Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Yikes, I must really be pissing people off.

Check out this picture of the drivers side mirror on our pickup.
That, dear readers is a through and through bullet hole.
Before everybody freaks out about people shooting guns in the Gold Coast this
didn't happen on the island so relax.
But still, a bullet hole.........yikes
 

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Tale Of Two Foundations

Here is a tale of two foundation jobs I saw on a recent walk.

First we have this foundation.
See the not so big temp beam holding this part of the house up. See the tarps up to protect newly
dug foundation trenches.

See the pile of 'vintage brick 50 cents each' in the yard.

A different job site.
Hmmm, why'd they backfill the foundation without removing the form boards?
and ya know, that OSB isn't even water proof? There's no way that's enough
support for the form boards.

Lets look around the corner a bit....
Hey, the new foundation only goes down 6" and wait, what's that under it?
Brick?

Lets take another look.
Hmmmm, this appears to be some sort of cementatious coating on top of the
original brick foundation!?!?!?!
Sure looks like a new cement foundation up front......Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Have I caught these people in the act of faking a new foundation? Lots of
other cosmetic work happening on this house.
Wonder if its going up for sale soon?

 We've had reptile Realtors do we have reptile home owners also?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Knife Catching 862 Walnut St.

Read This:The following review is just my opinion and only my opinion I am not a professional house appraiser or inspector and I am not a structural engineer. The opinions expressed in this review are based on my own inspection of the property, the publicly available facts from aggregator sites such as Redfin and Zillow and the online permit database for the city of Alameda. I am not responsible for incorrect or missing data that appears in these sources. In fact, its probably best that you just ignore everything you read here as the lunatic ravings of an unbalanced mind.
Knife Catching 862 Walnut St
Todays house, 862 Walnut street has the official specs of being a 3-2 of ~2000sq ft. on a
5754 sq ft lot for the low, low price of $649900 and wow its been on Zillow over a year
385 days. Check out the pics on the redfin page.
It looks like a kinda cool place doesn't it?
Its got a ton of wide open spaces, its right on the lagoon seems like it should sell pretty fast.

Check out its sales history.

Records

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DateEventPriceAppreciationSource
Jan 29, 2015
Listed (New)
$649,900
EBRD #40685485
Jan 27, 2015
Delisted
EBRD #1
Jan 1, 2015
Pending
EBRD #1
Nov 7, 2014
Relisted (Back On Market)
EBRD #1
Nov 6, 2014
Pending
EBRD #1
Aug 26, 2014
Relisted (Back On Market)
EBRD #1
Aug 22, 2014
Pending
EBRD #1
Aug 15, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Aug 7, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Jul 15, 2014
Price Changed
*
EBRD #1
Jul 1, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Apr 1, 2014
Relisted (Back On Market)
EBRD #1
Mar 31, 2014
Pending
EBRD #1
Mar 21, 2014
Pending
EBRD #1
Mar 21, 2014
Relisted (Back On Market)
EBRD #1
Mar 21, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Mar 7, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Feb 28, 2014
Price Changed
*
EBRD #1
Feb 21, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Feb 7, 2014
Price Changed (Price Change)
*
EBRD #1
Jan 10, 2014
Listed (New)
*
EBRD #1
Apr 20, 2013Sold (MLS) (Sold)
$567,000
EBRD #40606250
Apr 19, 2013
Sold (Public Records)
$567,0006.2%/yr
Public Records
Mar 29, 2013Pending
EBRD #40606250
Mar 29, 2013Pending (Pending - Show for Backups)
EBRD #40606250
Mar 24, 2013Pending
EBRD #40606250
Mar 8, 2013Listed (New)
$499,000
EBRD #40606250
Nov 28, 1995
Sold (Public Records)
$200,0002.6%/yr
Public Records
Sold (Public Records)
This home was
 
$210,000
 
 
On And Off
Whew, this place has
been on and off the market many, many times.
 
  
 
What does that mean dear readers? When A house goes on and off the market over and over?
It looks like the current owners bought in 2013 for $567,000. A year later they listed it and its
gone on and off the market ever since.

Hmmmmmmm, I wonder if there are any 'hidden conditions'. Assuming all those people above
got their own inspections wouldn't there be a TON of disclosure documents? Gosh, I sure hope
someone's not being dishonest and hiding bad inspection reports.

The only thing that I keep thinking is, 'Man, there has to be something really wrong with it
for it to keep coming back on the market.


And that's the way I see it.