In an unpredictable real estate market, buying or selling a home can be stressful. I help my clients navigate the process by taking time to identify their short and long-term real estate goals, understand their financial options, and uncover the individual elements that make a place feel like home. Whether working with a first time buyer or an experienced real estate investor, I am committed to my clients from start to finish. Contact me for an initial consultation.
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ABOUT ZEPHYR REAL ESTATE:
As the largest independent real estate firm serving San Francisco, grossing one billion dollars in annual sales, Zephyr understands the San Francisco market and its unique neighborhoods like no one else. Zephyr is dedicated to exploring new and creative ways to serve you and to ensure that your best interests are represented in every transaction. For 25 years, Zephyr has been one of the most highly respected real estate firms in San Francisco - not only by clients, but also by the real estate community. Zephyr is a close-knit family of agents who provide creative, professional and personable service to all clients based on their unique needs. With over 160 full-time agents working in our five offices throughout the City, Zephyr offers the best in service and experience in a warm, friendly environment to transact very important real estate business...yours!
What will I do for you?
The process of buying a home can be complicated and overwhelming, particularly if you are a first time buyer. A good agent will guide you through every step of the process, and enable you to make informed decisions regarding your investment. Below is an overview of the quality-of-service you will receive from me.
We will begin with an initial consultation to discuss the basics: Why do you want to buy? How long do you intend to hold the property? To what degree are you familiar with the process? What are your basic requirements? What is your comfort level with regards to investments? Your answers to these questions will be the foundation of our process together and will inform many of our decisions. If you have not already been pre-approved with lender, I will put you in touch with a qualified mortgage broker who can offer financial parameters and assist you in finding a loan that best suits your goals.
Finding Your Property
This is the fun part! You will begin to receive alerts on all new listings that meet your criteria. I will preview your listings on the Tuesday Broker's Tour, and then send you my feedback, along with a customized open house schedule for the coming weekend. In regards to the properties: I will be able to give you an idea of the seller's strategy and advise you on whether or not the properties are competitively priced. If applicable, I will educate you on the benefits and drawbacks of buying a Tenancy-in-Common (TIC) and let you know what the accompanying qualifications for condo-conversion are. Finally, we will thoroughly review any red flags on the property before you write an offer, so you can bid with confidence!
Writing Your Offer
It is important to understand that your offer is not simply a statement of the price you are willing to pay for the property... it is a contract which outlines the terms under which you agree to that price. I will educate you on how each of the clauses and contingencies we put in your offer will help to protect you as a buyer. I will also advise you on a number of measures we can take to make your offer more desirable to the seller. Finally, we will combine comparable sales data, with your financial parameters to determine a comfortable price.
After your offer has been accepted you will be in escrow. Escrow is the period of time during which we will work to process your loan, and satisfy your contingencies. You may, for example, need to have a contractor's inspection, or investigate the source of a water leak. I will be there to advise you on reputable inspectors, and make sure that no details are overlooked. By working closely with both the lender and the title company, I will keep escrow on schedule to close in an expeditious fashion.
After all the conditions of your offer have been removed, escrow will close and you will get the keys to your new home! There are always plenty of post-escrow arrangements that need to be made. Scheduling movers and contractors are just a few examples. Throughout the transition I will continue to guide you in the right direction and assist you in locating the appropriate resources. Simply put: my goal is to make the entire process as seamless and as comfortable for you as possible!
Selecting the Right Agent
Selecting the right agent is an important component! In our initial consultation, I will thoroughly explain the sales process and provide you with a clear picture of what you can expect of me from start to finish. I will guide you through a detailed market analysis of the properties that have sold in your area, and from this data, determine a baseline figure of your property's value. We will also discuss timelines, market-variables, and property-conditions that may affect your bottom line. During our meeting we will identify any special considerations you may have for your transaction, such as a 1031 exchange, or a sale-contingency on another property. Finally I will provide you with a portfolio of my work and a list of references.
Preparing Your Property for Market
Getting top dollar for your home depends on a confluence of factors including location, presentation, season, economy, degree of exposure, and competing inventory. In preparing your home for market I will show you the best ways to maximize your property's strengths, minimize the "x-factors" and even turn so-called "drawbacks" into advantages. I will prepare a thorough property disclosure packet, so there will be no surprises in escrow that buyers could potentially try to negotiate on. Most importantly, I'll develop an aggressive marketing campaign so that your property will hit the ground running!
Together we will review all offers that come in. I will advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of each offer. There are many factors to consider in determining the strongest offer. In addition to price, we will want to consider the sources of financing, the number of contingencies, and the length of escrow. Each of these factors contribute to the overall likelihood of the buyer's performance on his/her offer.
Once we have accepted an offer I will work closely with the buyer's agent to keep escrow on schedule. I will work diligently to see that all contingency removals are performed in the manner set forth in the contract. Finally, to ensure your level of comfort with the process, I will accompany you to the final signing and see to it that all your questions are answered.
I regard my work with clients, not as transactions, but as relationships. Whether you have questions about property value or market trends, I invite you to consult me on any and all real estate matters in the years to come!
Represents Buyers and Sellers of residential real estate in San Francisco, CA. NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALTIES INCLUDE: Cole Valley Ashbury Heights Noe Valley Dolores Park Eureka Valley Mission