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Investment Properties in San Francisco : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Aug 30, 2017
Zeo Niu answered:
It's negotiable. Typically ranging from 5.5%-6%.

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Wed Jun 1, 2016
Karen Peyton answered:
Honestly, you should really speak with a highly qualified tax professional about this. I wouldn't risk thousands on free advice when 3 to $500 will give me "book and verse!"

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Wed Jun 1, 2016
Maryathomas64 answered:
I was asked a question I believe I know the answer too but wanted to get a verification.
A client owns a building and the business and is retiring. His financial advisor wants to reinvest the money from the sale of the business and building on a 1031 exchange to an investment group that buys commercial buildings.

1. I believe you can not 1031 exchange the sale of the business at all. And if you could it would have to be for another business (like for like).

2. Selling the building then putting that money in with a real estate investment group MAY be ok if they invest in commercial buildings. This would be retail or office building. Not apartments. BUT it may have to be directly exchanged for another building. Not put into an investment. Now that I write it I think the investment thing won't work.

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Wed May 25, 2016
Jonathan Lahey answered:
Investing on Real Estate is nice and good if you are dedicated with it , aside from you must be working hard to deal with it .. Ups and down is always there just try to focus on handling those problems and stressful clients sometimes that you might encounter .. patience is always the virtue of every success on real estate and Hard works .. :) ... more
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Tue Apr 7, 2015
ttassano asked:
Property tax foreclosure on a rent to buy / owner contract home. No bank mortgage. Owner owns home outright
Property sales tax foreclosure.
Property was originally sold on a owner contract.…
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Sun Feb 8, 2015
Ryan Rudnick answered:
What sort of investment are you looking for?

I work in SF with buyers, sellers and developers, and have a great background in renovations and construction in the city, with knowledge of the city's complex building codes and regulations. I'd be happy to help in any way I can, so don't hesitate to reach out to me via my profile.

Hope to hear from you soon!
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Sun Nov 9, 2014
Randall Ortiz answered:
What are you more comfortable with? If you do rent it, are you able to take care of repairs and handle the mortgage if it's ever vacant?

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Sat Nov 8, 2014
urbandimer answered:
300 - 400 hard costs, 100 - 150 soft costs, land not included. Big question is are you entitled. Could take 2 years to get entitlement if there are issues, and there usually is. This assumes you are in a pretty hot area and not way out in the Valley. ... more
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Thu Aug 21, 2014
Ryan Rudnick answered:
If you have proof that you were a property manager for 2 years full time with your salesperson license, you might be able to get away with that, but I doubt it. Generally speaking you need 2 years full time experience as a real estate salesperson, but there are a few exceptions. ... more
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Sun Apr 20, 2014
Rich Bennett answered:

The residential real estate market in SF is not priced in price per square foot terms like one would find in commercial real estate. Rental properties are priced based on location, the number of bedrooms/bathrooms, parking, views, condition, etc.

Often times, landlords may start their asking rents higher to see what the rental market will bear. As I mentioned above, rental rates can vary depending on a variety of factors but generally speaking, in Potrero Hill in this current market, I would expect to pay in the neighborhood of $2,000+/- for a 1 bedroom, $3k-$4k+/- for 2 bedrooms, etc.


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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
Helen Yuen, Agent, San Francisco, CA
You have to look at the CAPITALIZATION RATE = annual operating income/cost of investment or value
of each investment in a case by case study.

Within commercial properties, there's a big variety of business you want to be an
absentee owner with a triple net lease?

Or do you want to live near your property and be a property manager of your residential property or have the expense of
hiring a property manger and have the CAP RATE decrease somewhat.

Does the property need repairs...this is an expense that can have an effect on the CAP RATE.
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Charles Lee answered:
We will lend 65% or more based on the After Repair Value.
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Tue Feb 19, 2013
David Tapper answered:
You know we can't give tax advice, were you trying to trip us up:)


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Mon Jul 16, 2012
Alina Aeby answered:
Hi Sumit,

I would only like to tell you that you have to be prepared to compete with a lot of first time home buyers and other buyers who are buying primary residences.

This year has been the year of low and very low inventory for the San Francisco real estate market, plus there aren't many REO and not even short sales. Looking for distressed properties will not necessary produce results for investors.

Consider the price of a 2bd/2 bath to be 700k +. Then add the mortgage payment -if applies, an average HOA of $500/month, property taxes, insurance. Having an investor mind set, I am sure you will analyze the rents in the area and calculate your CAP rate.

Good luck!


Alina Aeby
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