Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Whole Foods Signs Lease for Stanyan Cala Location

The Haight Ashbury will finally get its own full-service grocery store, which has been lacking from the neighborhood since Cala Foods closed its doors over 3 years ago. Whole Foods Market has signed a lease to occupy the Stanyan Street Cala location, according to a letter distributed by Mark Brennan to Haight Ashbury neighborhood groups. Different than the original proposal to build a flagship Whole Foods market and a housing development above, the current agreement calls for Whole Foods to occupy the current building without making changes to the building size or the parking lot on the site. This is great news for residents, as it means the Whole Foods will open sooner - Mr. Brennan estimates late 2010 - than anyone anticipated.

Amy Blakeley, REALTOR® McGuire Real Estate www.AmyBlakeley.com
ablakeley at mcguire.com

Monday, November 09, 2009

Let's Make a (Multi Million Dollar) Deal

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article recognized an increase in default notices in the Bay Areas’ high end markets – noticeably missing from the list: any of San Francisco’s most expensive zip codes. A quick look at foreclosure stats on this chart show only a few foreclosures per high end neighborhood for Q2 2009, and some of those rates were lower than their stats the same period of 2008.

The good news for buyers is that there is an overabundance of high end properties on the market, a total of 20 exquisite homes on the north side of the City ranging from $4.1 Million up to $65 Million. Although 45% of these properties have had at least one price reduction since they first appeared on the market, sellers still appear unrealistic about what buyers are willing to pay in the current climate. With a combined average of 225 days on the market, some sellers may be growing weary of the selling process, which, combined with the continuation of low interest rates while 2009 coming to a close, makes this an opportune time to aggressively negotiate a great deal on a high-end home.

Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Contact me today.
Amy Blakeley, REALTOR®
McGuire Real Estate
ablakeley at mcguire.com