Archives for August 2011

Ducks in a Row

For a long time it’s appeared to me that large expenditures on renovation or remodeling were kind of unnecessary when getting one’s place ready to sell. It came as no surprise to me then when I saw Forbes Magazine run a segment on the 20 best and worst home improvements for the buck and almost all […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 167

Well, this was sure a recognizable image. Congratulations to Nike who arrived first and wins the $30.00 Safeway gift card. Also answering correctly was Jeff Deeney, Suresh, Bill, Deepa, Mike Hannon, Joanne Santos, Edna, Asif, Lan, John Marshall, Suzette, Juwan, Larry, Amruta, Patrick, Shrikant, Allie, Jeff Pounder, J Kwan, D Cube, Brian and Mimi. Great job […]

Funky Foto Contest Week 167

Oh, this pic with the O is actually kind of blurry. Oh, well! This weeks pic begs the question…where is this O? If you’re first to answer that you’ll win a $30.00 gift card to Safeway. All the rules of the road are available to view on the left hand margin as well as on […]

The Epicenter

In case you were unaware of this, Palo Alto is undoubtedly the epicenter of all things real estate on this planet. Seriously. If you look at the numbers there, Palo Alto didn’t miss a beat following the mortgage meltdown, the 2008 crisis, TARP, the recession, the double dip, the debt crisis, S & P’s downgrade […]

Renting in 2011

A month or so ago, some clients of mine sold their house and entered the rental market.  Their experience shocked me to a very great degree…it’s a feeding frenzy right now in the rental market. They reported to me stories about multiple offers and surprisingly high rents for homes that were, in their opinion, average […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 166

Yet another journey along the FC toilet tour, on Friday the toilet in question was located at Farragut Park and the winner was Debbie Yeung who answered first and won the $30.00 gift certifcate to Waterfront Pizza. Great job Deb! Also answering correctly was Alex O, Mike, Leslie, Schan, J Kwan, Janny Lee and Juwan as […]

Funky Foto Contest Week 166

OK, we’re back at it…and what better way to begin again than with the ongoing Foster City toilet tour. This week’s question, where exactly is this toilet? If you’re first to tell me that you’ll win a $30.00 gift certificate to Waterfront Pizza at Edgewater Place. All the rules of the road are available to view […]

No Problems Here

Just before I left for vacation the media was ablaze with all the debt deal fighting and, naturally, just as we arrived for what I was hoping to be a restful and relaxing week…S & P lowers their AAA rating and the stock market tanks. Honestly, I wondered if we were about to experience another […]

4th School Delay

The big $25 million bond to build a 4th Foster City school will not go on the November ballot after all. Officials decided last night to pull it to conduct more studies on the possible site. They’re pretty tight lipped about their location as well. District officials are still planning to construct the new school, […]


Once again…it’s time for vacation. This year we’re off to the Florida Keys, staying right about directly under that plane in the pic above in Key Largo. Sorry, no foto contest this Friday guys. Thanks for coming folks…see you next week.