So as you’ve undoubtedly gathered by reading this blog, as well as others over the years, Real Estate is a pretty kooky business and just about anything can happen. Often….those things are unique. This post is sort of targeted to buyers…as a warning. Be careful…lest you screw yourself. Come to think of it, that would […]


Probably as long as there has been a multiple offer environment there have been folks interested in finding a way around that kind of competition. Totally understandable really. Typically, the agent who is selling the home lists the place in the MLS and either right away or after the first weekend’s open houses sets a […]

A Slice of Life

So I sold this listing in Redwood City a couple of days ago and I got a call from a guy this morning about it. He had seen it on Zillow and wanted to know some details about it. Right away I told him the truth that Zillow has a real bad habit of not […]

We’re Not In A Hurry

I’m not sure why this is…but for a long time now, when I’ve had clients talk to me about their desire to purchase a place, their perspective at the start is that they want to make sure they get just the right place, not feel rushed into making a rash decision. They essentially feel like they […]

What Do I Know?

Kind of a long hiatus…but I’m back! Ready for the new era of Real Estate…sort of! So I put  nice listing on the market a couple of weeks ago on Pompano and I expected the same insanity with it as I had on my Beach Park listing a month or so ago. I knew in […]


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 […]

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 […]

Time Wasters

I’ve been real, real busy lately. Super busy actually, and its been sort of hard to stay consistent writing here. In the last week I’ve looked at offers on three different listings I have. All of them got a ton of interest and sold well over asking. The first one in San Francisco got 17 […]

True Life

This pic is sort of what it’s like to be a buyer right now…isn’t it? It’s nothing short of amazing. Here’s a couple of horror stories: a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house on Edgehill in San Carlos came up a few weeks ago at $849,000. It had a small problem…actually not a small problem, it […]


I continue to be astonished on a weekly basis now by the point of view of many buyers I end up talking to about the real estate market. What I see is denial. Lots of these folks seem to want to look at this market as a big storm that’s sweeping through the area. Sort […]