NOTE: This post is also syndicated to Huffington Post Home.
Many of you loyal Hermanity peeps may recall an episode of Celebrity Real Estate Wrap almost one year ago when I vlogged about everyone's favorite 80's sitcom dad Alan Thicke. The Growing Pains star's mansion in LA's Toluca Lake district was having difficulty selling at $4.8M. Robin Thicke's dad experimented with making it a rental too at one point. Well, after 2 long years, it has finally sold for $3,525,000. Talk about a growing pain! If you ask me (and I know you didn't but I don't care), Alan could have fetched closer to asking price w/ some updating. Don't get me wrong because I love the '80's as much as the next gal, but that blue hot tub w/ flamingo, earth toned stone wall, the wide square kitchen counter tiles & cabinet hardware all betray a dated 1980's aesthetic beneath the updates. Nevertheless, a sale is a sale. Congrats are in order to Alan!
Jason Seaver, er Alan rather, joins Jennifer Love Hewitt & Hilary Duff as celebs who have exited Toluca Lake in 2012. They leave behind neighbors Miley Cyrus, Henry Winkler & Erin Daniels. Why the mass exodus? Gotta tip? Please spill your guts. We wanna know!
California Home Design spotlights Sam & April Lawrence, who "knew they wanted a San Francisco home that was unconventional...We were looking for a warehouse. We really wanted to get out of the typical Victorian or modern loft space.” They got a place on Valencia above a bakery. Wow, they really nailed it!
Elderly woman in San Francisco has been taking realtors for a ride! From free lunches to Louis Vuitton handbags ! Don't be fooled by her LV bag (prolly fake) and her age, she'll dangle the carrot ( show proof of funds and evidence she owns multiple buildings) to make you do things for her. She's scammed other realtors, and she'll scam you. Real estate agents, if you encounter this woman, do not run away. Instead, refer her to that agent who backstabbed you! LOL!
A low credit score not only means you can't buy a house, it now means you can't find a mate! In this day and age when your FICO is more important than your SSN, it's no wonder people use it to gauge dating prospects. Would you marry your boo if they had some massive tax lien? If s/he can not manage their own finances, you gotta ask how they are going to manage both your finances. They gonna drag you down! New York Times article has more about this dating criteria. To court me, you gotta clear up 2 things: your credit score & your STDs! LOL!
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Kindred spirit Kelly Mitchell interviews me on her super duper popular show Agent Caffeine! Click here for the podcast!
"This episode of Agent Caffeine takes us to the land of Hermanity. High fashion, good humor and a funtastic diva rolled into one. We talk about going from blah to delish and being true to you. Herman Chan has built an incredible persona. He’s created opportunities from many different channels including, MTV, HGTV, Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. Herman’s also a hot speaking commodity. You get the authentic nature of his spirit by the fun he has describing what he does as well as his self-deprecating nature. Chan is a superstar in his own right. Truly a refreshing spin out of the land of vanilla-mess and into the land of sparkling individuality. If you need inspiration on being yourself and embracing your true authentic brand, Herman has wise words of advice for you". - Kelly Mitchell
The season for holiday parties is in full swing! And, if you are anything like me, your social schedule is packed with non-stop soirées, get-togethers and mixers. You get to dress up, pig out and steal a kiss under the mistletoe. It is fun, festive and fabulous... until you are the one throwing the party at the last minute. Read my article for Huffington Post Home: Holiday Décor in a Jiffy!
This looks like tricked out bachelor pad for realz! More pix of Pharrell's soon to be ex-home here.
Guess who graces the cover of Top Agent Magazine?! My tearsheets & interview are below but if you want to read the whole magazine issue, click here. Enjoy!
Gold medal Olympian Shaun White snapped up a $3.85M Encinitas, CA beach house. He's got a good realtor who hammered the price down $400k!
The Green Day musician and his wife have hoisted their quaint little cottage on the market for $1.895M. Steep price tag for a little shack but hey, it's Newport Beach after all! Unbeknownst to some, Billie boy is from San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland to be specific. (In fact I remember my high school friend Jen sneaking out to the club 924 Gilman in Berkeley to catch their punk shows! Whodda thought they'd end up on Broadway w/ American Idiot. Times change!)
When shopping for that perfect couch, be careful! Try to stick to eco-friendly material...please!!
They found that 85 percent of 102 couches tested across the U.S. contained toxic or untested flame retardant chemicals -- at levels up to 11 percent the weight of the foam. The newer the couch, the more likely it was to be treated with the chemicals....[Couches] contains one of these alternative flame retardants, chlorinated Tris, now believed to be associated with health problems including cancer, hormone disruption and neurological problems.
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