SFAA Property Manager of the Year – Nathan Murdock, AMSI

Property Manager of the Year (500-Plus Units): Nathan Murdock, AMSI
by Heather Boerner, SFAA

As head of the property management division for AMSI, Nathan Murdock has served small and large property owners for 11 years. In that time, he’s learned the attention to detail that allows him to follow up on any request, no matter how small, and learned the best way to serve property owners’ interests. “Property owners rely on me more than ever in this economy to look after their best interests, keep expenses low and maintain efficient rent collection so that cash flow remains steady during this slow economy,” he says. “I am most proud of my dedication to service the property owner’s best interest.”

This is Murdock’s first Trophy win, and the honor means a lot to him. “I feel truly honored to win this award from such a well-respected industry organization as the SFAA,” says Murdock, who keeps his award on his desk so all his clients and colleagues can see it. “I look forward to throwing my name into the ring again next year. I am always thrilled to be involved in San Francisco Apartment Association events.”


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Earning Money Whenever Your Property is Vacant

In a previous post I wrote about more flexibility with corporate housing for homeowners. How one of the biggest benefits is that homeowners can still use their own property due to short-term tenants. If you missed the article you will find it here: More Flexibility with Corporate Housing.

However, this is just one of the many benefits of corporate housing. The biggest benefit is the money homeowners can make out of renting out their vacant property. Whenever a property sits vacant it costs homeowners money. Instead why not renting it out to qualified corporate clients and earning money whenever the property is vacant?

Is your property oftentimes vacant and costing you money as well? Then learn more about our corporate housing program.

Things To Do in The City – San Francisco’s Only Drawback

Are you planning a trip to San Francisco for pleasure or business? Do you want to know what the city has to offer to make your stay more pleasant? Whether you are a food lover, a fan of art and diversity of culture, are looking for nightlife or simply want to enjoy the beautiful city, San Francisco has to offer something for everyone.

Fascinating architecture, beautiful parks, a variety of international restaurants and coffee places to dine and read a book, great bars and clubs, arts and culture, all that is San Francisco known for world wide. As Don Johnson said once “You can go one block to the next in San Francisco and get a completely different opinion of what the issue is.” or as Rudyard Kipling said “San Francisco has only one drawback. ‘Tis hard to leave.”

Here is a list with things to do in San Francisco. Enjoy your trip to San Francisco!

AMSI at the Golden Gate Business Association Pride Expo 2011

Again this year AMSI was an exhibitor at the annual Golden Gate Business Association Pride Expo.

The AMSI staff, including Robb Fleischer, Adeline Segaux, Jenine Atencio, Edward Bate, Dawn Cusulos, Marco Carvajal, attended the GGBA Pride Expo 2011 at the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. Robb Fleischer, GGBA member and AMSI CFO, invited the staff to attend.

The expo was a great success. AMSI’s staff met consumers from all over the Bay Area and had the unique opportunity to meet and greet new business partners. Moreover the AMSI team showed how to combine work and pleasure and had a great time at the expo.

RENTED – Fabulous Furnished Executive Loft in the Incomparable Oriental Warehouse**Available September 1st**

Experience San Francisco in this stunning two floor furnished luxury loft located in the historical Oriental Warehouse which is a San Francisco trophy building.

Watch the property video on Animato here.

This loft located in the heart of South Beach off the Embarcadero is a rare brick and timber loft, originally built in 1865 and converted to lofts in 1996, beautifully decorated in a high tech style by Montage Interiors with much use Italian Scavolini cabinetry, polished concrete, marble, steel and glass.

The location on Delancey Street is centrally located to downtown and South Beach which is one of the trendiest areas of San Francisco boasting fine eateries and bars and only 2 blocks from the SF Giants Ballpark. The entrance to the Oriental Warehouse, which is named for the rare Asian silks and artwork that were stored there by trading ships in the 1800s, is through dramatic 15ft steel arched doors which lead to a 4 story lobby. This loft is located on the top floor.

The loft has been beautifully designed as live-work space that uniquely combines sophistication, creativity, beauty and high tech so that it can function as a high tech office for a business exec or as the perfect place to give yourself an incredible experience in San Francisco.

Main Level has a bar, kitchen, dining & entertainment area and a polished concrete & marble bath.

Upper Level Loft has an open area that overlooks the lower living area. The Loft functions as the second bedroom and has a high end queen sofa bed with a posture-pedic mattress. A walkway leads into a large private bedroom with queen size bed adjoining to a private bath and walk-in closet.


– Bar – 20 foot ceilings – Two story wall of windows and 2 sky lights – Philippine ebony flooring – Dramatic Scavolini red lacquered kitchen cabinetry with stainless steel countertops – Dishwasher – Microwave – Home Entertainment system with a 6ft tx 9ft projection screen (feet not inches !!!)


  • 2 Blocks from the SF Giants ballpark
  • Walk out the front door and jog by the Bay along the Embarcadero or Sit on a bench on the beautiful Embarcadero and watch the ships from around the world sail in under the Bay Bridge
  • Walk to Downtown, Union Square, Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center and many great shops
  • Walk to the farmers market
  • Walk to world class restaurants, Slanted Door, Momos, Le Suite etc.
  • Walk to famous boutique eateries such as Red’s Java Hut
  • Public transportation MUNI/BART located at your door
  • 2 blks to 80/Bay Bridge/101S

Please call David Klampert at 415-447-2064 if interested. Or email dklampert@amsiemail.com

Apply online at http://www.on-site.com for Property 00DE6405

Available September 1st. $4,200 per month on a one a year lease. Parking and storage included. Water and garbage included.

This unique loft is NOT available unfurnished and no pets allowed.

