Monthly Archives: August 2011

Steve & Erica, Buyers – SFR Development Property – Noe Valley

Dear Erika,

Thank you for bringing a great single family development property to us. My wife and I had been looking in Noe Valley for over a year and were pleased that you contacted us, as this property met our needs perfectly.

We found you to be communicative, up-front, concise and extremely knowledgeable. Your easy approach, efficiency, and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. It’s unusual to find a Realtor of your caliber.

We’re developing the property with the plans and permits that were included in the sale and hope that you will bring us the Buyer. When we’re ready to sell, you will be our first choice as a Listing Agent. It will be our pleasure to continue to do business with you. I would highly recommend you to anyone selling or buying Real Estate in San Francisco and am sure they will find you to be as “special as we have.

Thank you again for your effort on our behalf

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Caitroina,1st time Home Buyer – Condominium

I highly recommend Erika Burke for any real estate deals. I recently bought a condo. I found Erika to be very helpful, congenial and very responsible, always on top of everything. Actually, Erika was always ahead of the game. I found buying the condo was actually easier than buying my car. I intend to use Erika for all my real estate transactions in the future as she is extremely knowledgeable.

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James & Eileen, Buyers – 2 Units Plus – Outer Richmond

Dear Erika,

I wanted to express our gratitude to you regarding our recent real estate transaction. Indeed, as you had anticipated, it was tumultuous at times and, yes, my anxiety did not help. You certainly provided a much needed sense of security via your expertise, patience, and of course, sense of humor. We really appreciated your being so readily available to answer little questions as well as big ones.

Over the course of the last few years, we have been involved in several real estate deals, but this one was a stand out. An example of how a deal “should” go as you handled each issue expediently, and with true professionalism. As my husband had mentioned, “That was the easiest deal I have ever been involved in, thanks to Erika!”

We are now in our new home, settling in very well and even upgrading the other units. We just did not want the opportunity to thank you to pass. Suffice to say it was a pleasure to work with you and look forward to working with you in the future. We will recommend you at any and every opportunity. Good luck to you

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Sean O.,Buyer – Single Family Development – Outer Sunset

Dear Erika,

I want to express my sincere thanks for all your help and for keeping me sane while buying my first home and development project. I was expecting it to be a scary experience, but with you taking care of everything, the whole process was a breeze.

I will definitely call upon your services for all future real estate transactions! You are a star!!!

Thanks again Erika

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Gregg S, Buyer – Commercial Property – Richmond District & Development Property – Hillsborough

Dear Erika,

Thank you for representing me on yet, another successful real estate transfer. Last year, you brought a private purchase to me for a development property in Hillsborough. This year, I asked you to contact the owner of a commercial property in San Francisco which was adjacent to a family owned business of mine, that I have long wanted to purchase.

You displayed great diligence and effort for this, and all of our real estate dealings. I was finally able to acquire this property due to our collaboration on several negotiations with the Seller over the last year. I’m impressed that the final sale price was considerably less than our initial offer as well.

I can’t Thank You enough for sticking with it, though it was a challenging transaction. I highly recommend you to anyone looking to sell or purchase investment property in San Francisco. You have shown great patience, fortitude and tremendous knowledge. I applaud your honest, positive attitude and never-say-never approach. You made it trouble-free for me.

You know you are my “Go To” agent for all of my San Francisco development projects. It is always my pleasure doing business with you.

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Sarah & Neal, Buyers – SFR on RH2 Fixer/Development – Inner Mission

Thank You Erika,

My husband and I cannot Thank you enough for your hard work and effort on our behalf.

We came to you during the early spring of 2006 and wanted to purchase a single family home as a fixer or on an RH2 lot so that we could develop it. You provided us with the listings & resources to assist in our search. We did find several properties and made offers, although the market was very active and we were unsuccessful. We then decided that we would wait until fall, increase our finances and hope for a change in the market.

You continued to keep us informed of properties that may have met our needs. We were so impressed that we came back to you early this fall when we began to look again. Once we decided upon the property we wanted, you were right there, prepared and explained our offer to us in terms we could easily understand, worked the odd hours required to present the offer, since there were competitors and you made it happen for us.

You were also great at keeping my husband informed regarding what he might expect when improving the property, looking into title difficulties, and making sure all of the tenants vacated before we took possession. This wasn’t an easy deal, but you made it look like it was.

We will definitely use you again when we sell this development property. We highly recommend you to any and all prospective real estate sellers or buyers.

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Randa S., Seller – Victorian Fixer on RH-2 Lot – Inner Mission

Dear Erika,

I left my “heart” and my plum tree in the garden on Florida St. in San Francisco. You have given me a new plum tree for Sonoma, along with a good profit on my house.

Thank you for your gift and your expertise in real estate. It was a happy experience to work with you and I so appreciate you for that.

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Christine & Mark (Son & Daughter-in-law of Randa S)

Dear Erika,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the fantastic job you did with selling my mother’s home. She had lived in that house for almost 30years and the extra support and encouragement you provided really helped her separate from it relatively painlessly.

