Jan
30

An offer I can’t refuse

Posted In: For Buyers, For Sellers, Good ol' Fashion Humor
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Why are garage sales called “garage sales” yet they rarely take place in the garage? I recently came across an advertisement for a garage sale that said “What would you pay for this?” No item came with a price tag attached to it; buyer’s were the one who decided how much to pay for it. There was no haggling or [...]
Jan
22

Marketing for the new generation

Posted In: Listings, Web/Tech
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Give me your best marketing pitch and tell me why it works. I’ve had to get a little creative with my listings. It seems every listing agent has a website (www.123Main.com) for their listings these days, and some even have a virtual tour. But in this here “Information Age” my clients want more. Something different. Something that “tells it like [...]
Jan
05

Where will the market go in 2007?

Posted In: Economy, Local Market Statistics
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This just in…California, on average, will post a decline in appreciation. It was bound to happen: what goes up, must come down. But just how far down are we talking? It depends on who you ask. The California Association of Realtors believe the median home price in California will decline 2% to $550,000 in 2007 compared with $561,000 for 2006; [...]
Nov
29

Heritage Turkey’s? Find the history of your home.

Posted In: For Buyers, For Sellers, Neighborhood Businesses
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Have you heard of a Heritage Turkey*? Heritage Turkeys are raised free-range on pasture and forage, they develop much stronger legs, thighs, and breasts than industrially-produced turkeys, which have mostly breast meat. The resulting meat from these Heritage birds is very firm and dark in color, as well as being succulent, rich and flavorful. They also come with a sort [...]
Nov
16

America’s Safest Cities

Posted In: For the Heck of It, Places
SIX CALIFORNIA CITIES LISTED AMONG AMERICA’S 25 SAFEST Six cities in the state of California — more than any other state — are among the top 25 safest cities in America, according to the 13th annual Safest City Award. California’s “safest” cities are Mission Viejo (#3), Irvine (#7), Thousand Oaks (#11), Lake Forest (#15), Simi Valley (#17), and Chino Hills [...]
Nov
16

Does that drip keep you up at night?

Posted In: Home Improvement, Home Maintenance
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The past decade has proven an increasing demand for water in our homes, industry, and agriculture, resulting in water shortages in many parts of the United States. In certain parts of Texas homeowners can only water their lawn on Thursday’s between 5pm and 10pm. One can only assume that this upward trend will continue and this, together with the effects [...]
Oct
29

Give a dog a bone

Posted In: Good ol' Fashion Humor
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Just sold: Brand new, custom home with hardwood floors, recessed lighting, custom paint and a flat screen TV. Sales Price? $13,500. Think you can’t afford a home in the Bay Area? Maybe not for yourself, but you certainly can for your four-legged pooch. Ranging in price from $800 – $25,000, doggie duplex’s, cottages, and mansions are all the rage. A [...]
Oct
24

Mr. Bubble is for the tubs: 2007 Market Forecast

Posted In: Economy, First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Local Market Statistics
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Hmmmm…so the results are in. The median home PRICE in California is expected to drip, er, drop 2% in 2007 while home sales will drop 7% compared to 2006. But what about us here in the Bay Area? Chris Thornberg, an economist with Bay Area-based Beacon Economics claims “The market is flat and the bubble has popped.” Ouch, that is [...]
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