Congratulations to Simon Shue, he will be celebrating 5 Years at Zephyr Real Estate and is based at our Pacific Heights office. Get to know him better as we go behind the scenes to learn more about his favorite spots and life as a Realtor.

1. What neighborhood do you call home?

I grew up in the Portola district in San Francisco.  I came to America when I was two years old. I was too young to remember anything from Hong Kong so consider myself a San Francisco native. I can speak Cantonese and English fluently which helps in Bay area real estate since a lot of the local Chinese people speak Cantonese as well.

2. Favorite dog park in SF and why?

Glen Park is my favorite park to bring Madison, my 1 year and 10 month old female Jack Russell Terrier. It is my favorite park because it has a huge green grass field that lets Madison run her little heart out. There is always other dogs there for her to frolic and chase. She loves chasing and being chased and this park has plenty of both!

3. What is your favorite activity to do on the weekends?

If I’m not out looking at properties with clients and greeting people at open houses, I like to spend my time catching up with friends and playing very competitive board games. It becomes very intense when we are playing, but one of my favorite moments is when we have finished playing and reflect on each other’s strategies. I am a big nerd.

4. Favorite view spot in SF?

Hands down, Twin Peaks has to be my favorite view spot of the city. It is very touristy, but it also isn’t.  Most transfers stay very close to the north east part of town, so I love bringing out-of-town friends and clients to Twin Peaks to show them the city from another perspective.

5. Best advice for clients this year (Buyers and sellers alike)?

Buyers: Don’t purchase more than what you’re comfortable with. The pre-approval is your max, but doesn’t mean you have to spend it.

Sellers: Stage. You must stage. Everything is online nowadays and the buyers you want are always online looking at photos. If your photos don’t show well, buyers won’t bother coming to your property at all. Also, if your listing agent takes photos with their phone, look for another agent.