One of the interesting things about reading so many real estate listings is noticing just how few agents have a decent command of the English language. When the market was red-hot back in the mid-oughties, listing copy was slapdash because the homes, RBA or not, essentially sold themselves. And now that market action is found at the very high and very low ends, nothing says low-end like a listing that doesn’t even try to scan.
Today’s housing horror, from Burbed reader MS, is a good example of this. The copy sounds like a Monopoly instruction. The only question is whether this property is in the Dark Purples (now Browns) or the Light Blues, because it sure as heck isn’t Boardwalk.
438 CAVANAUGH St
San Mateo, CA 94401
SQ. FT.: 1,804
$/SQ. FT.: $277
LOT SIZE: 5,610 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
YEAR BUILT: 1959
COMMUNITY: North Shoreview/Dore Cavanaugh
COUNTY: San Mateo
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 42 days
Tenant occupied. Two large dogs. Do Not Go Direct. As Is Sale, No Seller Warranty, Additions may or may not have permits
All tenant-occupied places mean you have to call agent for appointment. . Just to get the point across about how real this short is, these tenants have TWO LARGE DOGS that make showings even more difficult, not that you planned to! And then there’s the unpermitted additions. What are they in a 3/5.5?
How’d they add onto it, to get that configuration?
I’m stumped. I’ll go if someone goes with me.
Have a look. It seems like they just kept moving on back.
Whoah. Come for the “may or may not have permits” additions, stay for the high-voltage transmission lines. And if you’re ever worried about not having enough power to run your flatscreen television collection, just tap in behind your fence.
“Bunus”: Golf course right across the street means random broken windows!