December 27, 2006

Kids these days…

GilroyDispatch.com of Gilroy California
Buyers like Gilroy resident Juan Biruetta, 19, said that it is still too expensive to buy a home.

“It’s not a good time to buy. The prices are too high,” said Biruetta, who was told by lenders and real estate agents that right now is a good time to buy. He is in the process of buying a home in Madera – six rooms on two acres – for $400,000.

(bold mine)

Wow… kids these days. What were you doing when you were 19? I certainly wasn’t a homeowner. What a loser I was. :(

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December 25, 2006

Here’s your Christmas gift! 20% savings on groceries!

Merry Christmas everyone! Did you get that special pack of ramen from your mortgage broker that you’ve wanted all year long? Did he splurge and give you a can of Fancy Feast instead?

Since it’s a holiday, I’m going to recycle this post from Thanksgiving – since it probably still applies.
How to save 20% on your groceries for Thanksgiving

The other title for this entry is “Zune vs iPod, Wii vs PS3, Safeway vs Safeway”. Why?

iPods are made by Apple, which is in Cupertino. PS3s are made by Sony which has a big site in North San Jose. Bay Area companies.

Zunes on the other hand are made by Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Coincidentally, Wii’s are made by Nintendo – which is also in Redmond, WA!

But these places have one thing in common: Safeway. So thanks to a reader, I thought I’d investigate to see what the difference between the Safeways are. Here’s a table comparing the prices of common Thanksgiving items:

First, we’ll start with a turkey…

Here’s a turkey in Nintendo/Microsoft land:

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… and the same turkey in Sony/Apple land:
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Here’s some milk in Nintendo/Microsoft land:

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… and the same turkey in Sony/Apple land:

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Item Bay Area Redmond Difference
Turkey $7.99 $4.00 100%
Yellow Onions $0.30 $0.15 100%
Celery $1.00 $1.00 0%
Cranberries $2.50 $2.00 25%
Oranges $1.34 $1.79 -25%
Garlic $0.50 $0.50 0%
Lemons $0.99 $0.89 11%
Green Beans $2.49 $1.79 39%
Pork Sausage $3.49 $3.19 9%
Eggs $4.75 $3.49 36%
Milk $3.49 $2.40 45%
Corn $0.79 $0.75 5%
Olive Oil $8.39 $5.39 56%
Chicken Broth $0.60 $1.09 -45%
Flour $1.00 $1.00 0%
Sugar $3.09 $2.50 24%
Ginger $1.20 $0.80 50%
Pecans $8.50 $7.40 15%
Salt $2.79 $2.99 -7%
Rosemary $2.72 $3.21 -15%
Honey $7.79 $7.01 11%
Black Olives $0.80 $0.79 1%
Green Onion $0.99 $0.79 25%
Pumpkin Pie $4.99 $5.49 -9%
Spinach $3.69 $3.29 12%
Grape Jelly $3.39 $2.23 52%
Butter $3.00 $2.50 20%
Biscuits $2.79 $2.39 17%
Tomatoes $0.63 $0.75 -16%
Orange Juice $6.59 $6.29 5%
Potatoes $3.99 $2.99 33%
Carrots $0.79 $0.79 0%
Rice $4.80 $3.85 25%
Grey Poupon $4.29 $3.29 30%
French Fries $3.99 $3.29 21%
Ketchup $3.59 $2.59 39%
Stuffing $3.21 $2.18 47%
Ham $7.49 $6.99 7%

Average difference: 20% more expensive

(Just to be clear – these were the exact same products on both sides. Same brand, same quality, same count – everything. You can verify the results easily using Safeway.com)

So now you know why the PS3 and iPod are so expensive, compared to the Wii and the Zune. Because the groceries are more expensive too. :)
Want to save money on your groceries? Easy! Leave the Bay Area for some place that’s not special like Seattle metro area.

Of course if you leave the the Bay Area, you’ll find that they don’t have any Chinese restaurants, Korean restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants, gays, smart people, guacamole, tech companies, snow sports, hiking, mountains, liberals, In-n-outs, or 9 months of sun. And let’s not forget our cheap housing, amazing public schools, great roads, low taxes, and lack of traffic.

Yeah. I didn’t think you’d leave. It’s just too special here. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Merry Christmas!

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December 22, 2006

"ON THE WORLD RENOWN SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA" a barely standing house

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669922
868 SAN MATEO CT
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
$549,900

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A CHANCE TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME!
A HOME WITH TONS OF POTENTIAL, LOCATED ON THE WORLD RENOWN SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA, JUST MINUTES FROM SHOPPING, ENTERTAINMENT AND SCHOOLS. THIS RANCH HOME IS WAITING FOR THE RIGHT OWNER TO BRING IT BACK TO IT’S ORIGINAL CONDITION. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT THE HOME YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. THE HOME IS DOWN TO THE STUDS, IT HAS A NICE YARD, TWO CAR GARAGE AND IS LOCATED ON A CUL DE SAC. HURRY THIS COULD BE YOUR ONE OF A KIND MASTERPIECE. AND AT SUCH AN AFFORDABLE PRICE THIS HOME WON’T LAST LONG!

