Zephyr Blog

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. 

Santa Claus to Visit Farley's on Potrero Hill

By Susan Olk

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 6:57pm

On December 12th, although very busy, Santa will be at Farley's Coffee House to meet all the local kids and listen carefully to their Christmas wishes. He'll be handing out candy canes and lots of good cheer.  Also, you may bring a toy to donate to the San Francisco Firefighters Annual Toy Drive.  3 to 4 PM.  FREE.  1315 18th Street.

Sailing Can Be For Everyone in San Francisco

By Diane Hourany

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 12:12am

With all the talk about bringing the America's Cup to San Francisco, it begs the question, what's in it for families? How can the average family afford sailing lessons for their children. After all, it's not like it's after-school soccer. Well, here's the answer:

What's in a 3R Report?


Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 7:14pm

Hey there! I just finished reading the 3R report for a client and thought I'd share what I know on this report. Exciting reading? Perhaps not. Valuable insight into a property you might be buying or into what your Contractor did/did not do when you paid him for that new roof? Yes.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled: What to Look for When Touring an Open House

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 12:17pm

Looking for a home is a daunting task; touring property after property can leave you feeling overwhelmed with options and alternatives.  So, what makes a good property, “good”?  Well, that’s a question every homebuyer must answer for themselves, depending on their individual tastes and needs.