U Can Find Out All The Stats for a House by Looking at It w/ Google Glass App! (But does it work on people too?!)
A new soon to be released Trulia app for Google Glass allows you to look at a house, get the info, access pix & contact agent. This is Matrix, big brother and Google all rolled up into one!...One day this is going to be used on people. Perverts and stalkers rejoice!
WSJ: Can home prices again be in a bubble & yet be 27% below their previous peak? Perhaps, but we don’t yet think so.
Interesting data. I'd love to hear what do you guys think? From Wall Street Journal:
Recent increases in home prices have already ignited new talk of a housing bubble. Don’t believe it.
Chinese-American New Business Strategy Seminar for Silicon Valley. Come See Herman Chan Talk Branding & Real Estate! (Free Admission!)
Is This Really Steven Meisel's $13M House For Sale ?! Looks Kinda Plain Jane for the Guy Who Shot Madonnas SEX BOOK!
For such a renowned fashion photographer, Steven Meisel's house is not what I expected. He has shot VOGUE, Versace, celebs for decades (you know, the glamorous people). His place has been renovated to be mid-century. Don't shoot me for sayin' this but it kinda looks like Palm Springs....
Let's Celebrate Judge Judy's New $10M Beverly Hills Mansion: Watch Her Cut This Landlord Who Claims Tenant Makes Whoopie Too Loud! LOL!
Ok, it would be too perfect if the owners were the JETsons! Seriously folks, this is the ultimate upcycle project.
From Earth911: Now up in the remote hills of Malibu, Calif., a home has just been built using an even more unconventional waste material – an old Boeing 747 aircraft – and the results are breathtaking. Aptly named “Wing House,” the home uses both of the plane’s wings for the majority of its roof, while the tail section’s two stabilizers make up the roof for the master bedroom.
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今 天邀请到一位 很特别的 来宾。雖然他的 專業是 房產經濟人，但他在主流 媒體的曝光率 是 頻繁的 也是 多元化的。他的專業知識 除了在 灣區房產 經紀之外，還包括 室內 裝潢設計，美食推薦，與 專題 演講。 他的 專業 網站，“Habitat for Hermanity” 包含了 如何成為一位 成功的 房產經紀人的 視頻博客，以及 綜藝節目評論等。雖然如此，與他 在房地產上 合作過的 客戶，對他 評價 卻是 贊不絕口。現在就讓我們來 認識這位 擁有 獨特魅力的 百萬房產 經紀人，Mr. Herman Chan.
1. What does it take to make yourself stand out among other real estate brokers?
2. You seem to be interested and are knowledgeable in so many areas besides real estate, brokerage, including interior decoration, TV entertainment, restaurant recommendations, just to name a few. What are you most interested in and why?
3. Do you think home prices are over-priced in the Bay Area?
4. How long do you think this hot trend will last in the San Francisco Bay Area?
5. Since this is a seller’s market, do you recommend perhaps older people sell their homes, make some money, and buy a home elsewhere to live, or people whose job situation isn’t so secure to sell their home while the market is hot?
6. Besides high rental prices, lower mortgage rates, loosened credit history review, demand from some overseas investors, and perhaps a slight economic recovery in certain sectors, what’s driving such a craze all of a sudden?
7. If people would like to get in touch with you for advice on anything, how should they contact you?
To inaugurate the release of the Great Gatsby, here is my Art Deco How-To video for my San Francisco Chronicle Series called Real Estate Real Simple. Art Deco is one of my all time eras in design, the decadence the glitz and glamour! The Great Gatsy is also one of my favorite books (the capitalist commentary, haves and the have-nots, the laissez-faire!). The newly released Great Gatsby film, starring Leo Dicaprio & Tobey Maguire, is a visual homage to this fabulous period of art and design. Folks, I could watch the film with the sound off! I was visually drowning in all the details, costumes, architecture. Wow! My only disappointment was that the film left out the homoeroticism between Nick Carraway and Gatsby (I recall that gay undertones too when I read it in high school...I thought it was hormones, but maybe not...at least per Salon Magazine)
All The Glitz & Glam Can't Save Versace Mansion Embroiled in Legal Problems! Price Cut from $125M to $75M!
NY Times: New Fire Island Pavilion Erected on "Inherently Erotic Landscape" & "Architecture of Seduction"...Wow, Somebody is Thirsty!
Back in the day, the gay (male) glitterati like Calvin Klein, David Geffen descended upon Fire Island (immortalized in by the Village People, see below) and partied up a storm. The Pavilion nightclub burned to the ground & has recently been rebuilt! The New York Times discusses the architecture of that time and a reflection of the sexually charged gay male culture of Fire Island. Yeah, basically, it was paradise for exhibitionists!
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Holy Moly! I take back anything bad I've said about Klout, LOL! Apparently, Klout (The Standard For Influence) included li'l ol' me in their list of Top 100 Individuals in Real Estate. I know it's just 'another list' but I can't help but think of some people early on in my career who warned me I wouldn't get very far because I'm too out (there). I'm thrilled to see so many of my friends on this list & I noticed we all share something in common. We are all authentic. You CAN be yourself and achieve success!
PS: Check out my Klout Profile ==> klout.com/hermanity
If you're a realtor who is seduced by the new Google Chromebook Pixel (yes, it's sleek & sexy), you better watch my review before buying. CNET asked me to take home the Pixel & test it out for their show Always On w/ Molly Wood. Although it's intended for people who work in the cloud, does it meet the needs of us tech-savvy mobile real estate agents? I use a plethora of Google products, but this ain't gonna be one of them! (SNAP!)
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)
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