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My name is Kevin Ho and I am Broker Associate and Top Producer at Vanguard Properties, one of the top San Francisco brokerages that is also locally owned and operated. I specialize in residential real estate in and around our fair city of San Francisco representing buyers, sellers, investors and builders. My client base and business continues to grow — success begets success. I am from Iowa City, Iowa originally, I am also an active attorney in California and have lived in San Francisco for 10 year. I do real estate differently than most: I genuinely love what I do, I’m hand’s on and I work hard, wisely and empathetically.
I’ve been an invited commentator/expert on Curbed SF, have been quoted and featured in the New York Times for innovative real estate marketing, and interviewed a number of times on local television news talking about real estate.
My clients benefit from having a lawyer, realtor, mediator and reporter working for them. Please learn about their successes and about me by exploring this site.
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An Upper Market/Twin Peaks Midcentury Home
Updated, Comfortable & Contemporary
Coming in Early May
Charming Single-Family Home with Forest Feel, Views
Excellent location, fantastic 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, expansion potential, character and more.
List Price: $1.349M (PENDING)
+16.4% Single-Family Homes
$1,334,318 Annual Average Sales Price
$993,380 Average Sales Price
Change in Average Sales Price, 12-month average, Mar 2013-2014 (Source: SFAR MLS)
You’ve heard it before San Francisco is a truly international city. 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? No, they visit here and did so to the tune of a record $9B spent on local hospitality in 2013 and ranks as the 3rd most visited city in the U.S. and 25th in the world.
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 in the world are headquartered here for example. Our universities (Berkeley, Stanford), proximity to emerging markets (Asia, Latin America), 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 don’t forget that it’s hard to build here too… well, you get the picture ,right? Read MORE.
SOLD: 64 Waller Street, Hayes Valley
Large 2-level, Luxury & Remodeled Condo
Excellent location, fantastic 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, outdoor space, garage parking and more.
List Price: $1.299M
SOLD: (Apr 2014) $1.478M +113%
Congratulations to my client for doing what it took to get this great property in contract!
SOLD: 4367 21st Street, Dolores Heights
Large Corner-Lot, Single-Family House
Fantastic, lushly landscaped, updated home on a quiet street with so much character.
List Price: $1.495M
SOLD: $1.578M (April 2014) +105%
Congratulations to my clients for doing what it took to get his wonderful, picket-fence, 3-story, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, garage, nearly 1600 sqft corner lot house in between Noe Valley and Eureka Valley (just a few minutes from where I live) listed at $1.495M and sold for a very good price of $1.578M. We learned that the house’s first set of buyers got cold feet and we took advantage of the situation— so we submitted an offer with every disclosure signed, spent time at the home, related to the agents and seller and moved swiftly and decisively. And the success is in the result!
SOLD: 19-21 Rosemont, Mission Dolores Large 2-Unit Residence
Fantastic, extra-wide home on a quiet street with so much potential.
List Price: $1.395M
SOLD: $1.6M (Mar. 28, 2014)
Congratulations to my clients for getting this great property on a little-known street off of 14th Street called Rosemont Place — in fact it’s a cul de sac right in the middle of Dolores and Guerrero Streets in the uber hot Mission Dolores. We moved quickly after I presented it to various clients of mine for whom the property could be a match. This property is extra wide at 35-feet wide and zoned for 3-4 units from its current 2. My clients are developers who have a track record of fantastic projects. I can wait to see what they’ll do with the property which is pretty unique, charming, quiet and yet central List price is $1.395M and we snapped it up 2 hours after its first open house for more than the list price.
An Example of Seller Success
Success! Satisfied Sellers
We asked Kevin Ho to help us and he did an amazing job of sealing the deal for us considering there were so many other people interested in the place. Kevin Ho is a sharp, smart, and savvy guy – we could not have been more pleased with Kevin. He clearly knows the legal end of real estate, but also brings a very personal, well-researched knowledge of the market to his clients. We highly recommend Kevin Ho. He is an amazing realtor and we are lucky we found him.
— Drs. Sarah & Greg T.
Formerly of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, currently: CHOP Sellers (Mission Dolores)
Why Vanguard? Why Kevin Ho?
- Vanguard Properties consistently ranks as the number 1 listing & selling brokerage in SF’s Sunbelt
- Vanguard Properties is locally-owned and operated with years of experience in the area that attracts talent — we’ve added 5 new offices in 2013 alone!
- Vanguard Properties is at the forefront of new real estate development
- Kevin is social and always alert for opportunity & responsive. He’s also a Vanguard Top Producer.
