Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Holland knows how to sell a house

Best Of The Gays

Katharine Holland
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Last fall, Chompers the corgi and a few of his friends took over a house on Sanchez Street at the behest of Realtor/Associate Broker Katharine Holland. The adorable YouTube video shows the corgis scampering down hallways and checking out the amenities in the over 1,250 square foot home. It was a clever way to draw attention to a property in San Francisco's heated real estate market – and has over 54,000 views.

"This video made me a corgi fan!" Holland said in a YouTube post. "Cuteness is off the charts."

She and her real estate partner, Travis Bernard, gave artistic freedom to director Brian Ray, who came up with the creative idea, Holland said in the post.

"It's fun to support artists while doing marketing too," she added.

The property sold for $1.3 million, according to Holland's website.

Holland, a lesbian, knows a thing or two about selling homes, and has been a successful real estate agent for 14 years. She was named the readers' choice for best Realtor. Previously a top agent for Coldwell Banker, Holland moved to Zephyr Real Estate, last December, which won in the best real estate firm category.

"I am excited beyond belief," Holland said in an email upon learning of the Besties honor.

Holland, 52, wrote the Business Briefs column for the Bay Area Reporter several years ago.

In a phone interview, Holland said that she is a problem-solver and that the real estate business allows here to sharpen those skills, whether it's landlord-tenant issues or San Francisco's maze of construction regulations.

"I'm learning something new every day," she said.

Holland also gives back to the community. Through a combination of fundraising and personal donations, she estimated that she's given about $15,000 a year over the last 10 years.

"My business is to give a lot to my clients and I give to others," she said. "Then it comes back to me."

Holland has been a longtime member of San Francisco FrontRunners and co-founded the SF Sailing Team, an LGBT sail racing team that has taken part in Gay Games.



Zephyr Real Estate was founded in San Francisco in 1978.

"There were plenty of brokerages that made their agents feel like just another number, but we knew we could build a company where the agents could really be a part of the team," Bill Drypolcher, founder of Zephyr Real Estate, says on the company's website.

Today, Zephyr maintains neighborhood offices in San Francisco and Marin with a roster of over 300 full-time real estate agents.

"Our agents represent a diverse client base throughout the San Francisco area," the website states. "We are committed to providing the same level of care, attention and results to all of our clients, whether it's their first home, a business investment or a multi-million dollar estate."

Katharine Holland, (415) 378-2697,

Zephyr Real Estate,



Patrick Patricelli, Vanguard Properties (best Realtor)

Vanguard Properties (best real estate firm)


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