Are you looking at any Open Houses next to a farm?
Photo credit thanks to Galen Ward.
Are you looking at any Open Houses next to a farm?
Photo credit thanks to Galen Ward.
Happy Easter! This means NOW is the time for Spring Real Estate selling season to begin Bouncing in earnest. We’ve been telling you about Bay Area Bubble 4.0, so just imagine how much win Real Bay Area home prices will have starting tomorrow!
That’s not all the Easter Eggs we’ve found under our bedecked and bowtied basket! Here’s a few more the Burbed Bunny brought to beaucoup browsers.
We appreciate all our readers who send us awesome listings (and you know by awesome, we mean something that is exactly the opposite of awesome). If you have a great example of Real Estate Fail, send it to one of our email contacts in the upper right corner.
Best of all is when you visit an Open House and take some photos of things that the agent didn’t think best reflected the property’s best features. Yes, we love your photos too!
We also love our readers’ comments. Please be sure to stop by and show each listing as much love as it deserves.
Finally, we’re going to be part of another Big Blog Bonanza. Tomorrow begins a new month, and we’re going to be joining the fun with over 1700 other blogs in the April 2013 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For many bloggers, the difficulty of merely writing one post every day brings anxiety, fear, or wrestling with the dreaded blogger’s block. We’ve been putting out an article pretty much every day for seven years, but having topics line up with the alphabet will give us an interesting tour of the Bay Area. Feel free anytime to nominate some suggestions for letters to come! We’re still wondering just what to do with that pesky letter X.
We did make it over to the old Wozniak place during yesterday’s Open House. And we took pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. We can assure you that some of the notable improvements to the property, such as the fireman’s pole, the cave, and the twisty little maze of passages, all different, are still there. Here’s just a taste of the photoblog to come.
You may have also noticed that we’ve been moving the furniture back and forth on our pages. Some of the new additions seem good, and some just aren’t working out quite as well as we’d like. Notice that little Redfin sign where it says “location, location, location?” That links to our growing photo Collections over there. Please check it out. Another thing to check out is our twitter feed (and yes, we know we should be posting the feed right to the site. A site redesign first would help. We’re working on it, really. Why do you think we keep moving the furniture?) The sharing options don’t seem to work as advertised, f’rinstance. Anyone want us to try the thumbs up/down again? We kind of miss them. (This allowed you to vote yea or nay on both posts and comments.)
Finally, we joined into a Blogtacular scheme called the Blog Blitz. We think it’s a good idea, and if you write your own blog, you can also be part of it. By joining the group, you agree that when DL Hammons, who started it all, says “Everyone Blitz this Blog!” you will head over to the chosen site on the appointed day and post some helpful or encouraging comment there. It’s true, people who write blogs love it when their readers post something useful.
Now, in the case of Burbed, “helpful or encouraging” does not necessarily mean “I love your blog and read it every single day and twice on Sundays!” (although we don’t object to such fawningly overdone praise either). Useful would be either informing us about the property of the day or sharing something related to it or making a snarkilicious observation. All this goes to say if you join us in signing up for Blog Blitz, please read whatever blog you’re asked to post in before chiming in with “Me too! All the way!”
We’ve listed the participants below (if this LinkyTools code works properly) and you can join in right here. If you don’t see any blog list (we’re #127, which is 2^7-1, perfect for a Silicon Valley-based site), then obviously the script stopped working, so head over to DL’s site and sign up there. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll be blitzed and for one delightful day, we’ll be back to the glory days of a 150+ comment thread.
Or you all could start talking more.
Blog list after the break.
At long last, we’ve set up a Facebook Page, and we’re collecting Likes. We’re not really sure what we’re going to do with them. Maybe there’s a Mortgage Equity Withdrawal program out there who wants every one of your names. But more likely we’ll just wonder which Facebook Name goes with some of the more interesting handles our commenters have used.
Anyway, please click that Like button if you have a Facebook account, because right now we’re still in single digit territory, and Patrick.net is threatening to beat us up behind the gym.
This is also your opportunity to grouse about Facebook, or its policies, or its stock price, if you don’t find the housing-related piece today to your taste.
Today is the last day of the year. What was your favorite property of all the ones we pointed and laughed at this year? Here are some for your discussion.
Did we leave out your favorite Burbed house or article? Which piece was your least favorite and why? What would you like to see us cover more of in 2013?
