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Friday’s 1/7/22 Bon mots, deep thoughts, & pot shots

There used to be a column in the San Francisco Chronicle sports page with a similar name (except for the date). It was a random collection of witticisms and cheap thoughts – often they were one and the same. To that end…

Earlier this week, I wrote about how buyers’ agents get paid. I talked a little bit about the current Department of Justice battle against the National Association of Realtors®. Yesterday it was announced that Realogy – the nations largest brokerage, its holdings include Coldwell Banker, Better Homes & Gardens, and Sotheby’s International among others – agreed that the clear cooperation policy shouldn’t be mandatory (I’m being very liberal with terminology here). Basically, while they think that it’s a good policy, Realogy feels that it’s no longer necessary to keep the Barbarians at the Gates of the MLS by requiring the selling side to pay the commissions. I feel like Matt Drudge when I say…developing…(I can’t believe that he’s still around)

As I’m writing this post today, the American Canyon City Council is deliberating 🗣 on whether or not to impose imminent domain against the Newell family so that they can gain the right of way to build parts of the Newell Rd extension. According to the appraisal report, the value is approximately $107,000 but based on the light reading of the staff report, it doesn’t appear to be enough. Can’t wait to watch the recap.

Sat through a ho-hum conference yesterday put on by RIS Media which generally shares good information. Unfortunately, one of their panelists, Ken Trepeta, swung and missed when giving a legislative update. On the same day that there was an update on the Marin County couple that had a $500,000 (that’s half a MILLION folks) difference in appraisal value when they took down all of their family pictures and culturally relevant art – Mr. Trepeta went on to basically say that the issue was overblown and that the “bureaucrats” on the federal and state levels that were working on the issue were trying to solve past wrongs…I would argue that’s part of the problem right there. Assuming that there aren’t current issues that need addressing is akin to burying one’s head in the sand. There is a significant homeownership and wealth disparity in this country and it’s only getting worse. I’ll be beating this drum 🥁 until things change…

House Crush

334 Mesa Verde, Vallejo

Maybe it’s the blue and gold exterior (maybe it’s just the yellow door!) but this is my weekly house crush. 334 Mesa Verde is centrally located between the hospitals off of Sereno. Most of the home has recently been redone, including an updated kitchen and living area. The home also has vinyl flooring. It’s open all weekend but if you can’t make it, give me a call and I’d be happy to show it. Can’t wait to see this one.

Weekend Read

❤️ 💌 ❤️ I can’t describe exactly how I felt reading Amanda Gorman’s new poetry anthology. Equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking. Her writing about the impact the pandemic has had on our collective psyche rings true. It helped me to realize that I was not alone in my feelings. Her passion is clear and incisive. It is a book that it meant to build, not to tear down. I love that the book is as much about the visual as it is written. A poem written within the shape of a whale’s tale. A whole section written against black paper as it gradually becomes more and more gray. Her words, although striking, at times need this visual come with, for maximum impact. That isn’t necessarily true for The Hill We Climb, of course. Nor is it true for the penultimate poem, What We Carry:

Children understand:/Even grime is a gift,/Even what is mired is miraculous,/What is marred is still marvelous.

Amanda Gorman, What We Carry

This can be a quick read. It shouldn’t take more than a long afternoon but it is also is a book that will need to be read multiple times to get ultimate value.

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