Zephyr Blog

Rock Climbing in The Mission

By Diane Hourany

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:12pm

If you're bored with your gym and have been wanting to try something new or different, or you like to hike but because of the winter weather, are limited to when you can get out, then you should give indoor rock-climbing a try. Not only is it great exercise, but it's a way to meet like-minded people.

One great place to start is in The Mission at Mission Cliffs on Harrison at 19th St.  It's something I've always wanted to try and

Zephyr Agent Garrett Goldman Puts Art Back into Education

By Melody Foster

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 9:00am

San Francisco, CA – February 28, 2011 – Over the past several years, arts programs have been virtually eliminated or, at best, vastly reduced, in the public school arena. Zephyr agent Garrett Goldman and his partners saw the need for programs to encourage creative spirit and educational opportunities for under-served students and schools.

Get Out – Upper Haight

By Kevin Koerner

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 8:29am

It's time to check out The Haight.

Sorting Out Post-Condo Lottery Confusion

By Eileen Bermingham

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 6:00am

My colleagues and I have noticed a few listings coming on the market that are being classified as condos---but which are really TICs in buildings that recently won the lottery. It's important to note that until a building is fully converted and all units are officially condos, you can't call a TIC a condo. Even if everything is on track for condo conversion.

This is a good distinction to make if you're a buyer who's not interested in completing someone else's condo conversion. And

Unlocking the mysteries of home buying


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:09pm

Ever wish that all your questions about the home buying process could be answered at one time? On Thursday, March 3, 2011, 6:30-8:00pm at 2500 Market Street, we will be “Unlocking the mysteries of home buying,” an informational seminar.

Could the history of where San Francisco began be wrong?

By Diane Hourany

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 5:01pm

It has commonly been believed that Mission Dolores on Dolores St was the location of the first mission. A local scientist now disputes this theory by piecing together old maps and written accounts. He believes that San Francisco was founded near the corner of Duboce and Sanchez Streets based on a slight misinterpretation of the accounts. It was thought that a lake existed near the spot but that in actuality, it was a spring. Based on this, Christopher Richard, who is an expert in aquatic

Potrero Hill Artist Completes Stained Glass Window Project

By Susan Olk

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:11am

Local artist resident Christine Lando completed a two-paneled stained glass window in a home on Potrero Hill she had previously lived in thirty years ago.  It's a full neighborhood story from 1980 to 2010.  Complete story on this can be found in February, Potrero View, page 18 or go to www.potreroview.com/Feb

Do Your Homework Up Front in Short Sales

By Eileen Bermingham

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 6:00am

"BOM" is shorthand for Back on Market, and several properties earned this status over the past week. Three of them started off as short sales, meaning that their sellers could very possibly be foreclosed upon if they're unable to find new buyers.

I point this out because it's key for buyers who make offers on short sales to do their homework up front, and understand the full scope of the short sale process.

The three BOM short

Cesar Chavez Makeover

By Diane Hourany

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 1:11pm

Starting this spring and completed by the summer of 2012, Cesar Chavez, which borders The Mission to the north and Bernal Heights to the south, will have a major makeover.

Lender Trends See Buyers Scratching Heads

By Eileen Bermingham

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:00am

The real estate lending landscape has changed significantly in the past couple years. Lenders are girding themselves against fraud in many ways, and that trickles down to what sort of documentation they'll request from buyers in transactions.

Two areas that have raised questions recently center around gift money and personal information requests. Our team at Guarantee Mortgage recently presented an explanation about the issues related to these topics, so I thought I'd share this...