Category Archives: South Beach
Not surprisingly many sellers tend to remove their property from the active market over the holidays preferring not to be interrupted with showings — 14 properties in the South Beach area were withdrawn from our multiple listing service over December.
For the month of December the South Beach 9H area had 17 condo/loft sales per the multiple listing service. The mls also showed 34 active listings in this period (4 of these have offers), and 26 pendings (although 11 of these are at the 50 Lansing building). Six new listings have been added to the inventory during the first week of January. I also noticed 2 for sale by owner units in South Beach on craigslist.org, one in the Portside and one in The Towers.
I just found this cool search engine for finding wifi anywhere by zip code, this 94107 search cites 27 hot spots in the area. I’m looking forward to testing them out and rating them to make this a really useful tool for all of us mobile workers.
San Francisco is a great market to work in real estate; we’ve got a complex mix of historical and new housing stock, our continual housing shortage somewhat insulates us from bubble-bursting effects, and our citizens are highly tech saavy. When you list your home ask each of the agents you interview these questions:
Which web sites will you use to market my home?
What is your email marketing strategy for my listing?
Will you have an address specific site to market my property?
Will you provide a virtual tour?
Can you recommend some sites that will help me understand the current market?
A competent agent should have good answers to satisfy you because 80% of buyers start their search for a home online according to the National Association of Realtors, and you want your property to show well in front of these buyers. Your agent is also responsible for making sure your property is getting as much exposure in the market as possible, including nationally and internationally with our mobile society.
Having an address specific web site for your property helps with having your property pop up in search engines, as does your agent’s blog where your listing should also appear.
Altos Research is a wonderful tool that does a real time analysis of the average price of properties so you can view statistical trends.
Besides helping you select the agent who can best market your property, you’ll end up sounding very smart and steering clear of agents who are not using technology to its fullest on your behalf.
I started the New Year watching the fireworks at the Ferry Building from my patio and just reflecting on the fact that we’re so wonderfully spoiled here in South Beach with great restaurants, easy shopping, transportation and conveniences, the excitement of baseball and many interesting neighbors. I actually feel like I’m on vacation every day, perhaps it’s because people travel thousands of miles to visit us; that’s the South Beach lifestyle in a nutshell! And there is certainly a sense of excitement with more residents moving into completed buildings and a growing merchants association.
So here’s a list of some of my favorite things in the ‘hood:
Last week I met the boys over at Club Sportiva and had the opportunity to oogle their toys and check out their well appointed club house. Their holiday special might be just the thing for the guy who has everything. Beyond use of the cars the club has poker nights and scotch tastings as well as dinners, road rallies, and other events for member socializing. This may also be the perfect complement to City Car Share with Cal Trans Fourth Street Station and BART so close many residents are foregoing private car ownership and parking expenses.
Sixth annual dine-about-town is your opportunity to get out in January and take advantage of neighborhood restaurants for special prie fix dinners at special prices at restuarants such as Jack Falstaff, owned by our Mayor, Paragon, Momo’s, Bacar, Acme Chophouse, Fringale, and AsiaSF, among others.
If you don’t consider eating a recreation, check out the new building housing the South Beach Yacht Club and their racing schedule, or burn off a few calories at The San Francisco Tennis Club . I have to admit I truly miss the driving range, but we now have all the nearby activities at the Yerba Buena Center from bowling to skating to the best contemporary dance venue in the country. Not to mention the Metreon. And now, there’s Bloomingdales, and more movie theaters! All this in the middle of our musuem district with the SFMOMA and newly opened Museum of the African Diaspora.
For commuting to the South Bay or the East Bay, South Beach is by far the most convenient neighborhood with easy access to 280 and the Bay Bridge. If you’re working in the Financial District your commute is a morning walk or a quick hop on a historical trolley car.