San Francisco Real Estate: Escrow Out Loud


#41: Avocado-Green Appliances and Faux Brick

Ep. 41

This week on Escrow Out Loud, our San Francisco Real Estate podcast, we interview our dear friends, long time clients and accomplished individuals in their own right, Kevin (from Sawyers Design) and Pete.

[00:53] The very first purchase we worked on together with Kevin and Pete was many years ago, back in 2003. Kevin is an interior designer and has a great eye for looking at homes from a design perspective. What does he look for in a home? And what does having "good bones" mean in terms of houses?

[03:41] Upon first seeing their potential home Kevin was flooded with ideas of what he would love to do with it. Of course, these ideas evolve and grow when you live in a space. The first step was to remodel the kitchen and the bathroom.

[05:10] While Kevin is looking at homes with his designer eye, what is Pete doing?

[7:14] Kevin and Pete lived through both a condo conversion as well as an interior remodel. But the remodel was a somewhat more traumatic experience. One of the things they have learned is to ask a lot of questions! Britton and Pete trade contractor stories, and she shares why she chose the higher bid over all the others when she was doing her remodel and how a detailed bid meant coming in within 1-2% of the budget.

[10:28] Living in the property while it’s being remodeled is not a pleasant experience - just ask Britton, Kevin and Pete. If you can manage it, stay somewhere else. At least until you have running water in the house again. Another good piece of advice is to not put all your hopes and dreams into a property until you know you have it. The market can be competitive and sometimes disappointments happen. And sometimes missing out can be a blessing in disguise. TICs can get complicated quick. What are some things to be aware of when looking for TIC partners?

[17:23] Vague statements come true: Matt and Britton do have experiences and relationships which can be an advantage in the home buying process. Kevin and Pete do some reminiscing on opportunities lost and the good batting average they’ve had working with Matt and Britton.

Thank you for joining us for this week’s episode. We hope you enjoyed tuning in and join us again next week for part 2 of our interview with Kevin and Pete!

More Episodes


One Community Activist & Four REALTORS® Discuss Racism

Season 5, Ep. 109
Episode 109 Panelists, listed alpha by last name:Dena Aslanian-WilliamsRealtor Extraordinaire. Don't let this short bio fool you, she's a phenomenal REALTOR! with Compass Real Estate at the time of publication.Kevin BirminghamFounder, Park North Real EstateA west-side San Francisco native, Kevin is a Past President (2018) of the San Francisco Association of Realtors, the founder of Park North Real Estate, and has consistently performed in the top 1% of agents nationwide. Kevin has a degree in economics from Colorado State University, raising three kids in the city with his wife Terra. When not rabble-rousing for a fairer city, Kevin is a huge Bay Area sports fan and can be found out walking the family dog. Tia HunnicuttMarried for 30 years, mother of three. *Licensed as a Broker since 2009*Past President of the Oakland Association of Realtors*Immediate Past Chair of Bridge MLS*CAR Region 6 Chair*CAR Executive Committee*Coldwell Banker International President's Circle*Coldwell Banker Global Luxury*NAR certifications and designations: Accredited Buyer Representative, E-Pro, Pricing Strategy Advisor, Short-Sales and Foreclosures Resource, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, At Home with Diversity, Certified Luxury Home Marketing SpecialistDr. Veronica HunnicuttCommunity Advocate and ActivistFormer Educator at San Francisco Unified School District (in the Engineering and English Departments)Former Educator and Administrator at City College of San Francisco (English Department/Chair of African American Studies/Dean of the Southeast Campus/Dean of the Office of Student Affairs)Former Member of the Mayor's Citizens Advisory Committee for Community DevelopmentCommissioner on the Commission on the Status of WomenCommissioner on the San Francisco Housing AuthorityChair, Minnie and Lovie Park CRC ( Parks and Recreation site)Founding Board Member, Alliance for GirlsChair, Citizens Advisory Committee for the ShipyardCEO, HG Inc.Recipient of various Community Awards and CommendationsProud Mother of Tia HunnicuttAllen M. OkamotoBroker/Owner, T. Okamoto & Co.GRI, SRES, CIPS CRB, CRSWe are a small boutique real estate brokerage in San Francisco's Japantown. Although our primary market is Japanese we service almost all of the Bay Area Counties. We specialize in single family homes, condos and small apartments. We also have a very active property management department.Over the past 30 plus years I have been involved in fair housing and diversity issues at the San Francisco, California and National Association of Realtors. At SFAR I formed the Asian Council which made the association a more friendly place for Asians to express their collective views. I was the first elected member of the board of directors and the first Asian President of the Board.At the California Association of Realtors, I founded the International Forum where Realtors could explore opportunities in foreign countries and to learn about their customs and cultures. I also chaired the Equal Opportunity Cultural Diversity committee.At the National Association of Realtors, I was on the work forcethat developed the "AT Home with Diversity" designation. I was the Chair of the Fair Housing Forum and the first chair of the Equal Opportunity committee.In 2003 I was part of the group that formed the Asian Real Estate Association of America AREAA, the first national Asian real estate organization. We now have over 17,000 members and 42 chapters across theUnited States and Canada. We are the largest Asian membership organization in the United States.I currently serve on the California Association of RealtorsFair Housing & Diversity Task Force.An Apology From the National Association of REALTORS® for our past discriminatory behavior at the National board level.