Hug it out…

Heated discussions, a good question, a fair bet, and some comparison shopping has gotten me all worked up. In an effort to get ready for the weekend, help relax, lighten the mood up, and forget about the market and real estate, we invite you to check out:

Zebda – Tomber la chemise

[this is a music video]

What does this have to do with real estate? Absolutely nothing, and that’s the point. A little Ska can help anything, at least I think so.

Have a good weekend! Thanks for checking us out.

-Just Plain Fun with real estate [theFrontSteps]

The Montgomery (74 New Montgomery) 107 New condo residences

“Unveiled to San Francisco in 1914 as The Call Building, The Montgomery has long been an architectural gem. Now, having undergone a [$70MM conversion from office to residential space], seismic retrofit, and complete interior redesign, The Montgomery combines the finest elements of interior modern craftsmanship to complement its elegant architectural exterior. It stands as the ultimate expression of city living. Timeless character with a bold new expression.” And we got the scoop, so read on!

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“Why are Realtors so arrogant and such assholes?”

I can’t believe I am going to print this letter to the Editor, because, well…we’re mostly a community of Realtors bringing this information to you. But, I think there may be something to gain from this little quote if we get some good comments.

“Dear Editor,

I really like your blog and think it is a great resource and nice to see a Realtor trying to do something other than just sell, sell, sell, and cheer the market on. But maybe you can help me answer this question, why are Realtors so arrogant and such assholes? I mean, driving around in the bling, bling cars all the time. Constantly talking on the phone about loans, property features and what they’re worth, clients’ needs, etc., in the most un-private of locations (bathrooms, checkout lines, airports.) Always interupting a good conversation when the phone beeps, vibrates, or rings with “I gotta take this call…” Is it really that important?  Why do they think they are so cool? Other professions have their arrogant pricks too (attorneys, doctors, entrepreneurs), but Realtors somehow seem more obnoxious. Maybe it is the easy money you guys make.  Or maybe, you all truly are a bunch of assholes. Anyway, just thought you could shed some light on the matter for me.

Thanks,

Justin T.”

I’m hoping we can gain some insight into where the disconnect often lies between Realtor-client, Realtor-public.  Why is there such a negative perception  placed on Realtors?  I hope we can learn things like how we can better serve you during a transaction, rather than just “making easy money” (it’s never easy money by the way). How can we earn our commissions in your eyes?  Things we can do during the process of buying/selling your home for you that would make a difference. Things you like to see in our advertising. Things you like at the close of a transaction…that kind of stuff.

By giving you this open forum, I’m hoping you’ll spread the word, link to this post, and give some good feedback.  The more the better.

If somebody (Justin T.) feels strongly enough to write us with this question, I’m assuming he/she is not alone.  So let ‘er rip!

Sincerely,

Alexander Clark

-Should the full MLS be available to the public? [theFrontSteps]

“boomtime” on 1771 Northpoint…an update

We won’t even come close to taking credit for this catch. All credit goes to “boomtime”, who, if he/she would like, definitely has a seat at the Stammtisch.

1771 North Point is in contract after 2 weeks on the market for public showing!

Wagers? I guess $4.65 mil.”[asking $4,995,000]

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-MLS Statement

-1771 North Point, a quick follow up [theFrontSteps]

-1771 NorthPoint, a “first look”… [theFrontSteps]

610 Rhode Island: my take

By Alexander Clark

Okay, so I had the chance to nose around 610 Rhode Island (asking $2.3MM) yesterday, and I gotta say, it was impressive, but I was not impressed. In our previous post I was practically frothing at the mouth to get in there…and I’m glad I did.  This is not to say I didn’t like it, I was just going in there with certain expectations based off of the fabulous photos, but came away feeling something entirely different.

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(photo taken from property site, Jacob Elliot photographer)

I may be opening up a can of worms to some hate mail, but what the hell. I’m a huge fan of all things modern as you soon will see, and love all types of property, but this felt industrial and cold. It felt very metallic (especially the metallic pinging going up and down the spiral staircases, I think there were at least 4), small, dark, and just a bit too silver. Of course coloring can be changed, as well as “warming” the place up, but I gotta say, those pictures on the site make it look much larger than it actually feels (kudos to the photographer).

There were some great views from different parts of the property (thinking the peek-a-boo window in the office), the terrace was nice and warm (a bit dangerous if you have kids and don’t want them falling in the fountain), it was an incredible use of space with some very unique and interesting lines, the brownies Gregg Lynn was serving up were tasty, and it will be a great house for the right buyer.  That buyer just won’t be me.

This is only my opinion.  If you at all have an interest in properties of this caliber/type, you owe it to yourself to go check it out, and don’t take my word for it. Anybody else get in, and what did you think? 

-Oh Kronos! [theFrontSteps]

San Francisco ain’t got nothin’ on Moscow

For all the complaining we do about how expensive this city is (especially real estate wise), maybe it’s time we zip it. San Francisco doesn’t even crack the top 50 of the world’s most expensive cities, Moscow earned top honors, and this is what $1,000,000 buys you in Moscow.

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Obviously we pulled the pictures from www.evans.ru, but is that a “Scavolini” kitchen? Probably not.

-the world’s most expensive cities

-Comparison Shopping on the sfnewsletter [theFrontSteps]

Re-run: NYTimes Interactive Graph, rent vs. buy

It seems we have many, many new readers who may or may not have seen our original post as to whether it is better to rent or buy. In some of your comments regarding the “California Real Estate Crisis” , the topic has come up again, so we thought we’d give you another shot at playing with the graph.

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You can change almost all the fields you see on that graph and many, many more. If you are at all interested in figuring out if you should buy a house, or continue to rent, (or sell your house and start to rent) you owe it to yourself to follow the link. 

Maybe it’s time to buy some rental property?

-Interactive Graph [New York Times]

-What a buzz-kill, but does it apply to San Francisco [theFrontSteps]

The Lambourne (725 Pine, Nob Hill): Model residences now open

Located at 725 Pine, in the “heart of Nob Hill”, The Lambourne will be “22 studios and one bedroom pied-a-terre urban residences” with “European design elements by Charles DeLisle of Your Space Interiors”, hardwood floors, “petite” Scavolini kitchens with stainless steel appliances, priced from the $300′s to $500′s. Bathrooms sound nice too, with “Carrera marble accents”, and European Style washer/dryer by Asko.  Some units will have outdoor terraces, and zero units will have deeded parking.

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Although we haven’t had a chance to go check out anything about The Lambourne ourselves, we can tell you the model residences are now available to view, upon appointment only, so maybe one of our readers can enlighten us? If not, we promise we’ll get in there as soon as we can.

Keeping all political ramblings aside, have you ever noticed how most home furnishings and appliances that are designed to conserve space, yet maximize utility, and at the same time wow us with design aesthetics come from Europe?  Just a thought.

-The Lambourne

-New Developments [theFrontSteps]