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Home Buying in Bernal Heights : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Steven Minchen answered:
great time to sell
Hard to buy low inventory, high demand and bidding wars. The best way to win a bid is by doing sharp bids. This allows buyer to decide in short time to take the property or leave it.
Very active real estate market.
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Sun Nov 18, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there,

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Sun Jul 15, 2012
gauravmal asked:
kids? 42 Putnam seems like a better area but is a cramped home with little street parking, closer to Cortland shopping but far from Bart. 136 Murray is a better home, closer to Bart and...
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
These are great questions for your agent. Have you asked him/her about these homes meeting your goals?

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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Thu Feb 11, 2016
Rich Bennett answered:
Hi Ken-

Bernal is a great area. Still connected to the "City" it allows those wanting to own their own home to do so while feeling like they're a part of SF. Adjacent to the Mission and Noe Valley, Bernal has lots of shops, restaurants and nightlife. Cortland is their main drag "downtown". Bernal is also close to the freeways so if you communte for work, it's a perfect location. There's often fixers available in Bernal for much less than $1M, depending on how much work you want to do.

I'd be happy to help you more. Just give a shout.

Welcome to SF!

Rich Bennett, Realtor

Zephyr Real Estate
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Sun Aug 21, 2011
Oggi Kashi answered:
Hi JJ,

These questions can be easily answered by your agent. By "Honest Advice" do you mean you don't fully trust your agent? I hope that's not the case.

If you are referring to 747 Gates, the house sold for $425K in Dec 2010. Here is a link to the old listing:

Your agent can prepare comps for the current market value and $/sqft of the immediate area. As for the neighborhood location and safety, they are important factors to consider. I recommend visiting the house at different times of the day to see how it would be living there. Also visit crime map websites to get some stats. As an example here are links to Trulia and Crime Reports crime maps for Bernal:



Best of luck,

Oggi Kashi
Paragon Real Estate Group
CA DRE 01844627
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Mon Feb 15, 2010
Thadeus Brewer answered:
What you will need is a specialized loan for mixed use properties. Usually provided by community lenders or commercial loan brokers.
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Jesse Sierra answered:
Hello Lalit,
Talk to a local Realtor® or contact me, I work with a large National network of Realtors® to help you out.

Best Regards,

Jes Sierra, B.Sc.
Century 21 Beachside Realtors®
Chino Hills, California
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Tue Dec 8, 2009
Danielle Lazier answered:
Hi Ruby,

Bernal Heights is a great neighborhood and right now, there are some amazing values.

That said, it is a big district with great variation in property values. There are good values throughout and whether or not it is a good buy is relative.

What makes a smart purchase south of Cortland near Crescent is different than north of Cortland near the park.

In other words, it really depends on the specific house, block, and terms (price mostly). It might be a good idea for you or it may not be.

To give you professional and trust-worthy advice, an agent really needs to know more about you and your specific situation. If you are not yet happily working with a Realtor, give me a call and we can chat.


PS. My blog has lots of market info on Bernal Heights real estate and home buying tips.

Danielle Lazier, Zephyr Real Estate
415.731.5000 x158
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Thu Oct 1, 2009
Mike Ackerman & Oliver Burgelman answered:

Oh you'll do well my friend, Bernal is where I have owned since 1983 - You're describing a sweet spot coupled with a popular bedroom and bath count. This week I closed on 316 Richland and I'm looking forward to bringing another property on the north slope to market in a few weeks.

If you're interested in a real comparable market analysis from a seasoned agent feel free to give a call. Please don't rely on automated evaluation models as they are for amusement purposes only. Even the disclaimers they have basically state the same. It takes someone with vision to assist a seller in maximizing a property, giving up to the minute market advice.

