Fun with FSBO

So I have this adorable listing at Edgewater Isle and my client is a very gifted DIY guy who’s done wonderful work in their place. It’s really gorgeous. Of course he can’t resist the temptation to carry the DIY thing into the home’s listing as well. In an effort to be helpful with the sale […]

All About Timing

A client of mine asked me the other day about whether it was better to list this fall or wait until after the first of the year when the inventory situation could be better. Their goal is to move up from their condo into a single family house and they’re rightfully concerned about being able […]

Over The Top

If there’s anything that will eventually hurt this market it may just be the unbridled greed that some sellers are showing lately.  Understandably, there are sellers out there that have heard all about the multiple offer, enormous overbid insanity that’s permeated the market this year and want that experience for themselves. I get that. What […]


So I spoke to a nice couple last week who have a house to sell in San Mateo and it was the house that the gentleman here grew up in. It’s in trust, but has a probate connection because of a brother who was on title and also passed. These folks explained to me that […]

Market Forces

It’s never a dull moment in this market and I really am seeing things I’ve never seen before. The market forces at work are really quite remarkable and sure do shape the way things are. Take the house at 223 Puffin for example. It’s a very nice 2945 sq ft 4 bedroom, 4 bath house […]

Preemptive Offers

Seems like a lot of us have gotten used to the pace and flow of this heated up market and sort of know it’s rhythms a bit…sort of. Every once in awhile there’s a phenomenon called the preemptive offer that sort of throws a wrench into that awareness. When a house hits the market it’s […]

The Sky Is Not The Limit

Well, we’ve reached an interesting observation point. Sellers in Foster City and elsewhere can actually overreach. After hearing about how crazy the market has been some sellers are putting their houses on the market at prices that aren’t realistic even now. It’s fascinating to me. Here’s a couple of examples, in San Mateo there’s a […]

Some Fallout

I had lunch with a friend of mine today who showed me a couple of letters he’s received at his house recently. It was interesting because I haven’t seen this type of letter at my house…but I suspect it won’t be long until I do. One was a short but sweet letter that appeared to […]


Here’s an interesting seller lesson. This story appeared yesterday on Yahoo and is about a homeowner in Pennsylvania that discovered through the neighbors (after she moved in) that a murder-suicide had taken place there. This fact wasn’t disclosed to her upon her purchase in 2007. The murder-suicide happened in 2006 and before the current sellers had owned the […]

Just How Bad Is It?

Well, just how bad is it? What I’m talking about is just how bad is this current spectacular lack of inventory on prices and thus on the overall market in general? Let’s look at a couple of cases in point. First, there’s a house for sale in Redwood Shores on Skiff that came up 20 […]