Published 1:04 pm, Tuesday, October 31, 2017
An Oakland real estate agent is being called out for putting a Silicon Valley spin on one of his listings.
“Eager to invest in the hot Bay Area real estate market? Consider HOUSE HACKING,” the advertisement by Joe Dickerson reads for a duplex at 5401 Genoa St.
What is this “house hacking,” you ask?
It’s called being a landlord, Twitter user @anniefryman points out.
“Buy a multi-family home, live in one unit, and rent out the others,” the Facebook ad continues. “With the rents you collect, you could get PAID to live for FREE. #nojoke.”
The property is just one block removed from one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country, according to Redfin.
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Dickerson apparently has first-hand experience with “house hacking.”
His website biography reads in part, “I purchased my first investment property in my early twenties. It was a duplex, formerly a brothel, that needed some TLC (and a good scrubbing!).”
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Dickerson credits that experience with sparking his passion in real estate as a means of “helping people build wealth.”
The original Facebook post doesn’t seem to be on Dickerson’s Facebook page anymore. It seems to have been replaced with a more basic caption advertising the property’s open house.
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Nonetheless, Dickerson appears to be taking the teasing in stride.
“Love it. Lots of funny in there. And some hate. And truth. Pretty good ratios overall,” the real estate agent commented on Facebook with smiley face.
After all, he’s undoubtedly getting increased interest in the Oakland duplex from aspiring “house hackers.”
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