December 19, 2007

SFGate: Bay Area is too Expensive. Burbed:Bay Area is too Affordable []

The other day, a commenter named Martin posted this (edited) comment:

SFGate: Bay Area is too Expensive. Burbed:Bay Area is too Affordable []
Look at this house:

I selected a decent house in Daly City. It costs $514,900. Other houses before this one I consider a junk.
Sorted by price from low to high. So, it’s 9th, out from 339.


A tiny amount has a household income above 150k.

So, what can justify this kind of house pricing???!
Why it costs so much and who can afford it???!
Daly City is a dirty neighborhood with a worst weather on a peninsula.

I wouldn’t buy this house even for 100k!

Let’s look at the house he found:


Hey that looks familiar!

Why, it’s from the famous “Yellow house that had me at hello” post from back in August…

And the original post back in January:

Wow! What a wild year it’s been!

Come on Martin – this house has already been reduced 39%. Buy it! It was meant for you!

Comments (15) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:06 am

15 Responses to “SFGate: Bay Area is too Expensive. Burbed:Bay Area is too Affordable []”

  1. waiting_for_the_fall Says:

    How come the sq ft is so different?

  2. et_tu_alt_a? Says:

    Looks like the oldest listing confuses sq ft of the house with the sq ft of the lot.

    And there’s a mistake in the newest listing too: the price. Zillow says it’s worth $846k, and we all know prices never go down in the “we’re special” Bay Area…. right?

  3. gfw Says:


  4. mw_dude Says:

    Sale History from Zillow:
    04/20/2007: $558,763
    05/30/2006: $815,000
    04/05/2004: $575,000

  5. et_tu_alt_a? Says:

    It’s bank owned so that last sale was presumably a foreclosure “sale”. Plus it’s been on sale for 204 days so noone is rushing to snap up this “bargain”. What’s up with that?

  6. ex-sunnyvale-renter Says:

    Ugly, ugly, ugly, and the haircut’s ugly too.

  7. 3rd Generation Says:

    I lOVE you. I HATE you.

  8. Malcolm Says:


    Is that Big Bird’s house or something?

    And we thought people were stupid for buying shares of in 2000. But $850k for that thing??

    People truly are stupid. Unbelievable.

  9. sonarrat Says:

    They finally got a picture with sun on it. That’s pretty hard to do in Foggy City.

  10. Pralay Says:

    Instead of pictures of the home, I would like to see the picture of the person who bought the house for $815K. Got to be the poster-child among the believers of “they aren’t making any more land”!

  11. Renter Says:

    It is owned by HSBC. Americans should feel very luck with so many foreign banks lending them free money and eating the loss.

    Even the previous owner who bought in 2004 for $575K had 100% financing from New Century. And that lender was gone. Nice profit for that owner, $140K gain in just 2 years.

  12. Renter4 Says:

    It really shocks me that, of all the owners it’s had, not one has ponied up to change the color. I thought the point of investing was to add a little value for a lot of markup–are sellers really that complacent that they expect to get the markup regardless?

  13. Selma Says:

    What housing bubble?

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