I worked with Oliver Burgelman of Zephyr Realty in selling my flat in San Francisco and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM!!
Oliver was my primary point of contact but I had access to Oliver, Mike, and their team at Zephyr and they were AMAZING in providing guidance, collaboration on strategy, and always being available to answer my barrage of text messages, emails and phone calls throughout this process - they truly made selling my (somewhat challenging property) virtually effortless.
When I say Oliver made it easy for me, I'm not kidding: I decided to show the flat staged- when everything was moved out I handed Oliver the keys and he literally took care of everything- met with a staging company to determine what would appeal to the type of buyer we were going after, he set up and managed the painters, the floor guy, handyman, landscapers and cleaners to transform my somewhat dated and in need of minor TLC flat into a sparkling, ready to WOW state. I was selling a flat in a 120 year old Victorian with a few issues.. Oliver set up a pre-listing inspection so we could ensure that we were disclosing everything up front to reduce surprises whenever we did get into escrow. I really appreciated this as I firmly believe this helped make the actual closing process go quite smoothly.
Oh- AND he made sure everything was done to quality and faster than I could have imagined.
Oliver provided me with a schedule in the very beginning of the process so I would know what was happening when, kept it updated whenever things moved or changed, and kept me in the loop so that I knew what was going on and what to expect without being overwhelmed. Once we were on the Market I knew that he was doing everything possible to maximize exposure to the type of buyer we were going after, and he masterfully managed and closed the deal to get top dollar for my flat. Quite frankly I'm still in a bit of shock about the price and terms he was able to negotiate on my behalf..
And before you say it's a seller's market.. my place had a few issues that made it a bit of a challenge to sell (subterranean entrance, no parking, no dining room, and a bit of work that had to be done with coordination with the HOA), it wasn't a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination and Oliver handled it with complete professionalism, confidence and grace!
THANK YOU Oliver for being so fun, organized, professional and awesome to work with. I would love the opportunity to work with you again!
Oliver is very professional. We were looking to sell our house in the Mission. A friend referred us to him. Oliver called us within a day, set an appointment in the same week. He always was very punctual with his appointments. He came for the first appointment with a brochure where he did a study of houses with similar description of our house and tentative appraisal which was very accurate with the appraisal agent. Oliver walked the property and advice us how to make our house more "appealing" for potential buyers. Oliver with his experience advise us when we can place our house on the market. Oliver prepared a schedule plan including photography session, open houses and approximate date of selling which was very accurate. We sold the house one day after he though we were going to sell. After that Oliver took care of every single detail. He also contacted and "interview" another realtor in order to recommend us with them in the area where we wanted to buy our new house. He also offered his advice and coordinate with bank, realtor and us to make sure a smooth transition on the purchase of the new house. We highly recommend Oliver for his experience, professionalism and human quality. Thank You Oliver!!
I cannot say enough great things about Oliver. I also cannot believe my luck -- having met him at an open home he was showing in 2009. We instantly connected and he soon guided me towards my first home purchase in San Francisco. Fast forward to the spring of 2014 and the time had come to sell my home -- a condo in a new development building in SOMA.
Oliver clearly informed me about the process of selling, along with helping me understand every detail of the sale. He also came up with a precise plan for selling my condo in the great market conditions. In about a month my condo had closed escrow. Everything within the plan was executed to pinpoint accuracy and he kept me updated every step of the way. I highly recommend Oliver for any of your real estate needs!!
Oliver was recommended to us by friends who had a great experience purchasing their house with him and Oliver turned out to be perfect for us as well. We told him our criteria and he was the exact right mix of respect for our choices while also showing us alternatives. His many years of experience in the San Francisco were great to leverage, especially when it came to the offer stage. Buying a house in the current market feels like it takes place in a whirlwind. It was invaluable having someone to guide us through it and someone we could trust implicitly to ensure our interests were being represented.
When my husband and I began looking at lofts in San Francisco, we found Oliver’s blog about the pros and cons of loft ownership. His well thought out, highly informative article caught our attention, as we were looking for an agent who was knowledgeable in the field. Oliver’s great customer service and professionalism really reinforced our decision to work with him.
What a great choice! Oliver stayed on top of everything, moving swiftly, making himself available to us at every turn. Oliver has an easy- going manner. He has a personable and encouraging approach that informs without insisting, always keeping our best interest, as buyers, at the forefront.
The San Francisco market was definitely a learning curve for us. Oliver was outstanding to work with. He never pushed us to bid higher than what we were comfortable with. He took the time to find out what our interests were and helped to single out our areas of focus. His patience and advice helped us make informed decisions while navigating through the home buying process.
After 5 months of searching, making competitive offers on several properties, we finally made the perfect offer on just the right place. Terms included a 10 day lending contingency! Oliver worked with us through every detail, worked closely with our lender and the title agent, making for a swift, seamless close. Even after the close, Oliver still calls to check in, to help us finalize loose ends, and assist in anyway he can.
It has been our pleasure getting to know Oliver and working with him in finding our dream come true place. We would definitely work with him again and recommend him highly whether you’re looking to purchase or sell in San Francisco.