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Buying a downtown San Diego condo? Hire a downtown San Diego Realtor! Duh.

October 4, 2014

92101 Condo Guru downtown San Diego Realtor

Alan Hamrick 92101 Condo Guru “Who’s he? That’s me. Who are you? I’m him.”

Are you looking to buy a condo in downtown San Diego?  [SPOILER ALERT!]  Well, you should hire a downtown San Diego Realtor to help you.  For free.  End of discussion, right?  Wrong.  Here are a few tips to help you do it the right way and improve the experience for everyone involved:

1. Hire a downtown San Diego Realtor. No, I don’t mean an agent who thinks downtown is nifty or neat or lives in Rancho Bernardo (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and comes downtown for the the occasional night out or Padres baseball game.  Downtown San Diego real estate isn’t t just about geography.  It’s also about lifestyle and walkability. Every neighborhood is different.  Every condo building is different.  And there’s simply no way to “learn” the 92101 zip code unless you’re here 24 hours a day.  Pick an agent who has lived downtown for a while.  And a side note: If you meet an agent who says they work all of San Diego county, run away.  As fast as you can.  In today’s hyperlocal expert world, you don’t need a “jack of all trades, master of none”, to botch the process for you.  Heck.  You could do that all by yourself.  (Going in the reverse, from city to suburbs, is a different story though.  Another post to follow on that.)

2. Only hire one downtown San Diego Realtor.  “But Alan”, you say, “don’t I want lots of agents working for me?”  No.  That’s because we get paid based on results.  Think you’ve got 5 Realtors helping you?  Here’s your wake up call: you’ve got exactly zero.  And besides that, now you’ve got 5 pushy salespersons trying to “sell” you something so they can get paid.  Gross.  And here’s a kooky idea – be loyal, take their advice, and consider putting your relationship in writing like you would with a contractor or lawyer.

3. Listen to that downtown San Diego Realtor. Sounds simple, right?  Well, it is but  . . . .  If you’re not going to take our advice, why are we having this conversation?  I wouldn’t dream of telling you how to do your job.  (As a side note, I probably have no idea what you do.  Even after you explain it to me. It’s part of the philosophy major in me.  The concept of time is also troublesome to me.  See Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams or Nietzsche’s analysis of The Eternal Return concept.  But I digress.)  Yes, real estate seems simple on TV.  Not to mention bitchy. There’s lots of good info out there on Al Gore’s interweb.  But there are also a lot of moving parts and a lot of humans who can screw up a lot of things along the way during a real estate transaction.  And those goofs can cost you time, money, or even the dream property you’re trying to purchase.  It’s only a good deal if you actually own the property at the end of the day.

4. This isn’t sales.  If it is, I quit.  Seriously.  If it feels like sales, you’re doing it wrong.  Now, it used to be.  But no longer.  You have access to all the data.  But that’s a very small piece of the puzzle.  This is consulting, advising, a collaborative effort, a partnership.  Make sense?  Just nod.

Are you ready to form a team and accomplish an objective?  Fantastic.  Mortgage interest rates are still in the 4s.  Hire a “real” downtown San Diego real estate agent!  That goes for selling your downtown San Diego condo, too.  Ask your agent why they charge 5 or 6 percent.  The answer: Because that’s what they’ve been doing since the 1980s.  What year is this again?  Time marches on . . . .


Buy this view condo at Horizons in downtown San Diego’s Marina District!

July 26, 2014

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Want to buy a downtown San Diego luxury condo with awesome water views? Here you go. Listed by yours truly, this 19th floor unit is just shy of 1,500 estimated square feet, has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a real laundry room, and 2 side-by-side parking spaces.  But wait.  There’s more!  This Marina District condo also comes with a storage unit.  It’s true.

Horizons is located smack dab in the Marina District with easy access to Ralph’s Grocery, Skybound Coffee + Dessert Lounge, Richard Walker’s Pancake House, the trolley, Petco Park where the Padres play, the waterfront, Gaslamp Quarter, freeway.  I’m out of breath.  See where I’m going with this?  Plus, Horizons HOA dues include water and gas.  And Horizons features guest parking and free motorcycle parking.

Want to view the San Diego Comic-Con craziness from 19 stories up?  Contact me today for a showing.  Listed for $1,065,000.

Sapphire Tower One Bedroom Luxury Condo For Sale

June 18, 2014

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Calling all downtown San Diego condo buyers!  Check out this high-in-the-sky one bedroom condo at a very unique building in the Columbia District.  The unit itself is 904 estimated square feet, features hardwood floors, 10.5 foot ceilings, dual vanity, and a walk-in closet.  Plus one parking space.

Sapphire Tower is 32 stories and only has 97 units.  Did you read that right?  Indeed you did.  It also has one of the best lap pools in downtown San Diego and it’s in a perfect location to enjoy all 92101 has to offer.

It’s location at 1262 Kettner Boulevard makes it easy to get to the County Waterfront Park, The Headquarters, Little Italy, Stone Brewing Company Store, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and Monello just to name a few.

So what are you waiting for?  Let’s go take a look in person  . . . .  Priced at $575,000.

Large one bedroom condo for sale in Little Italy!

June 4, 2014

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Price.  Condition.  Location.  And lifestyle.  It’s not rocket science – despite the best efforts of my colleagues.  Don’t be fooled. It’s all price, condition, and location. This unit at Portico at 1435 India Street in Little Italy has it all.

A top floor unit, this condo has only one shared wall, new flooring, paint, one parking space, and low HOA dues.  Did I mention that it’s over 800 estimated square feet with a walk-in closet?  Well, I did now.  It’s listed for $327,000.  Are there any cheaper one bedrooms for sale in Little Italy? Sure.  (There are 2 at Acqua Vista.  FYI Acqua Vista still has litigation.)  But not by much.  And the others have monthly HOA dues in excess of $500.  The monthly fees for this condo at Portico: $321.

This Little Italy condo also has great a great walk score based on location.  Stroll to the Little Italy Mercato (farmers market – soon to be temporarily located to W. Cedar Street), bars and restaurants like Enoteca Style (downstairs), Ironside (right up the street), and Craft & Commerce. Plus, you’ll be in a great spot to enjoy the brand new Waterfront Park.  Not to mention that Forbes just ranked Little Italy in the Top 10 neighborhoods.  And if you truly know your stuff, Mexican Fiesta, cash only please, is right across the street.

Do you qualify for a VA loan?  Portico is one of downtown San Diego’s VA loan approved condo buildings for sale.  How does zero down sound?  Thank you for your service.

Contact me today to go take a look at your new home in Little Italy!

Why do downtown San Diego condo buyers love The Watermark?

March 29, 2014

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That question is actually pretty simple to answer once you know more about the building. The Watermark, located in the classy and established Marina District, has less that 100 units, occupies an entire city block, and features some the biggest and best floor plans in downtown San Diego condos.

Want to buy one?  Of the 96 units, only one unit is currently for sale and another has a sale pending after a very short market time. Why so desirable? Well, these units have 1,550 estimated square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a huge walk-in closet, a den, a laundry room, 10-foot ceilings, and almost all of them have 2 side-by-side parking spaces. Where else can you get that kind of square footage downtown?  Not easy to find.  Not to mention that the new Headquarters is right across the street.

Does it sound like the Watermark is what you’re looking for?  Contact 92101 Condo Guru today!

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