Archives for April 2014

Pools

I have to say at the outset that I’m not a big fan of swimming pools. The statistics show that pools are the least valuable thing you can do to your house. If you put in a pool the chances are it’ll diminish the homes value. A nicely landscaped back yard is a much greater selling […]

Why Is Inventory So Bad?

Last week and blog reader asked why the inventory level is so bad. He mentioned that it’s been bad since 2012 and seems to be getting worse and wondered what the explanation could be. I used to do large charts here showing active, pending as well as houses that had experienced price reductions. Can you […]

A Window Into A Listing

As you all know…the inventory out there really stinks. I mean virtually NO inventory at all. Consequently, the sellers around here are holding a whole bunch of cards when it comes to marketing their homes and getting offers. The house at 381 Boothbay is a great example of that. It’s one of the few houses […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 288

Well, this time the pic worked! Nobody got it…but that’s OK. There’s always this Friday. See you then. Oh yeah…it was Isle Cove.  

Funky Foto Contest Week 288

Nice looking residence, huh? This week’s question is what project in Foster City are we looking at? If you’re first to tell me that you’ll win a $30.00 gift card to Subway. As usual, all the rules of the road are available to view on the left hand margin as well as on the bar […]

Is Staging Worth It?

This debate is still going on…a post from a few years ago that needs repeating:   In the past 5 to 10 years the phenomenon of staging has become a big part of selling a house in this area and as the market softens the question of it’s value will inevitably come up. My answer to […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 287

Yes indeed, one of the shots from last Friday was Bayfront Court…the other Sand Harbor. Congratulations to Debbie Yeung who arrived first and wins the $30.00 gift card to Trader Joes. Also answering correctly was Shruti, J Kwan, Janny Lee, and Birgit. Thanks for playing folks!! See you again this Friday.

Funky Foto Contest Week 287

We’re back! This weeks question is multiple choice. Name either of the projects shown in this pic. If you’re first to tell me that you’ll win a $30.00 gift card to Trader Joes. As usual, all the rules of the road are available to view on the left hand margin as well as on the […]

The Million Dollar Townhouse

The title above says it…but I’m sure plenty of you (me too!) can’t quite wrap our heads around it. That’s the prospect of townhouses in Foster City selling routinely for $1,000,000. Surely you jest you say! I clearly remember selling a townhouse on Juno Lane in Isle Cove that we listed for $395,000 and got […]

Funky Foto Contest Winner Week 286

You guys are great! Really! Indeed, it was the sculpture of kids called Stilts near the Rec center and the first to arrive with the right answer was Larissa Lindval who wins the $30.00 gift card to Safeway. Also answering correctly was Shruti, Anu, J Kwan, Bill Hastings, Janny Lee and Birgit. Thanks for playing […]