March 29, 2012

Great potential in Saratoga

120328-northampton-saratoga-chartRemember the house we featured yesterday, the “fixer” in San Francisco?  Yes, it was in hot, hot, HOT Noe Valley, so of course all the agent had to do was take pictures and slap that puppy on the MLS to let the wild overbidding start.  This low-inventory situation means less work for agents, so they can spend more time finding more excellent properties… for our front page.

Inventory isn’t low just in San Francisco.  Today’s house in Saratoga, courtesy of Burbed reader hsjb, may remind you of yesterday’s.  Grab your oven mitts, because you better be ready for the heat!

Saratoga, CA 95070


SQ. FT.: 1,880
$/SQ. FT.: $691
LOT SIZE: 9,945 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
VIEW: Mountains
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81207583
STATUS: Pending Without Release
ON REDFIN: 28 days

single family ranch style home in a quiet cul-de-sac with great potential!! 4 bedrooms, 2bathrooms, 3yr new red tiled roof, hardwood floors, copper plumbing, nice size yard with pool and jacuzzi, close to great schools and needs updating and reflected in the price.

Here’s what hsjb had to say when alerting us to this superb suburban synonym-for-“house”-that-starts-with-the-letter-S.

120328-northampton-livingroomOwners can’t understand why it’s not selling

The agent who took these photos really knows how to make this home look attractive enough to go check out.

He certainly does! Yet after this was sent in to Burbed, the house went pending anyway!  This is a signal to realtards everywhere: you needn’t bother with the light bulbs and Drano anymore.  These houses really do sell themselves.  All the agent needs is a camera phone.  We’ve got plenty of pictures for you, so click on through to the Open House!


You can really appreciate an agent who puts in the work to take 24 pictures that all say “Now is the time to buy!”  And look at the marketing to prove it!


Lower the price after accepting an offer.  Any ideas what’s going on here?

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:14 am

18 Responses to “Great potential in Saratoga”

  1. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Lower the price after accepting an offer. Any ideas what’s going on here?

    So the agent can claim it sold for asking or over asking?

  2. SEA Says:

    That ship in Edmonds is looking much better.

  3. hsjb Says:

    Unsure about the timing of the price reduction vs. the actual offer acceptance. However, perhaps they had to give the buyer a $100K discount to cover the refuse hauling and cleaning costs?

  4. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    So … dropping in price what, 20% a year?

    Sounds like a win.

  5. Crissa Says:

    Before taking pictures, rake all debris out of frame. Simple, anyone can do it, and no cleaning required.

  6. madhaus Says:

    I really like the shot of the blue bedroom, where the vacuum cleaner is visibly intruding into the photo. It says that in theory someone thought about cleaning the house, but it really would be easier to make the buyer do it.

    Edit: Now that I look at it, I think it’s an exercise device (treadmill? stair stepper?), but most people know they make handy coatracks.

  7. AstroWallaby Says:

    Saratoga isn’t *quite* Palo Alto when it comes to crazy-town pricing but it’s close enough. (I don’t know if it qualifies as *REALLY REALLY SUPER REAL* RBA, but it is at least indisputably RBA, with the possible exception of the northeast corner.) This dump selling for 1.2 million isn’t really a surprise. I am slightly curious what the story is, though. The simplest theory is that some kids with kids were happily crashing in Grandma’s place until Nana came to an untimely end, at which point the next generation was confronted with the bill for Nana’s reverse mortgage. Houses just don’t look like this when the sellers are moving because they *want* to.

  8. nomadic Says:

    The first pic after the jump made me do a double-take. I thought it was of my next door neighbor’s house. They always have piles of kid detritus lying around, in spite of the fact all of them are old enough to pick up after themselves.

    Interesting that this place has Cupertino schools. Saratoga covers at least three districts.

  9. Dr. Chorillo Says:

    Hey I just noticed there’s a dog in that second pic! This is like playing Where’s Waldo!

  10. gallileo Says:


    If there is a dog, this place needs a DHO tag. Dog hanging out.

  11. Swan Says:

    Same housekeeper? You decide.

  12. SiO2 Says:

    Nomadic writes:
    “Interesting that this place has Cupertino schools. Saratoga covers at least three districts.”

    At least!
    Saratoga Elem. Saratoga-LG HS
    Moreland Elem. Campbell Elem. Campbell HS.
    Cupertino Elem. Fremont HS (including Monte Vista)

    Perhaps it’s not fair to count the HS and elem separately.

    While the house needs to be cleaned up and possibly more, the neighborhood is nice, and walking distance to park and elem school. Move it 5 blocks east, the neighborhood is equally nice, but it’s now in Moreland elem, so take $150k off the price.

    $1.3 for this kind of house is about what it was in 06. 07 would have been a bit higher.

  13. Scott Says:

    Wow looks like Pigpen forgot to clean up after the last tornado hit Saratoga! Amazing how slovenly these arrogant home owners and realtards are these days when it comes to selling their overpriced crapshacks. No attempt to at least try to stage the property how obscene!

  14. AstroWallaby Says:

    I still suspect the place looks like it did because whoever was living in the house didn’t want to leave. I would bet a nickel the pending buyer is right now dealing with the “seller” repeatedly trying to tack a rentback agreement onto the closing contract, in hopes of extending their squatter’s rights indefinitely.

  15. herpderp Says:

    To me, nothing says “do not move to this neighborhood” like a bunch of Kinder Crap in the front yards.

  16. sprezzatura Says:

    “Listing Information
    Negotiate Possession”

    — bingo – they do not want to leave.

  17. nomadic Says:

    Holy crap(per)! Look at the lead pic on Zillow!

    There are a ton more clutter pictures there too.

  18. herpderp Says:

    I’m in contract to buy a house (in the Seattle area), and when we found our awesome REA, we spent an evening browsing the MLS with her, going over what we wanted and didn’t want. Every photo of a toilet seat lid in the “up” position – and there were more than a few – earned an eye-roll and an instant rejection from her. I wonder if it isn’t some Mockingjay-style signal amongst agents. “Warning, warning, do not buy!”

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