I have a few things on my mind. Let’s talk about me being asked to recruit for a brokerage (really), price per sq ft, and the Governor’s new digs.
1) WHY I SAID “NO”:
A brokerage recently asked me if I would help them recruit agents. The idea was I could use my influence to attract agents to a certain brand and then get a commission for each person I recruited.
I said NO, and my answer will always be NO. I probably don’t even need to mention this, but I want to communicate clearly. As an appraiser I won’t take sides. I’m neutral in my work, but my independence also extends in the way I interact with the real estate community. This is why you’ll see me speaking in many different places and real estate offices. I’m here to educate, not advocate. The truth is if I said yes I would’ve instantly destroyed my credibility.
2) PRICE PER SQ FT:
Here’s a look at price per sq ft trends in a few local areas. I plan to share more graphs like this throughout the year if people like them. Does anyone want to see a video tutorial for how to make these? Let me know. What do you see?
1) RANGE: There’s always a price per sq ft range, which means there’s never just one price per sq ft figure that applies to every property in a neighborhood. Sellers often want to hijack a price per sq ft figure from a sale down the street, but that’s one of the quickest ways to overprice. My advice? Pay attention to price per sq ft, but most of all ask yourself what the comps are selling for. That’s exactly what appraisers are going to do.
2) OUTLIERS: There are clear outliers. As an FYI, usually the highest price per sq ft figures end up representing the smallest-sized homes or over-the-top unique properties.
3) THE GOVERNOR’S NEW DIGS:
Gavin Newsom is the new governor of California and he just bought a $3.7M house in Fair Oaks. This price point isn’t much in many areas of the country, but it’s actually the fifth highest residential sale ever in Sacramento County. This home is said to have over 12,000 sq ft and it’s located on 8 acres. It’s near the American River, but not on the river. Now two of the top five sales in the county have a connection to a governor (the other was the mansion Ronald Reagan started to build in Carmichael in the 1970s).
Here’s a picture I took of the front gate this week, and here’s a video from a previous listing if you wish to see the home. Not too shabby, right?
Value thought: In the future we’ll have to consider whether there will be a price premium or not for this home because a governor owned the property.
CLASS I’M TEACHING: I’m teaching my favorite class at SAR called How to Think Like an Appraiser on January 31st from 9-12pm. We’ll dig deep into comps and adjustments (and have some fun). I’d love to have you come out.
I hope this was helpful or interesting.
Questions: Would you pay more if a governor previously owned the home? What do you think of my recruiting story? I’d love to hear your take.
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