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RSVP for Home Buyer Boot Camp 2016

Get in shape to make your San Francisco home purchase by attending my upcoming Home Buyer Boot Camp!

Many past attendees have gone on to successfully purchase their homes with me, and I can guarantee you’ll increase your chances of doing the same after Boot Camp is done.

Loan guru John Zialcita of Wells Fargo and I will chat about:
– what’s really going on in the market
– strategies for “winning” your next home
– how to secure financing
– what to expect after your offer is accepted.

We’ll have refreshments and won’t make you do pushups!

SF Home Buyer Boot Camp
Saturday, October 8th
10:00AM – Noon
4040 24th Street @ Noe | Noe Valley

RSVP by October 5th to Eileen at 415.823.4656 / ebermingham@zephyrsf.com
Space is limited.

We look forward to hearing from you!

It’s On: Home Buyer Boot Camp 2016

Get in shape to make your San Francisco home purchase by attending my upcoming Home Buyer Boot Camp!

Many past attendees have gone on to successfully purchase their homes with me, and I can guarantee you’ll increase your chances of doing the same after Boot Camp is done.

Loan guru John Zialcita of Wells Fargo and I will chat about:
– what’s really going on in the market
– strategies for “winning” your next home
– how to secure financing
– what to expect after your offer is accepted.

We’ll have refreshments and won’t make you do pushups!

SF Home Buyer Boot Camp
Saturday, October 8th
10:00AM – Noon
4040 24th Street @ Noe | Noe Valley

RSVP by October 1st to Eileen at 415.823.4656 / ebermingham@zephyrsf.com
Space is limited.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Another 5-Star Yelp Review From Happy Buyers!

My lovely clients recently purchased a beautiful two-level, 2BR/2BA condo in a prime Hayes Valley location—with a private garage and laundry, to boot.

The property was on the market for a while and then had a price reduction, so we had to move quickly in order to take advantage of the new discount. The seller accepted our offer, and it was full speed ahead.

Here’s my clients’ recently posted Yelp review about their experience (click on image to read):
yelp_matt

I’m actively seeking buyer clients for the Fall, so please get in touch at ebermingham@zephyrsf.com / 415.823.4656 if you’re thinking of starting a home search. Now would be a good time to meet and strategize so you, too, can swoop in and buy your next home when you’re ready.

Prices, Volume Jump in Q2 2016

The San Francisco market saw a boost in average prices and volume in the second quarter, particularly when it came to single-family homes.

It was another busy Spring for single-family homes, as volume jumped up an astonishing 76% over the first quarter. The average price was $1,736,534, up 3.5% from the previous quarter. And buyers overbid an average of nine percent, proving that houses in the city are still in high demand. Continue Reading

New Listing: Little Hollywood Gem

New Listing: Little Hollywood Gem

My new listing at 230 Tocoloma is an adorable single-family home located in a neighborhood that’s one of San Francisco’s best-kept secrets—Little Hollywood.

Streets dotted with palm trees and charming, Southern California-style architecture are what you’ll find in Little Hollywood. Along with an excellent commuting location near the Bayshore Caltrain station, T Muni line to downtown and easy access to 101.

And in the midst of it all is 230 Tocoloma. This is a great find for buyers looking for a two-bedroom home with unique period details, a large garage, and wonderful outdoor space. You really need to stop in and see what I’m talking about. There are many interesting touches throughout, my favorite being the curved archways separating the rooms and intricate crown moldings.

We’ll be open on Saturday 6/11 and Sunday 6/12 from 2:00-4:00, so make your way down to Little Hollywood and see it live and in person! List price is $769,000.

Check out our property Web site here.

