Jim Klinge, Jim The Realtor, in San Diego first got noticed during the real estate crash with his gonzo videos of homes for sale, drolly and sarcastically pointing out flaws in homes that often had been trashed by the foreclosed.
Things have calmed out a bit since then, with the San Diego market definitely now rebounding strongly. His videos and commentary are still fun to watch and Business week just profiled him.
Here’s a classic video from four years ago. “Check this out. This house was built in 1980 and it’s got a brand-new 200 amp service in it. What do you need that for…” Heh.
Another video in the fine series by Jim the Realtor, showing trashed and bizarre foreclosures as well as deliberate evasions and tricks by real estate agents. Check out the “ocean view” towards the end.
Jim the Realtor makes the LA Times. His gonzo video reports of trashed homes and disintegrating prices among the wreckage of southern California real estate has garnered him a cult following for a while now. Now he’s going big time!
And y’know, he’s honest. He saw the crash coming early, and isn’t afraid to call someone a crook. I’d buy a house from him.