Zephyr Blog

The First Five Things You Need to Tell Your REALTOR®

By Kevin Koerner

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 9:28am

Ok, so you’ve interviewed a few potential real estate agents and chosen the one you want to work with. That’s great.  Now what?  What’s the first step? What do you need to do to get the ball rolling? 

Keeping Up with the Griswolds

By Kevin Koerner

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 8:50am

The holidays are a time of good cheer, merriment, and for some, skyrocketing electric bills.  But the extra grand or two on the January PG&E statement are a small price to pay to celebrate the season in style (and to make one’s home visible from space).  

The Singular Virtue of the TIC

By Joe Theisen

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 2:31pm

The principal virtue of the TIC as a property class is price. TICs are, by far, the lowest priced property class available in SF: an average TIC costs about $200,000 less than a comparable condo, and the difference gets bigger as units get larger. But before we get to numbers, a little background…

What’s in a Disclosure Report?

By Kevin Koerner

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 2:25pm

Reading and understanding the disclosure package, the hefty stack of documents detailing the condition and aspects of the home that you receive prior to submitting an offer, can be a daunting task.

San Francisco is a Reader's Paradise

By Diane Hourany

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 2:22pm

This past Sunday, the NYT wrote a glowing article about the many wonderful bookstores throughout our city, complete with many wonderful color photographs of the bookstores on a two page spread.

Foreclosure Sales Down, Existing Home Sales Up: Coincidence or Start of a Trend?

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 11:37am

In a recent report by the National Association of REALTORS®, the number of people who signed contracts to buy homes (previously occupied ones, not new construction) jumped 10% in October, compared to the same period last year, while foreclosure sales plummeted 25% over the last two months. 

4 Things To Do in the Outer Sunset

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 11:34am

NY Times article offers just a glimpse of all this neighborhood has to offer.

Slow Summer Stifles Short Sales

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 11:30am

RealtyTrac, a private research firm that tracks foreclosure sales, reports that foreclosures still account for 25% of all US home sales and are being offered at an average discount of 33% compared to non-distressed properties.  Analysts attribute the summer slump to a recently expired federal homebuyer tax credit.

Greening Potrero Hill

By Susan Olk

Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 3:50pm

A rundown of the in-progress plans to bring more outdoor community spaces to this formerly industrial neighborhood.

Help Raise a Roof for Friends at IM Scott in Dogpatch/Potrero Hill Neighborhood

By Susan Olk

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 2:00pm

Raise a Roof for Friends at I.M. Scott is an effort to repurpose the two derelict bungalows at the I. M. Scott School, the old school on Tennessee Street at 22nd, and the oldest schoolhouse in San Francisco.  The goal of Raise a Roof is to turn the south bungalow into a Family Center, serving new parents and providing a multi-purpose meeting space for the community after hours.