"Hey Julie," came the email, "congratulations on controlling 50% of Piedmont's real estate marketplace!" (Too funny.)
With only two listings currently on the market - and one of them being mine - it's the first (and probably the last) time I'll be able to claim this rare distinction.
With less than 4,000 homes in the whole of Piedmont, the stark reality that there are only two properties currently available for sale is sobering news to many Buyers who have been anxiously waiting out the holiday months in hopes that inventory would pick up again after the new year. Take heart, it will.
While sitting with a good friend at Olivetto's last week, we were commiserating about the generation of young workers who have unrealistic expectations as to what a REAL job looks like, and just exactly how hard they are going to have to work to get ahead. (That includes our own naive offspring and yes, that makes us old.)
"Do people really work 9-5 every day?" my younger son had complained last year, after taking on an ambitious summer internship in The City and discovering rather quickly that he'd need to get up even earlier to catch BART, and arrive home much later than he intended. (Life's rough.) Happily, he got up to speed rather quickly.
My friend's story was much better . . .
"Do you think we really need staging?" the Seller plaintively asked? "What's that going to cost?" (It's a legitimate question that almost always comes up.)
"Yes, I do," I answered with no hesitation,"dollar for dollar, staging is likely to be the best return on your investment and as most Buyers now begin their search on the Internet, photos have never been more important." (All true.)
That's the polite way of saying it.
Like many of you, I was violently jolted awake at 2:40 am early Thursday morning. At which point, I blearily opened Twitter to confirm a 4.4 magnitude earthquake centered in nearby Berkeley. (Twitter was exploding with Tweets, even at that early hour.)
I grew up in California; the recipient of thousands of seemingly unregistered tremors, so earthquakes don't usually faze me much, but this one did.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 600 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.