February 28, 2011

spacious home offers lots of potential in Burlingame


Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 2,000
$/Sq. Ft.: $488
Lot Size: 7,700 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Ranch
Stories: 1
View: Bay
Year Built: 1964
Community: Mills Estates
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81102832
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 9 days
Are you seeking a beautiful home situated in the hills overlooking the bay? Well, look no further this spacious home offers lots of potential. The living room is huge with a wood burning fireplace and is along side the family room centered right in the middle of the home. The master has a bath & walk in closet. Outdated features throughout. Close to freeway for a quick commute + much more 2 offer

What does a house with lots of potential and cost ~$1M look like? Well, sure the outside may be a bit frumpy, but let’s go inside and explore the grandeur of this house:


Trust me. You’re not going to find that tile
pattern anywhere else. This is definitely one of a kind. Super RARE!


Don’t they say that everything old is new again? Well, in this case, you’re going to be buying a bleeding edge kitchen!


All those tiles! I’m thinking… very large bathroom! Or… with a few more mirrors, it could be the Mirror Scene from Enter the Dragon!


Think of the romantic opportunity here!

All yours for a mere $1M!

Comments (14) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:35 am

February 27, 2011

Too High for Fairness, Too Low to Matter

Here’s another example of your tax dollars at play.

Rep. Waters: $20 Billion Settlement Would Be Too Low

By Nick Timiraos, The Wall St Journal, February 25, 2011, 10:56 AM ET

A top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee signaled that the broad outlines of a settlement to resolve mortgage-servicer abuses should push for penalties higher than the reported $20 billion figure.

On Thursday, the Journal reported that the Obama administration, federal regulators, and state attorneys general were ironing out broad outlines of a settlement to resolve abuses that first surfaced when foreclosure processes broke down last fall. The settlement could push for banks to write down loan balances for troubled borrowers, and several stakeholders in the talks have pushed for a settlement of more than $20 billion.

Here’s the quote that caught my eye in this piece on spanking bankers for taking away peoples’ homes by forging documents:

The banking industry has knocked the Obama administration’s nascent proposal, saying that the settlement is too large relative to the size of their abuses and that it is also too small to have any meaningful impact on the housing market.

So what would have meaningful impact on the housing market?  I’m sure you all have some excellent ideas what would work.  Shakespeare said in Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”  So what should we do to the bankers?

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:15 am

February 26, 2011

Gasp! Openings in Prestigious High School District!

Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day!  Wouldn’t you like to enroll your teen in Lynbrook High School, in the “we’re actively throwing nonresidents out of our schools” Fremont Union HSD?


Of course, there’s a catch.  To take advantage of this amazing offer, you have to already live in the FUHSD attendance area.  Talk about the rich getting richer!  Here’s the most recent test scores, for those fortunate enough to consider this amazing (and very limited) opportunity.

School City 2010 Growth, 2009 base API
Cupertino HS Cupertino 891 / 879
Fremont HS Sunnyvale 730 / 740
Homestead HS Cupertino* 858 / 852
Lynbrook HS San Jose 939 / 925
Monta Vista HS Cupertino 943 / 935

*Located right at Cupertino/Sunnyvale border and the vast majority of students are from Sunnyvale, with remainder from Cupertino and Los Altos.  Hey Fremont, the “growth” API means it’s supposed to get BIGGER than the “base” score.  That means the growth number is supposed to go UP.  You know.  MORE.

And some other wanna-be high schools are almost as aggressive about removing “illegal students” as FUHSD.  What a sincere form of flattery, hiring a private detective to ferret out people living on the wrong street.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

February 25, 2011

Serf’s Up in Redwood City!

Sometimes Burbed readers find a great house to share but can’t wait for us to write it up, post it and finally have it appear.  After all, we only post one house per weekday.  So instead they post the house to comments, and then we think, dang!  That’s such a terrific find, if only they’d sent to us for a write-up.  And sometimes we think, oh hell, we’ll write it up anyway!  So, you may have seen this before, but it’s getting the Full Burby!  Our thanks to Burbed reader Tuno for this insightful look at socioeconomic disparity.

