After blogging about her and talking about her on radio, you'd think I'd be sick of Elle. But no, I'm her biggest fan! My Huffington Post article finally came out today about Elle, the "scorned" Oregon woman selling her house after her hubby ditched her for a 22 year old yoga gal. It's a lesson us real estate professionals need to learn! Read Truth in advertising...It works! Peace out!
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As many of you know, San Francisco Chronicle teamed up with me for their Home Decorating Video Series! First topic is about Baroque interior design tips. Watch as I deftly weave in men in tights & Madonna (Can't help it. It's my frame of reference!). Bust out that powdered wig & enjoy!
Zite is a hugely popular iPhone/iPad news aggregating app. As a news junkie, I rely on it daily!
I'm super excited to announce my new home design video series for the San Francisco Chronicle! Enjoy!
"Designing your home is a great way to give a fresh new look to an old space, or just open up a room and make it feel larger. Get tips on how to decorate your room and have fun while you're doing it with help from a real estate personality, broker, writer, speaker and video blogger in this free video series."
Y'all watching Million Dollar Listing and see agents schmoozing in Gucci suits zipping around town in their Mercedes. It ain't that glamorous. In fact, selling real estate can be downright brutal. Fox Business' article "Real Estate Agent: The job can be a real killer" enumerates the perils of the job: high pressure, no guaranteed pay, and dangers lurk at each appointment....like murder!
Oakland is hoppin'!! First, the SF Guardian came out this spring with a cover story entitled, "Is Oakland Cooler Than SF?" Now, 247WallSt.com has crowned Oakland as the American city whose homes sell the fastest in the entire nation: An average of 24 days on the market! Honestly, I ain't surprsied. With the recent influx of Asian money and high tech IT money, SF is now a playground for the rich and IPO'd. All the cool peeps (artists, hipsters, edgy folks...read: not rich) can't afford it, so they jumped to Oakland.
This Massachusetts gay couple offered $1M for an estate owned by the Catholic Diocese. All was hunky-dory until the church decided mid-way to cockblock these guys! Thank God (so to speak), the church made a boo boo and accidentally forwarded an email meant for their Realtor to the gay buyers. Oopsie-daisy! The email said: "Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there….we are not interested in going forward with these buyers." Lesson learned: Be careful about forwarding emails!
It's a high stress & high pressure job for sure! National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says real estate agents are 1.38 times more likely to take their own life than average. Guys, times are tough but could be a lot worse. Chin up! It'll get better!
Did ya catch me on KGO Newstalk 810 AM, San Francisco today? They asked me about how crazy the San Francisco market has gotten. My segment was boiled down to about a minute. Listen from 31:50 to 32:50. Enjoy!
LA Times: "A new study involving an unusually large sample of homes sold in California between 2007 and early 2012 has documented that, holding all other variables constant, a green certification label on a house adds an average 9% to its selling value." So glad the tide is turning & people see the value of eco-friendly housing!
Rapper Common is past due on the $345k he owes Bank of America on his Chicago apartment. BofA is fixin' to foreclose on him and his manager Derek who are both on the loan. Rappers facing foreclosure isn't anything new...but now why would a rapper buy a place with another dude? Hmmm, kinda suspect!
How flattering!! Maybe it is time for me to join the bandwagon and hop onto Instagram....
When is Oprah's streak of bad luck gonna end? Ever since she ditched her talk show, it's been downhill. Her OWN TV network has been a dismal disappointment, with low ratings and lay-offs. And now she's had to sell her 4607 sq ft Chicago co-op for $2.75M, basically 1/2 of the $5.6M she shelled out for it 6 yrs ago! Girl, you shoulda stayed with your TV show! Good luck!
Foreclosures surge for old Americans, reports the NY Times! "Foreclosures create unique challenges for older people...They are less able to find new jobs and more vulnerable to becoming homeless." This is horrible! Brings new meaning to "I've fallen, and I can't get up! "
All across the nation, reports are in that the housing market has turned the corner and upticking. Some markets have roared back. Another sign the market is coming back with a vengeance is flippers! They are BAAACKK!!
Jeff Lewis of Bravo TV had to change the name of his show from Flipping Out to Interior Therapy during the downturn. But with market coming back, it'll be just a matter of time before it's re-branded Flipping Out!
Obama's old Upper West Side 2bd apt is up for rent for $2400/mo. He lived there as a junior at Columbia University back in the day....and now he lives in the White House! Quite a trajectory!
With parts of the country sizzling in a heatwave, air condition repairers are in high demand. But be careful you don't get charge for things you don't need! NBC news discovered during a hidden-camera investigation, that 6 out of 6 tried to charge for unnecessary work! Cool it with the over charging!
Watch this proposed design whereby a parking structure transforms into a housing structure! In theory it works, but what if people are on different schedules? And moving the furniture everyday so the apt can collapse will be a pain. Probably best for long distance commuters or business travelers! What do you think?
Famed SF author Armistead Maupin is dumping San Francisco for Santa Fe!! How can this be? Armistead IS San Francisco! I watched the TV series "Tales of the City" in high school & it was required reading in a class I took at UC Berkeley about 1970's Media & Culture. I like the URL his Realtors picked for the listing: TalesOfTheCityHome.com. 27 Belmont SF looks like a cute house! Mrs. Madrigal would approve!
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