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Local Realtors dominate national rankings

Original post made on Jun 22, 2012

The nation's top hotshot Realtors come from Palo Alto and Menlo Park, along with other local cities, according to a new report published June 22 in the Wall Street Journal.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 22, 2012, 11:24 AM

Comments

Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

Maybe it's time for a tax on real estate income. Given how wealthy these businesses are, and how much they charge for what seems to be a "red hot" market--maybe it's time for a 15% real estate agent's tax.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Congrats. to Mary Gullixson who found me my little old house in South Palo Alto some 26 years ago. I guess she's gone onward and upward to large estates in Woodside and Atherton now.

My little 1,500 sq.ft. nest I paid $185,000 for probably wouldn't interest her now!!!!


Posted by Let's be real here, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Why tax specifically realtors but not any other business individual whom makes a similar income (e.g. stock broker, venture capitalist, the many employees of high tech companies here who become instant millionaires after their companies go public). I would say those all benefit from timing and being in the right market at the right time. I guess paying nearly 50% in state and federal income taxes PLUS ridiculous advertising costs to market a property still doesn't seem like enough is coming out of their pockets. If we go along with your line of thinking, we should increase the capital gains taxes on the home owners too...I mean just this year alone home values in Palo Alto have gone up 20-25% since last year...and home owners have not had to do ANYTHING to reap those benefits.


Posted by Employee and Neighbor, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Isn't it ironic that at the same time Palo Alto non profits go begging? See Palo Alto on Line.

Web Link

The Human Relations Commission holds meetings every second thursday - check out their City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission web site to find out what you can do to help.

I know that many of these top sales people contribute (see prior PA Weekly articles.)
Maybe they could use their voice to help lead the community members
to act at this time on behalf of the elderly and homeless.