Remember, if you prefer the element of surprise, you can always send listings and contributions to either burbed or madhaus (at) burbed.com.

367 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94062


SQ. FT.: 750
$/SQ. FT.: $679
LOT SIZE: 0.25 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cabin
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Cordilleras Heights
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81100851
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 43 days

Bank Owned Home located in one of the most desirable areas of upper Redwood City. This home offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen and living / dining room combo. The lot size is approximately . 25 acres. This home has great potential. Seller is extremely motivated – all reasonable offers welcomed.

Here’s what Tuno had to say about the house:

this is one of my favorite houses at the moment, because it is a perfect Serf House.  if you go to street view and look at it (you may have to scroll up the road a little), it looks like an ordinary very modest little house.  then turn around and see what is across the street.  Presto  -  you can be the live-out serf!!!
the house across the street may not be as magnificant as your examples, madhaus, but *they* don’t include serf huts.

Well, we’d best take a look at that Street View and see what Tuno is talking about!  Here’s the so-called Serf House we’re featuring today.


Not many Street View photos manage to fit three different houses on three different lots into one picture, but this one did it!  Wondering how?  Have a gander at those lot lines!


Hey, let’s have that peek at the house across the street, because its profile is wider than it is deep.


Whoa!  The other place had both neighbors elbowing their way into the picture, but this housing tumor just crowds the lens!  After looking at this across-the-street view, you’ll feel like you live in picture #9 from the listing:


They’ve even left the door open for you!  Maybe the current live-out serf is hard at work threshing the wheat.  No wonder the seller is extremely motivated!

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

February 24, 2011

Come see this property for yourself!



Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,020
$/Sq. Ft.: $319
Lot Size: 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1926
Community: San Bruno Park
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81044562
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 143 days
Come see this property for yourself. Lots of potential. Combo lock box ready to view as of 1/25/2011. Call Ali Hasnain/ Vana (650) 299-9009 for viewing and short sale iinformation

Well, I guess I have no choice but to see this property for myself, since the listing photo is both tiny and flipped horizontally.

Here’s what the photo may actually look like:


I like how this has been on Redfin for a while now, but the combo lock box has only been ready since last month. It goes to show how swamped our Realtors are – the market must be superhot!

Comments (23) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:55 am

February 23, 2011

Get a home Renovation Loan on this great opportunity

imageLet’s welcome Burbed reader sonarrat to the front page again with another amazing find.  This submission came about after sending in a few listings for us to write up, and one went into particular detail. So here it is for all of you to enjoy, even though it is (amazingly) pending (but with release, so there’s still a chance!).

All Burbed fans are invited to submit listings for us to put together, or write it up yourself if you feel inspired.  Send them to burbed or madhaus at this site (your choice, because you deserve one!)  We reserve the right to edit your submission into something your own mother wouldn’t recognize while leaving your name on it.

Great for a first time home buyer. A Huge lot to build more home or get a home Renovation Loan on this great opportunity.

3370 Kettmann Rd, San Jose, CA 95121


SQ. FT.: 1,182
$/SQ. FT.: $279
LOT SIZE: 0.25 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Evergreen
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81037698
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 191 days

Great for a first time home buyer. A Huge lot to build more home or get a home Renovation Loan on this great opportunity.

imageSo, I took a pretty long look at this place. Big lot, not on a busy road, walk your kids to the library, blah blah blah. Seemed like at the very least, a decent investment, seeing how it was the least expensive house in Evergreen and it had tenants living in it until fairly recently. Let’s just say the house comes with a couple caveats.

There is nowhere to put laundry facilities. No gas hookup and no 220V electric in the “laundry” area, which consisted entirely of a big washbasin in a moldy and rotting addition to the rear of the house.

imageOriginal 1948 kitchen with a very dirty green and yellow lino floor against red and yellow tiles, then white cabinets and a counter insert on the left in the fakest granite-look finish you can imagine. One of the worst color combinations I’ve ever seen.

