June 14, 2007

"Reliably finding the least attractive houses available, every day"

Curbed SF featured Burbed today! Here’s what they had to say:

Curbed SF: Thursday PM Links
Reliably finding the least attractive houses available, every day

Oh come on… not all the houses are unattractive. This one was pretty nice:

That house looked pretty good, wouldn’t you agree?

What’s funny is that we used to think that was expensive – but really, it’s not even $1000 per square foot. Chump change.

In any case, thanks Curbed SF!

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"Lowest price in the area!!!!!!!!!!!!"

1418 Cliffwood Dr, San Jose, CA 95122. San Jose Real Estate/Home for Sale.
1418 Cliffwood Dr, San Jose 95122
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Bedroom: 3 Bathroom: 1 MLS#: 721380 Square Footage: 960 $489,999
Status:
Active
Year Built: N/A Parking Spaces: 1 List Date: 4/22/2007 Lot Size: N/A

DESCRIPTION -
1418 Cliffwood Dr, San Jose
Lowest price in the area!!!!!!!!!!!! Plenty of potential!! Located near schools, shopping malls and walking distance to park Dual pane windows, ceiling fans thoughou the house and much more.

Now, I gotta admit – this is a pretty low price in the area. But then again, the house is only 960 sqft! That’s about $500 per square foot. Built in an unknown year! On a lot of unknown size! Without any interior pictures!

I guess there is plenty of potential – since there are no facts, you just need a great imagination. Buy today!

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June 13, 2007

"SELLERS USE ROOM WITH ACCORDION DOORS AS A SECOND BEDROOM"

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 724385
920 W JULIAN ST
San Jose, CA 95126
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$489,000
GARDEN ALAMEDA CHARMER

CHARMING ONE BEDROOM WITH MANY EXTRAS

SELLERS USE ROOM WITH ACCORDION DOORS AS A SECOND BEDROOM

JACK AND JILL BATHROOM WITH CLAWFOOT TUB

TILED KITCHEN W/EAT-IN AREA, GAS STOVE & NEW GRANITE COUNTERTOP. LOTS OF STORAGE…ORIGINAL FOLD AWAY IRONING BOARD ADDS CHARM
WASHER, DRYER, AND REFRIGERATOR INCLUDED

KITCHEN LEADS TO SCREENED ROOM AND BACK YARD

MOST OF THE WINDOWS HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH DUAL PANE

SOME NEW LIGHT FIXTURES/NEWER NEUTRAL FLOORING

LAUNDRY IN SCREENED ROOM

ONE-CAR GARAGE WITH OFF STREET PARKING

PARTIAL BASEMENT WITH PLENTY OF STORAGE SPACE

FRONT YARD WITH LOVELY ROSE BUSHES. GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO CONDO LIVING AND FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS THEIR OWN YARD SPACE

NR SHOPS, PEET’S COFFEE, HIGHWAYS & ROSE GARDEN. SHASTA/HANCHETT PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

AS-IS SALE. TERMITE/PROPERTY/ROOF INSPECTIONS AVAILABLE

TRACE, HOOVER, AND LINCOLN SCHOOLS (BUYER TO VERIFY)

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 724385 Approx Age: 77 Years Approx Sq Ft: 684
Detached Single Family 1 Story Mediterranean
1 Bedroom Ground Floor Bedroom 1 Bathroom
1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub Eat in Kitchen

Generally, I find that it’s not a good sign when nearly every photo of the interior of a house uses a fish eye lens. Here’s an example:

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Hey look, accordion doors! You gotta admit, that is pretty unique!

Here’s a question though… what is “NEUTRAL FLOORING”? Is the flooring from Switzerland?

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June 12, 2007

Eco-friendly house in East Palo Alto

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 712883
2136 ADDISON AV
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
$537,0002136add.jpgThis Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 712883 Approx Age: 53 Years Approx Sq Ft: 752
Detached Single Family 1 Story Cottage/Bungalow
2 Bedrooms Ground Floor Bedroom 1 Bathroom
1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub Breakfast Nook

I gotta tell you, that fence really caught my eye! Talk about C U R B appeal! Even better, check out the backyard!

2136addb.jpg

Did you notice? Yep that’s right – no grass in the front or the back! And given that this year we’re going to have a drought, this is officially an eco-friendly house!

So help save the environment! Think globally, act locally and buy this home today! Think of the money you’ll save on water and harmful fertilizers/pesticides!

Don’t be selfish like your neighbors:

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Yeah that’s right. You don’t want to be a polluter like that house across the street next to the giant DITECH sign, next to Higway 101. Look at him with all that grass. How thoughtless.

