Pedini Kitchen For Sale
If you happen to be out of town and recognize this kitchen as your own, you might want to touch base with your condo sitter (or perhaps the police) posthaste. For it’s a plugged-in tipster that finds the following on Craigslist:

I have a modern kitchen by Pedini for sale. With the appliance I paid apx $55,000 for it….Its current installed in my condo. It was never used….You have to take out and install it your self. Includes all the appliances….Im located in off Vanness. Send me your offers. Please no under bidders I need it. sold asap.

We’re still working on making sense of it all (let us know if you figure it out). And perhaps there’s a much simpler explanation to be had (and let us know if you get it).
Modern Kicthen [sic] By Pedini [Craigslist]

30 thoughts on “Change Of Heart, Cash Crunch, Or A Condo Sitter Gone Crazy?”
  1. Come on, now SS is just baiting bears like me.
    My guess? This is a guy who bought a condo in 2005 w/100% financing. HELOCed it out to “upgrade”. Now he’s facing foreclosure because he knows he can’t sell without bringing money to the table. So he’s stripping it out and grabbing whatever cash he can.
    I actually kind of approve of his idea if that’s what he’s doing.

  2. so you approve of him buying over his head in the first place..and now trying to rip off the lending company any way he can, just to cover his ass? dork.

  3. Note to self: don’t be drinking anything while reading SS comments 🙂

    Actually, it’s a three-season tent, so maybe he’s already sold off the condo’s windows…

  4. What a freak show it must be there. Yes indeed it looks like a circus tent. Maybe he’s (owner) renting out campsites in the condo and letting everyone use the shower and bath just like when you go car camping.. I really like going camping don’t you? This idea may just catch on.

  5. OMG, lmao @ the comments here. After a day like today at work, I enjoyed the laugh! And … I’m with urban on this one.

  6. Note that the kitchen was “never used” (unless he is lying). I’m with Satchel — my bet is the guy hoped to flip this place and is now resigned to handing it back to the bank, so he’s first trying to extract a bit of cash.

  7. urban, if the lender was stupid enough to make that loan, well, I personally won’t cry if they eat it in the end. Two years ago they were crawling over each other to close these sorts of deals.
    I just hope it’s the originator that eats it and not a Florida school district or something!
    (assuming you’re right, and I bet you are…)

  8. Which raises the question of how many other condos out there in the city were purchased solely for the appreciation and have never used kitchens, never used bathrooms, never used bedrooms. I guess we will shortly find out.

  9. diemos,
    SF Condos circa 2009 = Dark Fiber circa 2002??
    Bingo. Rents will fall, not rise, guys. Sorry about that. That’s what happens in a deflation. Buy now and you will be priced in forever.

  10. I don’t feel sorry for either party, actually (the buyer or the lender). If the lender was stupid/greedy enough to have made the loan in the first place and if the buyer was stupid/greedy enough to have obtained the loan, then it’s a match made in heaven, and they both deserve each other and the predicament that they’ve both put themselves in.

  11. Step 1: Homeowner buys a condo near South Van Ness.
    Step 2: Homeowners adds in a fabulous kitchen.
    Step 3: Homeowner uses the kitchen to justify a higher appraised valuation in a cash out refi.
    Step 4: Homeowner applies for that loan from the teacher’s Union.
    Step 5: Teacher’s union doesn’t give two hoots about risk: makes the loan.
    Step 6: Homeowner stops making payments.
    Step 7: Homeowner sells the kitchen that was used to justify the higher value, thereby taking money out, coming and going. Kitchen sold to Teachers Union at ten cents on the dollar for use at Union HQ.
    Step 8: Homeowner defaults, gets Hillary-sponsored bailout in the form of forgiven taxes on the loss on the loan. Homeowner is up a couple of hundred grand.
    Step 9: Teachers union bawls head off: taxes raised to compensate teachers union for loss. Teachers union is up a couple of hundred grand.
    Step 10: Teachers union uses new kitchen to hold celebration dinner.
    I think that just about covers it. Anything I’m missing?
    Joseph Heller couldn’t have made this stuff up…

  12. Step 11: Repeat about 3 million times throughout the economy.
    The money’s gone, folks. When people wake up and realize that we have an overcapacity in everything – houses, factories producing widgets in China that no one needs or wants anymore, shopping malls and credit (well, we HAD an overcapacity of credit) – prices fall. The credit bubble deflates as the economy stairsteps downward. Last one left solvent wins.

  13. Satchel, how do you reconcile a housing-based case for domestic deflation with a global macro picture which points toward continued weakening in the dollar and rising commodity prices? Are the two contradictory?

  14. I love how in Tipster’s fantasy sketch Hillary Clinton and the teacher’s union take it on the chin for a scenario that was only possible because of the actions of Wall Street and the Greenspan fed.

  15. Satchel it sounds like you are predicting that we are about to experience a period of sustained deflation? Seems most indicators are pointing towards stagflation as the global and US economies slow while we in the US continue to suffer from rising inflation.

  16. satchel, at least you are consistent. it’s not just san francisco real estate that’s going to fall, but we are setting up for global deflation and a recession across the board. we should all sell our houses as quickly as possible and hoard gold.

  17. curious & Rillion (and John),
    Thanks for the questions. I know I say lots of (deliberately) provocative things, partly because I like to bloviate pompously, but mostly because I see a genuine tragedy unfolding, in large part because the policy responses will be terrible (at best) and even deliberately designed to deprive average people of whatever small wealth they have (which mostly consists of the value of their future labor, since savings and real wealth is so negligible for most people).
    For whatever reasons, some of us feel compelled to warn. I’m not the only one. Most people are compelled to ignore the warning, some because they genuinely disagree, some because they have an interest in not believing it, and some others because they simply lack the ability to understand it. I’m sure there are other reasons.
    I want to write you guys a detailed response that I hope you will find helpful, and might even be helpful for others on these boards. I know that it would be helpful for me because I am working through some particularly tricky macro trading strategies, and it’s always great to systematize one’s thinking (BTW, that’s what I do if you haven’t guessed – I’m a macro trader). I’ve gotten some snide remarks about wasting bandwith so what I propose to do is write something up (probably long) responding to your questions in the context of what I am seeing in the markets for money/debt (which is the same thing) and real assets. I’ll try to write this up tonite during Asian trading hours and post it here tomorrow morning or the day after (so I won’t get the discussions too off topic).
    @ satchel checker,
    How cool that there is a Satchel checker! I have a lot of fun and 100% true stories regarding gold and housing, etc. that I’ll share with you, and maybe you could check them? I’ll post them tomorrow or the day after too, here, so if you or anyone else wants to hear them, just check back.

  18. Satchel, some of us enjoy the dialogue you help to bring, and appreciate that Socketsite is neutral regarding the current and future condition of the real estate market. What makes this site so enjoyable is that it is not simply a real estate cheerleader or a gloom and doom bubble blog. Instead it presents actual real market situations and developments in the city and lets readers make up their own minds. This has been very helpful for me in timing this market.

  19. Very interesting post! I wish I knew the exact address so someone could look up and see if this place is going into foreclosure. If so, then my guess would be that he is definitely trying to strip the condo of any saleable assets so he can walk away with cash. Otherwise he won’t have jack if he loses it to an auction or his bank. My guess is that once a unit goes to foreclosure the bank doesn’t check to see if anything has been removed.

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