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Dear Tishman/Infinity – PLEASE take my name off your list

by sfishome on February 8, 2010

Oh wait, I didn’t sell one unit at The Infinity, so my name isn’t on this list. Phew!

San Francisco’s Infinity – two high rise condo towers and a “tree top” building – are now reporting over 600 sold condos at 301 Main St (365 units), 333 Main St (66 units), 338 Spear St (285 units), a total of 716 units…. so at least 84% sold out.

Unfortunately 715 of the 716 appear to be under water already. The one that isn’t under water is 301 Main St #9E because it’s been re-sold as a Short Sale…. from $867,000 to $607,000 or a 30% drop in 18 months.

So WHY on earth did anyone buy at the Infinity when they saw this exact thing happen at the Beacon, The Palms, The Watermark and on and on?

Apparently when I wrote 1 year ago about my “new car theory”, this past year everyone thought that some how the Infinity would be different. Unfortunately, as soon as you drive ANY new car off the lot it depreciates in value. Tomorrow, the Infinity will be a used car. So why not wait and buy a re-sale?

Speaking of resales, here is 1 in each of the 3 Infinity buildings:

301 Main St #19A – resale at $835k in Oct ’09 – meanwhile per the SFGov property tax site the tax basis is $897,531 which is what I think it must have sold for 9 months earlier in Jan ’09. That’s a 7% drop AFTER the market had already crashed in late 2008.

333 Main #7B – resale in Nov ’09 at $760,000 – original sale based on tax records appears to be $819,000 back in March ’08. If that’s the case I think the seller got lucky, and the buyer bought too “new” of a car, er, condo.

338 Spear St #5D – resale Dec ’09 at $815,000 – original sale April ’09 was $795,000. Good news right? Up $20,000… but the original buyer probably spent close to $50,000 to sell it, and not including their original closing costs realized a $30,000 loss, NOT a $20k gain. Plus add 8 months of $754 HOA dues and property taxes and my guess is that it probably cost the original buyer close to $10,000 per month to live in their “new car” condo.

Meanwhile, 301 Main #9E and it’s 30% drop Short Sale in Dec ’09 is more like it. A 30% drop is about what I expect for all Infinity units, including the above re-sales, if they try to re-sell again anytime in the next couple of years. Too bad they didn’t buy then… when I hope to have my name WAY UP that list.

If you need to Short Sell your condo – please use the Short Sale Request Form for a free evaluation of your situation and likely success of Short Selling.

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