Do you agree? I don't know many people who would hire a part time heart surgeon, but hey to each their own. Newsday via Bankrate.com:
"Part-time agents are the worst," says Herman Chan, a real estate broker in San Francisco. "I always know when I'm dealing with a part-time agent because they only return my calls at noon or after 5 p.m. -- meaning their lunch break or after they clock out" from day jobs.
Chan points out that residential real estate in the age of cellphones and social media means constant connectivity is a must.
"If you're offline for a half of a day, your client can miss out of an offer," Chan says. "Part-time agents really do a disservice to their clients because buying and selling really is a 24/7 career."
But Chan concedes even full-time agents struggle to keep up with the pace of the real estate business.
"Part-time or full-time, it's all about being a professional and having great follow-up skills," Chan says.
You can buy space at this NYC luxury building for $300k....but you can't live in it! Because it's just a storage space. Day-um, this costs more than most people's house!
SHOCKER: Lux Condo Building Plans Separate Entries for Rich & Poor Folk...Um, Kinda Like a Servant's Entrance!?
A New York City real estate developer is under fire for a condominium building plan that would see two separate entrances for residents: one for the low-income tenants, and another for the well-to-dos residing in the tower's luxury pads.
First, Sheree was axed from Bravo TV's Real Housewives of Atlanta, and now her mansion is now the chopping block. Currently, it is a shortsale but it's about to head to foreclosure...for circa $340k. (Ironic, since she dubbed it Sheree's Chateau and alledged it was a multi-million dollar home at one pt). All the sordid deets here. You know, I feel bad for her. I'll buy some charm bracelet from her jewelry line "She by Sheree." That will help her out. :-)
Yes it is true! New York Times reports that domestic abused women who call 911 too many times are considered a public nuisance and can be evicted by their landlords. Can they do that?!
They could do so under the town’s “nuisance property” ordinance, a law intended to protect neighborhoods from seriously disruptive households. Officials can invoke the measure and pressure landlords to act if the police have been called to a rental home three times within four months.
Sellers Beware of Fake Realtors Who'll Rob You When You Leave The House During The Showing Appointment!!
Sellers, ask for a business card and alert your listing agent when (alleged) agents call you to show your property. You never know what kinda of whack-a-doo you're letting into your home! It is important to give buyers their own space and time to bond with the house, but it is also acceptable for you to wait outside in your car or across the street at your neighbor's.
From Inman: Two women in Houston posing as a real estate agent and a home buyer conned sellers into leaving their homes for showings so the duo could rob their houses, according to police. One of the schemers was being held in police custody Tuesday, and the other was still at large.
SF Video Flashback: 'Pushed Out For Profit' 1978 Film Depicts Battle Over Escalating Rents...Times Haven't Changed!
Mission Local recaps the documentary:
Imagine rents going up three, four, even seven times in a single year! This was the case for many Mission and San Francisco residents in 1978, the year before the Board of Supervisors approved rent control. Documentary film maker Charles Bolton and the production company Optic Nerve, now Ideas In Motion, caught the angst in “Pushed Out For Profit.” The film aired on KQED on Sept. 6, 1978.
Seems San Francisco has always been the battle ground for the have's and have-not's. Rising rent and real estate prices are as contentious now as they were then. Check out the cameo from Harvey Milk! Hop over to Mission Local to see 6 more quick clips.
My prior post was about people sans kids in San Francisco. But what about the people who DO have kids here? Apparently, a new study reveals that San Francisco is the 4th most expensive city to raise kids in. (San Jose is #1). Well no wonder parents are fleeing the city. If you ain't a trust fund baby some IT guy who cashed out from IPO, how can you afford to maintain your standard of living PLUS raise a baby not in poverty in SF?! You can't! So you move to the East Bay, Peninsula or Marin. I hear this all the time from my clients. That's why I had my tubes tied. LOL!
According to a new Redfin study, 3 of the 5 most expensive cities for new parents are in the Bay Area. Expenses analyzed include housing, utilities (energy costs), childcare, healthcare, and retail items needed for babies. And by Redfin’s calculations, San Jose is the most expensive in the country, followed by Santa Cruz, CA. San Francisco takes 4th place.
Estately lists the best cities for people without kids...and no surprise, SF is tops! If you walk around the city, you won't see kids older than 6 yrs old. They all moved out. This articles says SF is best place for childless people due to SF having highest numbers of restaurants per capita ($ spent on food, instead of piano lessons). But if you ask me, I think it is because:
1. the schools in SF aren't good. For the high tech/affluent denizens who place a high emphasis on education, of course they are gonna move out to the 'burbs for top API scores! Duh!
2. High LBGTQ population, who historically have not had as many kids as hetero counterparts.
3. We are ALL SO WORK-driven! Who has time to pro-create!?
“San Francisco is the best city for childfree living,” says Karen Foster, author of No Way Baby! Exploring, Understanding and Defending the Decision NOT to Have Children. “As the frontrunner in alternative lifestyles, you have to do a lot more than not have kids to be considered odd in San Francisco. I lived there from age nineteen to thirty-two and was never once asked when I was getting married and/or having babies. It’s a place where the childfree may roam free.”
Ok, in light of all the bad anti-gay crap from France recently (protests to weird shirtless homophobe videos), finally some good news out of La France. Apparently , 107 eco-friendly condos called Le Village Canal du Midi are selling like crazy....but AFTER they started marketing to 50+ yr old LGBTQ community! C'est fantastique, n'est-ce pas!? Queerty has more:
Mark Silver, managing director of Villages Group, said they made the decision to market their planned community to the LGBT community as “an experiment” because “the real estate market in France is so bad right now” and they “didn’t have any takers.” So naturally, they decided to change focus and market to the only people over 50 with a disposable income: the gays, of course!
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