Here’s one of the more intriguing emails we’ve gotten this year:
I came across burbed and it seems like you have an eye on what’s going on.
We’re looking for a fairly unique place for our company. Something in the SF area (south bay preferred), with a great view.
I realise you’re not an agent, but thought you might be aware of something interesting.
We’re a close knit company that live and work together. We realised that for the price of us getting modest apartments and a simple office we could instead live in a mansion together and so far that’s been a much nicer option, but we’re currently spread over three houses and need a bigger place where can live and work together again.
Wow, didn’t we just discuss hacker houses last week? Why, yes we did! Perhaps the above email was in response to our in-depth coverage of someone else’s in-depth coverage!
And well, actually we are indeed a bunch of agents, we just neglected to let anyone know it. So since our entire writing staff appears to have taken off the last six months, we’re going to throw this one open to our far-flung network of readers, some of which aren’t just pretend agents.
Please reply in comments, and we’re sure our requester will respond to you if you actually found what they’re looking for. And of course, we expect a 15% finders fee, which beats a 6% commission.
Also note that said reader neglected to say whether this was a purchase or rental. Ha ha! Now they’re going to get all kinds of unsuitable suggestions because they weren’t specific enough! Maybe they’ll post in comments, especially because they don’t want us to shoot the dog.
PS… Turns out they did tell us, in a follow-up:
We’re keen for exciting options, even if a little terrifying. Ideal is rent with option to buy in a year and build more on the land, but renting a large place for 6-12months is a viable option.
Alright! The race to pay us that 15% finders fee is ON! And you can be sure we’ll be holding it for ransom if you expect us to pass it on quietly to the OP. Put it in the comment, though? Free-for-all! We’re hoping this one post will generate at least 16 more live/work rent/buy situations just form people reading about this group.