Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

The New Mansions of Noe Valley: Part I

 

For many San Franciscans, talk of the city’s mansions conjures images of the so-called “Prestige North” — the trophy properties of Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights and Sea Cliff which are historically the most expensive single-family homes San Francisco has to offer. Indeed, when 2701 Broadway sold earlier this year for $31M it became the highest priced sale of the year. Nonetheless, there’s been a remarkable shift in the number of multi-million dollar home sales in recent years to the city’s more southerly neighborhoods.

Between 2012 and 2014, the number of single-family homes sales $3M+ in Noe Valley increased more than 800%; if the eight homes currently listed [we’ll examine some of these in The New Mansions of Noe Valley: Part II] trade at or above listing price by the end of 2015, that figure will reach 900% over the four year period. See this chart of $3M+ Noe Valley home sales over the past decade:

 

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Earlier this year, Noe Valley saw its record-setting most expensive home sale ever, 625 Duncan (March 2014), matched by 553 Elizabeth (June 2015) — each sold for $7M. [Note: 625 Duncan was then partially gutted and re-sold in April 2015 for $4.4M.] That same month, Noe got its new next priciest sale at 471 Hoffman, sold for $6.7M. In all, 19 $3M+ single-family homes in Noe Valley have sold YTD — compare that to 23 in Pacific Heights.

At various times over the past decade, the average $/sqft sales price in Noe Valley has exceeded that of Pacific Heights, both with consideration to all property types sold and also individually to homes, condos, and TICs leading to some dramatic comparisons between the two neighborhoods. In 2013 it was said “Pacific Heights is cheap compared to Noe Valley” with regard to particular $/sqft figures, and last year it was declared “Noe is the new Pac Heights” following a measured shift of dominance in the number $2M+ single-family home sales from the “Prestige North” to the Noe, Eureka and Cole Valleys.

With regard to median sales prices for single-family homes, Noe Valley led the whole of San Francisco in surpassing the $1M mark by almost five years. Not since May 2009 has the neighborhood seen a six-figure median for houses, and today close to 95% of all properties there — houses, condos and TICs — are valued at $1M+ according to this Zillow report.

 

In fact, having grown from 54.26% in January 2010, the number of $1M+ properties as a percentage of all housing stock in Noe Valley today is the 3rd highest in the city, trailing Inner Sunset (95.67%) and Central Richmond (95.64%). Pacific Heights comes in 4th at 88.24%.

 

 

While neither Noe Valley nor Pacific Heights could claim the highest average $/sqft for houses in September 2015, the spread between their prices — $1,334/sqft and $1,509/sqft, respectively — is relatively small. And while Noe is only one of a handful of neighborhoods in the southern part of San Francisco to experience some of the highest average annual compound appreciation rates in the long term, none of the others come close to touching the “Prestige North” — in terms of ultra-luxury house prices, average $/sqft figures, median single-family home prices, percentage of $1M+ properties, number of $3M+ homes sales or otherwise.

 

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With Noe Valley’s easy access to Silicon Valley, it’s proven to be a desirable area for wealthy tech-employed homebuyers. Furthermore, the neighborhood’s limited capacity for infill luxury housing developments means that any existing structure is an appealing candidate for renovation, expansion and/or rebuild for 21st century sensibilities. Looking at the $3M+ single-family homes sold this year as well as ones currently on the market, it’s evident the neighborhood is experiencing a wave a mansionization every bit as worthy of “Prestige” as Pacific Heights.

In The New Mansions of Noe Valley: Part II, we’ll take a look at some of these properties and offer a professional’s analysis of the draws for these mansions that tech built. Stay tuned!

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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Gold Rush Real Estate: Then & Now

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Portsmouth Square, 1851

 

When writer Bayard Taylor arrived in San Francisco by ship in the summer of 1849 and began chronicling the Gold Rush economy in his dispatches for the New-York Daily Tribune, he feared nobody would believe him. The imbalance of supply and demand for basic essentials — food, tools, clothing, equipment — was riding high, driving prices to astronomical levels–

 

“There were reports of canteens charging a dollar for a slice of bread or two if it was buttered, the equivalent of $56. A dozen eggs might cost you $90 at today’s prices; a pick axe would be the equivalent of $1,500; a pound of coffee $1,200 and a pair of boots as much as $3,000…”Smithsonian

 

In today’s economy — booming not with gold but with technology — even San Francisco locals are in disbelief to learn the premiums being paid for another commodity in short supply: real estate. In sharp contrast with current times, mid-19th century SF was a largely rural setting with abundant raw land awaiting the development of businesses, homes and infrastructure. Now, there’s practically nowhere to build up — and when it comes to homes prices here in one of America’s richest cities, the sky is the limit.

Just for fun, let’s take a look at some Gold Rush era properties that have hit the market in recent years and their inflation adjusted prices. They’ll have you wishing you could travel back in time!

 

1032 Broadway Street, Nob Hill

Year Built: 1853

2015 List Price: $12,000,000

Inflation Adjusted 1853 Price: $434,813.47

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1948 Sutter Street, Lower Pacific Heights

Year Built: 1858

2006 Sales Price: $2,405,000

Inflation Adjusted 1858 Price: $115,151.52

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816 Grove Street, Alamo Square

Year Built: 1850

2004 Sales Price: $1,650,000

Inflation Adjusted 1850 Price: $75,370.45

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10 Napier Lane, Telegraph Hill

Year Built: 1855

2012 Sales Price: $810,000

Inflation Adjusted 1855 Price: $32,849.01

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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San Francisco Market Overview: September 2015

 

September is historically the month San Francisco sees the greatest number of new listings come on the market, and this year it hasn’t disappointed! Since the 1st of the month, more than 800 single-family homes and condos have hit the market, blowing last year’s count out of the water. Further sweetening the situation for prospective home buyers, there are more condos for sale now than any time in the past two years and the most sub-million dollar single-family homes we’ve seen all year.

