Looking Ahead… 2021 Home Market

Experts have forecasted an optimistic year for the 2021 housing market!

While 2020 came with many unknowns, the housing market continued to stay strong. Experts have weighed in on what is to come with 2021, and they believe the market will continue to be a strong force.

Mortgage Interest Rates are projected to remain at or near 3% in 2021, fueling strong buyer activity.

Home sales are forecasted to increase in 2021 while interest rates continue to remain low.

Home Prices are also expected to continue appreciating as more people buy in the coming year.

The Bright Star On Sacramento Street

Take a sneak peak at a Condo Listing Coming Soon- The Bright Star on Sacramento Street

3240 Sacramento Street is a luxury 3 bedroom 2.5 bath condo filled with natural light, warm tones, and beautiful custom finishes, perfect for luxurious city living. 

This unit is located in the heart of Sacramento Street, in Pacific Heights with boutique shops, famous restaurants, and shopping centers all within walking distance.

Reach out to schedule a showing today! ⭐️ 

The Path to Homeownership

Do you feel ready to embark down the path to homeownership? Read over these steps to familiarize yourself with the process!

The journey to becoming a homeowner today can seen overwhelming but these listed steps are here to simplify the process for you. The first step down the path begins with saving money for a down payment. The second step is to understand your credit score and clear up any outstanding debts. The next step would be to find a real estate agent who can guide you through the process. After, make sure to get pre-approved for a loan, to suggest that you are a motivated buyer. The fifth step would be to work with your real estate agent to find a home that meets your needs, which leads you to making an offer. Once the offer is accepted, make sure to have a home inspection to find any hidden issues with the home. After the inspection make sure to get a home appraisal to ensure the property is worth the price you would be paying. Once these steps are completed with your trusted agent by your side, close the sale by scheduling a date to sign all of the final paperwork! The last step being to move into your brand new home!

Serene 1-BR Historic Loft in South Beach

Perfect for a flexible live and work environment, this Condo could be yours today!

Characterized by its soaring ceilings and enormous windows, this ground floor 1-BR/2-BA corner loft condo offers an inspirational and flexible live/work environment, great for sheltering in place or working from home. The main “great room” space has impressive double high ceilings, phenomenal natural light, warm wood floors, built in shelves, and an open stairway which leads to the bedroom on the second floor. The completely remodeled eat-in kitchen has beautiful tile floors, recessed lighting, and comes with quality stainless steel appliances, handsome caesarstone countertops, and ample white cabinetry. There is a cozy upper level bedroom with a large closet, recessed lighting, and ensuite tile bathroom with washer/dryer hookups. A full bath on the lower level and one car parking make the home that much more comfortable. The building has a shared courtyard and is located in an area of the Mission known for its tech start ups. The home is across from Franklin Square Park and close to many wonderful restaurants and shops. Easy access to freeways, BART/MUNI, and corporate shuttles.

Condo For Lease!

Have you been looking to lease a condo in a great downtown location?

Look no further!

199 New Montgomery is a Gorgeous west facing, 1 bedroom plus office/den condo with plenty of natural light, featuring beautiful hardwood floors, large floor to ceiling windows, and beautiful finishes.  With its open concept floor plan, the home has plenty of space for working from home and entertaining (post covid) and is in an excellent downtown location. A spacious living/dining area flows into a contemporary kitchen with lovely granite countertops, plenty of cabinets and quality stainless steel Bosch appliances. An additional space off the kitchen is perfect for a den or home office. There is in unit laundry for added convenience. Building amenities include 24 hour security and door service, and a fabulous rooftop with sweeping city views, outdoor seating & community bbq. Live near many of the city’s fine restaurants, shops and attractions, close to Union Square, MOMA, and YerbaBuena. 

Contact me for further details!

Key Terms to Know in the Home Buying Process

Thinking about purchasing a home but feel overwhelmed by all the terms and the process? Let this infographic help you to better understand some common terms that might come up.

Appraisal: A professional analysis used to estimate the value of a home.

Closing Costs: The fees required to complete the real estate transaction. Paid at closing, they include points, taxes, title insurance, financing costs and items that must be prepaid or escrowed.

