Gideon Fountain writes:
The reason house sellers absolutely hate having their properties mentioned in Chris Fountain’s blog is made quite clear in the responses to my previous post. The little band of nay-sayers is positively amazing, not just for their firmly held opinions, but the vehemence with which they are expressed.
Reminds me of the old Howard Stern Show, back when it was funny; you had this group of ugly guys acting somehow qualified to judge the pathetic, but definitely beautiful women who agreed to parade in front of them. Each woman had her “imperfections” carefully noted, mocked, and belittled. Meanwhile, the judges themselves were such awful specimens that, well, you had to laugh. But the truth about human bodies and real estate is, there are always imperfections. And you can always find several really good reasons not to buy a particular piece of property.
“But wait”, you say, “Suppose I spent $39,500,000 for 84 Field Point Circle? Then the nay-sayers would have nothing to say!” Well, in fact, the new owner of that spectacular spot, I am told, plans to rip the entire second floor off the existing house and build a new second floor. ”Yes, but it’s beautiful, direct waterfront!” True, but that means you get to hear all those stupid “Cigarette” boats racing around all night with their powerful, un-muffled engines. Horrible! (And, incidentally, the neighbor on the left side? Way too close!)
What about 124 Old Mill Road and its 75.07 acres? That lucky buyer paid $24,000,000 in June, 2010. What a shame he didn’t have the Chris Fountain nay-sayers to warn him, to implore him NOT to buy that property! Why? Its entire southern border runs along the Merritt Parkway! Oh, the horrors! The shame of it!
“Fine”, you say, “but consider 14 Meadow Lane“, where the buyer just shelled out $32, 500,000. Now there’s the perfect property, right? Wrong! A “small” kitchen that overlooks the driveway! And worse still, no matter how you slice it, it was just a damn “builder spec house”!
Yep, these poor suckers bought these obviously inferior properties why? Because they were bamboozled by fast-talking real estate agents. I sure feel sorry for them.