The real estate industry has changed dramatically over the past several years, with highly funded “disruptor” companies attempting to take over major markets. As these companies have gobbled up or forced smaller local brokerages to close, buyers and sellers are discovering fewer options to work with locally owned and locally savvy real estate mainstays.
Rather than get swallowed up by a larger corporation or tech company that may or may not share the Zephyr philosophy of integrity, local expertise, innovation and community involvement, Zephyr has joined forces with Corcoran in New York to launch Corcoran Global Living. This franchise affiliate will operate independently. But we’ll have the financial backing of parent company Realogy, allowing us to enhance our client service offerings with innovative tech and marketing.
The biggest change is that the Zephyr brand no longer exists and is an end of era of sorts for San Francisco real estate. Bill Drypolcher started Zephyr in 1978, and it became the top independent brokerage in San Francisco. As an agent at Zephyr since 2010, I feel fortunate that our management team remains in place and will continue to guide our new company.
And as you may know, Barbara Corcoran is a legend in New York real estate circles and started Corcoran in 1973. I have nothing but admiration for Corcoran, particularly as I was born and raised in New York. I’ve always maintained that if I ever sold real estate in New York, I’d work with Corcoran. It’s a renowned company whose agents and management also understand the importance of clients, relationships and building dreams.
Two companies born in the 1970s now band together in 2020 to position Corcoran Global Living as a dynamic, independent and customer-focused brokerage.
I am excited to be a part of this new venture!