Credit Score: A number ranging form 300-850 that’s based on an analysis of your credit history.

Down Payment: Down payments are typically 3-20% of the purchase price of the home. Some 0% down programs are also available.

Mortgage Rate: The interest rate you pay to borrow money when buying a home.

Pre- Approval Letter: A letter from a lender indicating you qualify for a mortgage of a specific amount.

Real Estate Professional: An individual who provides services in buying and selling homes.

The best way to ensure your home buying process is a confident one is to find a real estate pro who will guide you through every aspect of the transaction with the “the heart of a teacher” by putting your needs first.

Why it Pays to Sell with a Real Estate Agent

Today it’s more important than ever to have an expert you trust to guide you as you sell your house. For sale by owner is the process of selling real estate without having a broker or real estate agent representing you. Here are a few reasons why this could be considered a mistake. You are more likely to net more money working with an agent. Selling on your own can be difficult from a legal standpoint. Negotiating the deal is complex, and now more than ever, your safety is a priority. Selling your house on your own leaves you to manage the entire transaction by yourself. Before you decide to take on this challenge, let’s connect to make sure you are safe and successful every step of the way.

Don’t Miss: The Perfect Loft-like Condo!

This 2-BR loft like condo offers three levels of luxury living in the  heart of the North Slope of Potrero. Located in an award winning  complex the home has a great separation of spaces, which is  ideal for working from home or sheltering in place. Graced by  beautiful maple hardwood floors throughout, the entrance to the  unit on the main level leads to a large living space with soaring  13-foot ceilings & a wall of windows allowing for plenty of natural light and views of the neighborhood. Down the stairs to the lower level an efficient gourmet kitchen has quartz counters, high-end stainless steel appliances, ample cabinets, and a washer/dryer. Tucked away behind the kitchen there is a private bedroom and full bath, great as a guest room or home office, and a fabulous outdoor deck. Up the stairs on the top floor there is a spacious main bedroom with ensuite bath and walk-in closet. The floors and some of the lighting have been redone and the unit has been painted throughout. A great 1-car parking space completes the home. Building amenities include a beautiful garden area, perfect for barbecues and entertaining (Post Covid). The building is in an excellent location, with many neighborhood restaurants, cafes, and local businesses only one block away. Enjoy the advantage of being close to UCSF Mission Bay, Dogpatch, SOMA, Caltran and tech shuttles, with easy access to freeways 280 & 101.

Tips to Safely sell your Home

With 6 months of selling experience during the pandemic, agents have learned how to make the process easier and safer.

With now never 6 months of experience selling homes in a pandemic, real estate agents have learned ways to make the process easier and safer for everyone involved.

COVID-19 protocols and technology usage recommendations from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) are making it possible to sell houses right now, while agents continue to abide first and foremost by state and local regulations.

Let’s connect to discuss how to sell your house safely in today’s housing market.

Where are Home Values Headed over the Next 12 Months?

As shelter-in-place orders were implemented earlier this year, many questioned what the shutdown would mean to the real estate market. Specifically, there was concern about home values. After years of rising home prices, would 2020 be the year this appreciation trend would come to a screeching halt? Even worse, would home values begin to depreciate?

Original forecasts modeled this uncertainty, and they ranged anywhere from home values gaining 3% (Zelman & Associates) to home values depreciating by more than 6% (CoreLogic).

However, as the year unfolded, it became clear that there would be little negative impact on the housing market. As Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, recently revealed:

“The only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market.”

Have prices continued to appreciate so far this year?

Last week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its latest Home Price Index. The report showed home prices actually rose 6.5% from the same time last year. FHFA also noted that price appreciation accelerated to record levels over the summer months:

“Between May & July 2020, national prices increased by over 2%, which represents the largest two-month price increase observed since the start of the index in 1991.”

What are the experts forecasting for home prices going forward?

Where Are Home Values Headed Over the Next 12 Months? | MyKCM

Below is a graph of home price projections for the next year. Since the market has changed dramatically over the last few months, this graph shows forecasts that have been published since September 1st.

Bottom Line

The numbers show that home values have weathered the storm of the pandemic. Let’s connect if you want to know what your home is currently worth and how that may enable you to make a move this year.