David Parry

McGuire Partner and Top Producer
Helping you achieve your real estate objectives.
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  • GRI, McGuire Partner, ePro Certified, eTeam


  • Residential Sales, Commercial Sales, High-end Rentals, Investment Properties, Historic Properties

I am:

  • The enjoyment of being able to apply 30 years of real estate brokerage experience for the benefit of my clients.

Proudest Moment:

  • Anytime I can solve a seemingly insurmountable problem.

Favorite Neighborhood:

  • The Marina District


  • Helping you achieve your real estate objectives.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Manchester University in England and a Master’s degree in Systems Analysis, David has been programming computers and designing systems since he was 18. He spent 18 years in computer software development before beginning his real estate career with Pacific Union in 1986. He obtained his State Brokers license in 1987 and joined McGuire Real Estate, San Francisco’s largest independent firm, in 1993.

Some of his professional real estate accomplishments include:

  • 2002 President of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®
  • Director of the California Association of REALTORS® and its Business Technologies subsidiary, zipLogix
  • Honored as the San Francisco REALTOR® of the Year in 1998
  • Received the Association’s first Distinguished Service Award in 1991
  • Developer and/or maintainer of many of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® standard forms, including the purchase contract
  • Designer of many custom features of the San Francisco Multiple Listing System, including the Tuesday Brokers Tour sequence and format.


One of the reasons David entered real estate in 1986 was because of his love for San Francisco residential architecture. David has been writing a series of articles on the architects who shaped San Francisco, from a residential perspective. “The diversity of styles from Victorians through to contemporary designs makes for such interesting choices for buyers. The peak building years of the 1880’s to the 1940’s left us with a fabulous legacy of property.” If you have interest in a particular architect, or have family information on someone who practiced in San Francisco, David would love to hear from you.

David is also a great resource for remodeling information. Many clients have benefited from his list of currently-practicing architects, contractors, plumbers, electricians, painters, roofers, and miscellaneous specialist sub-contractors. He is also very knowledgeable about the geologic conditions and structural engineering considerations citywide.




One of my passions is San Francisco architecture. I have researched hundreds of architects who were practicing in San Francisco between 1850 and 1950 and have built-up an extensive database of properties and the architects who designed them. I have written profiles on over 60 of the individuals and firms practicing during the first 100 years of San Francisco’s growth.

Every other month from January 2001 to May 2006, the New Fillmore neighborhood newspaper published an article of mine on Pacific Heights architects. Those printed are shown in red, with the series sequence number in parentheses. A few other profiles I have previously published are also available for your review. Just click on the names underlined for the link. If you have interest in, or special knowledge of, a particular San Francisco-based architect, please contact me!

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Periodically I publish an article or chart to provide an insight into the state of San Francisco’s residential real estate market. It might focus on price trends for a specific neighborhood or market segment, or analyze how investments in one type of property compare to another.

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The Development of Organized Real Estate in San Francisco

David Parry wrote this article in 2004 as part of a San Francisco Museum and Historical Society issue of the Argonaut to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, or San Francisco Real Estate Board, as it was first named, back in 1905.

It provides a fascinating look back at the development of organized real estate, not just in San Francisco, but within California and nationally.

  • View the first standard form Purchase Contract, developed in 1907 for use in San Francisco sales.
  • Read the first Code of Ethics for the profession, adopted nationally in 1913.
  • Find out who coined the term REALTOR® and how to pronounce it and use it correctly. [Tip – if you can replace it with the phrase “real estate agent”, you probably should, because that means you are about to use it incorrectly.]

David Parry was the President of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, in 2002 and remains today a Director of the California Association of REALTORS® and a Director of its Business Technology subsidiary, ZipLogix. He also represented San Francisco’s 5,000 REALTOR® members for several years as a Director of the National Association of REALTORS®. David was the only person who was a board member of both the San Francisco Historical Society and the Museum of the City of San Francisco prior to the merger of those two organizations in November 2001.

Read the article here.


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