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: April 28, 2016

Inventory is here! Here’s a heads up on properties that will hit the market this weekend—or might be snapped up before they hit the MLS:

118 Melrose / Glen Park
3BR/2BA remodeled single-family home; huge deck, garden, 1 pkg
$1,195,000

504 Joost / Sunnyside
3BR/1BA house, 2 pkg
$949,000

18 Colonial Way #8 / Misison Terrace
3BR/2BA top-floor condo, views, good light
$829,000

125 30th Street / Glen Park
2BR/1BA Edwardian flat, 1 pkg
$899,000 Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: April 6, 2016

I’m seeing a lot more new listings coming on the market this week as we ease into Spring! Here’s a heads up on properties that will hit the market this weekend—or might be snapped up before they hit the MLS:

719 Avalon / Excelsior
3BR/2BA house with bonus room and bath down, 1 pkg
$849,000

5140 Diamond Heights Blvd #A303 / Diamond Heights
1BR/1BA top-floor condo facing rear gardens, 1 pkg
$599,000

147 Precita / Bernal Heights
5BR/3BA house with in law, 2 pkg
$1,700,000-$1,800,000 range

685 Peralta / Bernal Heights
3BR/2BA house with Bay views, 1 pkg
$999,000 Continue Reading

The Difference Between a TIC and a Condo

It’s not always obvious whether a property is a condo or tenancy-in-common (TIC) when you’re a buyer who’s searching online for properties. You have to click in to all the details before you realize that the photos of the wonderful “flat” that seems listed kind of low is actually a TIC.

But what’s the difference between a TIC and a condo? All things being equal, couldn’t you just buy a TIC if it has the space and location you want? Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: February 17, 2016

I’m seeing a lot more new listings coming on the market this week! Here’s a heads up on properties that will hit the market this weekend—or might be snapped up before they hit the MLS:

3750 21st / Eureka Valley
Newly entitled, 3BR/3.5BA, 2 pkg Dolores Heights single-family home development opportunity
$2,995,000

4096 17th Street #301 / Corona Heights
1BR/1BA condo in 35-unit building, 1 pkg
$499,000

468 Duboce / Duboce Triangle
Five-room Victorian flat with storage and leased parking
$999,000

140 South Van Ness #405 / SoMa
1BR/1.5BA split-level condo with city views, leased parking
$698,000 Continue Reading

5 Things to Know About Negotiating New Condo Contracts

5 Things to Know About Negotiating New Condo Contracts

San Francisco continues to coast along its construction boom these days, with new developments going up in neighborhoods on a rolling basis—with many more to follow in the next several years.

There are two ways to handle contract negotiations if you’ve decided to buy a newly built—or not-quite-finished—condo. You can go directly to the sales office, or work with a local Realtor. Some buyers feel that they can handle things on their own, while others appreciate the guidance of a seasoned professional who’s negotiated contracts on other developments in the past. Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: February 10, 2016

Inventory of any kind is a little sparse at this point in the year. But now that the Super Bowl is behind us and the weather is simply Spring like, I’m hoping we have more homes for buyers to consider.

Here are my picks for this week’s up-and-comers:

2474 30th Avenue / Parkside
3BR/2.5BA, Marina-style home with 2 pkg
$999,000

444 Arkansas / Potrero Hill
3BR/2.5BA on one level, fab views, 1 pkg
Price in $1.9M range

2586 28th Avenue / Parkside
2BR/1BA spacious house with room down
$929,000

626 Faxon / Westwood Park
2BR/1BA fixer, huge garage
699,000 Continue Reading

Another 5-Star Yelp Review from Happy Clients!

My clients recently purchased a single-family home in the Outer Mission, and wrote a detailed Yelp review about their experience working with me (click on image below for a larger version):

yelpreview_tom_joseph

Please get in touch if you plan to buy a home in San Francisco—or are even in the beginning stages of thinking about doing it. I’m available to strategize with you and help you achieve your real estate goals. I’m at ebermingham@zephyrsf.com / 415.823.4656.

Close With Cash, Then Take Out a Loan

A quarter of all San Francisco sales in San Francisco are financed with cash, and I’ve represented my share of cash buyers this year. But it may be a sound financial strategy to take out a mortgage on the property after you close escrow. The process is called “delayed purchase financing.” Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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Home Buyer Boot Camp 2016


Hosted by Inside San Francisco Real Estate Blogger-Realtor Eileen Bermingham


We’ll cover:

How to secure financing

What’s happening in the market

How to win the property you want

What happens after you go in contract.


Saturday, October 8th

10:00am – Noon

4040 24th St @ Noe


RSVP by 10/6 to Eileen at

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com