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Do Financial Benefits of Being Beautiful Apply to Realtors Too?! Debate Rages on....And It's Getting Ugly!
I started Habitat For Hermanity as a videoblog years ago, so I love sharing how video is not only a great brand builder for agents but it's what consumers expect now! 73% of consumers say they prefer agents who use video. Shocker: Only 1 in 10 agents have a youtube account!
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)
I got my fabulous buyers a free renovation on a new HGTV show called Power Brokers. It stars Mike Aubrey (Real Estate Intervention) & Juan Barbieri (The Bachelorette). I have a small appearance too in the pilot, so stay tuned for more details!
No budget for staging? No prob. Just raid your closet! Fantabulous segment on Good Day Sacramento! I show TV host Julissa Ortiz how to make a darling pillow case from a knit mini-skirt! Upcycling is the hottest design trend! All you need is 1 yard of sticky back velcro, a pillow insert & any old miniskirt (or poncho , for you hefty girls). (Thank you to my designer BFF Rosalia for her help. Check out her new design site Rosaliart.net)
Beyonce announced her world tour at the SuperBowl. Herman Chan announces his new web series Real Estate Real Simple for the San Francisco Chronicle...Okay, so it ain't exactly comparable, but hey, I can dream right? The series is Q&A sessions with readers from the SF Chronicle about housing and design. The webisode below is about decorating a living room with small mirrors. (I love the video introduction they made for me. Fancy!)
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!
Eco-Friendly Home Decorating Ideas w/ Herman
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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!
My Home Decor video series for the San Francisco Chronicle continues. Today's topic is "large window styles"! Click my pic to open. What are your favorite window styles?
The rental market is gettin' fierce! You've practically got to beat the other applicants off with a stick! Here are some tips to elbow your way into your dream apartment
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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."
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:
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!
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