Monthly Archives: January 2012

San Francisco based Real Estate firm announces their “21 Club” of Top Producers for 2011

Today Vanguard Properties, the well-known San Francisco real estate firm headed by Principal James Nunemacher for nearly 30 years, announced the “21 Club” Top Producers of Vanguard Properties for 2011, including Erika Burke.The achievements of these very hard working Realtors and Broker Associates are recognized yearly by the firm, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Quote start“We are thrilled with all of our agents performance and this past year’s gain in what has been touted as a down national real estate market,” said Mr. Nunemacher.Quote end

The 2011 year end numbers for Vanguard Properties posted close to a 30% gain in sales over 2010. “We are thrilled with all of our agents performance and this past year’s gain in what has been touted as a down national real estate market,” said Mr. Nunemacher.

The firm is looking forward to yet another year of growth with the opening their new sales office in downtown San Francisco located at 199 New Montgomery Street.

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Houseplants are Easy-How To Secret!

Houseplants.  We are 7×7 in San Francisco.  That is 7 miles by 7 miles.  Not all of us have outdoor space, though in the City many of us are lucky to have our little slice of land in the back yard.  If you don’t have that, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fabulous greenery that is living, in your very own home.

Here is my best kept secret.  Purchase potting soil and a pot that is a little bigger than the plant you have purchased, drop in a screen to cover the hole in the bottom of the pot (purchased at a garden supply store) and some gravel or old pot shards as a small bottom layer. Ease the plant out of the pot by turn it on its’ side and holding close to the stem(s), drop it into the pot with some soil previously placed in the pot leveling the top of your new plant about 1-2” below the rim.  Surround it with soil and press the plant down, and tamp the soil down lightly.

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San Francisco Treasures, Our Museums

I confess, I’m addicted.  To San Francisco’s’ museums.  It’s true.  If you go to one, watch out, you will become addicted too, in a very good way.  There are dozens to choose from, many centrally located and accessible by public transportation.  Some are housed in architectural treasures, like the Palace of Legion of Honor on the Inner Richmond near Lands End.  Before you even enter you are entranced by the sweeping stair, the lawns and fountains, and the breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  They offer changing exhibitions from all corners of the earth, along with their impressive old masters collection.  Last year I took in 2 exhibitions and saw a concert!

Another favorite is MOMA Museum of Modern Art,  www.sfmoma.comContinue reading

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6 San Francisco Restaurants to Watch

New restaurants open daily in San Francisco. Because we all love being in the know, let’s take a look at some of the most buzzed about openings slated for the next few months. Here is the dish (pun intended) according to Eater SF:

1) Dixie

Address: 1 Letterman Dr, in the Presidio
The Situation: Chef Joseph Humphrey, who earned Michelin stars atMeadowood and Murray Circle, finally gets his own personal project. He’s taking over the former Pres A Vi to create an un-stuffy restaurant combining elements from California and the South.
Major Players: Chef-owner Joseph Humphrey, designer Michael Brennan, general manager Khalid Lahlou
Projected Opening: Late fall, “with any luck, right around Thanksgiving”
Buzz Factor: 7
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2) Wo Hing General Store
Address: 584 Valencia St. (@ 17th)
The Situation: Charles Phan marks his poignant return to the originalSlanted Door space with a new Chinese street food concept named after his father and uncle. Keeping things current are craft cocktails, local wines, and a brand new bar built-out on the ground level.
Major Players: Executive chef-owner Charles Phan, chef de cuisine Michelle Mah, bar manager Brooke Arthur
Projected Opening: Mid October
Buzz Factor: 8
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San Francisco’s Tradition of Building Murals Thrives!

San Francisco has a tradition of fostering its’ artists and creative’s.  Nowhere is this as evident as with the prolific amount of mural art exhibited on the exterior of buildings throughout the city!  This art expresses local tradition, cultural expression and adds a dimension to the city that makes us unique.

Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visual Center at 2981  24th St., in the Inner Mission is home to a non-profit mural arts center, store and awareness program representing local mural art and artists. Visit their locale to purchase posters of the art and find out more about the locations and artists. Continue reading

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What is a Realtor? Really.

We all know it is a professional who is licensed to facilitate the sale of purchase of real property, homes, commercial, lots and land in a given area.  But what does a realtor do?  Just show a few homes and facilitate a contract?  Hardly.

A realtor is a devotee to their clientele and their brokerage.  They often work 7 days a week, or at least make themselves available to their clientele.  They must study and pass a rigorous exam and are remanded to fulfill continuing education requirements.  They work from their brokerages and often a home office.  They do their own accounting and pay taxes from each commission.  They place their own advertising, attend networking events to raise their profile, they learn to brand themselves for their specialty.

Realtor’s are social networkers who have mastered technology and social networking skills to promote themselves, your listings and attract buyers through business building on the internet.  They use computers, tablets, smart phones, faxes, electronic documents, copiers.  They design and use mailers to connect with the public and their clients.  They know about bulk mail, folding machines, types of paper.

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Happy New Year Everyone! Jan 1. 2012

Celebrating New Year’s, is kind of like a collective birthday, except there are no candles to blow out when you make your wish known as “The New Years’ Resolution”.  I quizzed a dozen people at our annual office party and came up with a dozen different resolutions.  “To get my teeth whitened, and work on smiling more”.  I liked that one….it was easily achievable.  How about, “learning to balance work and play, since I work all the time”.  I’m still waiting for the answer to that one myself.  “I’m going to be nicer to my ________”.  If you fill in the blank with husband, then I say – good luck.  There’s not a wife on the planet that has successfully fulfilled that one, in my opinion.  Never to late to try though. Starting the year with the thought is as good as making it happen.  Reasonable goal setting.

2011 was a tough year with the mortgage crisis, skyrocketing unemployment, vacillating stock market, natural disasters and a general level of uncertainty that pervaded.  A chance to start afresh with renewed zeal is generally welcomed by all.  So this holiday, replete with popping champagne bottles, fancy dress, galas and major promises to ourselves and others is a tradition that unites us globally in a promise for a brighter, better tomorrow.  At least after we recover from the festivities!

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