Here Comes More Second Home Buyers

Real Estate barons selling out the town. AND blocking sidewalks.

Kelller Williams Sign In Way

Recently Pacific Grove is seeing a renewed interest from the southern end of the Bay Area. About 35 percent of the homes in Pacific Grove belong to people who do not live there full time.

“It’s just the last small hometown,” said Keller Williams/Monterey Peninsula Home Team realtor Jeff Davi. “It’s way out here on the Peninsula and it’s relatively quiet. It’s so safe and the prices are even less expensive than San Francisco.”

Since they’re only home on the weekends, second home buyers don’t use fire, police and other municipal services as often, even though they pay the property taxes for them.

“They’re [SIC] kids aren’t showing up at parks and recs, their kids aren’t crowding our schools,” explained Brouder.

On the flip side developers told KION second home communities make neighborhoods feel more like a ghost town. They’re also not shopping as much, so they aren’t contributing a lot to the local economy. Add to that, they’re competing for houses with locals who may not have big bucks and that has created some resentment.

Here Comes More Second Home Buyers

35% Of P.G Homes Are Weekenders

Second homes for S.F. Bay people. Thanks Keller Williams for blocking the sidewalk too.

Kelller Williams Sign In Way

 

Recently Pacific Grove is seeing a renewed interest from the southern end of the Bay Area. About 35 percent of the homes in Pacific Grove belong to people who do not live there full time.

“It’s just the last small hometown,” said Keller Williams/Monterey Peninsula Home Team realtor Jeff Davi. “It’s way out here on the Peninsula and it’s relatively quiet. It’s so safe and the prices are even less expensive than San Francisco.”

Since they’re only home on the weekends, second home buyers don’t use fire, police and other municipal services as often, even though they pay the property taxes for them.

On the flip side developers told KION second home communities make neighborhoods feel more like a ghost town. They’re also not shopping as much, so they aren’t contributing a lot to the local economy. Add to that, they’re competing for houses with locals who may not have big bucks and that has created some resentment.

35% Of P.G Homes Are Weekenders

Pedestrian Safety Still A Concern

I have been known to stop and move those sidewalk graffiti signs OUT of the way when they are in the middle of the foot traffic path, such as the curb cuts for handicap access or this Keller Williams sign in the middle of the sidewalk.

Kelller Williams Sign In Way

Now if they can get those bistros that expand out onto the sidewalk to raise the umbrellas so I don’t have to duck. . .

In their efforts to make Pacific Grove a safer place to walk, five members of the Traffic Safety Commission formed a subcommittee to focus on the issue of pedestrian safety improvements. These include sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic signals.

Pedestrian Safety Still A Concern

Real Estate Signs Vandalized

During the Halloween weekend, close to five dozen posts in Carmel Valley, Los Laureles Grade and Pebble Beach were yanked from the ground, according to Dwyer, who fielded calls from many agents requesting the signs be re-erected. She said the vandalism has been occurring once a month for the past half year.

The Dwyers charge $18 to reinstall the signs, unless one client has several down in the same area, in which case the fee drops to $8 per sign.

Hmm. Signs get torn down, someone gets paid to replace the signs, signs get torn down, rise, repeat. A somewhat related issue I have is with real estate barons blocking sidewalks every weekend. Keep it off to the side, or I will stop and move the sign so that the path is clear.

Kelller Williams Sign In Way

Real Estate Signs Vandalized

Open House Signs Block Sidewalks

Must be though selling houses these days. But not as tough as navigating the sidewalks, say if one was in a wheelchair . . .

Kelller Williams Sign In Way

In Union City the hazardous signs are confiscated:

For the past four weekends, a city employee, working overtime, has patrolled streets in search of violating signs. On the first weekend, courtesy notices, explaining the city’s longstanding sign ordinance, were placed on the signs. Since then, the signs have been confiscated.

At least 50 of them – mostly free-standing signs directing home buyers to an open house – still are sitting in the city’s corporation yard, Public Works Director Mintze Cheng said. No fines have been levied against the violators.

The signs were becoming a safety issue, Cheng said. Clusters of free-standing “open house” signs block sidewalks, while others end up in the street, she said.

But real estate brokers say the policy makes it harder to sell homes.

Oh boo hoo for the real estate shysters.

Lets take out the ghetto sidewalk graffiti signs too. But instead of holding them captive at the city yard, burn them . .

Sidewalk Sign Ugly Signs

Open House Signs Block Sidewalks