Adam, how is it that you decided to publish a blog about San Francisco when you’re a licensed agent but not a member of the San Francisco Association of Realtors? Isn’t your ‘conditional’ license held by a broker in Los Altos? Shouldn’t you focus on those areas that you really ‘know’? Or if you feel like SF is really your home, shouldn’t you join your local association and perhaps a local company? At the very least, your readers should know who you are and what your qualifications are.
Imagine, if you were actually a Realtor and member of the local association, you could get legal access to the MLS! If you have the access now, you’re doing so illegally…
Posted by: Anonymous
As we first commented: Great question. Poor form. But since you asked…
I first moved to San Francisco in 1994, and yes, I very much consider it home. As I first wrote a year ago, “Interested by, intrigued with, or invested in the Bay Area real estate market? So are we. Looking to make sense of all the stats, cut through all the rhetoric, and get the inside scoop? We’re on it.”
And (gasp!) it’s true. I am a licensed agent (along with 476,244 other Californians). And although I’m not actively practicing, my real estate license is being held by a fantastic broker in Los Altos just in case (and who is not affiliated with SocketSite) .
I earned my license to gain a first-hand understanding of the inner workings of the real estate ‘industry’ (and to be able to selectively represent friends and family). But my understanding and observations of the ‘market’ are based on data, facts and trends.
A couple of other ‘qualifications’ that ‘Anonymous’ failed to mention: I hold a BS in Economics from Wharton, and an MBA from Dartmouth. In fact, some people might say I have a decent understanding of both economic theory (sorry folks, it’s really not as simple as just ‘supply and demand’) and the principles of investing (yes, you should be concerned about the trend in property ‘P/E’ ratios).
So why don’t I bother to highlight any of my qualifications or experience on SocketSite? Because it’s bigger than just me; and unlike numerous other real estate blogs, I’m not trying to sell or promote myself. But if you like our content, insight, and perspective I’d be happy to have you Plug In.
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