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669922 Approx Age: 50 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1078
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom Gas Heat City/Public Water
2 Car Garage Attached Parking Lot: 4,500 to 6,500 Sq Ft

1) When did Sunnyvale join the “peninsula”?

2) When I think San Francisco, I don’t think Sunnyvale

3) This really is one of a kind – mostly because it’s surprising its still standing. Click on the virtual tour to see what’s left of this fiasco. Here’s a quick teaser:

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December 21, 2006

Campbell house perfect for Halloween – just $555,000

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669769
1681 BECK DR
San Jose, CA 95130
$555,000

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This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669769 Approx Age: 47 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1122
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom 1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub

Come on… admit it! This house would be great for Halloween – or any other scary event!

What? No other pictures? No way!

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December 20, 2006

Redwood City house is fit for a queen

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669499
186 BUCKINGHAM AV
Redwood City, CA 94063
$659,000

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This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669499 Approx Age: 68 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1140
Detached Single Family 1 Story Traditional
4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower
1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub Eat in Kitchen

Oh yeah… this house is definitely royal. Just check out this final picture:

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Classic!

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December 19, 2006

Does the driveway count as sqft?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 666219
STANFORD AV
Redwood City, CA 94063
$539,950

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This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 666219 Approx Age: 42 Years Approx Sq Ft: 760
Detached Single Family 1 Story Contemporary
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1 Stall Shower

If you include the drive way though, this house probably has 900 sqft!

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December 18, 2006

This house is right near downtown! Great!

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 645292
144 N 31ST ST
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$589,000
Cute Home in Quiet Downtown Neighborhood
Great for 1st Time Home Buyers. Home Features: Large master bedroom, new carpet, tile flooring in dining and kitchen, cute side yard. Great neighborhood and close to downtown ammenities. Room for upgrades to make it your own!

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 645292 Approx Age: 82 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1253
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms
1 Master Bedroom Suite 2 Bathrooms 2 or More Showers over Tubs
2 or More Tubs Living Rm/Dining Rm Combo Laundry Area – Inside

Ah… I love when being close to downtown means having bars on your front door.

BTW, doesn’t this look like a house from the beginning of Boys in the Hood?

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December 17, 2006

Now is the right time to buy! Unlike last year or last month or last week!

So this ended up in my inbox today…

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Go figure! Now’s the right time. I’m so confused. Because sometimes it’s the right time, but other times it’s the right time. It’s the right time now, yesterday, last week, and before. Isn’t that strange?

But there’s some blasphemy here: “double digit appreciation in recent years was an anomaly.”

Uh… HELLO! This is the Bay Area. They’re not making any more land, it’s special, we have smart people, sushi and Google. How can we have anything other than 10% appreciation a year? It’s our right!

In any case, act fast! Next week might not be the time to buy. It’s only now!

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December 16, 2006

People are moving out of California – Asians moving into California

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > State — Agency says more residents left California than arrived in 2005
For the first time in a decade, the number of residents who left California for another state in 2005 exceeded newcomers who moved here, according to the newest figures from the state Department of Finance.

California recorded a domestic net loss of about 29,000 people last year – the first negative flow of residents since the mid-1990s. The biggest recent loss was in 1994, when the sputtering state economy helped California lose about 350,000 residents to the other 49 states.

That’s fine. We didn’t want those people any way. They’re
probably all jealous renters. And as we all know, renters are like vermin – they make life bad for wholesome debtors owners who are dutifully fulfilling their roles in buying and/or selling houses.

Stephen Gallant moved to Michigan this summer after nearly three years in the posh Silicon Valley suburb of Los Gatos, trading a $2 million house for one in a Detroit suburb that was about half the cost and double the size.


“If I’m going to spend $1 million on a house as opposed to $2 million, that opens up a lot of purchasing power, the ability to go out and do other things,” he said.

Begone Stephen Gallant! We didn’t need you anyway! California is special – and if you can’t realize that, then you don’t deserve us. Good lucking finding smart people or sunlight there in Michigan!
Here’s a surprise finding though:

In previous decades, waves of departing Californians were primarily white. But the newest exodus includes unprecedented numbers of Hispanics, primarily Mexican-Americans.

The analysis by Hans Johnson, a demographer with the Public Policy Institute of California, found that about 320,000 more Hispanics left California than arrived from other states between 2000 and 2005.

Asians were the only ethnic group to have more people move into California than leave, according to Johnson.

The state gained nearly 33,000 Asians from elsewhere in the United States from 2000 to 2005 while losing 441,000 whites and 67,000 African-Americans.

This can only mean one thing: Castro Street in Mountain View will have even more Thai restaurants.

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December 15, 2006

$550,000 for a house with hole in wall and door over counter in Sunnyvale

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 669528
590 CYPRESS AV
Sunnyvale, CA 94085

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$550,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 669528 Approx Age: 54 Years Approx Sq Ft: 865
Detached Single Family 1 Story Ranch

So far… not too bad. A reasonable price for a 865 sqft house in special silicon valley. But there’s more…

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Ah. Now it’s perfect!

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