So feel good about yourself! And invite your neighbors to park in your backyard as well!

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:56 am

June 11, 2007

New Paint and Quiet – next to Highway 101

1080 15th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063. Redwood City Real Estate/Home for Sale.
1080 15th Ave, Redwood City (Dumbarton)
108015.jpgBedroom: 2 Bathroom: 1 MLS#: 719319 Square Footage: 830 $650,000
Status:
Active
Year Built: N/A Parking Spaces: 2 List Date: 4/13/2007 Lot Size: N/A

DESCRIPTION -
1080 15th Ave, Redwood City
Two Bedrooms & one beautifully remodeled bathroom. Two-car attached garage. Granite countertops & double-pane windows. Pleasant backyard with lawn. New paint inside and out. Great Location in a quiet Neighborhood! Open House 5/20

Hm… if that’s new paint on the outside, am I the only one who wonders what it looked like before?

As for the quiet neighborhood bit – it’s true if you’re there at 4am in the morning on Sundays I hear.

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June 10, 2007

A McMansion in Iowa for the price of a mobile home in Sunnyvale

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Thanks readers!

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:40 am

June 9, 2007

At least you can wear this…

Just like a Realtor who is the seller’s and buyer’s agent, buying something here is win-win!

You’ll get a great product to let everyone know how you feel about real estate, and you’ll be helping support Burbed.com!

Buy a product now – or be priced out forever! Like land in Gilroy, you know they’re not making anymore shirts!

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June 8, 2007

NAR and Housing Forecasts

The Big Picture | NAR and Housing Forecasts

Unfortunately, the Realtor group remains a spin organization, unable to release information without sugarcoating it. Their headline is the reality-challenged “Home Sales Projected to Fluctuate Narrowly With a Gradual Upturn.”

Further, they somehow omitted the simple fact that, even by their own too cheery data, Existing-home sales are forecast to drop 4.6% (they provided the data, but refused to do the math). And the group still has failed to acknowledge the extent of the overbuilding and inventory problems, insisting “We continue to experience a temporary distortion in comparing median existing-home prices.”

Um, no. Its a major correction after an enormous run up due to free money. And as mortgage rates tick higher, that 30% correction (first mentioned here) is looking more and more possible.

Personally, I still think that the  National Association of Realtors should hire this guy:

That would definitely add some more cred to their organization!

Thanks to Jonathan for spotting this!

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 9:50 am

Back on Mkt! Sold w/mltpl ofrs lst tm

1166 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. San Jose Real Estate/Home for Sale.
1166 Pine Ave, San Jose 95125
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Bedroom: 2 Bathroom: 1 MLS#: 712757 Square Footage: 1073 $749,900
Status:
Active
Year Built: N/A Parking Spaces: 2 List Date: 3/14/2007 Lot Size: 5663DESCRIPTION -
1166 Pine Ave, San Jose
Back on Mkt! Sold w/mltpl ofrs lst tm, but buyer had fam emrgncy. Gorgeous kit& bath, hdwd flrs, crn mldg, dl-pn wndws, stone fp, wlk-in clsts. Prk-like yd w/wisteria cvrd arbor. Booksin Elem. Walk to Lincoln Av shops/restrnts. Hurry!

Submitted by Burbed reader Brendan, this is what else he had to say:

Fam emergncy == Lending fell through

That’s my guess. Not sure if there is any way to know.

Me? I just love the txt msg style writing in the description. lol! snf! omg! Bnobpof!

(Buy now or be priced out forever!)

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June 7, 2007

Why does this house make me cry?

2524 Illinois St, East Palo Alto, CA 94303. East Palo Alto Real Estate/Home for Sale.
2524 Illinois St, East Palo Alto 943032524ill.png

Bedroom: 3 Bathroom: 1 MLS#: 672819 Square Footage: 970 $599,000
Status:
Active
Year Built: N/A Parking Spaces: 2 List Date: 12/20/2006 Lot Size: 6250

DESCRIPTION -
2524 Illinois St, East Palo Alto
GREAT INVESTMENT OPP! home has one bedroom in-law unit w/permits. currently rented for $1200/mo. marble floors througout. kitchen has granite counter tops.

To be honest, I’m sure what part of this listing makes me cry. Is it the:

  • Listing that prominently features “EAST OF U.S. 101″?
  • Is it the fact that this house looks like it’s going to collapse?
  • Is it the fact that this is a “great investment opportunity”?
  • Or is it the fact that it has marble floors throughout? Why not gold plate everything too?

What’s wrong with this house in your opinion?

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:57 am