November 10, 2013

Building a new house is easy!

Nobody even noticed we had a new article yesterday. And it was on topic and everything! So just for that, we give you a lame-ass Ikea rip-off on what to do if they ever made any more land. And you managed to get some.


This is your weekend Open Thread.  Heck, this is probably going to be your Open Thread for the whole effing month of November at the rate we’re going.

We would love to properly credit and link to the author of these instructions. Let us know if you can figure out who it is.

Comments (14) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

July 20, 2013

Another fine home!

Today’s Real Estate Photo Win was submitted by Michael Boltonestater, who notes that this screengrab came from the TV show Arrested Development.


Wait, there’s cupcakes at Open Houses? We’ve been seriously missing out! When we visit an Open House, we’re happy if the agent puts out bottled water.

Let us know what kind of snacks you find this weekend, as this is your Weekend Open Thread!

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am

May 25, 2013

Why Everyone Loves Realtards: Part LXIV


Self-serving arguments: what else would you expect?  Item for discussion: which is cheaper, a divorce or a bigger house? Be sure to indicate where said house would be.  And if you push for downgrading your school district while upsizing your residence, the divorce may well follow on its own.

It’s the weekend! In fact, it’s a three-day weekend! Will you look at more or fewer Open Houses?  Will you post more or fewer comments in this Weekend Open Thread?

Photo from Funny Signs website.

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:10 am

May 18, 2013

Is it the weekend already?

And if it is, does that mean time to look at Open Houses?  Let us know what’s out there.  We hear overbidding happens sometimes.  Let us know about it because we’re going back to bed.


This is also your weekend open thread! Speak up before somebody croaks.

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

May 11, 2013

Surburban Sprawl, Mexican Style

This was a National Geographic Photo of the Day for Wednesday, May 8th.  Yes, it’s real.  No, we don’t care if you think it’s shopped and that you can tell by the pixels.  It’s real. We swear we are not making this up.


Click to learn more about where in Mexico this was taken and what the photographer noticed about this place.  Then tell us if you saw any Open Houses today that were in a tract of suburban sameness.

Yes, this is indeed your Weekend Open Thread!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

May 4, 2013

Open Houses need Open Threads

Are you looking at any Open Houses next to a farm?

Photo credit thanks to Galen Ward.


Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

April 21, 2013

Open Houses, Open Threads, Open Minds, Open Wallets

130420-fallon-redfinToday is Sunday! That means better hurry up and make the most of Spring Bounce by visiting as many Open Houses as you can today.  It also means we put the alphabet away until Monday.

This particular house on the left isn’t listed as Open and probably won’t be, because it’s selling shortly.  The bank knows a lot more about it than the FB who wasn’t getting the monthly nut met.


130420-fallon-tower130420-fallon-crisisAnd you don’t have to be a psychic to get that banks expect mortgages to be paid back.  Too bad this resident didn’t sense that sudden change in their domestic affairs. 

Here’s the most real estate-related card in the Tarot.  The Tower represents sudden change, release, downfall or revelation. Yes, that definitely sounds like a ride on a Bay Area Real Estate Bubble.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for observing the inherent contradiction in that listing photo.

This is an Open Thread. Share your predictions of where home prices are headed.  Or we’ll just post them for you as we shuffle the cards.

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

March 17, 2013

If the Bay Area Were a High School…

Found while perusing The Atlantic Cities and submitted for your consideration need for a weekend giggle:

‘Rich Kid Who Wears Pastel Shirts’ of the Day: Connecticut

130316-hstypes-redditHENRY GRABAR | The Atlantic CITIES | MAR 11, 2013

Sometimes, the hive mind just does it better.

This weekend, thousands of Redditors brainstormed an exciting new method of stereotyping American regional identity. If the U.S. were a high school, which states would fulfill which high school stereotypes?

A few of the top answers:

Oregon, by DVDAmoog: "Oregon is that white dude with dreadlocks."

Washington by GoopyCheese: "Washington would be that awesome kid who’s cool enough to roll with the cool kids, but not too cool to hangout with the weird kids."

Alaska, by JoeTromboni: "Alaska is the fat kid with a beard who wears flannel, and gets A’s in shop class."


Okay, you get the idea: let your worst stereotypes run wild. We’ve included the link to Reddit so you can find more, but while this is a fun game, we need remember that on Burbed, all real estate is local. What would each city or neighborhood in the Bay Area be like if they were a typical high school kid?

Let’s see…

Alviso is the runty guy on reduced lunch who lets off Silent But Deadlies on the staircases. Even Milpitas won’t sit next to him anymore.

Emerald Hills (Redwood City) are twin girls. One wears Juicy Couture and tries to hang out with Woodside and his gang but they usually blow her off.  The other Emerald Hills girl buys her clothes at Goodwill, cuts most of her classes, and spends all day in the Art studio.  Nobody can figure out what she’s making.

Mission San Jose (Fremont) used to be a pretty fun dude but once he got those 2380 SATs back he’s just unbearable.


Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

March 10, 2013

Time for a Bay Area Bubble 4.0 Open Thread

How crowded are the Open Houses you're looking at today? The one we visited was not very busy and the Realtard didn't understand the difference between a Census tract, a tract house, and a County parcel.

We wish we were making this up. Meanwhile, make up whatever you wish, because this is an Open Thread.


Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:04 am

January 26, 2013

Yet Another Map of California

Submitted for your edification.  At least this time we have a link, but it’s to a site that doesn’t know where it came from either.


This is, of course, your Weekend Open Thread as well.  Tell us what you love about California.  If you hate something about California, it’s because you don’t live in the Real Bay Area.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am