Archives for May 2008

The Buyers Deposit

 Over the years I’ve seen lots and lots of confusion, from both buyers and sellers regarding the subject of the buyers deposit. In our area there are two commonly used contracts used for purchasing homes and on both the deposit looms large right on top of page 1. Buyers in this area enter into a […]

Funky Foto Contest Week 11

Has this contest been bugging you? (Bad joke again…but I couldn’t resist, sorry!) In this weeks funky foto I’m looking for not only what and where this is, but also what it’s called…it has a name. Here’s a little hint, if you go to the Art & Wine Festival you’ll be able to tell easily. […]

Art & Wine Festival

This weekend is one of Foster City’s big annual events, the 37th Arts & Wine Festival located at Leo Ryan Park and on Shell Blvd next to it, as well as a big carnival in the large vacant lot across the street from the park (the future Parkview Plaza). It’s always been a really fun event […]

Following the Herd

  In his book, Markets,Mobs and Mayhem, Robert Menschel writes about how our world suffers from herd mentality. He notes that bubbles and busts have shaped history and that today with the scope of the media and technology allowing so much access to information we’re more at risk than ever. Whenever we find ourselves caught […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 10

Amazing! I actually almost stumped you this week! Just one correct answer came in from Bill & Marcia Hastings of Foster City. Congratulations you guys! Of course, it was a picture of the electronic sign in front of Bowditch Middle School. Bill & Marcia win the $30.00 gift certificate to Kobe Japanse Cuisine at Edgewater […]

The Sales Price and Commissions

Maybe I’ve gotten carried away with photos of cash lately? Oh, well. The other day I got an offer on a client’s home where the buyer’s were asking the seller to pay their closing costs, and it got me thinking. Sellers, you might think about this. Hypothetically, let’s say you have your home on the market for […]

Funky Foto Contest Week 10

One thing for sure, this does not indicate my age! Actually today’s foto is the product of the ever intrepid, and the City of Foster City’s own, Steve Toler. Steve ambitiously cruised around town on his own and took a bunch of pics and e-mailed them to me, thank you Steve! Needless to say, he’s […]

Good Grades

Whenever I hear Realtors in the Mid Peninsula talk about property values and the current market sooner or later the subject of schools will enter the conversation and one of the most often repeated mantras is the excellence of the schools in San Carlos, Burlingame and Baywood School in San Mateo. Honestly, it’s rare for […]

Flood Insurance in Foster City, still a HOT topic……

I’ve been asked to comment on a couple of scenarios that have recently been brought to Jim for discussion. The first is about those fortunate souls who find themselves in the enviable position of not having a home loan.  The question posed was whether or not they will have to purchase flood insurance when the […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 9

It’s none other than that stogie smoking entrepreneur who dreamed up this town, T Jack Foster. The statue is located right in front of City Hall at Foster City Blvd and Hillsdale. First in on Friday was the ineligible Craig, who’ll be back in the game as of this coming Friday, so this weeks winner […]