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New look

The Bay Area is beautiful – from the communities we serve to the homes we sell – and we wanted to reflect that on our website. That is why we’ve launched a new look for the homepage at, focusing on big and bright images highlighting what we love about the Bay Area and streamlining the navigation.

This is just a taste of what is to come. This facelift is just the start of a comprehensive initiative over the next year to create the ultimate service experience for our clients. We’re working with the most innovative partners and adopting the top technology from both inside and outside the industry to completely revamp our services and the way we interact with our clients.

Join us on the journey – and once again, experience the APR difference.

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John Jenkins

Question: Home warranty: Good idea?

Answer: Home warranties are often an inexpensive way to give recent home buyers peace of mind.

The relatively cheap plans will protect homeowners from having to cover the cost of repairs to most major appliances.
Additionally, the warranty will handle all aspects of the repairs — meaning no headache of dealing with different vendors.
However, as with any insurance plan, there is always the possibility you will not need it, and there can be other limitations.

Home warranties will not cover issues determined to be pre-existing. Depending on your plan, they often may choose to repair appliances rather than replace them — no matter how out of date the appliance is.
It might sound simple, but one of the most important elements to getting worth from a home warranty is remembering its value and using it. If you have a problem and try to fix it yourself before calling in the issue, that can void it being fixed through the warranty.

It’s important to look at the specifics of the plan and the condition of the home you are purchasing when assessing if a home warranty plan is for you.

Read more opinions on SFGate.


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57-Unit Nob Hill Apartment Building Offered at $27 Million

952 Sutter Exterior

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Steinhart Apartments at 952 Sutter Street in Nob Hill, San Francisco have been listed for $27 million by the Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) Investment Group’s Managing Director Mark Bonn and Senior Sales Associate Mirella Webb. Built in 1910, the six-story residential building, formerly the “Steinhart Hotel,” is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A rare opportunity, 48 of the 57 units will be delivered vacant at close, allowing a new owner to capitalize on the continued strength of the San Francisco apartment market.

“With vacancies in the city at an all-time low, this unique opportunity grants any buyer incredible flexibility,” noted Bonn. “The new owner could operate the property as traditional high-end apartments or as furnished rentals, as each unit has furniture, fixtures, and equipment in-place.”

Originally constructed by Ignatz Steinhart, banker, entrepreneur, and benefactor of the city’s Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park, the property has been meticulously preserved largely due to its former operation as a hotel. The historic turn-of-the-century character is still present in the period detail in the grand lobby, high ceilings, and the mezzanine-level library.

While celebrating the original architecture, the apartments offer modern conveniences. The spacious and highly-stylized apartments were designed by William Sofield, famed designer of the Ralph Lauren and Gucci boutiques. Additionally, 15 of the units were recently renovated by leading San Francisco designer Jonathan Rachman. Each apartment is fully furnished and includes full-sized kitchens and private bathrooms.

“With a mix of studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and a single four bedroom, many of the units are very large, offering conversion potential to add additional bedrooms to existing units or possibly even more units,” according to Webb. “Ownership of this property would immediately place the investor in the elite group of major multi-family owners in San Francisco.”

Located in Nob Hill, the building is five blocks from Union Square and a few blocks from many of the performing arts theaters in the city.

For more information about the APR Investment Group, visit

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It’s the summer – and it’s not just the real estate that is hot! That’s is why Alain Pinel Realtors are launching #APRSundae – a refreshing open house experience. Launching its inaugural weekend in the South Bay, we’ve partnered with Swifty Sweets, a frozen yogurt truck (and more!) that will be popping around to our open houses on Sundays and giving away free treats.

Want to know where you can get a free treat? Follow @AlainPinel and @SwiftySweets on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting out addresses and times from now and Sunday sharing which open houses and at what times you can get your #APRSundae. Be one of the first 25 people at the open house and you’ll get a voucher for a free dessert.

For updates:

Follow Alain Pinel Realtors on Facebook and Twitter
Follow Swifty Sweets on Facebook and Twitter

Don’t forget to tag and share any of your photos from the open house with #APRSundae!

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