San Francisco has adopted Green Building Codes that will be phased into effect by 2012.  These codes will be inforce for all new construction and for renovation projects in the city and will focus on water and energy conservation, recycling (reusing old materials) and on reducing carbon emissions.  Large buildings (commercial and residential) will be evaluated under LEED standards,Read More

It has been interesting to watch the public discourse about San Francisco's parking meters, use of parking spots, congestion and MUNI over the last few years.  It has been difficult for some developers to get approved plans for a 1:1 ratio of housing units to cars. More parking meters are being installed along the waterfront near areas used as access to recreation for many SanRead More

After many years of selling homes in Marin County, Zephyr Real Estate has (finally) openned their first office in Marin County, located at 201 Corte Madera Ave in Corte Madera, near Larkspur. 
There have been a few Zephyr agents who have been actively selling in Marin for many years, including Stacey who has been helping clients buy and sell homes in Marin for 15 years.  She lives inRead More

Megan and Lee Mokri bought their first home in Mill Valley.  So why is this news? They love living there.  And, they appreciate the service they got from Stacey and Jane.  Check out this video:

HOT is the best way to describe our real estate markets, both in San Francisco and Marin.  Few listings come onto the market each week and many properties sell within the first day(s) on the market.  Many new listings are selling for over the asking price--some for significantly over asking.  While the national media, including the Wall Street Journal, is beginning to write about this,Read More

May 27th marks the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  There are dozens of celebrations planned by different Bay area groups.
I marvel at the Bridge. It's majestic, it's beautiful.  The views from the Bridge are captivating.  Driving over the Bridge is always a wonderful experience. Yes, even when you are stuck in traffic.  The Bridge is one of the major connectors betweenRead More

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Did you miss that surge of new inventory on the San Francisco market this spring? We all did.  Buyers and their agents were hopeful.  Inventory levels remained low. I was surprised to see this chart and realize that we've been waiting for the spring inventory to arrive. For the last few years!
California is facing a crisis with water, too. A few years of below normal rainfall, along withRead More

Thanks to Sofiya Feerer for this guest blog post!
By: Sofiya Feerer, Esq.
Planning for your death may seem a bit morbid. Yet proactive people protect their loved ones and their estates through well drafted and properly funded estate plans. A good estate planning attorney will create a comprehensive plan to address your goals and concerns. Here are the top five reasons you need to getRead More

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who lives in the Bay Area and has access to local news reports: The real estate market in San Francisco and all over the Bay Area continues to have rising sales prices caused by fierce demand, and multiple buyers bidding on almost every home or condo listed for sale.  Many homes sell significantly over their asking prices and median sales pricesRead More

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The Great Inventory Shortage!
For the past month, more than half of the announced sales have at the Zephyr office meeting have sold with multiple offers over asking. Some have sold near their asking price.  Some have sold...
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A Temporary Victory for the Neighborhoods
Hundreds of San Francisco residents attended a recent hearing at city hall to oppose the plan designed to add parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, Dogpatch,...
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January Brings Packed Open Houses
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New Guarantee Expected to Raise Mortgage Interest Rates
The following blog entry is written by guest author, Rachel Bernstein of the Baker Loan Team of Guarantee Mortgage: On April 1, 2012, a guarantee fee will be added to all new residential loans backed...
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The Future of Parking
I read a great article in this past Sunday's New York Times, "Paved, But Still Alive."  This article looks at our values towards the automobile, parking lots and parking spaces.  I have...
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Gerstle Park Belle
This week's "Best of Tour" is a fantastic house at 240 C Street in San Rafael.  Built in 1925, this darling house has a great layout for a 2 bedroom home. It retains some of its original detail...
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There's Something Special About Nob Hill
San Francisco is comprised of many eclectic and fascinating neighborhoods, each with their own flair and sense of enjoyment.  As you begin to explore these areas, you get a feeling of what...
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Gerstle Park Market Update August 2011
        August is typically a slower month for real estate activity, but this August, Gerstle Park has seen a fair amount of market activity.  During the first few weeks of...
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Considering a Move to Marin?
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