It’s Time for Real Estate in San Francisco with Kevin+Jonathan

Kevin+Jonathan are successful San Francisco-based real estate agents with Vanguard Properties, the leading boutique brokerage, who deliver unique quality results for buyers and sellers alike. 

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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) of Vanguard Propertiesyou will receive dedicated, smart and enthusiastic service from experienced professionals 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. Don’t forget to call (415) 297-7462 to start your own real estate success story now.


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Clients Say…

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

UCSF Med Student & Chip Engineer

First Time Buyers (Miraloma Park)

What Some of Our Happy Buyers & Sellers Are Saying

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

Buyers, Google & EBay, Noe Valley

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Top Producer | Top 21 Club | Top 5% of SF

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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!

Kevin

Kevin K. Ho, Esq.

VANGUARD PROPERTIES

Top Producer & Top 21 Club Vanguard Properties (bre 01875957 | sbn 233408) Member: SFAR MLS & Technology Committee, Residential Builder’s Association, State Bar Real Property Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, AIA, Top Agent Network (Top 5% of San Francisco Agents)

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Jonathan McNarry

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Realtor Vanguard Properties (bre 01747295)

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Average Sale Price in SF

$1,748,923(single-family house, March 1-April 15, 2015)
  • Average of 23 days on market
  • + 20.7% from the same period in 2014
  • -2% less sold than the same period in 2014

(Source: SFAR MLS)

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What’s News for April 12, 2015

Best Deduction Ever?

Prices are strong but interest rates are low and more inventory is on the way, right? See what’s happening with the best tax write-off you can get in SF: real estate 

In talking with my accountant this week he said that so very many people in San Francisco are missing out on the best tax write off possible — home ownership. While you can deduct mortgage interest paid up to a mortgage of $1M there are yet other ways to cut down on your dues to Uncle Sam if you own investment properties. With investment properties you can take deductions for any mortgage interest paid, depreciation, utilities paid, HOA dues and improvements too.

In addition to that, be sure to check out information about our new upcoming listing for the budget-conscious buyer willing to look outside of San Francisco in the new much-sunnier South San Francisco Westborough neighborhood down below.  

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What Does the Data Say?

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MARKET STATS.

What Closed Over the 7 Past Days in San Francisco

For the past 7 days (April 5-12, 2015) we saw 146 transactions close escrow as reported in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) here in the City (2 more than the same period the week before). Here are the numbers:

  • Single-family homes: 58 sold (5 more than last week)
  • Condominiums, Tenancy in Common/Co-Ops: 63 (-8)
  • 2- to 4-unit buildings: 16 (+6)
  • 5+ unit buildings: 0 (-3)
  • Lots: 4 (+1)
  • Commercial: 2 (-1)

 

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This week’s Most-Over-Asking-List-Price Single-Family House Award goes to a large Richmond home at 541 10th Avenue. With more than 4200 sqft, 3 beds, 2.5 baths and a carport the home’s original listing price of $1.895M seems a bit inappropriate. Indeed, much like last week’s 625 Detroit (listed by the same agent), which closed at 172% of list this crafts home had a similar game plan although it was a trust sale. With nice details and potential to update the circa 1912 property closed after 13 days on the market at 158% of list at $3M (at a relatively modest $710/sqft). 

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Last week’s Most-Over-Asking-List-Price Single-Family House Award goes to the nicely redone, but purposely mispriced home at 625 Detroit Street in Sunnyside. The latest home to sell on this small block it’s no surprise this would go over its list price. With nearly 2000 sqft, a charming garden, the 3-bed, 2-bath, 2 level home was bright and warm. So its teaser list price of $899,000 was just that a teaser. The sellers, relocating to Palm Springs, had updated the home over the years since it was built in 1977. The winning offer (a financed one) won at $1.55M (at $774/sqft) or at 172% over asking. 

 

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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Some of Our Recent & Current Listings

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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Coming Soon in Noe Valley

Coming soon from Kevin+Jonathan in Noe Valley. Stay tuned for details but you'll love it!

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Just Sold! 1643 44th Avenue

1643 44th Avenue. Classic tunnel-entry, Outer Sunset single-family home with 4 beds, 2 baths over 2 levels. Vintage details, large garage, approximately 1405 ft.² with a large 3-level patio. Fixer. Listed at $799,000 (March 2015) Sold: $960,000 +120%

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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)

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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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  “We highly recommend him to everyone out there.”

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.

— Arun & Maelle, Buyers, Dogpatch

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We bought our house and Kevin was super responsive, incredibly helpful and full of knowledge. He was the perfect guide in navigating what can be a complicated and confusing process. Thanks Kevin!

— Chris & Christel

Buyer, Internet Design Professional & Landscape Architect, Berkeley

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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)

  • Market Trends and Our take on the Market

  • Early Access and leads on New Developments,  Preferred Lending Rates for Vanguard Properties’ preferred lenders and much more!

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I love the style of your newsletter! It is so informative and fun! I love to see what is happening in my neighborhood too.

—Cynthia W.

Homeowner, Noe Valley


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Clients Say

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.

Did we mention there’s wine here too?


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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)

 

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