From our first meeting it was clear that you had the expertise and sensitivity to sell my mother’s house. Your patience in answering all our questions (no matter how insignificant) was very reassuring. We always felt confident that everything was “under control” and progressing forward.

The most amazing thing for us was that 14 days after the house went on the market my mother accepted an offer (significantly over the asking price) and 30 days later the sale was a “done deal”. From our prospective everything seemed to flow seamlessly but I know that it was your hard work, diligence and extreme thoroughness that was the driving force behind it all.

So ThankYou once again – our only regret is that we don’t have any more houses for you to sell for us. 

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Tara S.,1st Time Home Buyer – Tenant-in-Common – Pacific Heights

Wow Erika!!!

Thank you so much for the fantastic closing gift! I’ve never done anything like that before, a full day at a spa, it sounds absolutely wonderful!!

Thank you so much for finding the place (TIC) for me! I was talking with the other Buyers the other day and they were mentioning the Leavenworth place, and how this place was so much nicer and how happy they were they found it…I told them that my realtor took one look at Leavenworth and said “this isn’t the one, you don’t even need to see it.”

They said “Wow, you have a good realtor!”

I sure do.

I’ll definitely give you a call in a few years when I’m thinking of moving again, but I’m sure we’ll be keeping in touch in the mean time. It’s been fun Erika, Thank You!

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Anthony M., Seller – Lot with Development Plans for 34 Units – Oakland

Dear Erika,

I really want to Thank You for how well you handled the sale of this development property. This wasn’t any easy deal, but you made it look easy even though it was challenging at times.

I have the utmost faith in you, as you know, since you have another one of my properties for sale right now. I will always use you for all of my projects, whether I have rehabbed or an entitled a property for sale. I know you will get the job done, professionally and with an excellent attitude. I know I can count on you and you can count on referrals from me.

Again, I can’t Thank You enough.

You really performed in a changing market.

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Sweeping Views For Days!

450 San Bruno #2 Off Market

$699,000 New Low Pricing! At $348 per square foot, this is a tremendous value!

This San Francisco panoramic downtown view home the one to have. 2 Floor split level condo was added/built in 1984. This spacious 3 bedroom & 3 bath home is a sure choice, at 2007 Square Feet for $348 per sq ft. Make easy upgrades in this clean good looking home, to add value and make it your personal showcase!

Top level penthouse suite with Jacuzzi tub is light, bright & open with enormous views and 2 walk out decks. The Lower (1st of 2) levels, has a cozy open living floor plan with new kitchen appliances, a Master bedroom with en suite bath, 2nd hall bath, a 2nd bedroom/office/den leading to a large walk out deck with views.

Included are 2 deeded tandem parking spaces inside the large shared garage plus 2 BIG locked private storage closets, plus in-unit laundry hook-ups (top level). Freshly painted interior throughout.

Located on the Mission side of the FWY. with dbl. dbl. windows making it quiet. Steps to SF Design District, Whole Foods, Starbucks, cafes & more. HOA $372. Walk Score of 92. A find for the smart buyer!
Visit for further info and pics.

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WOW Factor home in Tiburon

 I would say that the first thing that caught my eye about this home was the kitchen, but in doing so I feel like I am cheating on the rest of this home that I feel in love with! From the views, to the out of control statement fireplace, to the use of the outdoor spaces- I go back and forth between picking my ABSOLUTE favorite thing. I usually associate contemporary with cold, but this home is as warm and inviting as it is contemporary. Situated on 17,000 sq ft the property really maximizes it’s outdoor space. The living/dining area connects with a large level yard and gardens for quiet relaxation. The sumptuous master suite has French doors leading to a private terrace with sweeping Bay views. Recently reduced to just under $3 million.

Now back to the designer gourmet kitchen- the focal point of the great room with Bay views. It makes me want to throw a party.


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New Fund to Support Public Art

Currently San Francisco downtown developers working on projects of at least 25,000 sq ft are required to spend 1% of construction costs on on-site public artwork. New legislation would amend this to give developers the option to instead contribute the fee to a new Public Artwork Trust Fund overseen by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Sounds like a great idea to us! Art is reason # 1,567 that The Estates Group loves San Francisco.

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Dress for Success San Francisco

Gala and Fashion Show at the City Club of San Francisco

Erika & Kristina with one of the Hosts

We were thrilled to attend this event to promote Dress for Success San Francisco! The night started off with tastings from San Francisco’s Top Women Chefs and Kettle One martinis! After mingling with other fabulous patrons and scoping out the silent auction goodies (still wish we had won that Bobbie Brown makeup bag) we headed upstairs for the main event.

We heard from many women involved in the Dress for Success San Francisco program and were touched to hear how much the program had affected their lives. Their stories were incredibly uplifting, and they presented themselves with such poise and confidence in themselves.

Erika has experienced first hand what the power of donating clothes to those less fortunate. Just a few months ago Erika gave all of her shirts away to a young lady who was absolutely thrilled and told her that she had changed her life- and that now she felt she had the power to go out and change the world!

This is an event that we will be sure to attend again! We met so many wonderful people, enjoyed a great fashion show and left knowing that we had helped out an amazing cause.

For more information on Dress for Success please visit:

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