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July 2018
July 2018

The Bay Area is so expensive, earning $117,400 a year qualifies you as "low income" in some counties. Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development releases "income limits," the minimum income level required to qualify for some affordable housing programs.

To be considered "low income" in San Francisco, San Mate, and Marin counties, a family of four must earn $117,400 a year. "Very low income" is considered $73,300. The Bay Area figures are the highest in the country and continue to increase year after year. Income limits in some Bay Area cities increased by 10 percent just in the last year.

Read it on SFGate.com


June 2018
June 2018

Photo: Paul Chinn / Photos By Paul Chinn / The Chronicle

 

Get ready, Sunset and Ingleside commuters.

After celebrating its hundredth birthday in February, the Twin Peaks Tunnel will be shut down for a good chunk of the summer starting in late June to make some already-delayed improvements, the SFMTA has announced.

For two of the lines that run through the tunnel — the L-Taraval and the M-Ocean View — buses will replace regular Muni metro service for the duration of the 60 day shutdown. The buses are scheduled to run every 5 minutes during peak hours and at 8 to 15 minute intervals during midday and evening hours.

The K-Ingleside line will operate along a modified route. Trains will operate between the Sloat-St. Francis and Balboa Park stations, continuing on the J-Church line after Balboa Park. Riders can also transfer to the shuttle buses at Sloat-St. Francis or to BART at Balboa Park. A map of the routes is available here.

 

READ IT ON SFGATE.COM


May 2018
May 2018

Rob Rogers, principal at Domain San Francisco has just closed the record-setting, highest-ever sale at Zephyr Real Estate. The grand residence on Sutherland Drive in Atherton, and all its 3.45 acres of buildings and grounds, sold for $31.5 Million.

Combining the elements of the California lifestyle and the European countryside, the estate is a showcase of style and elegance inspired by 18th-century country homes across the pond. The home was recently fully renovated and expanded and includes the main residence with five bedrooms, five full baths and five half baths, a formal library, two elevators, nine fireplaces, courtyard, rooftop deck with panoramic views, pool and spa, lush landscaping, and a fully self-contained guest house.

Read it on kfmbfm.com


May 2018
May 2018

Anyone who has sold a home knows there’s a fair amount of uncertainty in the transaction between receiving an offer and actually closing the sale, which can take as long as 90 days. A buyer’s mortgage application could unexpectedly be denied, or the buyer could walk away from the deal at the last minute, forcing the seller to start the whole process over again by putting the home back on the market.

It’s no wonder then that when armed with an all-cash offer on a home, the offer is 97 percent more likely to be accepted, according to Redfin. Cash offers remove much of the time and uncertainty associated with obtaining a mortgage for the transaction, allowing sellers to move in short order and on coordinated timelines.

 

Read it on Curbed.com


May 2018
May 2018

There’s a lot of hype about turning a property into digital tokens and trading it on a blockchain—but so far no one is actually doing it. That’s going to change this year, says “PayPal Mafia” member David Sacks, and the first thing we’ll trade are real estate tokens.

Sacks is worth heeding. He’s best known as the first COO of PayPal—where he built a payment giant alongside other mafia members like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel—but is also a serial entrepreneur who recently launched a $350 million venture fund focused on crypto.

Read It on Fortune.com


May 2018
May 2018

For some American families, one kitchen is apparently not enough. What is wrong with having just one kitchen? Well, people cook in kitchens, and when they cook in kitchens, they make messes, and then, to make matters worse, if their kitchen is in full view from the rest of the house—as many today are—their mess is out in the open visible as they eat their meals, hang out with their families, entertain their guests, and go about their lives.

That is why one company, Schumacher Homes of Akron, Ohio, has a fresh new design on offer: a house with an open floor plan, with its kitchen, dining area, and living room all flowing into one another. But then, behind the first kitchen, lies another. A “messy” kitchen. There, the preparation for or remainders from a meal or party can be deposited for later cleanup, out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

Read it at The Atlantic.com


April 2018
April 2018

The opening date for the subway has been a point of dispute. An independent monitor has projected the opening by the end of 2019 in recent reports, but subway contractor Tutor Perini told members of the Board of Supervisors in December that opening might be delayed to 2021. Standing where the tracks will pass through the Chinatown station, Ed Reiskin, the MTA’s transportation director, said the end of excavation was a significant milestone and that the project is moving ahead.

Read it on sfgate.com


February 2018
February 2018


February 2018
February 2018


January 2018
January 2018

Rent control policies could actually be making income inequality worse in gentrifying cities such as San…

Read it on newsweek.com

 


January 2018
January 2018


December 2017
December 2017

TODD JOHNSON | SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES

Ben Grieff, campaign manager for Evolve, one of the sponsors of a Prop 13 ballot measure proposal.


December 2017
December 2017

How long do appliances last? It depends on the type and the brand

From Household stuff, a Flipboard magazine by Billy

Whether you’re buying a home or just thinking about replacing an appliance, it’s always smart to know how long that expensive piece of…

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November 2017
November 2017

PHOTO & ARTICLE BY TERESA HAMMERL

Tipster Susan M. alerted us that Emporium SF at 616 Divisadero St. (and Hayes) is getting ready to open. "Looks like things are moving along at the old Harding Theater space," she wrote.

Eater SF has reported that the four-level, 12,000-square-foot arcade bar and event venue announced plans to open softly later this week...

READ IT ON HOODLINE.com


November 2017
November 2017

For Immediate Release

 

 

 

Contact: Melody Foster

Zephyr Real Estate

San Francisco, CA

415.426.3203

melodyfoster@zephyrsf.com

 

 

Zephyr Real Estate’s New Power Team

San Francisco, CA – October 9, 2017 – Three veteran, top-producing agents at Zephyr Real Estate have joined forces to create a new San Francisco powerhouse real estate sales team. Ken Eggers, Rob Rogers and Andrew Roth have launched DomainSF, a partnership where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With a collective 60+ years experience and representing one of the highest-grossing groups among the Zephyr brand, the team brings a unique level of access and power to their sellers and buyers to elevate the entire real estate sales experience.

 

Ken Eggers, with more than 20 years’ experience, has an excess of 1,000 successful transactions under his belt. He has built a strong and effective network of peers, enabling him to leverage access to properties for his buyers as well as exposing listings to a much wider audience.

 

"We have always used a collaborative approach when advising our clients,” commented Eggers. “Whether the client needed an opinion of value or was trying to decide on the best time to sell or buy, or even looking at potential improvements for a property they already own, having our combined knowledge and perspectives has always been a great benefit for our clients."

 

Ken Eggers and Rob Rogers are based in the Noe Valley office. In addition to supporting clients in San Francisco, Andrew Roth is building-out our Marin County office. Combining their scope on both sides of the Golden Gate, team coverage will be incomparable, and they will now direct even more transactions throughout every San Francisco district.

 

"Our belief is that if we do the best job possible, and place our clients highest and best needs in front of our own, we will be rewarded in the long term with multiple referrals,” state Rob Rogers. “That’s how we've grown our business since ...