Priced out of the San Francisco Bay Area housing market? Check out these creative housing options.

Coit Tower, S.F., CA   While the rest of the world is amazed or simply amused by the surging prices for housing we have in the Bay Area, one couple has documented it and one google employee has found a creative way to thrive.  Is his plan part of a bigger movement?  What can a middle … [Read more...]

SOLD- Mid-Century home, Miraloma Park, S.F. – Multiple offers, represented buyers

Posted by: Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, ePro Cell/Text: 415-999-3450 cheryl@cbower.com DRE #: 01505551 Zephyr Real Estate Top Producer, thanks to great clients like you! Helping sellers & buyers in San Francisco, San Mateo County & beyond San Francisco San … [Read more...]

SOLD! Modern, 4 level home with tree top views in Glen Park!

Property website with interactive floorplan & photos:  www.729CongoSt.com Elegant, modern 4 level Glen Park home with treetop views! For sale by the original owner, an art connoisseur and philanthropist, 729 Congo embodies elegant, transcendent design.  Twenty year interior design veteran, … [Read more...]

S.F./San Mateo County listing agent: South Beach Condo –SOLD

Property website with video, photos & interactive floorplan:  http://www.southbeachcondosf.com/   Brochure Proof_301Bryant Welcome home!  This elegant condo with high end finishes has everything one could want in city living including a gourmet kitchen, open kitchen/living/dining … [Read more...]

Russian Hill Condo: Sold! 120K over list price with 7 offers

  Welcome home! This light filled, ground floor corner unit is located in the exciting, upscale Russian Hill location. Two walls of windows throw abundant light on pristine white walls perfect for your art collection. Features include a flexible floor plan, high ceilings, generous closet … [Read more...]

How to get your offer to stand out especially in a multiple offer environment: include a buyer intro letter to the seller

This is a great article on the buyer intro letter (source WSJ). For some reason San Francisco has been left off the list.    As of November 2012 inventory was down by 38% from 2011 & months of inventory was ~0.9-1.2 months (depending on price point; a balanced market is considered 6 mos of … [Read more...]

Sold-Richmond district home, multiple offers-represented buyer

Sold-Richmond district home, multiple offers-represented buyer                           Posted by: Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, ABR, ePro Cell/Text: … [Read more...]

Zephyr Real Estate’s Fall Market Update for San Francisco, CA

  Zephyr Real Estate's Fall Market Update for San Francisco, CA   Over the last twelve months the median sale price of residential properties in San Francisco has risen by 19 percent (not a news flash), and that could be seen as an indicator of even greater increases. Except that over the … [Read more...]

Wrongful Eviction Insurance: Rental property owners, are you covered?

.. Wrongful Eviction Insurance: Are you Covered? Litigation costs a lot. Even an owner, who is wrongly sued by a tenant but wins in court, can lose tens of thousands of dollars in the process, especially if there is inadequate insurance coverage. A fire policy, does not offer … [Read more...]

Have We Reached the Bottom Yet? August 2012 San Francisco Real Estate Market Snapshot

August 2012 San Francisco Real Estate Market Snapshot  Have We Reached the Bottom Yet? by Randall Kostick, Chief Operating Officer, Zephyr Real Estate   How do you know if the real estate market is on a consistent upward trajectory? There would be no need for economists (or palm … [Read more...]

Rented: 1br Glen Park/Sunnyside Pet Friendly rental w/ garage-$2000/mo

For Rent:  1br Glen Park/Sunnyside Pet Friendly rental w/ garage-$2000/mo         Bright, spacious dog/cat friendly flat $2,000 | Monterey Blvd. x Congo  SF, … [Read more...]

Sunset District. S.F. real estate market trends: Inventory is low, buyer demand is high, median price is up

Sunset District, S.F. real estate market trends: Inventory is low, buyer demand is high, median price is up       Full report:Sunset district real estate market trends_May_31_2012_09_31       Posted by: Cheryl Bower, Realtor CRS, GRI, … [Read more...]

Purchasing or selling a home in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County? Handy area map

I'm working with buyers who are looking at buying property in unincorporated coastal San Mateo County & recently came across this handy map which shows all unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. One key difference with unincorporated areas is that services such as police & fire are … [Read more...]

How Does Your Real Estate Tax Bill Compare To Other Parts Of The Country?

Mortgage rates may be a function of free markets, but real estate taxes are a function of government. And, depending on where you live, your annual real estate tax bill could be high, low, or practically non-existent. Compiling data from the 2009 American Community Survey, the Tax Foundation, a … [Read more...]

Buying a Short Sale — The Need for Speed

Short sales offer not just a lifeline to homeowners in over their heads, but an opportunity for homebuyers seeking an amazing deal. Better yet, thanks to new regulations, the once lengthy process has recently become considerably more streamlined. In a short sale, a homeowner that cannot afford to … [Read more...]

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