Daily Archives: April 22, 2009

I’ve heard of pet rocks but this is just stupid

lemon_helmetHartford Legislature passes pet lemon law. Don’t they have enough to worry about with the budget? Who keeps lemons as pets, anyway?

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Who knew there was bowling in Mustique?

 

Watch this, Monica: nothing but gutter!

Watch this, Monica: nothing but gutter!

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Will consumers pay more for “green” products?

This commentator thinks not. I’ve made the same observation many times about buyers not paying more for green houses, and my friend and fellow realtor in Tucson, John Schneider reports the same thing out there, where a/c costs should make energy efficient homes more marketable. The reluctance to ay now in order to save later is regrettable, but a fact. Which, of course, is why Obama and the tree huggers want laws passed to force consumers to do what the smart, Ivy-educated people know is good for them.

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The magic of a good price

74-gregory-roadJim Foote of Raveis listed this house on Gregory Road in Cos Cob April 6 for $969,000. Eleven days later, Nancy Healy (Shore & Country) had a buyer. That’s how this process is supposed to work. What happens more often is that the seller lists it at, say, $1.075 million, waits 320 days and sells it at $925,000. This way’s less painful and far more productive.

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Riverside still breathes

I wasn’t awfully impressed with 12 Hendrie Avenue, with its back-lot location and price tag of $1.945 million, but it went to contract recently and sold today for $1.550. The fact that it sold brings to mind Dr. Johnson’s observation that ” A woman preaching, sir, is like a dog walking on its hind legs. It’s not that it’s done well; the surprising thing is that it’s done at all.”

Woof.

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This can’t be good news

Inevitable, but still: GM defaults on its debts, headed for bankruptcy, Chrysler to be liquidated. Shocking, somehow, at least to someone of my generation, no matter how long we’ve seen it coming.

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Don’t drink and build

sideways422 North Maple Avenue, new spec construction, has been listed today for $6.495 million. Funny, I meant to comment on this before and was going to say that I hoped it was not a spec house because I suspected that most buyers wouldn’t want a house built sideways to the street – people like grand entrances and all that, don’t you know. Still, it’s done now, and I assume that the lot didn’t permit a more conventional placement, so we’ll see how it turns out. I could be all wet on this, I’m just expressing what to me seems like common sense and is probably just wrong conjecture.

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