December 31, 2006

Please vote for Burbed!

Wow! I didn’t see this coming – Burbed was nominated for best regional blog!

If you like what you read here, please vote for Burbed.

The prize is $25, so this isn’t exactly about the money – rather, let’s help make Burbed even more well known… so that more people will find out about what makes Silicon Valley so very special!

Please visit http://www.housingwire.com/2007-rebas/ and click on the giant grey “Vote now” link at the top of the page. Burbed.com is in section 5.

Voting ends on 1/10 – so please don’t delay. OR THIS HOUSE IS GOING OFF THE MARKET.

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December 30, 2006

Disaster! Bay Area comes in 2nd place!

America’s Worst Commutes – Forbes.com
California wins the award for worst traffic jams, with Los Angeles and the San Francisco metro area coming in first and second. The Riverside-San Bernardino area tied Orlando, Fla., for ninth place. In Los Angeles, the average annual delay per traveler is 93 hours.

Oh noes! LA came in first!

Does that mean we’re not so special anymore?

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December 29, 2006

Followup: 587 Balsam Av is now a whitehouse! not a bluehouse!

Burbed covered this house in early November…

“BUY IT NOW!!!” The owner demands you to! — Burbed.com: Your Silicon Valley Home and Mortgage Insanity Blog

Well, check out the house now!

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That’s right! It’s now a whitehouse!

I’m surprised they didn’t add more exclamation points to celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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December 28, 2006

Followup: 3 Pams on 274 Pamela Dr in Mountain View

So back in early October, Burbed featured these 3 Pamelas:

What’s better than a Pamela? — Burbed.com: Your Silicon Valley Home and Mortgage Insanity Blog

Let’s see how they’re doing now:

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Ooh! Looks like #19 has take the lead in price drops, while #5 is trying to attract the Chinese crowd by ending the price with 888!

I bet by the spring, these will be $500,000 again. After all, everyone knows that housing prices go back up to normal in the spring!

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December 27, 2006

Ever have too much house? Why not just get half?

I once saw this great weight loss tip:

Shape Up & Drop 10-Step 8
Make your meal twice as nice. Have half at the restaurant. Ask for a doggie bag and enjoy the rest the next day.

It’s true! Eating out keeps getting more expensive, and yet the portions keep getting bigger. So why not just split it?

Well, Burbed Reader Steve found a house just like that:

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Sweet! Double the fun!

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Kids these days…

GilroyDispatch.com of Gilroy California
Buyers like Gilroy resident Juan Biruetta, 19, said that it is still too expensive to buy a home.

“It’s not a good time to buy. The prices are too high,” said Biruetta, who was told by lenders and real estate agents that right now is a good time to buy. He is in the process of buying a home in Madera – six rooms on two acres – for $400,000.

(bold mine)

Wow… kids these days. What were you doing when you were 19? I certainly wasn’t a homeowner. What a loser I was. :(

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December 25, 2006

Here’s your Christmas gift! 20% savings on groceries!

Merry Christmas everyone! Did you get that special pack of ramen from your mortgage broker that you’ve wanted all year long? Did he splurge and give you a can of Fancy Feast instead?

Since it’s a holiday, I’m going to recycle this post from Thanksgiving – since it probably still applies.
How to save 20% on your groceries for Thanksgiving

The other title for this entry is “Zune vs iPod, Wii vs PS3, Safeway vs Safeway”. Why?

iPods are made by Apple, which is in Cupertino. PS3s are made by Sony which has a big site in North San Jose. Bay Area companies.

Zunes on the other hand are made by Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Coincidentally, Wii’s are made by Nintendo – which is also in Redmond, WA!

But these places have one thing in common: Safeway. So thanks to a reader, I thought I’d investigate to see what the difference between the Safeways are. Here’s a table comparing the prices of common Thanksgiving items:

First, we’ll start with a turkey…

Here’s a turkey in Nintendo/Microsoft land:

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… and the same turkey in Sony/Apple land:
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Here’s some milk in Nintendo/Microsoft land:

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… and the same turkey in Sony/Apple land:

