Thanks to Cara Cavanaugh (aka blogger Norcalmommyprincess) for telling us about Knife Catchers, an amusingly informative site that offers a running commentary on homes for sale (mostly) here in town. And let’s face it, isn’t the local housing market one of our favorite topics?
The blog’s title comes from the phrase “catching a falling knife,” which its pseudonymous owner L.Opine says refers to buying items in a falling market and getting burned as the market doesn’t rebound.
The site pulls together data on for-sale homes from a bevy of online resources (it’s got listings from Craigslist, photos from Google and value estimates from Trulia and Zillow, in addition to sale and tax data), though its author recently attracted some unwanted attention from the folks at East Bay Regional Data, Inc., which sent the blogger’s Internet service provider a Digital Millennium Copyright Act infringement notice requesting removal of home photos, Multiple Listing Service content and even the MLS numbers for the properties.
Apparently they’ve complied with the request and are awaiting more specific information about the infringement issues from EBRDI. We contacted EBRDI President and CEO Becky Tobin for further comment but didn’t hear back from her. Until these issues are resolved, we may see a lot of this lovely artist’s rendering.
While we aren’t lawyers and can’t really speculate on the legal stuff around the complaint, we’re wondering if it could have had anything to do with all those post critiquing homes and listings, like this:
Nothing says Victorian charm quite like the cozy protection of large warehouses and the constant flow of cement trucks. Plus you get the added benefit of very short trips when you redo your foundation in concrete.
Alameda’s West side, right by the college and the lovely infected superfund area by the naval base, has seen a rash of expensive McMansion developments over the past few years. Some were in full swing right around the time the market crashed, and now we’re seeing gigantic luxury eyesores flooding the market and competing directly with the unsold inventory (and each other).
Two houses on one lot don’t come around very often, though Alameda does seem to have more than its fair share. This listing has been on the market for over 2 months with no reduction yet (per ZIP Realty), and at $950,000 something tells me it’s going to stay there for a little while longer.