Zephyr Blog

Zephyr Launches Exclusive Multi-Destination Mapped Home Tour

By Melody Foster

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 8:30am

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--March 24, 2011--Homebuyers often have many homes to check out as they make the rounds searching for the one that's just right. Zephyr has removed the hassle from that chore with its new Home Tour tool, which plots out multi-destination driving directions to create a customized home tour.

How To Improve Your Credit Score

By Diane Hourany

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:10pm

Your credit score can have a huge impact on the interest rate a bank will give you on your mortgage. When you apply for a mortgage, you want the highest credit score possible so you can qualify for the lowest interest rate, which can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of a loan. There are ways to improve your score, and although it takes time, it is well worth the effort. 

Cabbage Patch in Dogpatch

By Susan Olk

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:56am

Dogpatch may soon need to change it's name to Cabbagepatch.  Potrero Kids at Daniel Webster was recently awarded the child care space allocated in the Potrero Launch Affordable building, currently under construction at 2235 Third Street.  The preschool, meant to serve as a feeder for Daniel Webster Elementary School, will expand its programs to serve not just preschool age students, but also toddlers and infants.  The new location is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2012. 

Richmond is Hot

By David Cunningham

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:01am

The Richmond District is hot lately with properties selling quickly at good prices.  Many people like the Clement Street shopping district as well as the proximity to the 1 and 38 Bus Lines that have morning and evening express buses that take commuters downtown quickly with fewer stops.

Urban Chicken Ranching

By Kevin Koerner

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:00am

The Bay Area is experiencing a renaissance of the feathered sort as urban chicken ranching makes a comeback. The practice of keeping chickens is not new - during the Great Depression, family hens provided an invaluable food source and, in fact, up until the end of WWII a majority of Americans didn’t get their eggs from a grocery store but from their own backyards.

Words of the Week: Addendum, Counter Offer and Contingency

By Kevin Koerner

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 10:52am

The following terms are very common in most transactions...

Checking In At One Hawthorne

By Eileen Bermingham

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 6:00am

I’m on the board of the SF Young Professionals Network, a Realtors-only group that operates under the California and San Francisco Realtor Associations. We had a networking event at One Hawthorne last week, and I also had a chance to check out the remaining inventory in the building.

The 165-condo, 25-story property is about 30% sold out. Here’s a breakdown of what’s available:

Jr 1BRs: start at $469,000; HOA average is $515 (no parking available for these units). Square

Mark Peschel of Zephyr Obtains FHA Approval for 237-Unit Building

By Melody Foster

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 3:54pm

San Francisco, CA – March 21, 2011 – Mark Peschel, top producer with Zephyr Real Estate, worked long and hard for one of his clients to obtain FHA approval for a condo in a 237-unit building in San Francisco. In so doing, FHA approval was granted for the entire building.

Here's the Latest on FHA Condo Loans

By Eileen Bermingham

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 6:00am

There's been a lot of discussion among my colleagues and buyer clients about what condos might be available to buyers with FHA loans. So I thought I'd share the highlights, based on my recent conversations with lenders.

FHA loans are relatively straightforward for single-family homes. But for those buyers who can afford a property in the $400,000 range, a single-family home is typically not an option unless these buyers are extremely flexible on location. So many buyers in this price

Some Sellers Eventually Get Serious and Sell

By Eileen Bermingham

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 6:00am

Not every home that goes on the market is owned by sellers who are ready to part with their property. But eventually, certain factors may fall into place, and sellers hit upon that moment when they successfully work with an offer and accept it. Case in point last week was the sale at 2416 Gough (at Vallejo) in Pacific Heights.

The 6BR/3.5BA, 3500-square foot single-family home was listed in August 2010 for $2,775,000. (The property was last sold in July 2008 for $3,025,000.) After