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Didn't believe the KPIX story? Read what successful realtor Doug Buenz (Alain Pinel) has to say about it

Original post made by Fighting Fiction on May 15, 2009

For those of you who have noticed homes in your neighborhood with cobwebs on their for sale signs and questioned the Pleasanton is a "hotbed" of real estate activity story, please check out the 680 Real Estate Blog.


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Comments (21)

Posted by Bill, a resident of Downtown
on May 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Doug Buenz is a realtor with integrity.


Posted by Russell, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 15, 2009 at 6:47 pm

That KPIX story was an exercise in hyperbole.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Downtown
on May 15, 2009 at 8:07 pm

One of the BEST posts I've seen on the the forum and it confirms what many other posters said on the other blog. To the point, accurate and by a professional who makes no mention of the parcel tax. I wonder if SPS will link The 680 Blog as quickly as they did the KPIX "story"?


Posted by Carl, a resident of Country Fair
on May 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Or at the very least, will Save Pleasanton Schools 'un-link' the KPIX video from their website.


Posted by No surprise here, a resident of Birdland
on May 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Thank you Doug, great job!


Posted by Gary, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on May 16, 2009 at 5:08 am

When I first saw this report I thought it was simply not accurate - thanks Doug for your insight and clarity


Posted by tax revolt 2, a resident of Country Fair
on May 16, 2009 at 8:50 am

tax revolt 2 is a registered user.

It appears that Doug Buenz is the only real estate profesisonal to respond to the KIPX news story with a fair and honest assessment of the Pleasanton real estate market.

A KPIX representative said their news story '...view was based on conversations with agents from Keller-Williams, ReMaxx (sic) Accord and Prudential.' Anyone can contact KPIX for verification. Web Link

Since Doug is listed as a supporter of Measure G on the savepleasantonschools.com website, and he appears in the town hall video on the same website, it would seem that Doug should be able to demonstrate to the save pleasanton schools leadership that they should remove the fictional news story from their website. Then again, maybe not.


Posted by mary, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2009 at 9:10 am

Doug was willing to state the facts. The very facts that we were all seeing and feeling. Deceiving the public for ones personal gains (or ones group gains) is ruthless and unethical.

We need to live in reality.


Posted by Ptown resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

Tax Revolt 2

Now why would SPS want to remove the KPIX video from their website? Their website relies on one sided information and emotion.
SPS is not interested in presenting ALL the facts.


Posted by tax revolt 2, a resident of Country Fair
on May 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

tax revolt 2 is a registered user.

Ptown resident -

I thought since the President of the Community of Character Collaborative is a listed supporter, along with the Bay East Association of REALTORS, it would seem incongruous to keep the link up.


Posted by WHAT LINK?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I keep looking for this link you guys keep mentioning. I've been looking on and off all week. It's not there. Am I blind? What link to what KPIX story?


Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

What Link?,
The KPIX story is linked on the SPS site under the left hand side "News and Press" selection. Look for:

KPIX News Channel 5
May 8, 2009
Pleasanton Attracting Eager Home Buyers

My thanks to Doug Buenz for the straight scoop!


Posted by tax revolt 2, a resident of Country Fair
on May 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

tax revolt 2 is a registered user.

Another metric to watch is the number of real estate ad pages in the PW. This past week there were 5.5 pages compared to 10.5 for the same week last year. A brief check of prior weeks show about the same reduction.

If Pleasanton were such a 'hotbed of activity' wouldn't the real estate firms be advertising?

Which then begs the question how is PW doing without the $6,000 per week in ad revenue? (equates to $300,000 annually)


Posted by Fletch, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2009 at 6:36 pm

HA! The Save Pleasanton Schools group has helped out by paying $5,000 or so in running their big weekly "ads."

Sure would have rather see that money go directly to the schools.


Posted by Positive, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm

I don't know about you people, but my neighborhood is still going up. I'm up about $50,000 already. A house right down the street had three offers in the first week.

Maybe some of you are renters and are worried about getting a $20/month increase if measure G passes. If you're renters in Pleasanton then you have a lot more to be worried about than $20/month. You need to be taking your for step toward responsible adult life, and buying a house. Never try to time the market. You could spend years waiting for prices to fall, and miss out on golden opportunities. I picked these links pretty much at random, but all respected financial athorities agree that you shouldn't time the market. Now is the time to make that purchase.

Web Link

Web Link

Home owners have much higher net worth than renters. Crime rates for home owners are much lower than for renters.

So why not fire your landlord. Stop throwing away money every month on rent and starting building equity. Become a home owner!


Posted by What ?, a resident of Downtown
on May 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Positive - you sound like another poster named cholo. Are you serious-become a home owner? Ya maybe in Arizona


Posted by Positive, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 18, 2009 at 7:14 am

Calling me names? You can stay a renter the rest of your life if you want to. I'm just pointing out facts. Net worth. Low crime. Throwing away money vs. building equity.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 18, 2009 at 7:14 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Positive wrote: "You need to be taking your for step toward responsible adult life, and buying a house."

If I were anyone else I might just be offended at that statement even though I own a house. Clearly it is based upon an assumption that doesn't have any basis in reality.


Posted by Negative, a resident of Birdland
on May 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

Positive, you wouldn't happen to be a real estate agent, would you? Homeowner's have high net worth? Buy a home and build equity? Don't get me wrong, in general I agree with you but there are more than a few people who bought homes in the last couple years who would have a hard time buying into your statements. It may be quite a while before they have some of them have any equity.


Posted by 38 Year Resident, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 18, 2009 at 9:33 am

Cleary Positive's statement has some merrit, it struck a cord with 'what?'. 'What' Stockton is closer than AZ and has many affordable homes on the market. Interestingly enough your response, while intended to discredit, validated the KPIX story.

Regardless of views on Parcel Tax, it is pretty darn good advice, to those renters.

For those of you saying that that STS shoudl be posting your views, do you have a website dedicated to posting thiers? Duh!! No.


Posted by less than 38 Year Resident, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

The KPIX link mentioned goes to the SPS news page. I see a WHOLE BUNCH of stories there from all the local media. I see how the KPIX story is exaggerated but that's hardly the fault of the SPS people. It looks like they've just collected every story they can on this subject. The only thing I see missing is any TEA party stuff but I'm not sure how relevant those stories are pertaining to Measure G anyway - I read that there were only a few people at the No on G tent. The TEA party sounded much more directed at the feds and state.


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