I downloaded Google Chrome and tried it out, right after I read on our Corporate Blog that it loads Redfin pages quickly (and on my computer, at least, Yahoo does not). Sure enough, the new browser loaded my Redfin favorites in half the time I’m accustomed to waiting, and it also quickly created a new tab for each favorite listing I selected.
TechCrunch affirmed Chrome as the fastest browser yet. I actually read through the terms of service before downloading, since random articles I’ve read about Google’s reach and business strategy have negatively impressed me, and apparently others as well. CNet investigated the terms of service, which were subsequently changed. I don’t usually follow Google’s latest business moves, but I also just read on LAist that NBC networks will now have ad placement by Google.
Back to real estate: sales of my favorite listings haven’t been brisk in Glendale. However, the reason a home is added to my Favorites list to begin with is usually because it represents a story about market dynamics, and that may have little to do with its salability.
Now for a quick look at all those Google Chrome tabs:
1643 Don Carlos Avenue
This property was originally listed at $1,595,000 and reduced to $1,499,000.
2975 Santa Rosa Avenue
Taken off the market recently, this property was listed for sale at $689,000.
1650 Santa Maria Avenue
Also taken off the market, this property was listed for sale at $1,200,000, and later reduced to $999,000.
I searched on Redfin for a lower-priced and upper-range listing of interest in zip code 91208 (I got the message “We’re sorry but Redfin does not support your current browser.” I clicked on “Continue Anyway” and it worked just fine):
1760 Brook Lane
2 bed/1 bath
$522 per sq.ft.
On Redfin 225 days
This is listed as a fixer and a short sale, “reduced and needs to sell before it goes to REO.”
1405 Greenmont Drive
3 bed/3 bath
$367 per sq.ft.
On Redfin 5 days
This is a large one-story home, priced much lower than the average per square foot for the area, with a view of the Oakmont Golf Course and mountains on a “privately secluded lot.”
Photo courtesy of dannysullivan.