Monthly Archives: July 2010

Noe Valley Gets Hip with Blue Bottle Outpost

The mid July opening of the Blue Bottle outpost inside Spin City laundromat at 26th and Sanchez is making Noe residents feel hip. But it’s also a huge plus for prospective Noe home buyers and renters, who apparently have been stopping at what’s technically called Spin City Launderette and Coffee and asking about the neighborhood. Continue Reading

Russian Hill Hideaway on Culebra Finally Sells

It’s literally been years that the owners of 46 Culebra Terrace in Russian Hill have been attempting to sell the property. On and off the market since 2006, the 3BR/2.5BA home with the somewhat challenging floor plan hit the market most recently in January for $2,395,000, and was down to $1,995,000 earlier this month.

That price did the trick (and then some), and the sale closed late last week for $1.9M. Years of market chasing may do the trick, but isn’t it easier to just price a property at what the market will bear?

Pie-in-the-Sky Pricing Not Working in 2010

There was a time when sellers could say, “I’ll sell my house if I can get [insert crazy price here],” and buyers would pay it. Perhaps these buyers had gotten caught up in the housing boom, weren’t consulting comprehensive pricing sources, or were working with an out-of-area agent who was equally misinformed. It was all very pie-in-the-sky, and sellers benefitted immensely from the proceedings. Continue Reading

How’s the Market In: NoPa

“NoPa” and “NoPa market” have been popping up quite frequently lately in my blog stat search terms. That means many of you are looking for info on the subject, so it’s time to let you all know what’s going on in the North Panhandle neck of the woods. Continue Reading

Just Sold: Stylish SoMa Condo at Flower Market Lofts

I closed escrow on my listing at 590 6th Street #309 yesterday, and we had a very smooth transaction. We received two offers after our third Sunday open house, and my client accepted the stronger of the two. There were no problems with the buyer’s loan process, including the appraisal and final loan approval. The 2BR/2BA, 1,235-square foot property closed at its $649,000 asking price. Continue Reading Paves New Path for Buyers, Sellers, and Agents

I’ve been using since it recently launched. A “pocket listing” is one that isn’t posted in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and is thus considered to be off market. is a user-generated database of these listings and buyer needs. Real estate agents subscribe to the site, input off-market listings, and subsequently inform their clients about new properties. They can also potentially sell their listings in a less traditional way. Continue Reading

Neighborhoods in San Francisco with the Best Weather

If you’re new to San Francisco, then it’s important to be aware that our city has a variety of microclimates. One minute you can be driving around with the top down, sweating, and the next you’re turning on the seat warmers. If you’re considering purchasing a home here and are particularly weather sensitive, it’s important to know which neighborhoods tend to have the most favorable climates. Continue Reading

Mobile Barcode Technology Gives Buyers and Sellers a Boost

Remember the days when the most information you could access when driving past a home for sale was—maybe—a flyer in a plastic holder attached to the For Sale sign? They gave way to accessing Web sites on a smartphone, which isn’t always ideal because surprisingly, not every listing agent creates a property-specific Web site. And there’s only so much you can glean from your Redfin app. Continue Reading

Just Sold: Hip, Modern Studio in South Beach

My client closed escrow earlier today on a studio in one of my favorite South Beach buildings at 88 Townsend. Listed at $469,000, #123 is well appointed and also has its own private outdoor patio.

Buyers are certainly snapping up homes in the South Beach and SoMa neighborhoods lately. In the second quarter alone, a total of 137 condos/lofts were sold, at an average price of $749,130. Call me if you’re interested in 88 Townsend; a new junior one-bedroom just came on the market at $529,000.

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate


BRE# 01352627

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