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Plus-size lots are continuing to come to market demanding big dollars.

Quick to make a deal recently is the oversized East MB lot at 1156 6th, along the corner with lightly trafficked Johnson St.

This one is listed as 15,311 sqft., a minor (but perhaps significant) 311 sqft. larger than a typically "permissible" double lot. What that might mean is that the buyer will either have to split the property into two lots (as is envisioned in this image from the listing) or somehow shed 311 sqft. in order to build on one double-size patch of land. Depends on the city's take.

So, one big home, or two? The double-plus-sized lot was listed at $3.500M. We'll see where that ends up.

West of the highway, 500 Pacific offers an 11,400 sqft. corner lot in the Hill

You want to sell, or maybe have to sell quickly to make something else happen.

So you want to get it done, but not leave money on the table.

Maybe try underpricing. They just did at 881 3rd St. in the Hill Section, and closed a sale in less than a month.

List price: $4.000M.

Sold price: $4.500M.

The tactic might sound scary.

How will you ever know how much money you could have made if you don't put a big, fat price tag on it?

So here's the question: Do you trust the market to work?

Experience seems to show that competition brings you to market level quickly.

We'll often counsel sellers that if we can get 2 or more bidders, we'll find the right price quickly. But that's the goal for pricing near market level.

Price way under market, and it's like…

Full moon, Super moon...

Beach moon. 

Did you seriously miss the epic pre-sunrise moon-set on Saturday?

Not MBC! (Photo credit: Mrs. MBC.)

Next time we'll drag out all the fancy equipment. (Reminder: Get fancy equipment.)

Our local real estate market isn't setting. When the schools re-open, we typically see a new flurry of activity. So that's... now.

To plan your open-house tours for this week, try this Redfin map list of open houses, or click here for the Beach Reporter list of opens. (Note: The BR now uses a new format, said to be more mobile-friendly. We'll see.)

Don't forget, when previewing homes here on MB Confidential, you can click "Open All Images" right above the main listing photo to get immediate display of all the listing photos at

On the face of it, someone just drove a huge bargain at 612 John in the Hill Section.

The classic manse with epic views was publicly listed for $10.500M in early June.

Whoa, that was really something. Then a buyer knocked, just 2 weeks into the listing.

Did they really get $10M+?

With the closed sale now, the answer is: Not quite. But the final deal at $9.400M is nothing to sneeze at.

First, it's an extremely impressive $4M markup over acquisition just a bit over 3 1/2 years prior (Nov. 2011) at $5.400M.

Translate that to a monthly appreciation rate: The home rose in value by $91,000/mo., averaged out over the period of this most recent hold.

There had been some remodeling/updating to the home over this span, updating the look and feel from the…