Sellthathouse’s Blog

Your Real Estate weblog

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1 other follower

  • Subscribe

Archive for June, 2009

A Seller Decides To Keep A Buyer’s Life Savings

Posted by on June 22, 2009

A Seller Decides To Keep A Buyer’s Life Savings

Wednesday June 17, 2009
A Seller Decides To Keep A Buyer’s Life Savings is a sad blog post to say the least. There’s a video of the news story there as well. It’s set in the New York City area, and no mention is made of Realtors in the story, only attorneys.When a lender learns a coop building is on leased land, the loan is denied to the buyers. The seller keeps $26k+ in deposit as down payment, relying on the clause that allows them to do so because the buyers had a “commitment letter” from the lender. Read the post and watch the video for the whole story.

In my area, there is a condo project right in the heart of the tourist and old town district. Every time a unit is listed, I get inquiries from my web site because the units are priced low for that area. It’s because they’re on a land lease, and at this time, the lease runs out in 11 or so years. Every inquiry gets an email from me right away disclosing this fact. I have yet for a buyer to pursue one of these units after this email.

It’s too bad that this buyer couple didn’t have someone looking out for their interests. New York real estate transactions usually are handled by attorneys I’m told. It appears this couple weren’t using one early in the process. Whether it would have made a difference is open to question.


Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

25% of Sellers Reduce Asking Price

Posted by on June 20, 2009

Daily Real Estate News | June 8, 2009

Sellers have dropped their asking prices on 25 percent of homes listed for sale on, according to a report the online real estate company released last week.

The average price-reduced home has seen a listing price cut of 10.6 percent.

Not only are cities with lots of foreclosures hard hit, but traditionally strong markets also are among those with large-percentage price reductions.

Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, the 12 locales with the largest percentage of price reductions are:

1. Jacksonville, Fla. – 36 percent
2. Tucson – 32 percent
3. Boston – 32 percent
4. Los Angeles – 32 percent
5. Columbus, Ohio – 31 percent
6. Dallas – 31 percent
7. Honolulu – 31 percent
8. Minneapolis – 31 percent
9. Austin – 30 percent
10. Washington, D.C. – 30 percent
11. Baltimore – 30 percent
12. Las Vegas – 30 percent

Source: (06/05/2009)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »