorming and Creativity at Your Service

An agent who can see what you can't is one who sees the potential for success

It's a Vision Thing that Translates into a Success Thing.

I have worked with many agents. Kevin always makes himself available and is willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He is helpful with ideas and brainstorming. He definitely has a passion for real estate. — Edward G. Successful San Francisco Real Estate Developer, Buyer, Multi-Unit Fixer (Mission Dolores)

Successful Buyer Representation

How to identify and win the right property competitively but prudently.

Sold! A Winning Noe Valley Example.

We worked with Kevin as buying agent and he was superb. He invested considerable time and energy to help us understand how the market and process here works and is super-responsive, even late at night…. Importantly, he had great suggestions and advice on making our offer compelling. —Ross & Sarah M. Googler & EBayer, Buyers (Noe Valley)

Streamlined, Technology- and Data-based Responsive Service

We're in a 24/7, connected, data-rich world. Your agent should be too.

Knowing how to navigate the 1's and 0's of real estate with technology

If you have Kevin on your side, I think you will end up with a real advocate for your needs who can streamline the entire home-buying process for you. He’s also up-to-date with the latest tools to conduct the transaction…. —Hass L. SF-based Start-Up, Buyer & Seller (Mid-Market/SOMA & Uptown Oakland)

Broader Counsel from an Experienced Attorney

Clients benefit from a lawyer's experience and background.

Cutting through the paper chase.

Kevin reads contracts in detail and really protects your interests — he knows his stuff on this. He had a stronger understanding of the market than other realtors I spoke with. I felt a lot of confidence throughout the process knowing I was working with someone who knew their stuff inside out. —Joanna S. Manager, Clinton Global Health Initiative, Buyer (Noe Valley)

Connected Insider with Powerful Knowledge

How exclusive advance information from a connected agent will benefit you.

The Results from Being Attentive, Listening and Asking the Right Questions

He truly knows about all available properties and not just what’s on the market, but more importantly, what’s coming on soon so that you get early previews… — Jay S. Startup Mogul, Buyers and Sellers (Duboce Park & Upper Market/Eureka Valley)

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