See more pictures. For more information or to schedule a viewing contact David Klampert 415-447-2064

For Rent! Exclusive Private Tiburon Bayside Home – Elegantly Furnished with Expansive Bay Views….

Elegantly FURNISHED Home with expansive bay views and a cozy interior.

Hot tub on one of many decks and PRIVATE – over 1 acre of land next to open space. Master Suite on separate level with double baths, deck, and sitting room/office with fireplace.

Main Level: Living Room (baby grand piano) with fireplace and large deck with hot tub, Great Room with dining table and high ceiling open to Kitchen with granite/stainless , a Formal Dining Room, and 3 additional Bedrooms plus baths.

Available October 1, 2011. Min. 3 Months Stay


Dog considered with increased deposit.

  • 4 Bed
  • 4 Bath
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Deck with Hot Tub
  • Patio
  • Fireplace
  • 2 Car Garage Parking
  • 180 Degree View of San Francisco
For more pictures and information contact Jill Gordon at 800 847-3127

More Flexibility with Corporate Housing for Homeowners

Are you a homeowner and want to be more flexible in renting out your home or investment property? The biggest benefit of corporate housing is, that the property will be occupied by short-term corporate instead of long-term clients. This allows homeowners more flexibility since the private use of their property in between of guest reservations is always possible. Usually a stay is for 30 days or more but can vary to a weekly or daily stay as well, depending on the arrangement with the owner.

Do you own a furnished property and want to be more flexible as well? Then learn more about our corporate housing program.

Common Problems Encountered When Selling a Property Yourself

Some homeowners decide to sell their property by themselves. Their common belief is that it’s simple; they save money and sell their property faster. However, there is a common set of problems a homeowner has to face when selling a property without the advice, guidance and expertise of a professional real estate agent.

 Proper pricing

Homeowners often will overprice their property due to inexperience and lack of objectivity. This can cause less interest and makes the home less appealing, especially during the important first three weeks the property is on the market.

A real estate professional knows how to determine the true market value, and how to properly price the property by using comparable listings and sales, square footage comparisons, amenity comparisons and countless other factors both gross and subtle.

Property marketing 

Not only is there a lack of marketing resources when owners market properties themselves, they often times don’t know how to attract the right target group.

A real estate professional has more resources and methods available to market the property than a homeowner. A professional can and does market the listing to other real estate professionals and not just to the public.

Furthermore when home owners market their homes themselves, they are missing out on all the buyers who are represented by agents, as real estate professionals are more inclined to bring their buyers to properties listed by a professional.

Showings and open houses

Once the property is advertised, calls have to be taken, questions must be answered and appointments scheduled in a timely manner. Also property showings, open houses and broker’s caravans have to be implemented. Homeowners don’t always have the right solutions, answers and the time to manage all of it by themselves.

Screening and qualifying prospects

Potential buyers have to be screened to find out how interested they are in buying and if they are even qualified. Homeowners usually don’t know how to determine if someone qualifies to buy or not. However, a real estate professional knows how to ask the right questions to find that out.

Negotiating offer

After a buyer submits an offer to purchase and a pre-qualification, the homeowner has to write a counter offer to counter-bid and address particular items. Most homeowners are not able to handle the negotiations in an experienced and objective way and need the support of a real estate agent or a real estate lawyer. Negotiating is both an art and a science.

Coordinate inspections and appraisal

The buyer’s lender requires these steps to determine the value of the property and to support the price agreed upon in the offer.

Once the buyer’s loan is approved, the homeowner will receive more instructions from the escrow officer or buyer to follow up with. Coordinating those inspections and understanding what they entail is often beyond the scope of the seller, without the support of a real estate agent.


A home seller is obligated to disclose problems, conditions and circumstances regarding the property and sale that could affect the property’s value. There are countless disclosures required by the Department of Real Estate and the State as well as local ordinances pertaining to disclosures. Proper disclosure prevents legal trouble in the future.

Usually a homeowner doesn’t know what the state and local laws are. They not only don’t have the forms, but also don’t know how to execute them. A real estate agent knows all that, as well as certain legal ramifications that can protect or hurt the owner, in case of non-disclosure.

Learn more about selling a home and how you benefit by working with a real estate professional.

Existing home sales drop 3.8% – Jun. 21, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Sales of existing homes fell in May, as severe weather and high gas prices weighed on the shaky housing market.

Home sales fell 3.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.81 million, down from a revised rate of 5 million in April, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday.

Sales were more than 15% lower than in May 2010

Economists had expected a May sales rate of 4.79 million existing homes, according to consensus estimates from Briefing.com.

“Spiking gasoline prices along with widespread severe weather hurt house shopping in April, leading to soft figures for actual closings in May,” said NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.

Gas prices surged earlier this year, pinching household budgets and putting a damper on consumer spending. In addition, sales were hurt by tornados and flooding in May that devastated parts of the South and Midwest.

Read more Existing home sales drop 3.8% – Jun. 21, 2011

Rented – Secluded Elegance and Luxury – 6 Bedroom/4 Bath Home in Oakland Hills

This elegant, secluded 6 bedroom/4 bath home is located in the quiet beautiful hills of Oakland, minutes to Montclair and San Francisco.

It features:

  • 3 Levels with Approximately 3200 Square Feet
  • Master Bedroom Overlooking the Yard
  • Lovely Baths and lots of closet space
  • Large Formal Dining Room
  • Gourmet Kitchen with Large Pantry
  • Piano Room
  • Formal Living Room with Fireplace
  • 1 Acre Landscaped Lot
  • 3 Car Garage


  • Sauna
  • Additional Eat In Kitchen
  • 4 Decks
  • Backyard with Benches and Winding Path with 2 Decks
  • Gated Circular Driveway

Pets are Negotiable

Furnished-$15,000 per Month
Unfurnished-$12,000 per Month

One Year Lease

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