Years before anyone uttered the phrase "dot-com", four young real estate agents found themselves swept up in San Francisco's entrepreneurial spirit. Determined to create a firm based on the novel idea that agents be treated like they are actually part of the company, they founded Zephyr Real Estate in 1978.
"There were plenty of brokerages that made their agents feel like just another number, but we knew we could build a company where the agents could really be a part of the team," says Bill Drypolcher, President of Zephyr Real Estate and one of the original founders.
Ten agents started working out of the flagship location at 4200 17th Street, which today is just one of six neighborhood offices our San Francisco REALTORS® and their clients can choose to work from. In less than 10 years, Zephyr had outgrown its one location, and so in 1986 a new office was opened at 24th Street in Noe Valley. Always careful to preserve the original ideals on which the company was founded, the growth was measured and deliberate over the years.
More than 32 years have passed since the company was first founded, and many other real estate brokerages have come and gone. Through trends of buy-outs from large national real estate companies, renewed interest in small boutique firms, and small local acquisitions, Zephyr has bucked the trends and remained untouched by the tumult in the market place. The West Portal office opened in 2001, a second office in the Upper Market/Castro area opened in 2005, the Pacific Heights office opened on California Street in 2007, and most recently a new business center opened in downtown Corte Madera in 2011. Throughout all the years of growth, our commitment to the highest level of integrity, personal attention, professionalism, and dedicated service has remained intact.
Today, Zephyr maintains neighborhood offices in San Francisco with a roster of over 200 full-time real estate agents. Our agents represent a diverse client base throughout the San Francisco Area. We are committed to providing the same level of care, attention and results to all of our clients, whether it's their first home, a business investment or a multi-million dollar estate.
Zephyr Affiliate Brokerages
The brand you know so well now has brokerage affiliates in the North Bay. Zephyr Real Estate has licensing agreements in place with two brokerages in Sonoma County, in Graton and Guerneville. Although our affiliates are separately owned and operated, our close relationship with them opens up new opportunities to better serve our clients with wider representation in the Bay Area. Whether seeking a Wine Country weekend home or a pied-à-terre in the City, Zephyr has you covered on both sides of the Bay.
Zephyr Affiliates and Associations
For convenience and the pursuit of the smoothest real estate transaction possible Zephyr Real Estate has chosen to affiliate with Guarantee Mortgage, one of the West Coasts leading independent mortgage brokerage companies. The "Zephyr Team" at Guarantee has the depth of experience and up-to-the minute knowledge of what's happening in the lending world to help our clients through the many complexities of home loans. As mortgage brokers, they have the flexibility to place a loan with the lender that is best suited to the borrower and the property involved, which saves our clients time and provides them with great loan rates. Like Zephyr, Guarantee Mortgage is an expert when it comes to the intricacies of San Francisco real estate.
Who's Who is an international network representing the finest residential luxury estates and property brokerages in the world. Zephyr Real Estate, along with all network members, has been recognized as a leader in the marketing of distinctive and luxury properties, committed to high performance, professionalism and quality service.
The Luxury Marketing Council brings together the Bay Area's smartest and most innovative marketers of luxury products and services. The Council is considered the global leader in the rapidly growing arena of luxury marketing and the "Gold Standard" for the intelligent exploration of best marketing practices and trends in the luxury marketplace. As members, our agents gain access to valuable and relevant prprietary research and trend data, as well as a network of local luxury marketing alliances to help market our listings in the most effective manner possible.
Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is the largest relocation network in the world. A full 25% larger than its nearest competitor, this network exposes our listings to the largest number of potential out-of-area buyers as possible. Our affiliation with the network affords your property more national and international exposure than any national firm can offer. Comprised of the largest independent real estate firms around the world, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is quite simply the best relocation and referral network.
Careers with Zephyr
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