Ever the San Francisco fixture, I appear on KQED's TV Show "Check Please" to review restos in SF, Oakland & Santa Rosa. As Leslie Sbrocco says, I am not one to hold back! What do you think of these restaurants?
SF Real Estate Broker Herman Chan Reviews Neiman Marcus' Rotunda for KQED's Check Please Show! Chic & Yum!
US News & World Report interviews me about real estate reality TV. Some peeps question the veracity of these shows, but speaking as someone who is a viewer and participant, I say "This is HGTV, not PBS!" Die-hard fans of reality TV scour the internet, post on fan forums, read the blogs, we all know these shows are "produced." There is nothing wrong with that! People tune in to be entertained. Reality TV has been around for over a decade. We know no one buys a house in 25 minutes, just like we know Rachel Ray can't bake a souffle in a 5 min segment! Everyone knows how these shows are "made for TV". So what? You take the viewers on a journey and at the end they learn a bit about real estate....and that, folks, is why the question of reality TV being fact or fiction is besides the point! Read the full article here:
"The good thing is that you see the pros and cons of the house that they end up buying," Chan says. "They film them talking about the trade-offs. Those are very real conversations that people have. Usually by the end of the show, someone makes a compromise because there's no perfect house."
There is no stopping California! Per RealEstate.com, 5 of out 10 cities for Best Value Appreciation for 2013 are in the Sunshine State. The Bay Area is sitting pretty at 3rd place (San Francisco, Oakland & San Jose). I can personally attest the market is completely bonkers. Multiple offers, overbids, all cash, it's like it's 2007 all over again. The difference this time is that it's not based on "Liar Loans", subprime mortgages and zero downpayments! When people are putting down 20% to call cash, they ain't gonna just walk away! They got skin in the game. They stay to play! What do you think?
Latest episode "Career Day" of Modern Family parodied realtors (again!)...So funny! But it ain't that far from the truth! I know colleagues just like that. For realz. "Everything I Touch Turns to SOLD" "Real estate's about putting the right person into the right house. I put a spanish couple into a spanish house" LOL!
Chris Evans Buys $3.25M House: Who Knew He Was Such an Exhibitionist!! Although With That Bod, Who'd Blame Him...
China Erects New Building for Its Official Newspaper. But why Is it a Wee-Wee?! (Warning: Graphic Pix)