While median prices for both property types have remained consistently above $1,000,000 for the past seven months, the month-over-month rate of appreciation has cooled recently leading some economists to believe the market is leveling off. Still, there are plenty of buyers out there and the key to home values will continue to be the pace of job growth. On that note, employment is at a record high in San Francisco, and the East Bay (where many people priced out of SF are already putting increasing pressure on the housing market) is in for some major job growth in the coming months, years and decades.

Uber’s recent purchase of the former Sears building in downtown Oakland could prove a huge boon for the city. Aside from the estimated 600 new residents it will bring to the East Bay, it could open the floodgates for startups to establish headquarters in the area. Additionally, Berkeley has a billion-dollar real estate pipeline — one of the largest building booms in its 147-year history — that’ll bring jobs and residents to the area over the next 40 years. If conventional wisdom is correct, the real estate market in the East Bay will be heating up — way up!

A recent study by rental website Zumper found that for every $1 billion in venture capital injected into a local economy, 1-bedroom rents will increase $69 per month, and 2-bedroom rents will increase $99 per month. In San Francisco, $1,069 or 33% of a median 1-bedroom rent can be attributed to this stimulation. As housing prices accelerate around the Bay Area, it should become increasing clear that the housing crunch is a regional issue rather than a strictly San Francisco one, and the solution to it will be best achieved in a coordinated effort.

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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New Inventory: Relief For Home Buyers?

At last, the promised new inventory has arrived. While we generally see a spike in listings during one of our two selling seasons — spring and fall — the past several years have been dismal in terms of turning out new listings. Not so this year.

The question is: Will that translate into any relief for buyers?

 

I recently attended a symposium on the state of housing in San Francisco. If you have a couple of hours to kill, you can find the entire panel discussion audio here. While I found the discussion fascinating (it is my job after all) there are a couple of stats that particularly caught my attention:

  • Since 2010, we’ve added 10,000 residents to San Francisco every year, increasing our population by 50,000
  • During that same time frame, 80,000 new jobs have been created and only 10,000 new housing units have been added, well over 70% of which are rentals
  • According to Ted Egan, San Francisco’s Chief Economist, each year 70,000 people move into San Francisco (which means 60,000 move out)
  • Wholesale new construction costs are currently running $950-$1000/square-foot in San Francisco, which drops by only $50-$100/square-foot in Oakland; sale prices in the East Bay continue to garner significantly less than San Francisco

I have certainly spoken to more than one agent recently who had offer dates come and go, or only had one party come to the table. My personal take continues to be this: Fall is a really good window to buy, and I’m advising my sellers hold off until spring to list their property for sale (situation and replacement property depending). That said, I am actively looking to work with more buyers this fall — If you know someone interested in buying please pass my name along. I’ll be happy to speak with them even if they’re not sure yet.

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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To Buy or to Rent: That is the Question

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Unless you are fortunate to live in a rent controlled building, you may have noticed your monthly rent rise dramatically in recent years. Checking in at $3,530 per month, the median rent for a one-bedroom has been the highest in the country for six months following a 13.5% rise last year (and up as much as 29.2% in Noe Valley). For many renters, what they pay out every month could easily be a mortgage payment on a comparable place– the monthly Principal + Interest on a $1,000,000 home is $3819.32, assuming 20% down and a 30-year mortgage fixed at 4%. As of today, there is more than 330 single-family homes and condos/TICs/lofts that are Active on the MLS listed for under $1,000,000.

Plugging in local San Francisco data (August 2015 sales figures) to the New York Times’ Rent vs. Buy calculator reveals some compelling numbers. Buying a condominium at August 2015’s $1,045,000 median sale price or a single-family home at the $1,225,444,000 median is a better financial decision even if you could rent for free!

 

San Francisco condominium Rent vs. Buy results:

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San Francisco single-family home Rent vs. Buy results:

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The assumptions I made in the above calculations are as follows:

  • Purchase price: $1,045,000 for condos, $1,225,444 for single-family homes
  • Length of time in home: 5 years
  • Mortgage Rate: 4%
  • Down payment: 20%
  • Length of Mortgage: 30 years
  • Home price growth rate: 13.3% for condos, 20.0% for single-family homes (12-month average, the NYT calculator maxes out at 15%)
  • Rent growth rate: 13.5% (median one-bedroom increase in 2014)
  • Investment rate of return: 7% (approx. long-term average annual ROI of stocks)
  • Inflation Rate: 2%
  • Property tax rate: 1.19%
  • Marginal tax rate: 28%
  • Taxes filed on a Joint Return
  • Costs of buying a home: 3% (approx. closing costs)
  • Costs of selling a home: 8% (approx. closing costs + marketing + customary 5% commission to brokers)
  • Maintenance/renovation: 1%
  • Homeowner’s insurance: 0.1% (approx. $50-$100+ per month depending on property type)
  • Monthly utilities: $100
  • Monthly common fees: $600 for condos, $0 for single-family homes
  • Common fees deduction: 0%
  • Security Deposit: 1 month
  • Broker’s fee: 0%
  • Renter’s Insurance: 0.1%

 

San Francisco condominium median price growth, 2005 to present:

San Francisco single-family home median price growth, 2005 to present:

 

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Meredith Martin is a Broker Associate at Paragon Real Estate Group and can be reached at Meredith@OpeningDoors.me

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