Ah, Christmas time. The toys, the food, the eggnog, the family visits, the decorations, the lights, and of course, the tree. We wanted to find a simple ornament with a house for sale representation to wish you all a Happy Holiday, but instead, we found the ornament at right.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Now, we will be the first to admit that there are indeed excellent and knowledgeable real estate agents out there. This blog acknowledges that there would be fewer people buying and selling homes if all of them were completely incompetent. But this blog more importantly notes that it’s the bottom percentiles of the “profession” that help keep us in top material.
Now, if you have a Special Agent who you think would appreciate these thoughts on their tree, we swear we did not make this up. You can actually buy this round ceramic ornament at CafePress. And it will cost you $12.50. Plus shipping! And you can also get it in red ink (perfect for the foreclosure specialist).
Being the inquisitive, fun-loving bunch that we are, we decided to see if this ornament could be, well, improved. Took us a while, and since none of us went to design school, it didn’t have the panache or the braggadocio of the simple ornament above. But ours has something better. A logo.
A completely derivative yet 100% protected-from-trademark-infringement-lawsuits-by-the-fact-that-it’s-obviously-satirical-and-would-not-induce-confusion-in-anyone-other-than-a-Realtard logo.
We wish you and yours a very Wonderful Winter Whatever.
Burbed, like most blogs, gets its share of spam in the comments. We use some spam-blocking tools to keep those to a minimum, but no tool is perfect. And sometimes some of your legitimate posts end up in the spam bin, where our hardworking staff has to rescue them by sorting through hundreds of offers of gay porn and Louis Vuitton ripoffs. That means some of your comments sit alone, in the dark, with nothing but dozens of identical posts in Portuguese to keep them company until we dig them out them days later.
We’ve been dealing with some of the odder contributions by posting them without whatever sites they linked back to, as a Moment of Zen feature. We’d like to know if you find these interesting or if this is wasted effort on our part, when we could be out looking at Open Houses to not write up.
Here are some of the latest additions to comments that really did belong in the spambucket, but are now standing on an equal footing with your own contributions. Please let us know if you think we’re taking the right approach toward responding to these. Do you enjoy them or should we just have left them in the spam Portal to Hell? It’s the hope of finding a #winning entry that keeps us checking the queue while rescuing those of you unfairly discarded with the Xbox cheat codes for only $49. The earnest, badly spelled, improper use of English while selling services on another continent comments are a “bunus,” but do let us know if these are worth our trouble. Remember, these tend to released after most of you are done with the thread they sought out.
Or complain about something else. This is an open thread, you know. Post away. Attempts to sell us something are subject to further scathing editorial commentary.
Say goodbye to the “mystery man” default avatar in comments. Now they’ll be marked by a random pixelated identifier. And we’re not only doing it live, we’re doing it #retroactively. Check your old comments; you’ll see you now have a unique retro avatar if you haven’t already set one up via Gravatar.
Insects, robots, monsters, vehicles, and some… you don’t want to say. It’s a low-res Rorschach test! Feel free to whine about this change or let us know what some of the avatars remind you of.
Zuckerberg, 28, is the world’s 40th wealthiest person, with a net worth of $15.7 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His company went public in a $16 billion initial public offering in May. The shares were down 19 percent since trading began as of July 13.
Facebook spokesman Larry Yu declined to comment on Zuckerberg’s mortgage.
“We’re not going to get into the personal finances of executives,” he said in an e-mail.
The Palo Alto house cost $7 million in March of last year, purchased in the name of a limited liability company, according to a deed filed with the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder.
Zuckerberg’s address was published by Palo Alto Online and Burbed.com, a Silicon Valley real estate blog. Three neighbors reached by phone at their homes said Zuckerberg lives at the address. They asked that their names not be used because of concerns for their privacy.
Let me take a moment to thank Madhaus for the enormous effort it takes to post all these stories. Without Madhaus, this site would not have been featured on Bloomberg.com yesterday.
I’d also like to take a moment to thank the readers and commenters on Burbed, for making it such a vibrant and interesting community.
Finally, I’d like to thank Mark Zuckerberg for helping the Bay Area take another step in reaching its goals of becoming the best place in the world to live.
Thank you everyone!
By now, there is no doubt that I’m the worst server admin of any Bay Area Real Estate blog. It’s just not my forte.
For example, try as I might, I simply can’t understand why memory usage by this wordpress instance looks like this:
I’m led to believe that maybe it is the plugins.
Throughout this week, I’m going to try turning some of them on and off to see what the difference is.
I apologize for any weirdness in advance.
On the flipside, if there are any wordpress mavens amongst you, please let me know.