Why PocketListings.net Is Awesome, And Every Real Estate Agent Should Use It

It’s true, I’m the founder of PocketListings.net, and I want everybody to use it. But it’s also true, if you’re an agent in San Francisco, and you’re not using it, you’re missing out. Have a look at this email that just came my way as a result of a Buyer Need post I did on PocketListings.net.

Hi Alex,

My wife and I are looking to relocate to Marin, and are currently deciding on whether or not to sell our flat (or rent it out and rent in Marin). I noticed on your pocket listing, http://pocketlistings.net/pl/662, that you had some clients that are looking for a place in our neighborhood, and I wanted to find out if perhaps they would be interested in our place?

We have a ~1914 sq foot condo (it is a 2 unit bldg with 3 floors, we have the top 2) with a huge 2 car garage w/storage, 2 fantastic roof decks, a backyard and is on a quiet cul-de-sac near USF. It is a 3 br (with an additional office that is bedroom sized but lacks a closet, currently used as a nursery) 2ba unit, with an updated kitchen and bathrooms (we just did the bathrooms in june ’11). It has been a great family home, we have 3 kids, and we have absolutely loved living there. The address is [removed].

I have not decided if we want to sell, hence why I think a pocket listing inquiry makes sense, but I would certainly entertain interested parties. I think there are some pictures still online at Zillow, but if not I can get you some further details. Thanks Alex,

-[Potential Seller]

This is awesome on many levels. For one, my vision of a network where buyers, sellers, AND agents can get together and shore opportunity is slowly coming to fruition, but also because not only is this a chance for my buyers to get a property that may be a match, it’s also a chance for this seller to “quietly” sell their home, and a chance for me to potentially get a listing.

It’s a new way to think about our industry, and I know it will take more time. Slowly but surely other agents will realize that just like email newsletter and blogs were considered unneccesary, this PocketListings.net thing is for real, and it is an opportunity no agent should pass up.

U.S. Existing Home Sales Decline in March but Inventory Down, Prices Stabilizing

Existing home sales nationally were down in March but continue to outpace year-ago levels, while inventory tightened and home prices are showing further signs of stabilizing, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, declined 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.48 million in March from an upwardly revised 4.60 million in February, but are 5.2 percent above the 4.26 million-unit pace in March 2011.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the recovery is in the process of settling into a higher level of home sales. “The recovery is happening though not at a breakout pace, but we have seen nine consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases,” he said. “Existing-home sales are moving up and down in a fairly narrow range that is well above the level of activity during the first half of last year. With job growth, low interest rates, bargain home prices and an improving economy, the pent-up demand is coming to market and we expect housing to be notably better this year.”

Total housing inventory at the end of March declined 1.3 percent to 2.37 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 6.3-month supply at the current sales pace, the same as in February. Listed inventory is 21.8 percent below a year ago and well below the record of 4.04 million in July 2007.

“We were expecting a seasonal increase in home listings, but a lack of inventory has suddenly become an issue in several markets with not enough homes for sale in relation to buyer interest,” Yun said. “Home sales could be held back because of supply factors and not by demand—we’re already seeing this in the Western states and in South Florida.”

“No View For You!”-View Nazi


Come on people! It’s 2012! If you claim “views for miles” in your listing, at the very least, take a picture with a smartphone and upload that!

I understand you want to get us in the door, but really? On MLS and no photo? Not sharing pics or details of an off market home, that’s a different story. But MLS? The shangrila of real estate? Come on….

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Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive Separated Bikeway Project (Have You Noticed The Chaos?)

Have you made a trip into Golden Gate Park recently (maybe to go to the De Young Museum or Academy of Sciences), and wondered what the hell is going on with some cars parked on the curb, some parked (what would appear to be) in the middle of the road, bikes zipping by in between the cars and curb, and a general mess of people trying to figure out what to do on John F. Kennedy Drive? You’re not alone.

I happen to ride that route 5 days a week taking my boys to and from school and I’ve seen just about every possible combination of confused tourist, angry hipster on fixie, mom with stroller in the bike lane, and SUV parked in the red zone you can imagine.

Be enlightened! Embrace the change!

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Study the above diagram. Watch the video. Visit the SF Bike Coalition website and read their post about it.

Then go to Golden Gate Park. Walk, ride, drive, park, stroll, skate, and do your thing…all without spilling your latte.

It would be great to see more of these lanes throughout the city, especially since so many people in San Francisco are turning to two wheels instead of four as their preferred method of transpo…

Score one for San Francisco!

-Golden Gate Park JFK Drive Separated Bikeway
-On The Right Track Video – Lessons From Portland, Oregon