What’s So Bad About Real Estate Agents?

I saw this sign – “No Peddlers or Agents Allowed” – on the gate of a home in Presidio Heights recently. Are you talking to me? Is this how far down we agents have gone in the esteem of our fellow citizens? Personally, I have never had a real estate agent come to my door and though I realize some agents “door knock,” it is an infinitesimal amount since most agents just don’t want to. And I wonder: when the

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A B-Movie Star Slept Here!

This week on tour I was delighted to walk into the Russian Hill condo at 999 Green,unit 2801, which has iconic bridge-to-bridge views, ­ some of the best in the city! According to the listing agent, a B-movie star had lived here. We real estate agents love to find a property with some intrigue. This condo satisfied that need. My favorite part was entering the master bedroom suite which was entered through a fabric-padded door. Inside was a bedroom with

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Home Sweet Home for a Gangbanger

You never know what you are going to find when you enter a home for sale that is in probate and on lockbox. I took my client to see what in its day must have been a very charming Victorian cottage-like home in the central Sunset near the park.  The owner had died and now the home was being sold.  We entered after the sun had gone down so it was dark and the first light switch did not work.

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You Know You are Buying a Home in SF When…

…you pay over a $1,000,000 for a home and it’s a “fixer upper.” …you go to the first Sunday open house and the listing agent tells you as you are walking out the door that the home is in contract with an all cash offer, closing in 5 days. …you submit your offer for $200,000 over the asking price in a multiple offer situation and the listing agent doesn’t bother calling you back. …you submit an all cash offer with

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Truth is Stranger than Fiction

They say truth is stranger than fiction and this is definitely true in the real estate world. A number of stories have come to my attention in this fascinating world. There’s the one about the agent who held her listing open on a Sunday and had a casually dressed young man walk in, look around and head into the bathroom, where he closed the door. He was in there for awhile when the agent heard the shower running. Right, you

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