April 1, 2012

New Directions: A Serious Post

While Burbed remains a highly valued and award-winning website, our readership levels have been dropping even faster than home prices in places outside the Real Bay Area.  Clearly it’s time to take some serious stock of what this site is for, what it’s trying to do, and whether to set some new goals.

120331-red-flagThe Problem: Burbed was created to show the insanely high housing prices for insanely poor quality homes in the Bay Area.  Today, as long as you’re not looking too close to Google, Facebook, or whatever neighborhood in San Francisco is trendy this week, you can find nicer properties at some of the most affordable prices since the 20th century ended.   Meeting our mission is difficult and increasingly irrelevant.

120331-green-checkThe Solution: People want guidance on how to buy or sell a home without any game playing.  What few readers we have left have learned to be wary of agents, but trust us completely.  Therefore, effective immediately, Burbed will stop pointing and laughing at badly marketed homes, when we could make a lot more money buying and selling them.

120331-univ-sonarThat’s right.  We are now, starting today, Open for Your Business!  That means we won’t be bad-mouthing real estate professionals, showing homes with poorly-maintained property or messy rooms, or cracking wise on unrealistic asking 120331-stjoseph-homesaleprices.  And in the current real estate market, the sky is the limit on asking prices, so who are we to object?

List your home with us and we’ll get it out to the customers who would otherwise never read real estate ads.  Hire our team of informed and lively agents to find you the perfect place to live in, while entertaining you during the drive from one house to another.  (Some of them even own vehicles with room for more than one other rider!)

120331-dranoPlease patronize all our brand new sponsors you see on this page.  You’ll be seeing a lot more ads for them and other exciting products and services, throughout the site as our new business 120331-ge-llight-bulbsmodel takes shape.  Things are going to get very exciting around here, so we may have to limit comments if there are any difficulties.

Thanks again for visiting Burbed.  Often.  And remember, Now is the Time to Buy or Sell a House!


Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:01 am

12 Responses to “New Directions: A Serious Post”

  1. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Er, prices are still insanely high, and it’s still stupid to buy a house and lose $50k a year on the thing.

  2. Wendie Says:

    Good April Fools!

  3. SEA Says:

    I see your sponsors understand that we are only interested in buying and selling RBA properties.

  4. SEA Says:

    50% fact, 50% fiction: $2.6M for 1875 University Ave.

    The over bidding shall bring the price right where it needs to be.

  5. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Redfin is already feeling threatened and is offering a “Purchase with 2-click” option (Amazon owns the one-click patent).

  6. very amused Says:

    2 click? Bah. Burbed agents will torrent houses on The Pirate Bay.

  7. sprezzatura Says:

    Happy April Fools to you too, Burbed!

  8. nomadic Says:

    Sorry guys, I bought the PA house using Petsmart Groomer’s 2-click link. Just got the confirmation email to prove it! They’re sending the keys via USPS instead of the carrier pigeon I requested though. 🙁

  9. Jb Says:

    You had me until the draino ad. Nicely done.

  10. Charles Says:

    Wow, for a minute I thought I was at Irvine Housing Blog.

  11. Metalhead Says:

    Awesome! Love the new direction. I like how the business new fiscal year starts April 1st.

  12. Divasm Says:

    I think there would be a lot of demand for an official “RBA map of the Star Homes.” Not like the LA tour, this is where the homes themselves are stars! We can get one of those trolley-looking-tour buses and drive people around the RBA to Burbed’s greatest hits!

    “And on your left side, ladies and gentlemen, you’ll see none other than Dudes Hanging Out! Where’s that cat, I know it’s around here somewhere!” We can each take a shift being a snarky tour guide and bring in some $$$ for the site!

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