Carlsbad’s Hunter S. Thompson?

by The Editors on April 2, 2009

KlingWe’ve read Carlsbadistan Realtor Jim Klinge’s real estate blog in the past, but now a lot more people will after Klinge was written up in the LA Times as the “Hunter S. Thompson” of Real Estate.

Rather than downplay the greed and excess that caused the region’s travails, he revels in exposing them. . . . He surveys the wreckage with a pocket video camera, shooting footage of vacant, once-pricey houses turned into eyesores, voiced over with his deadpan narration. Then he posts them on his website, at . . They’re shaky, noisy clips full of coarse images and language. . . “Would you spend a million dollars for that house?” he says in one video, showing a two-story, boxy wreck with the rushing sound of a freeway in the background.

Klinge’s direct approach reportedly allowed him to sell 43 homes last year, most of the customers coming from his blog. While we’re not going to agree with the HST reference, it is refreshing to see a Realtor who at least appears to be involved in the business of selling homes.

[Link: LA Times]

Jim the Realtor April 3, 2009 at 11:02 pm

I’m not crazy about the HST reference (it came from the Times, not me). I don’t ingest the toxins that he did, and I haven’t blown my brains out either.

Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt on “appears to be involved”. You’ll only know if you buy or sell one with me, or know someone who did.

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