- Kevin’s tech-savviness gives his clients the edge
- Kevin is involved & current with the MLS, RBA & AIA and appears in media and on TV
- More Knowledge, More Service — With Kevin on your side you get the best agent+, lawyer, negotiator, reporter & mediator combination who advocates your goals and wins for you.
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. Learn more HERE.
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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.
Buying Ahead of the Curve…
As first-time homebuyers, we were very new to the whole process of purchasing a home in San Francisco and felt extremely anxious. We wanted our agent to be available to answer our every question, reassure us about every concern and walk us through every step of a home buying process. Kevin did just that! Additionally, we were on a very tight deadline and had only two months to locate the property and close it, which also added a lot of pressure on Kevin and us. Kevin walked us through every step and he explained every detail of making a winning an offer in a multi-bid world of San Francisco’s real estate market. Kevin connected us to highly qualified team of lenders, real estate attorneys and appraisers. Kevin responded to all our emails, texts and phone calls in a timely manner. Furthermore, there is no question you cannot ask Kevin. Kevin can find a solution to the most difficult situation and resolve it smoothly and fast. Additionally, besides being a real estate broker, Kevin is an attorney at law, and his law expertise helped tremendously with navigating SF’s real estate market. We closed on the house within two months and we cannot be happier with our new home. We became good friends with Kevin and we still ask for his advice and expertise. When we are ready to purchase the next property, we will only work with Kevin — and so should you.
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A little About Me.
My background and personality lend themselves to real estate naturally. I love what I do and I don’t think of it as work at all. It beats being a full-time lawyer hands down, but I value being a lawyer at the same time as it gives me an edge in that I can interpret documents for my clients allowing me to speak with confidence, knowledge and authority.
Here’s Kevin Ho in bullet-point form:
- Lawyer, ’04 to present
- Law degree, (JD) U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) ’04
- Master’s in Diplomacy & Int’l Studies (MA), University of London (SOAS) ’01
- BA, East Asian Studies, WashU ’00 (Junior Year Abroad, New College, Oxford University)
- Worked as a reporter, lawyer, mediator and legal clerk
- Bay Area resident, 13 years, born & raised, Iowa City, Iowa
- English, Cantonese, Mandarin, German, HTML
- Cook, bike and play with Raffi (a former Guide Dogs for the Blind trainee) in my free time
- In 2012, I tripled my real estate business here in San Francisco — going from $2.8M worth of transactions to about $10M.
- In 2013, I closed about $20M in business and 2014 is already starting off strongly. I’ve gotten to the point in my career where clients are firing their agents to work with me and I am starting to develop a more robust team to support.
- On average, I have an active pool of 15-20 clients looking to buy or sell property from the $500,000 range to $4M price points with a ratio of 70% buyers and 30% sellers.
- I have an average of 3-4 escrows open at a time which means my days are busy but only just so; my schedule also allows me to focus on my clients, handle last-minute issues, and to meet new clients.
- I am backed by one the City’s most experienced and cooperative brokerages that expanded from 2 offices to more than 5 in 2013 alone.
Because I am curious, enterprising I am always listening and learning. This is how I can bring my clients exclusive opportunities that others cannot.
I use technology effectively in my practice using an iPhone, iPad, laptop, and mobile technology to streamline the entire process for my clients freeing me up to spend more time assisting my clients on what’s important. I work creatively and think broadly but also approach real estate under the premise this is important business — home buying is the most important decision people make and it’s something I love. Take the next step and contact me today to get started.
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In The Know With Kevin Ho, April 19-20, 2014, No. 16
Hop To It: Our Egg-stra Special Market
Happy Easter/Earth Day/Post-Tax Weekend!
Lots of Easter Goodies
Every year it’s the same: tax week always takes a little wind out of our real estate market sails (or sales?). But someone might have forgotten to tell that to all the buyers who snatched up property this week as you’ll see there were a fair number of sales despite our annual tribute to Uncle Sam. Last week was also the was the week of the 14-day, all-cash, contingency free offer as you’ll see in Stories of the Week below. And, just like the Easter bunny prefers to hop around, mortgage rates have done much the same this spring will and likely to continue to do so. Currently they are in high 3% range after having gone up to the mix 4% range earlier this spring. It looks like May be a great month once inventory picks up again (remember many agents like to hold off on releasing things until people get back from spring break, egg-cetra).
Also check out this week’s Advances of the Week as the Easter Bunny has been good to us with a slew of new information about new listings either coming on the market or off-market.
