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Nov. 9, 2013

Hello from Janis and Thea

Janis Stone & Thea MillerThe market statistics for October sales are now online in our blog. Overall, the number of homes sold is much more than last month and more than a year ago. However, once again 5 of the 6 categories we track sold, on average, over 100% of the asking price. Once again, the biggest winner was Single Family Homes under $2M which sold, on average, OVER 111% of the list price!

As you look at the market statistics remember that the numbers reflect purchases started in September. It takes, on average, 30 to 45 days to close a transaction so it is not surprising that the numbers in October are much higher than in September. August is traditionally a slow month and September begins our fall selling season. We have noticed a little slowing of activity in October but we will not know if that is true until we look at next month’s statistics. There is still plenty of time to sell this year as there are still very few listings and a lot of buyers wanting to be in their new home by the Holidays.

November is also GRATITUDE MONTH. The best way to be happy is to be grateful and gratitude is an action word.  We find the best way to feel good is to give to others who are not as fortunate. It is a shame that children are still go hungry and mentally ill people roam the streets and sleep on the sidewalks. Tell us your favorite way to be happy by helping others so we can include those stories in our newsletter. We would love PHOTOS too!

For a complete listing of the first six months of sales of Luxury homes and condos ask for our Mid-Year Luxury Report, and we will send you a print or digital copy.

REMEMBER… If you are MOVING or KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS, we have GREAT AGENTS to whom we can refer with confidence! If you or someone you know needs to buy or sell property somewhere else in the country, keep us in mind. In return for the lead, we’ll give you a chance to win our Rewards contest for a weekend in Tahoe. And you agents out there across the country who are receiving this newsletter, you are on our referral list for your area!
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From our Friends, Family and Clients

Emmet Walsh as Donald Trump Our good friend, Vanessa Walsh sent us this Halloween photo of their young son, Emmet as Donald Trump.

“…While it’s early, here is Emmet in his Halloween costume. We wanted to capitalize on all of the hair he has, so he is Donald Trump. He also kind of looks like a suave real estate agent. 🙂 feel free to use in your letter. I hope all is well!!”

– Vanessa Walsh

Janis and Mick with Shannon Hagen at Gen Blue, NY Last month we went to New York for the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue convention and spent some time with our good friend, Shannon Hagen, who is an elite real estate agent in San Diego, and a kick to hang out with! Her site may be found here. – Janis Stone
Fred Couples lining up the par putt on #1 which he missed for bogey Some of the great things about living in San Francisco are all the opportunities we get.

Last Saturday, Nov. 2, Mick was given tickets to the Charles Schwab golf tournament. Here is a photo of the winner, Fred Couples (white cap), on the 1st green on which he ended up getting a bogie!

Fortunately, he came back in grand fashion and took the cup with 17 under par!!

– Janis Stone

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Our trusted advisor, Michael Divita is eager to help you with your mortgage needs. He publishes a weekly mortgage report on our blog.

With all the turmoil in the stock and bond markets, mortgage rates change day to day! However, interest rates have been very low for a long time. Now might be the time to take advantage of them!


Sales Activity  
SOLD Russian Hill Condo
Russian Hill Condo - 1438 Green St. #2B - $749,000 Sophisticated unit at the stylish Arundel, a desirable doorman, elevator building adjacent to vibrant north Polk Street with its many services, restaurants and coffee houses. This spacious unit has a sunny open floor plan with hardwood floors (carpeted bedroom), high ceilings and crown moldings. Contemporary Kitchen with granite countertops; Master Bedroom with spacious built-in California Closet and adjacent double sink Marble Bath; Formal entry, coat closet; and in-unit laundry, storage, and assigned 1 car parking. The common areas include a roof deck with Golden Gate Bridge views and a back garden. Superb RUSSIAN HILL LOCATION near Union Street with easy access to the Financial District, the Embarcadero and Downtown San Fran. 97 walk score!!
Listed at $749,000 – Sold for $775,000
SALE PENDING Dog Patch Condo
No photo available New development, not in MLS.
Listed at $935,000
No photo available No information available.
Listed at $935,000
See you next month!  
Janis Stone
DRE# 00517072
Thea Miller
DRE# 01382829

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As always, we wish you prosperous San Francisco real estate hunting.

Thea Miller, Real Estate Representation (415) 229-1218

Janis Stone, Real Estate Representation (866) 224-8024

Michael DiVita, Mortgage Finance Support (800) 239-1103