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Item Bay Area Redmond Difference
Turkey $7.99 $4.00 100%
Yellow Onions $0.30 $0.15 100%
Celery $1.00 $1.00 0%
Cranberries $2.50 $2.00 25%
Oranges $1.34 $1.79 -25%
Garlic $0.50 $0.50 0%
Lemons $0.99 $0.89 11%
Green Beans $2.49 $1.79 39%
Pork Sausage $3.49 $3.19 9%
Eggs $4.75 $3.49 36%
Milk $3.49 $2.40 45%
Corn $0.79 $0.75 5%
Olive Oil $8.39 $5.39 56%
Chicken Broth $0.60 $1.09 -45%
Flour $1.00 $1.00 0%
Sugar $3.09 $2.50 24%
Ginger $1.20 $0.80 50%
Pecans $8.50 $7.40 15%
Salt $2.79 $2.99 -7%
Rosemary $2.72 $3.21 -15%
Honey $7.79 $7.01 11%
Black Olives $0.80 $0.79 1%
Green Onion $0.99 $0.79 25%
Pumpkin Pie $4.99 $5.49 -9%
Spinach $3.69 $3.29 12%
Grape Jelly $3.39 $2.23 52%
Butter $3.00 $2.50 20%
Biscuits $2.79 $2.39 17%
Tomatoes $0.63 $0.75 -16%
Orange Juice $6.59 $6.29 5%
Potatoes $3.99 $2.99 33%
Carrots $0.79 $0.79 0%
Rice $4.80 $3.85 25%
Grey Poupon $4.29 $3.29 30%
French Fries $3.99 $3.29 21%
Ketchup $3.59 $2.59 39%
Stuffing $3.21 $2.18 47%
Ham $7.49 $6.99 7%

Average difference: 20% more expensive

(Just to be clear – these were the exact same products on both sides. Same brand, same quality, same count – everything. You can verify the results easily using Safeway.com)

So now you know why the PS3 and iPod are so expensive, compared to the Wii and the Zune. Because the groceries are more expensive too. :)
Want to save money on your groceries? Easy! Leave the Bay Area for some place that’s not special like Seattle metro area.

Of course if you leave the the Bay Area, you’ll find that they don’t have any Chinese restaurants, Korean restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants, gays, smart people, guacamole, tech companies, snow sports, hiking, mountains, liberals, In-n-outs, or 9 months of sun. And let’s not forget our cheap housing, amazing public schools, great roads, low taxes, and lack of traffic.

Yeah. I didn’t think you’d leave. It’s just too special here. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Merry Christmas!

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December 22, 2006

"ON THE WORLD RENOWN SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA" a barely standing house

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669922
868 SAN MATEO CT
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
$549,900

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A CHANCE TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME!
A HOME WITH TONS OF POTENTIAL, LOCATED ON THE WORLD RENOWN SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA, JUST MINUTES FROM SHOPPING, ENTERTAINMENT AND SCHOOLS. THIS RANCH HOME IS WAITING FOR THE RIGHT OWNER TO BRING IT BACK TO IT’S ORIGINAL CONDITION. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT THE HOME YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. THE HOME IS DOWN TO THE STUDS, IT HAS A NICE YARD, TWO CAR GARAGE AND IS LOCATED ON A CUL DE SAC. HURRY THIS COULD BE YOUR ONE OF A KIND MASTERPIECE. AND AT SUCH AN AFFORDABLE PRICE THIS HOME WON’T LAST LONG!

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669922 Approx Age: 50 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1078
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom Gas Heat City/Public Water
2 Car Garage Attached Parking Lot: 4,500 to 6,500 Sq Ft

1) When did Sunnyvale join the “peninsula”?

2) When I think San Francisco, I don’t think Sunnyvale

3) This really is one of a kind – mostly because it’s surprising its still standing. Click on the virtual tour to see what’s left of this fiasco. Here’s a quick teaser:

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December 21, 2006

Campbell house perfect for Halloween – just $555,000

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669769
1681 BECK DR
San Jose, CA 95130
$555,000

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This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669769 Approx Age: 47 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1122
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom 1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub

Come on… admit it! This house would be great for Halloween – or any other scary event!

What? No other pictures? No way!

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December 20, 2006

Redwood City house is fit for a queen

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669499
186 BUCKINGHAM AV
Redwood City, CA 94063
$659,000

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This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669499 Approx Age: 68 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1140
Detached Single Family 1 Story Traditional
4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower
1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub Eat in Kitchen

Oh yeah… this house is definitely royal. Just check out this final picture:

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Classic!

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