All my best,

Mike Ackerman
Zephyr Real Estate - 24th Street Office
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Thu May 7, 2009
Jed Lane answered:
That side of Bernalhas value but is not as desirable as the North Slope but that is reflected in the prices. There is a very good and active neighborhood association that is well organized and active addressing quality of life issues. The issues range from the noise of the highway, the large section of closed stores on Bayshore Blvd at the bottom of Cortland and the proximity of the Alemany Housing.
All that said the people that live there love it, Cortland has good resturants and grocery stores and it is improving. Big plus you can shop at the Farmers Market on Saturday without having to drive.
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Thu May 21, 2009
Cheryl Bower answered:
Hi Jule,

I was just over there last Tuesday looking at properties in the area mid-day.

When I’m working with buyer clients I typically recommend that we go door to door to meet the neighbors. They have great information about how the neighborhood, positive and otherwise. If you’re not comfortable doing this then I recommend visiting the neighborhood at various times of the day to see what types of activities are occurring.

As you can tell, at this section of Bernal there is a mix of new construction, custom homes and older Vics/Edwardians which are selling/have sold at various price points.

Bay Area Air Quality Mgmt should have air quality reports available:

Happy to share more offline.

Best wishes,

Cheryl Bower, Realtor , GRI, ABR
Cell 415.999.3450
Zephyr Real Estate
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Fri Jul 16, 2010
Nancy Corsaut answered:
RH1 means that the land is zoned and/or approved for one residence.
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Sat Aug 2, 2008
Chris Word answered:
Kraig, I think the answer depends on where in Bernal you are buying. In my opinion, Bernal has three major sections: North Slope, South Slope, and South of Cortland (I sure hope we don't end up assigning monikers to these, I'm just identifying the micro markets there).

South of Cortland is an inconsistent area, the lots and streets are generally smaller, and you can find fair housing deals there from time to time. South of Cortland also slopes into the highway and St.Mary's Park. Generally easy access to Cortland shops and restaurants.

South slope is up from Cortland and is generally more valuable, but that again depends on the specific condition of the property. There are southerly views in many of the homes on the south slope. It's easy to get to the top of the hill to walk a dog or take in a panoramic view. Easy access to Cortland shops and restaurants.

North Slope is the more valuable, and homes here can have drop dead views, even if they are somewhat obstructed by trees or another property. North slope doesn't have so much of a walking neighborhood, but Precita park has a few small businesses that buffer that thought.

North slope prices are breaking the $1M mark with properly conditioned properties. South slope pricing is heading that way. South of Cortland you can get into with high 700s, but you should budget as much as 900 for a good offer on a good conditioned property. Bernal is consistently seeing multiple offers on good conditioned homes.
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Sat Aug 2, 2008
Mary Fenton answered:
I don't necessarily think of that spot as up and coming, but I do like that section of Mission. There are a lot of really great restaurants there such as Blue Plate, Mi Lindu Peru, the Front Porch (which was featured on Check, Please Bay Area), Zocalo, Emy's Spaghetti Shack, and Good Frikin Chicken just to name a few. There is also the Safeway right there which has just recently had a facelift. Oh yeah, and we can't forget Mitchel's Ice Cream right there on Guerrero! You are close to public transportation, and have easy access to three great neighborhoods: Inner Mission, Bernal Heights, and Noe Valley. I think it's a great spot. ... more
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Fri Sep 14, 2007
Bridgette Kostek, REALTOR, Coldwell Banker M. M. Parrish answered:
In FL, it is a seller's responsibility to disclose any visible or non-visible defects/issues which may affect the value of a property. It is then the listing agent's responsibility to relay this information to any potential buyers or buyer's agents. Real estate law varies from state to state, but I do believe this is a standard practice in the industry. This is just one example of why having a REALTOR represent your interest as a buyer's agent, is so essential. Best of luck! ... more
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Sun Nov 9, 2008
Roberta Murphy answered:
My best advice: Find a Realtor to be your best friend. Have this friend listen to real estate gossip. You'll be surprised what you might hear. To read more, click the link below:
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