Monthly Archives: December 2013

Houzz: The Go-To Site for All Things Remodeling

Houzz: The Go-To Site for All Things Remodeling

This is the time of year when many homeowners start plotting their long-awaited remodeling jobs. One site that will help immensely—and which will easily find you looking at the clock and muttering, “I was on this site for two hours?!”—is Houzz.

Houzz is an online platform for home remodeling and design, and it is well worth your time. You can search through photobooks of various room designs for everything from a kitchen or bath renovation to a home office revamp and beyond. If you want to go to the next level, the site connects you with the professionals who can potentially help you, facilitating your questions about their work. The service providers range from interior designers, landscapers, and contractors to architects. And all the less sexy service providers are included, too, like electricians, heating and solar energy contractors.Continue Reading

Modest Price Increases in SF, Spotlight on Potrero Hill

The new Zephyr MarketTracker is out, and the biggest news is that prices in the single-family home and condo markets are only up 2.8% and 3.8%, respectively, over the past six months.

We also take a look at some properties in Potrero Hill (average price, roughly $950,000 for a home), as well as note that the move-in date is coming up for Nob Hill’s Marlow development.

Plus, details on the Fairmont’s giant gingerbread house! It’s all here in the latest edition of the Zephyr MarketTracker.

Buyers Land Holiday Deals in Luxury Market

The rule of thumb in San Francisco real estate is that if you’re sitting on the market for a very long period of time—and the holidays are approaching—-it’s highly likely you’ll eventually sell for significantly less than your original list price. Though most sales in our city are closing for above list price, I did find some recent sales that wrapped up after Thanksgiving. Continue Reading

Just Sold: 2BR House in Crocker Amazon

Just Sold: 2BR House in Crocker Amazon


My clients just purchased 181 Lowell, a house that was in the same family for years. They’re ready to remodel, and are excited about their new project. Apparently, 18 other buyers were also excited about the prospect, but we managed to secure the home and close before the end of the year.

Just a couple blocks off Mission Street and featuring downtown views from the kitchen, 181 Lowell has plenty of room for expansion downstairs and lots of cool 1920s period detail. Special shout out to our lending team of Ryan Dang and Miky Cuo at Wells Fargo, as well as Chris Matthews at Old Republic Title. And thanks also to listing agent Kilby Stenkamp, who was a pleasure to work with. List price: $499,000.

Should I Remodel My Kitchen Before I Sell?

Three potential sellers have recently asked me this question, so I thought it would be a good time to let everyone know where I stand when it comes to remodeling in order to sell your home—particularly if you’re thinking of selling in the new year.

Kitchens are typically the primary renovation target in a property. The kitchen is where everyone pretty much lives these days, and it’s the core of a home. You can certainly command more money when you’re selling if you have a remodeled kitchen. Buyers come through the property and don’t knock money off the list price for the new kitchen they “need” to do. But that’s only if they like the remodeling you’ve done.Continue Reading

SF Overbidders Head Into the Holidays

The two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving saw a flurry of buying activity in San Francisco. However, the level of overbidding wasn’t as rabid as it was a few months ago. I did manage to find three new SF Overbidders Club members (criteria: paying 25%+ over the list price) who turned up in the Castro, Marina, and Presidio Heights.Continue Reading

What You Can Buy—Before the End of the Year

There’s still time to get into contract and complete a home purchase before the end of the year. There are about 14 business days left before Christmas, so buyers with cash or very large down payments will be in strong demand to achieve the year-end selling goal.

If you’re one such buyer, you may want to consider one of the newer listings that have recently come on the market. Here’s a look at three homes that I love, and which I believe have list prices that leave room for the requisite overbidding:Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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