With April’s end, we now have 2 months of spring season data unaffected by the end of 2018, when financial markets plunged. As of early May 2019, stock markets have recovered to hit new highs, interest rates are far lower than last year’s peak, and our local, unicorn IPOs haveRead More
I have worked with a number of realtors over the years, and Gary Johnson proved to be the most outstanding and professional realtor that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Shortly after listing, our apartment developed an unexpected complication due to damage from a nearby unit, and Gary was extremely patient and helpful, updating us on a regular basis, and helping us navigate the repairs process. In all aspects of our listing, from coordinating staging in the very beginning, to a successful close of escrow in the end, Gary went far above and beyond our expectations. On a scale of one to ten, Gary is a ten plus, and we are most grateful that we were privileged to work with him!Ann F.
Your housewarming gift is one of the most absolutely thoughtful gifts I have ever received. Thank you so much for the lovely gesture. With a new kitchen and cooking classes, I am already feeling well on my way to being an excellent cook (I’ll even take decent).
The condo is perfect. You have been a dream to work with. I am so grateful to have met you and to have had your guidance through this process.Keely
It is my great pleasure to recommend Gary Johnson as my realtor of choice in San Francisco. As a San Francisco realtor, I have known Gary for well over twenty years. Since my retirement, I have recommended him many times to clients and friends needing a San Francisco realtor, either for the purchase of property or the sale of their homes, or both. He has, without fail, satisfied their needs and surpassed their expectations. Gary is very knowledgable about current trends in real estate and thorough and professional in his business practice. He pays close attention to details and is always responsive to questions and concerns. When it came time to sell our family home in San Francisco last year, my husband and I naturally chose Gary to represent us. He helped every step of the way to a very successful close of escrow. We were extremely pleased with the entire transaction. Not only is Gary an excellent realtor, he is a long term resident of San Francisco and very involved with the community. Gary enjoys great respect from his fellow agents. He’s a good person to know.Linda J.
In all seriousness, as a friend and former client, you have shown us all how real estate is done – with dignity, professionalism, and candor; qualities that are not nearly as frequently present in this business as they should be. AND with humor as well!Mark Penn
We’ve been so impressed with your business acumen and open communication to the 3 of us.
We appreciate how specific you have been as we have read how detailed you are … listing what needs to be done to the property, leaving nothing unsaid.
Upon our initial meeting, you were so prepared and thorough. The comp listings were handsomely displayed in the booklet. When you left, Doreen, Ivan, and I looked at each other. We were almost speechless. Suddenly I said that we didn’t need to interview anyone else (but of course we did). You did your homework. You put in the time and effort. We appreciated your enthusiasm. As modest as our property is, you made us feel that it could have been a $10M listing. It was so professional and impressive that you responded immediately that evening; plus, each time immediately thereafter when there was correspondence.Eliza Wong
When I decided to move out of San Francisco, some old friends of mine recommended Gary Johnson to handle the sale of my condo. Gary guided me through the process with patience and persistence. When roadblocks appeared, Gary always found a solution. His positive energy went a long way to making this challenging experience pleasurable and rewarding. Thanks Gary for taking such good care.Will Z.
Thank you so much for all of your help over the past several months. We couldn’t have done it without you! It is a great feeling that we were able to move into the house we really wanted, and inwind our properties in a way that really supported out move.Maureen Kohi & Rob Capone
You had an impressive team of professionals to ready our home for sale and it was our pleasure & delight to be part of this team. We were confident all would go well, and our expectations were exceeded! Thank you again!Asa DeMatteo and Tom Brady
As a first time seller in San Francisco, I did myself a big favor by choosing Gary Johnson as my agent. His meticulous and organized approach from the beginning helped me not only gain a realistic expectation for the outcome of the sale, but aided the navigation of the often confusing and stressful process. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again with Gary.Alex Ivanoff
I want to take time, Gary, to thank you for your kind words, and your energy and dedication to our journey. You listen, and you respond with only us in mind. You’re consummately respectful and you have been so patient with our learning curve. WE will certainly recommend you to others.Sue Horst
Gary, I can’t thank you enough for your expert representation throughout the selling process. I know this was not a big money deal for you, but I am quite sure you treated me the same as you do your large deals. Even more important is that I have been able to trust you from the beginning. I have become increasingly jaded over the past ten years and it is rare for me to be able to trust someone the way I could trust you. This is a life changing amount of money for me and I am thrilled with the way the entire process went.
Again, thank you for representing my best interests. Keep doing what you do and don’t forget about those of us at the entry level – we need agents like you more that the big players do.David Sabolish
It has been my life goal to handle awkward and difficult situations with grace and patience, and what I have witnessed is that you possess that same unique talent. So, in short, I want you to know that I have recognized your inherent qualities and you have been appreciated – thank you!Stephanie McKnight
Gary – great job on getting this deal done. It certainly was not easy but I appreciate that you maintained a strong commitment to getting this property sold. I also appreciate the small favors (like meeting movers) that ended up being a very big help. I felt like you were willing to do whatever needed doing which is what I need from my business partners.Bruce Gilpin
San Francisco Real Estate Home Prices, Sales & Statistics; Stock Markets; Interest Rates and Unicorns in Spring
A substantial portion of Q1 statistics reflect new listings and accepted offers occurring during the mid-winter market doldrums (Thanksgiving to mid-January). In November and December 2018, the stock market plunged drastically from its all-time high in September, and interest rates hit their highest point in years: these factors negatively affectedRead More
Spring 2018 was one of the hottest markets in SF and the Bay Area in the last 2 decades. Then the market began to cool in summer and autumn – demand, sales and appreciation rates generally dropping, while supply and price reductions increased – before the mid-winter doldrums took hold.Read More
As of early February, the government shutdown is over – at least for a little while – the stock market has recovered dramatically from its late 2018 plunge, and interest rates are well down from November highs. A good number of large, local, high-tech “unicorns” continue to plan IPOs inRead More
There were almost too many local, national and international political, economic, social and ecological factors impacting the 2018 market to count. In the first half of the year, market conditions were about as hot as they’ve ever been, and there were staggering year-over-year appreciation rates. Come summer/early autumn, real estateRead More
We are always hesitant to make too much of a single month’s or a few months’ data: Short-term fluctuations in median sales prices and other market statistics are not uncommon and don’t always give definitive perspective as to where the market is heading on a longer-term basis. Still, many ofRead More
Autumn markets in counties around the Bay Area have seen significant shifts, with wide variance in the magnitude of these changes between counties. So far, San Francisco itself has seen less dramatic changes than other local markets such as Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties. Homes that sell have generally continuedRead More
Due mostly to seasonal issues, median sales prices typically drop in Q3 from Q2 peaks, and did so this year as well. The median SF house price was up 15% and the median condo price was up 4% from Q3 2017. The other Bay Area counties also saw substantial year-over-yearRead More
The big political issue facing the market is CA Prop 10, which, if passed in November, repeals the limits on local rent control laws enacted in the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. This would almost certainly have negative ramifications for owners of multi-unit residential properties in San Francisco and Oakland. TheRead More
September is typically the single month with the highest number of new listings coming on market in San Francisco, a big spike in inventory which fuels the relatively short autumn selling season. Very early indications are that this September may be a very big new-listing month, and how buyers reactRead More