How Was 2021 for You? How Will 2022 Be?

While we wait for more listings to hit the market and for our own client listings to finish up market preparations, we wanted to go over the past year and take stock of where we've come and where we may go next, although it seems like we're off to a slower start than expected. Keep a watch out for some really cool listings we're working on right now in Noe Valley and the Richmond with more homes coming later this year in SOMA, Bernal Heights and NoPa among more...

Looking back, though, the San Francisco Chronicle's Real Estate Section asks us from time to time write about what's happening in our housing market. Just before Christmas they asked us to recap the housing market in just 200 words. It look us 220, and here's what we said:
Fast, furious and fickle are just a few ways to describe 2021’s Bay Area housing market. Fast in that many homes sold so very quickly, barely making it to the first open house before offers were in, which is infuriating for folks who didn’t even get a chance to see a property let alone bid on it before it was gone. If a home checked all the boxes, it was as good as gold, while other seemingly ideal homes sat on the market. What changed?   

Low mortgage rates and money saved from the Pandemic helped fuel radically changed buyer priorities as people were forced into becoming home bodies. The technology that makes working from home possible (the same that makes virtual opens and 3-D property tours possible) has really shifted the focus away from stacked living in high-rise denser urban areas in favor of homes in outlying areas that have outdoor space that might have been ruled out previously because of a long commute. Indeed, price data bears this out as median prices in San Francisco have hovered around $1,000/sqft since 2017, with condos being priced more than houses ($1,100/sqft vs. $900). In 2021, we saw the two property categories reach near parity with trend favoring houses so that in 2022, it’ll be likely that houses will overtake condominiums on a per square foot basis as they push towards the $1,100/sqft range.      

And before we go, we wanted to say that without you, our continuing success wouldn’t be possible. So we wanted to thank all our clients, friends, friend of friends, well-wishers, vendors, dog park friends, referrals, real estate enthusiasts — you — and everyone else who has played a part of our continuing success. We have more than 725 subscribers to In the Know and our readership keeps expanding. But we can’t do it without you, your referrals and your loyalty. Thank you. So be sure to think of us anytime real estate comes to mind as we’ll be here to help you and yours out and keep reading. 

Very Truly Yours and Best, 

Kevin K. Ho, Esq. 
Vanguard Properties 
Broker Associate | Attorney | Top Producer | REALTOR
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Jonathan B. McNarry 
Vanguard Properties 
Broker Associate | Top Producer | REALTOR
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No doubt 2021 was an intense year for all of us. For us, we are happy to report that through it all we were able to do what we love which is to help folks buy and sell real estate. Despite the obstacles the Pandemic threw at us — no open houses for part of the year, no in-person meetings, appraisal delays, supply chain problems, among more — we were nevertheless able to book our best year … ever. In addition to our usual marketing and preparation efforts, we were able to show properties via 3-D tours and through professional property videos (many times featuring Raffi as co-star to a given property) and by a pretty efficient self-guided tour method we developed. And while in-person showings are back, the lasting impact of our stepped-up efforts continue — our YouTube channel’s subscriber base increased 5 fold over 2021, for example, and traffic to our website grew by leaps and bounds by at least double. 

The San Francisco treat (or past time) — real estate.
Take a look at where prices ended up in 2021. Prices for single-family houses were up all around the City. The story for condos was mixed of course. Ask us for more details and what the forecast looks like for 2022, but our general pattern follows what you'll see below...
And as we prepare for 2022, take a deeper look at what happened this year and how it compares to years past. 


As you may know, we have made hundreds and hundreds of YouTube property walk-throughs of the things we see in San Francisco. Shall we walk and talk?
The Top 3 Raffi Videos of 2021
While we wait for open houses to come back and properties for us to see and video, take a look at the Top 3 Raffi listing videos of 2021 below.
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Number 2: Guerrero
Number 3: Mateo
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