Category Archives: Home Buyer Tips

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

Price Reductions Creep Into San Francisco Market

Price reductions aren’t too common in the go-go market we’re experiencing in San Francisco right now. But they do happen occasionally. Savvy buyers know that price-reduced properties could be great opportunities to avoid multiple-offer situations and way-over-asking bids. Behind every price reduction is a motivated seller.

Of the 284 houses available now, only five have had recent price reductions. And only 14 of 354 active condo listings have chopped their list prices.

Here are my picks for three condos that are ready for offers now. Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: October 28, 2015

A good portion of the Fall inventory is on the market, but there are some properties quietly being marketed outside the MLS. Here are my picks for this week:

507 Capp / Mission
Grand 5BR/6BA renovated Edwardian on three levels, garden, 3 pkg
$4,400,000

2771 38th Avenue / Outer Parkside
3BR/2BA remodeled house, 1 parking
$895,000

555 4th Street #513 / SoMa
2BR/1BA, 1 pkg
$1,050,000 Continue Reading

Where PG&E Gas Lines Are in San Francisco

Where PG&E Gas Lines Are in San Francisco

It’s been a few years since there have been high-profile PG&E gas line fires in The Bay Area. The San Bruno disaster happened in 2010, and a street went on fire in Oakland due to a gas line eruption in December 2013. Earlier this year, a natural gas pipeline in Fresno exploded, injuring eleven people.

San Francisco has fortunately not been the site of a similar fire recently. However, the gas lines do run underground in the city, and it’s important to be aware of their locations as part of your due diligence when buying a home. You can easily consult the pipeline map on PG&E’s Web site. Just click on the map, and zoom in on San Francisco until you can see the actual street names and gas lines. You can also type in a property address to see which lines are potentially nearby. Continue Reading

Just Sold: Ingleside Heights Condo

Just Sold: Ingleside Heights Condo

I’m extremely pleased to let you know that my client just closed on the purchase of a lovely condo in the Oceanview Village community in Ingleside Heights.

Oceanview Village is within walking distance of BART, has useful commercial spaces (like a 24-Hour Fitness) and is also near 280 for South Bay commuting. It’s become a popular spot for first-time home buyers looking spacious, well-appointed condos with parking. Continue Reading

Coming Soon and Off-Market Opportunities: October 21, 2015

Though a good portion of the Fall inventory is on the market, there are some properties quietly being marketed outside the MLS. Here are this week’s offerings:

Six Newly Rebuilt Flats on 19th Street @San Carlos / Mission
2BR +den/2BA residences, each have exclusive storage/bonus rooms
Fractional financing for TICs
$$1,100,00 – $1,195,000

3816 22nd Street / Noe Valley
4BR/3BA house, renovated firehouse, four very contemporary levels
$6,898,000

315 Arlington / Glen Park
2BR/1BA condo, garden, 0 parking
$899,000

268 Day #4/ Noe Valley
2BR/1BA top-floor condo, 1 pkg
$849,000

1257 Guerrero / Noe Valley/Mission
Bonafide Victorian bed and breakfast with 9BRs/9.5BAs, 4% cap rate, striking painted lady exterior
$4,500,000
Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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