The new star of Bravo TV's Million Dollar Listing NY is Fredrik Eklund (aka Tag Ericksson to you gay porn fans).
For many realtors, selling real estate is often a 2nd career after they get burnt out from their 1st one. I suppose Fredrik is no exception! With his salacious past, clients might wonder, "Gee, is the house or is he for sale?" But with clients like Justin Timberlake & Cameron Diaz, it clearly hasn't been a problem (then again, those 2 are straight...).
Bravo's press release makes no mention at all about his prior il-LUST-rious career, but you can count your little ding-a-ling it will come to light mid-season for some ratings drama. "Fredrik Eklund is the youngest Managing Director for Prudential Douglas Elliman. With more than 1.25 billion dollars in residential sales, he is known for being a “listings machine” ...is constantly rated as downtown’s “Top Luxury Broker” and was nominated as “Rookie of the Year” by the Real Estate Board of New York."
And to all those haters who accuse Bravo TV of pushing a homosexual agenda (Andy Cohen, Madison, Josh Flagg, Jeff Lewis, Brad Goreski, Tim Gunn and more!), well I guess you was right!!
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So Tired of These "Is House Hunters Real or Fake" Articles! It's HGTV, Not PBS!
Pride & Equality Magazine sits down with me to chat about LGBTQ youth, being a "Real Estate Artist" and my eggs drying up!
Also, I'm so flattered to be the special guest for their 4th Annual Vincent R. Johnson Models of Hope Dinner next month. They honor "individuals that not only the GLBT youth can look up to, but anyone the community can see as a ray of light." Great cause! Tickets just $35 or $350 for a table. Hope to see you there!
Happy Lunar New Year! 新年快樂
Just arrived in my mailbox today. Here are the back covers of the current issues of Realtor Magazine & CA Real Estate Magazine. Is it me or do the models for the new Century 21 ads seem too pretty, preppy and WASP-y? Wow, it's Realtor Ken & Barbie! I can't wait for the next ad...featuring Skipper!
To be fair, the web commercials on C21's site aren't as, um, monotone...Is diversity important to you in choosing a brokerage?
Last week I dropped in on a friend who closed escrow over a year ago. It was a fabulous property & I couldn't wait to see how she decorated it. I walked in...and it looked the same. Whomp, Whomp! I said, "Girl, what happened to all those design plans you fantasized about!? Didn't you TIVO like 800 hours of ColorSplash!?" She had no time, no money & no idea where to start. What a shame! But I see this all the time. Folks spend thousands a month on house payments but don't do a darn thing to make it nice.
So, eHow asked me to share some quick tips on how to find a designer to help you dress up the biggest purchase of your life! And it won't cost you an arm & a leg either.
Check out my cousins handcrafted custom made shirt company Shirtlisted. Yes, that's me in the video. (...and of course the screen shot youtube uses is a crotch shot! D'oh!) Great job cuz! I love my 2 shirts. Always get complimented at open houses when I wear them.
If you're already 1 of my 40,000 peeps, thanks! If not, then please jump aboard! :-)
*** Ratings for the new Bachelor season are a flop. People say it's because of Ben. But I think it's the house. Look at that post-modern disaster. Nothing more than a hexagonal box encased in trellis cage! Now that filming has wrapped, it's for rent at $2,000/night.
*** RadarOnline reports: JP Morgan Chase tries repeatedly to serve OJ Simpson foreclosure papers at his property. But, um, hellllloooo! He ain't home...cuz he in da slammer! And someone explain this line to me: "In an effort to escape the $33 million judgment against him, O.J. bought a house near Miami in 2000 for $522,000, taking out a mortgage for $575,000." Wuh?
*** Can we talk? Say what you will about Joan Rivers, but she has raked in the mega bucks over her 50 yr career as a female comedian. Did you see her telling 2010 docu-film Piece of Work? Amazing the sexism she was up against! She paved the way for Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Mo'Nique, Ellen, Rosie, Lisa Lampanelli! R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Oh, and she's just listed her tri-level NY penthouse for $29M. Work, betch! XOXO
My new clients told me pesifically they wanted a home in a "non-scary part of town." As luck would have it, on our first tour, out of the blue we get pelted with paintballs! At least they weren't real bullets. If someone is gonna attack me next time, please glitter bomb me! Sigh...the perils of being a real estate agent.
Celeb Housing News: Anderson Cooper, Regis Philbin & Paula Patton of Mission Impossible
***Anderson Cooper scoops up house next door to his Hamptons estate for $1.7M. Allegedly, he wants to preserve it from becoming a McMansion, but honestly, it's gonna house his boy toy. (Yes, Virginia, he's gay.)
***Paula Patton's house is slapped with a $450,000 tax lien! The Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol starlet & her sexy singer hubby Robin Thicke are scrambling to rectify! Gotta follow the tax protocol, folks!
