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)
Eco-Friendly Home Decorating Ideas w/ Herman
for San Francsico Chonicle
You better watch! After all green homes sell for 9% more than non-green homes!
Another one of my helpfully hilarious videos for San Francisco Chronicle! My 2 favorite topics, houses & gender! You know I HAD to slip in some one-line zingers. Did you share a bedroom with a sibling? LMK!
VIDEO: How to Buy Bungalows!
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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!
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."
(VIDEO): How to Buy Bungalows!
Here's my latest video for eHow.com. We got a questions about dual agency. Some agents are staunchly against representing both sides of the transaction while others think it is ok. Personally, I can't sleep at night when I'm stuck in the middle. How do you equally advocate for 2 parties that have diametrically opposing agendas (especially when one side is paying you!)? What do you think?
Let's say you are in the middle of buying a house, but find out mid-way that the place needs a new $50,000 foundation? You are under contract and might lose your deposit money! How do you avoid this mess? Be sure your purchase agreement has an inspection contingency period for you to do your due diligence. Without that clause, the seller might keep your deposit for damages if you try to back out. It can get nasty quick!
Ma & Pop as Housemates?! It used be shameful to move back in with the parental units as an adult. But with unemployment sky high & cost of living rocketing, 3 out of 10 Gen X/Gen Y/Millenials are living back home. Don't be ashamed! Embrace it! Here's why:
After searching high and low for your dream home, you can't keep it to yourself, right? You have to show off, er, I mean share it with your friends and family! Here are some of my ideas for eHow.com.
As host for Real Estate Web Series on eHow.com, I answer a question we got from a viewer: What are the disadvantages to apartments? Let me know if I missed any!
With winter slowly melting away, eHow asked me to do a quick vlog for sellers who are prepping their homes for the traditional high season in real estate: Spring & Summer! De-clutter, de-personalize, stage & match your decor with your house style. Good luck!
According to the National Association of Realtor's latest info from Oct 2011, there are 1,024,669 Realtors in the United States. Seems like a substantial number but let's not kid ourselves folks! A lot of these peeps are part timers. And many of these are older agents trying to catch up to real estate in 2012. (Average age of a realtor is 56, while the average home buyer is 31.) It's often quoted amongst us real estate professionals that 80% of the business is done by 20% of the agents. If you happen to be that 20%, then good for you. You may skip this video!
But if you are just eking out a living in real estate, you wanna promote yourself differently in 2012. Ditch those cheesy calendars & tacky magnets. I've never heard of a seller who decided to list their house with an agent because they found her name on a Safeway shopping cart (aka "cartvertising"...yes, it's a real thing!). Watch my new video for eHow for some promotion suggestions. It's a new year, try something new!
Stop moonlighting at other jobs to make ends meet. Commit to going full force hocking homes! I know you can do it! Have a prosperous exciting 2012!
There are special considerations when selling a condo! When you are hocking your goodies out there, a lot of it is preparation (H). Watch my latest video for eHow.com.
Did you know 1 in 5 real estate contracts get cancelled due to appraisals?! I'm in a deal now where the purchase price is $550k, but the appraiser used 300k and 800k comps. Seems like there is no rhyme or reason! There are indeed some fine appraisers out there who take there job seriously. However, I'm noticing a new crop of lazy appraisers who breeze in fast and crank out lackidasical reports, which wreck utter havoc on sellers, buyers, agents, loan brokers, etc! They do a sloppy job and leave it to us to clean up their mess! But do they care? Heck, no. They got paid and have moved on to another house. No skin off their back! AGBeat quotes Mike Evans, the former president of the American Society of Appraisers, who says, “Some guy blows in from 300 miles away and grabs three comps that may not be in the right area, and leaves.” It's an epidemic!
If you get a lemon of an appraisal, try these remedies I filmed for ehow.com:
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