Monday, January 29, 2007

Nobody's Leaving California: US Migration Statistics

United Van Lines, the largest household moving company in the United States, released its 2006 annual report on US Migration earlier this month.

North Carolina and Oregon were the top two states for inbound traffic, United Van Lines reported. South Carolina, Nevada and Idaho rounded out the top five.

California saw it's lowest exodus of residents in four years. Considering the 2005 "peak" in the real estate market and the subsequent moderation of sales since, it seems that people are staying put. The study should soothe those sellers and buyers who have fears about home appreciation and re-sale value.

Have questions about the San Francisco real estate market? Ready to buy or sell a home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, Realtor®
(415)296-2173 Direct
ablakeley at mcguire dot com
www.amyblakeley.com

Thursday, January 18, 2007

First Impressions: 3208 Pierce Street

The new condominiums at 3208 Pierce Street were open Wednesday evening, and the crowds definitely indicated a high level of public curiosity. After all: luxury condos with views of IHOP to the south and the Pierce Street public parking garage to the north?

But, if you want new construction and modern, clean design within walking distance of Chestnut and Union, this is your building. Eleven of the 14 units were open (3 units are indicated as SOLD). The kitchens and bathrooms are beautiful with dark cabinetry and nice countertops. High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows help these rather tight spaces seem bright and airy. All 2 bedroom units (plus the 1+den unti) are 2-levels, with laundry hook-ups (washer/dryer not included) usually well-positioned on the bedroom level. There is an underground garage with one deeded parking space for each unit.

So, all in all, 3208 Pierce does come across as a modern urban oasis. As long as you don’t open your windows if you face Lombard Street. Oh, or open the blinds if you face the Pierce Street Garage. Prices range from $749,000 to $1,199,000. Listed with Vanguard Properties,
James Nunemacher.

Have questions about San Francisco real estate? Ready to buy or sell a home? Contact me today for honest, experienced answers.
Amy Blakeley
Realtor®
(415)296-2173 Direct
ablakeley at mcguire.com

www.amyblakeley.com

Just Listed: 509 Frederick


JUST LISTED:
509 Frederick Street#1, Cole Valley
Offered at $959,000

Located near the heart of Cole Valley, this beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 full bath condominium (with 1 car independent parking) was built with intelligent design in 2005, but still maintains the neighborhood's distinctive 1900's era exterior.

The interior boasts engineered hardwood floors with in-floor radiant heating, managed by thermostats in 4 different zones. With an open floor plan and wide hallways, the 1323 sq. foot space (per condo map) offers ultimate flexibility. The living room has sliding wood doors and ample closets and could be used as a third bedroom.



The kitchen, complete with a roomy dining area, features hand-crafted cabinetry, high-end appliances, skylights and an extra-wide lightwell to allow an abundance of natural light.

Both bedrooms face southward and look out to a lovely deeded patio. The master suite has custom closets adjoined to a full bath.

Constructed with extreme care and precision, this first floor flat, complete with stacked washer and dryer, has double-paned windows throughout, receives northern and southern exposure, and is incredibly quiet. There is direct stair access to the indoor garage. The property is located one block from public transportation, and is in close proximity to Cole Street shops, the Haight Ashbury district, and Golden Gate Park.

Interested buyers may contact me with inquiries at (415)296-2173, or email me at "ablakeley at mcguire.com." Property is listed with Lena Emmery, Real Estate Broker. Agents may contact her directly.
Amy Blakeley
Realtor®
(415)296-2173 Direct
ablakeley at mcguire.com
www.amyblakeley.com

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Adding to the World Map

I normally don’t venture far from local real estate news, but sooner or later we are all going to be talking about “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” and today I got a sneak peek at the investor website.

For years, Dubai, part of the 7 emirates in the Middle East that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been building itself into a globally significant business and tourist destination for the world’s elite. One of the most recent and aggressive projects has been the creation of 300 islands off the Dubai’s coast of Jumeirah. Today the web designer of one of the development’s websites sent me the link to get my feedback.


Check it out for yourself: www.dubaipropertyfinders.net, then go buy a freehold property! I particularly like that it makes me feel like I am watching PBS. I don’t like that the video plays every time you click back to the home page from somewhere else in the site.

From what I’ve read, there will be extensive global marketing plans for the properties, focusing on Europe and America’s most prestigious cities and clientele. Trump, eat your heart out: you are not the King of Real Estate; the
Ruler of Dubai is.

Sources:
Chicago Tribune
Ten Guide
Gulfnews.com
Easier.com

Have questions about San Francisco real estate? Ready to buy or sell a home? Contact me today for honest, experienced answers.
Amy Blakeley
Realtor®
(415)296-2173 Direct
ablakeley at mcguire.com
www.amyblakeley.com

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Public to Have Access to the MLS Until February

Public access to the San Francisco Multiple Listing Service (MLS) will most likely extend until the end of February, I was told this week by a SFAR representative. Due to the unexpected cancellation of a reciprocal service combining the SF MLS listings with those of other Bay Area listing services, public access will stay in place as a work around for those real estate practitioners whose work crosses county lines.

Once direct entry to the system is cut off, the public will still be able to access complete San Francisco listings through realty and real estate agent websites. For example, this link will take you directly to the MLS page on my website.

Have questions about buying or selling real estate? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Contact me for honest, experienced answers.

Amy Blakeley
REALTOR
®
(415)296-2173 Direct
ablakeley at mcguire.com

www.amyblakeley.com





Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cell Phone Swapping Website Could Become a Realtor Favorite

TechCrunch today highlighted a website called cellswapper, which allows people to hang up on their current cellular service provider by selling it to another user who is looking for a cheap way to activate a new cell plan.

As Realtors we are always chasing the best tool to keep in touch with clients, which sometimes means foresaking our current mobile service provider for the one who has the best phone/PDA to meet this need. If you find another user of cellswapper who is interested in your plan (and probably your phone), you can eliminate the excessive early-cancellation fee that most carriers charge to leave them.

Of course, cellswap is for everyone. In the article, TechCrunch also mentioned this site would be a boon to the many consumers that are drooling over Apple's new iphone, which will only being carried through Cingular. In fact, just one day after the MacWorld conference began here in San Francisco, there are already over 4000 photos tagged "iphone" on Flickr, a public photo-sharing site. Even a few of us Realtors are drooling over iphone.

Have questions about buying or selling real estate? Ready to buy or sell a home? Contact me today for honest, experienced answers.

Amy Blakeley
Realtor®
(415)296-2173 Direct
ablakeley at mcguire.com
www.amyblakeley.com