***Regis Philbin finally sells Connecticut home for $3M. What can I say, it's a slow week for celeb housing news!
SF is on the verge of a dotcom fever 2.0! I've noticed a trend amongst clients & friends who are intoxicated with the taste of IPOs. Business Insider agrees: "Tech companies flocking to SF!" LinkedIn just announced they are moving from Silicon Valley to SF. Twitter secured a HUGE new HQ. Salesforce signs SF's biggest lease in a decade. Zynga just IPO'd. My tech clients are rolling in dough like it was 1999...and many of these people need to buy homes. But inventory is still sparse. Supply down + demand up = Prices will soar? What do you think? Tech boom or DotBomb?
Are you a doily diva? A macramé maven? Are you the MacGyver of arts & crafts? If so, my casting director friend needs you to apply for this show from the producers of Cupcake Wars. They're seeking people with some design expertise that can make something out of nothing! Prize is $10,000 and lots of attention on you. More info here.
Good luck! See you on the boobtube!
In honor (or horror?) of Friday the 13th, Zillow did a run down of real estate superstitions. Reminds me of a hilarious article I wrote for A.R.E. (Asian Real Estate Magazine). It's a quick guide to dealing with Asian clients & how to avoid social blunders. I touch upon some superstitions:
*Why listing a house at $444,444 is major no-no!
*Are fruit trees considered unlucky?
*Why you'll lose a listing if you show up wearing all white!
*If buyer ask you if you're familiar with Feng Shui, don't say, "Never had that dish, but I looove Kung Pao chicken"
photo via TMZ.com
At 1st glance, you'd think this was a hotel room. But it's in fact a delivery room refashioned just for HipHop Royalty's new baby, Ivy Blue! Well, Ivy green with envy!
With Ma & Pa spending a fortune on baby Carter's new bedroom, that's gonna be one privileged kid! But I have a feeling Jay-Z & Beyonce will make good parents. They are uprooting the family to the 'burbs!
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From Russia with...Money!! Russian bazillionaire venture capitalist Yuri Milner plopped down $110M for this Palo Alto 28,000 sq ft castle on 18 acres, making it by far the most expensive home sale in 2011. This ain't even his primary residence. It's merely a vacation home! (PS: Is he single?) Yuri is part of a new trend of affluent Russians invading US market, due to instability in their respective nation.
I've been in the vlogging game for a few years now, so I often get asked by realtors how to videoblog. Sold Magazine incidentally had me do an exclusive clip for their readers about this very topic. Here some quick easy tips. Don't miss the last one. It's the most important, and most hilarious, tip!
Earlier I blogged about a problem celebrity tenant: entitled, partying and wild behavior do not make great renters. But, it turns out not all celebs tenants are bad. While filming "Kourtney & Kim Take on NY," the Kardashians rented out a 2bd Tribeca pad & left the space spotless. Apparently, they never spent a single night there. Pays on time & never there: the perfect tenant! Prior to their lease, the pad was listed for $4.8M. Post-Kardashian, it's now for sale at $4.995M! Nothing like a little star quality to upsell a listing! Before you diss K&K, would you pay more for a house knowing your favorite star once lived there? Things that make ya go hmmm
Huh? "SF HuffingtonPost: Ode To Oakland: NYTimes Bestows Huge Honor On Our Sibling City."
Um, ok. Now that Oakland snagged some hot press, SF adopts Oakland as a "sibling city", when normally SF eschews anything Oakland! I can't help it. I have to stick up for the underdog. "SF HuffingtonPost: Ode To Oakland: NYTimes Bestows Huge Honor On Our Sibling City."
Both cities are awesome in their own right, but honestly, sometimes SF is the step-sister who treats Oakland like an ugly illegit bastard child black sheep of the family. Well, guess what, Cinderella is going to the ball! Lol!
Pix of New Twitter HQ in SF!
photos by isaach.com
Check out this link for some new sneak peak pix of the twitter headquarters from sfist.com! I guess we can officially kiss goodbye to any remaining hookers & crack dealers who populated this "Mid-Market" neighborhood. It's happened before. The last tech boom transformed South of Market (SOMA) in San Francisco from a district of industrial warehouses to dotcoms & million dollar high rise condos.
Next up will be Tenderloin. There is no where else in the city to gentrify...er, I mean, develop!
Check to see if your house is landmarked
Ever since the collapse of the market, McMansions have fallen out of style. Buyer tastes have veered towards old homes with character. Revamped Victorians, Edwardians, bungalows are hot! Sellers who modernized their 100 yr old homes up to 2012 amenities and upgrades while maintaining the old world charm and architectural integrity command huge prices.
However, before you start chopping up your old house, check with the city to make sure it is not designated as an historic landmark. Otherwise you may be violating historic preservation ordinances! This family in Palo Alto ,CA is fighting the city to get their house (in photo) removed from the city history inventory. What is considered historic is up to debate. Apparently, this Council Member agrees with this family: "With all due respect to the Historic Resources Board, they're not composed of experts." Snap!
How Much For That Igloo? HGTV's House Hunters International Goes to the Arctic!
For the first time ever, House Hunters International is heading to the Arctic Circle. I can't wait to see the real estate agent chauffeur clients on a toboggan! This show is an spin-off of HGTV's #1 show House Hunters (which I've been on more than once! haha!). Now that they can cross off the North Pole, what is next? House Hunters Under the Sea? House Hunters Intergalactic? What frontier would you like to see?
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