The bedrooms are both on the left corner of the house and couldn’t be more than 10×10 each. No offensive colors there, just newer beige carpet and windows with bullet holes in them. From the inside.

One working furnace out of two.

Bathroom is extremely pink. New vanity and curtain rod installed in an improvisatory fashion.


There was so much termite damage in the attached “den” area that I was left with no doubt the whole kit and caboodle would need to be razed, and that I was happy to continue renting.

Comments (34) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:10 am

February 22, 2011

Follow up: Affordable house in Burlingame

A year ago, this house showed up on Burbed:

February 22, 2010

Affordable house in Burlingame – contractor’s special

907 LARKSPUR Dr Burlingame, CA 94010



Let’s see what happened to this house!


Wow, not bad given the circumstances!

Congrats to the new owners of this amazing deal!

Comments (12) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:56 am

February 21, 2011

“Will be a good house for first time home buyer” in San Bruno


Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 780
$/Sq. Ft.: $319
Lot Size: 2,460 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1947
Community: Belle Air
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81057164
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 52 days
Will be a good house for first time home buyer. Alternate to condo, no, HOA fees. and private.

Hey all you first time home buyers! Boy does San Bruno have a deal for you!

Alternate to condo, no?

And best of all – location location location


Hello! Can you say “passive income from SFO parking”? Rich Dad would be super proud of you! Maybe even Tiger Mom!

And to think that people say there’s no affordable real estate in the Bay Area… phsaw!

Comments (26) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:50 am

February 20, 2011

Great News for Buyers on a Budget: More Foreclosures on the Way!

Enough gloom and doom.  We’ve got good news today!  Now is definitely the time to buy!  Or maybe sell.

Silicon Valley real estate: Foreclosure lull ends in Santa Clara County

By Pete Carey, SJ Mercury News

Posted: 02/15/2011 02:54:55 PM PST, Updated: 02/16/2011 12:45:57 PM PST

After a two-month lull because of a national paperwork scandal, foreclosures in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties in January returned to levels that have prevailed since 2008, indicating the crisis will continue this year but also putting more low-priced homes on the market.

Last month’s increase in foreclosures may be followed by bigger increases in the next few months, according to some real estate professionals.

In Santa Clara County in January, 398 home were either repossessed or sold by lenders to third-party buyers, a nearly 70 percent jump from the month before, according to real estate information service ForeclosureRadar. San Mateo County had 160 foreclosures in January, a 75 percent jump from December.

Paperwork scandal?  You know what the scandal is?  The banks have all those borrowers by their balls liens, and won’t just get on with it.  Seize the property, auction it, and get the prices down to where they need to be, so the overbidding can start again.  Nobody is going to overbid if they’re just sitting around waiting for the banks to dispose of their ginormous shadow inventory.

Well, I don’t know if we have a Silicon Valley version of a groundhog, but it was sunny on February 2nd, so there must have been plenty of shadows.  So keep watching for that shadow inventory to cast itself on a real estate site near you!

We’re hoping some of those places were painted interesting colors, or replaced the front lawn with crushed automobiles, or maybe even set up a commercial-grade pharmaceuticals lab right in the kitchen!  And we’re really hoping they’re priced for lucky amounts, like $888,000.

Meanwhile if you find a great place like that, please pass it on to us so we can share it.  After all, we have to make sure those Open Houses have lots of people passing through, because nothing says Real Estate is Back like running out of flyers!

Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

February 19, 2011

Reasons to buy NOW!

Reasons To Buy Now


Thanks to Burbed reader Alex for this find from Dr. Horton… I mean… D.R. Horton.

No Tax Deductions! Sweet! There’s nothing like getting a tax deduction for paying interest to a bank!

How would you rewrite this ad for Dr. Horton?

Comments (22) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:04 am