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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

The frenetic San Francisco real estate market has been setting off fireworks of its own these days. But let’s all take a moment to celebrate something much bigger—our country’s independence.

Best wishes to all of you for a fun, safe and sparkling Fourth of July!

(Photo courtesy of Eventbrite)

Condo Overbids Calm Down in June

I received a lot of comments and emails on my post earlier this week about house sales in San Francisco that didn’t require overbidding in June. The big question: “What about condos?”

The good news for buyers is that even more condos are selling for less than or at their list prices. But do note that these sales aren’t happening in the most popular neighborhoods. If you’re open to areas that aren’t Noe Valley, the Mission, Pac Heights or NoPa, there are plenty of opportunities out there—particularly in high-rise buildings where there are many units.

Here’s the lineup of resales reported in June that were marketed through the MLS: Continue Reading

Buyers Don’t Always Need to Overbid

Much has been made of some buyers’ irrational exuberance when it comes to overbidding dramatically for San Francisco properties, as The Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender reported last week. This kind of thing makes a great headline and fuels party conversation.

But overbidding doesn’t always happen, even in the hard-to-crack single-family home market. But no reporters are swarming around looking for those stories. As a real estate agent who prefers a more balanced market and a blogger who strives to write about the larger picture, I thought I’d round up the house sales that clocked in at or under the asking prices in June.Continue Reading

Another Five-Star Yelp Review from Happy Clients!

My clients bought a condo in Bernal Heights and were nice enough to write an unsolicited Yelp review for me. It was a pleasure working with them! (Click on the image below for larger print.)

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I am actively looking to take on new buyer clients, so please ping me at ebermingham@zephyrsf.com / 415.823.4656 if you’d like to chat about how we can work together to help you find your next home.

Off-Market and Coming Soon Opportunities: Week of June 22nd

What summer slowdown? Plenty of sellers are ready to move, and the spike in inventory reflects that. Getting in to a property before it hits the market is a great way to give yourself time to get your loan preapproval in order, review disclosures and write your offer without twenty other buyers breathing down your neck.

I’ll be updating this list as new opportunities come up this week. Here are my off-market and coming soon picks so far for the week of June 22nd:Continue Reading

Another Five-Star Yelp Review from a Happy Client!

My clients just closed escrow on a house in Forest Hill, and posted their unsolicited Yelp review within an hour of the close of escrow. This breaks a new record for post-closing Yelp review speed in my world.

Here’s what they said (click on image to read):

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I am deeply appreciative of my clients’ kind words!

For more of my 25+ Yelp reviews, please visit my Yelp page here.

Just Sold: Tudor Home in Forest Hill

Just Sold: Tudor Home in Forest Hill

My clients just purchased a charming, English-inspired Tudor home in the tony enclave of Forest Hill. And yes, it has that amazing garden pictured. (Let’s just say that the photo doesn’t do the garden justice.)

We started out looking in the popular—and buyer-saturated—neighborhoods of Noe Valley, Glen Park, Bernal Heights and the like. After getting outbid twice, we turned our attention to 210 San Marcos. The home had been on the market for three weeks, and no buyers had stepped up.Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Mission, SPCA Fundraiser

The latest Zephyr Market Tracker rounds up the most recent sales citywide. We also check out a few properties in the Mission, where the SPCA also happens to be. In fact, there’s an upcoming fundraiser on May 29th that you may want to attend.

And did you know our parklet program is already five years old? You can find a parklet map in Market Tracker, as well as a link to the Pavements to Parks site in case you want to apply for a parklet in your neighborhood.

It’s all here in the Zephyr Market Tracker!

Budget for HOA Dues During Loan Preapproval

Budget for HOA Dues During Loan Preapproval

You’re thinking about buying a condo in San Francisco, and the first thing on your checklist is loan preapproval. Along with mortgage payments and property taxes, your lender tells you that you need a rough idea of how much your homeowners association dues (HOA) will be. But you don’t know what you’ll be buying, so how are you supposed to know how much the dues will be?Continue Reading

What You Can Buy: Condos With Private Gardens

What You Can Buy: Condos With Private Gardens

It’s not common in San Francisco to find condos with large, exclusive-use gardens or yards. Most of the time, you’ll get a small deck overlooking a yard, or no space at all. But I’ve rounded up three great properties that have spacious gardens where you can relax, entertain and grow things. Close escrow quickly and you can still get those tomato starts going.Continue Reading

21 Days and Counting: Luxury Homes Wait for Buyers

Buyers in the $2M+ range should be checking out properties that have been sitting on the market for three weeks or more. That’s because there will likely be less competition, and you might also end up with a pretty good deal.

There are currently 47 houses and 30 condos on the market in this price range. Here are three of my favorite properties in the pack:Continue Reading

What You Need To Know About TIC Ownership

Many buyers are considering tenancy-in-common (TIC) units these days, given the cost of real estate in San Francisco. TICs are typically priced lower than condos, and you can generally get into a neighborhood that you might not be able to afford were the property a condo.

But before you run out to see that two-bedroom condo in Cole Valley listed for only $699,000 that you saw on Redfin, you need to know the TIC basics. Continue Reading

Get in touch:

Eileen Bermingham

Zephyr Real Estate

415.823.4656

ebermingham@zephyrsf.com

BRE# 01352627

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