Zephyr Blog

Twitter To Stay in SF

By Kevin Koerner

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:43pm

It’s official, Twitter is staying in San Francisco.  On Friday, The City announced the creation of a narrow “rehabilitation zone” along the Mid-Market Corridor.

The 5 Best Neighborhoods for NY Transplants

By Eileen Bermingham

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 6:00am

I moved to San Francisco from New York thirteen years ago, and frequently work with many New Yorkers who have relocated here. New York is definitely a world of its own, and I must admit that I was a bit worried when I moved to San Francisco.

Zephyr Real Estate Opens New Location in Marin County

By Melody Foster

Monday, April 25, 2011 - 8:30am

San Francisco, CA – April 25, 2011 – Zephyr Real Estate, a long-established market leader in San Francisco, has made the leap across the Golden Gate and opened a new location in Marin County. With a number of agents whose market expertise extends north, the new location in Corte Madera connects Marin County and San Francisco to better serve client interests on both sides of the 1.7-mile span.

Spring Market Recap from Guarantee Mortgage

By Zephyr Test

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 1:37pm

Though it might not always feel like it, the economy is recovering. That's what the Federal Reserve tells us anyway (and we agree). The Fed’s recent reading of regional economies for the February and March period suggest continued economic growth, albeit at a moderate pace.

FHA Lending on 2-4 Unit Condo Projects Again

By Eileen Bermingham

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

The FHA stopped granting what were called condo ”spot approvals” in 2009. This meant that if you didn’t want to purchase a condo that was on the approved list (typically large buildings), you were simply out of luck.

However, the FHA has recently started lending on condos within two- to four-unit buildings again, according to my colleague Trent Hu at Integrated Mortgage. Here’s a rundown on the basics.

Solar Panels Increase Home Values

By Diane Hourany

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4:30pm

A question often posed by buyers and sellers alike: Does installing solar panels increase the value of a home? Finally, a newly released study shows that for a home with a typical 3.1 kilowatt solar system, the resale value is boosted by $17,000 above the cost of a comparable home without solar panels.

Diane Hourany Helps Keep Ballet Alive in San Francisco

By Melody Foster

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 8:30am

San Francisco, CA (April 21, 2011) – Diane Hourany, long-time realtor with Zephyr Real Estate, goes the extra mile to support San Francisco Ballet. In fact, her varied volunteer activities with the highly-acclaimed ballet company demonstrate that she goes several extra miles. A former dance instructor with a passion for ballet, she is a member of Bravo, a volunteer arm for the San Francisco Ballet Company.

Should You Buy Earthquake Insurance?

By Eileen Bermingham

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 6:00am

I’m often asked about earthquake insurance—do most homeowners in San Francisco have it? Do the majority of condo buildings have an earthquake policy? I wrote about the subject more than a year ago, but figured I’d bring it up again because the question is always a popular one in California.

Only about 12-15% of California homeowners have earthquake insurance, and I believe that ratio drops further in The Bay Area and San Francisco.

Rob Rogers of Zephyr Real Estate Earns CRB Designation

By Melody Foster

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 8:30am

San Francisco, CA – April 4, 2011 – Rob Rogers, Partner/Sales Manager at Zephyr Real Estate, has been awarded the coveted Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation.

Twilight Tour: Best of District 6!

By Eileen Bermingham

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 6:00am

If you’re looking for a condo or TIC in what we Realtors call District 6 (Hayes Valley, NOPA, Western Addition, Alamo Square)—and weren’t able to hit Sunday’s open house circuit—here’s your chance to check out some hot properties after work.

We’ve organized a twilight tour scheduled for this Wednesday, April 20th from 6:00-7:30 that will showcase some of the best units on the market in the area. Here’s the lineup:

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