The Daily Mail is out with a story that a Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hasselbeck have bought the house at 62 Brookridge Drive (corner of Fairfield Road). Nothing new here, as it was reported as under contract back in February, but here’s the fun part: it is exactly this sale that I reported June 6 that caused such consternation at the Greenwich Association of Realtors and caused them to threaten me with sanctions for violating GAR rules. I was circumspect; not so the Daily Mail, which not only disclosed the identity of the buyers but used pictures of the house that, while credited to Trulia, are in fact the exact pictures used in the GAR’s listing and are thus, according to my new friend Theresa at the GAR, “propriety information” that cannot be disclosed to the general public. I smell a rat.
Who passed the information along to a London paper? Could it be one of the brokers involved, looking for free publicity? Beats me, but I expect that the GAR will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate, and I’ll be holding my breath until they come back with a report.
The house, by the way, sold for $4.2 million. Ogilvy’s estimated its value at $5.5 million when they first listed it in 2011, while Zillow figured $3.051 million and Trulia guessed $4.764. Doesn’t anyone here know how to play this game?