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Not a day goes by without someone stopping me and asking, "What's going on with the real estate market in San Mateo County?"   We get this question because the press is doing a good job of yelling at us "Chicken Little, the sky's falling in!" and that the housing market is in a slump around here....
Is  this you?  Your house has been on the market for three and one half weeks.  You've been a good member of the Clean Counter Club but it's getting harder and harder to do everyday.  Days interrupted.  Dinners interrupted.  Saturday open houses.  Sunday open houses.  Keep the house picked up.  K...
This morning, I opened up my edition of the San Francisco Chronicle and there above the fold on the front page is this headline: Would-Be Home Buyers Hesitate.  If you go to SFGate, the headline is Leisurely Lookers.  If you look at the chart that sits at the top of my blog and then click the Alt...
I guess I am not alone in thinking that agents who don't post pictures are lazy.  I sure hit the nail on the head with that query.  I find it interesting to see that generally these agents fall into one of two camps, at least in our area.  They are either poorly trained (or untrained and left to ...
 Okay, I know I am prejudiced about this but I become furious when I search for properties online and there are no pictures uploaded by the listing agent.  If it bugs me does it bug you?  Do you even want to go see a property in person if you can't inspect in online first?  I personally think age...
I received a call today from Amber Farina, Coordinator of Community Services for the San Mateo/Foster City School District, correcting some information I had been given by another person at the district office and that I wrote about yesterday. Foster city Schools do have room for Foster City chil...
 The San Mateo/Foster City School District has some important information for you to know about and it's likely you may not know it unless you have already been affected by it.  When your Realtor writes up an offer to buy  a house in our area there is a single page document that says the local sc...
Our little town of Burlingame will begin celebrating its Centennial Year this weekend with a parade a free vintage baseball game.  The parade begins at 10AM in front of Roosevelt School on Vancouver.  The parade route runs down Broadway to California Drive and south to Florabunda where it passes ...
Last night a story on 60 Minutes was aired taking shots at Realtors and especially the alleged 6% commission charged to sell a home. They stated over and over again that this 6% commission was set in stone.  They then talked at length with the CEO of Redfin, a web company based in Seattle that ki...
  San Mateo County has a unique place in the ranking of real estate markets around the country.  We happen to have some of the most expensive zip codes in the US.  Forbes does a great job of recording all of this trivia for people like me, who love to look up querky things. The last time Forbes d...

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Commenting primarily on seven cities on the San Francisco Peninsula where I live, work and play. I believe that education about the real estate process is key in my desire to help people find their next home. If you are looking for research data about a community I write about, I have it. If you have questions about how to buy a home for the first time, I like answering those questions and educating you about real estate. Are you considering a Divorce in your life? Don't do it without talking to me first because there are huge financial ramifications to keeping the family home. You need to talk to a Realtor before talking to an attorney in order to protect yourself. Want more info about why? Read my blog.