The Last 7 Days of Closings
Over the past seven days they were 133 properties that closed escrow. Here’s the breakdown:
- Single-family homes: 48
- Condominiums, Tenancy in Common/Co-Ops: 67
- 2 to 4 unit buildings: 12
- 5+ unit buildings: 2
This week’s winner for single-family homes: the Cube house on 26th Street in Noe Valley. Otherwise known as 4318 26th St that closed for $5.25M
This week’s over-asking-price winner has to be, undoubtedly, 1501 6th Ave. In the Inner Sunset. The home sold for 169% of its list price – The listing agent said that the work what you offers and had originally expected $1.3 million. Instead, he got $1.855 million for three bedroom two bath home I was in listed at $1.095 million. This is, however, a relative bargain at $832 per square foot.
And this week’s over-asking-price winner for condominiums: 35 Divisadero, the 2-bedroom 1-bath, narrow garage, dodgy pest report, lower unit of two listed at $799,000 closing at $1.1 million, or 137% over its list price. The location, however, made all the difference.
Most Current: San Francisco Market Trends from the San Francisco Association of REALTORS
DATA AS OF MARCH 2014: (SF ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS) Low inventory has been the headline grabber across the nation, but it’s especially evident here in San Francisco where properties continue to be snapped up at a furious pace. With a spring refresh on the horizon, many are hopeful that additional sellers will bring on much-needed properties to ready buyers. Increases in construction activity and still affordable borrowing costs will also continue to influence local buying and selling trends into the spring and summer months.
- New Listings were down 16.1 percent for single family homes and 28.9 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.
- Pending Sales increased 6.3 percent for single family homes but decreased 5.6 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.
- The Median Sales Price was up 8.5 percent to $998,000 for single family homes and 16.7 percent to $960,000 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.
- Months Supply of Inventory decreased 31.6 percent for single family units and 39.1 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units.
Consumers are in better shape for the current financial landscape, just in time for the primary home-buying season. Along with an uptick in consumer confidence, GDP growth was revised up to 2.6 percent by the Commerce Department. Consumer spending has risen and claims for unemployment benefits have decreased. Economic health fuels housing market growth. Employed, confident people with rising incomes tend to purchase real property. To read the entire report, click HERE
San Francisco is Worth the Price
You’ve heard it before San Francisco is a truly international city. 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 I mention there’s wine here too?
— Marie S.
Cloud Computing/Internet Startup QC/QA
Residential Buyer (Duboce Triangle/Lower Haight)
This is my second time buying a home, and the experience this time around with Kevin as my agent was *night and day* compared to my first agent. I wouldn’t have changed anything Kevin helped me accomplish in the process.
The Latest Development News from the Realtors
San Francisco’s Real Estate Growth Trend circa 2012
Starting in February 2012, the market changed in SF. Instead of a shortage of serious buyers, the tables turned toward a shortage of good homes that lasted long enough for people to see without other buyers making preemptive offers. So, prices have gone up —and up but are expected to hold steady for 2014 as interest rates scoot up and as the number of REO and short sales continue to shrink. And while the strength in prices remains, agents are now generally pricing homes more accurately.
But many are still using an offer-date system whereby the listing price may have little to do with the ultimate selling price because competitive bidding is encouraged. They can do this is because there is so very little inventory in the City. Balanced against that is that home borrowing, while still strenuous, is affordable because interest rates remain at historic lows but for how much longer? In terms of pricing and how properties are presented, 2012 and 2013 has shown there’s no one right way to do things. Instead ascertaining pricing philosophy (some agents grossly under- or mis-price) comes down to a per agent, per property basis, which is leading too a lot of “wait and watch.”
Remember good things may not come to those who wait but do to the early birds. There is a lot of cash on the market with people having to spend tax-deferred 1031 exchange monies from sales that would otherwise be subject to the 37% capital gains combined tax rate. And if you think prices will go down, think about all the other folks who lost out in competitive bidding — they’re not going anywhere too. And with interest rates going up (at some point), buyers will rush to lock rates in, even if it means making concessions like giving sellers longer rent-back periods. Prices have increased dramatically — so much so that $1000/sqft is the new norm as is the new normal in Noe Valley where 3 is the new 2 — as in $3M is the new $2M.
Another trend to watch is the city’s housing crunch, which started in 2013 and intensifying in 2014 has included more drama, more emotions, and now, promised tinkering with rent control and eviction control laws — which we have recently seen. The targets of popular discontent are the familiar landlords and now throw-in Airbnb types and/or the tech industry as a whole. Remember, I’m here to help you, your family and friends succeed.
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