Category Archives: Home Buyer Tips

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):

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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

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: November 12, 2015

Off-market land is quiet this week, but that’s probably because inventory is slowing down in general. Here are my picks for this week’s up-and-comers:

216 Yerba Buena / Monterey Heights
2BR/2BA home with expansion potential, 2 pkg
$995,000

130 Vienna / Excelsior
4BR/3BA + two bonus rooms up, 1 pkg
$799,000

Sunnyside Single-Family Home
2BR/1BA Marina-style home, huge garage
Price upon request Continue Reading

Buyers and Sellers: Use October Sales as Your Guide

We’re well into the Fall real estate season, and the holiday home stretch is just around the corner. October numbers will be the best guide for buyers and sellers as they respectively decide how much to offer and how much they want for their homes.

Here’s where we are right now in the market. Continue Reading

SoMa’s Sapphire Slashes Prices

SoMa’s Sapphire Slashes Prices

The sales team at 252 9th Street in SoMa, known as Sapphire, has been marketing its 15 well-appointed new condos since September. Though some of the units are in contract, there are still plenty available. And prices are about to be slashed significantly.

Savvy buyers, take note: Sapphire offers one- and two-bedroom condos that feature European oak hardwood floors, high ceilings, kitchens with Bertazzoni gas ranges, and washer/dryer hookups. Amenities include patios or balconies in select units, a fantastic roof deck with amazing city views, bike parking, storage lockers, and elevator service to all levels. HOA dues are in the $400-$500 range. Continue Reading

Which Neighborhoods Have 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.

Of course, San Francisco has citywide fog and wind no matter where you go. But some areas have longer periods of time during a given day when the sun shines and the wind is at a minimum. So here’s a quick rundown: Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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