Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

NBC Sports expands its news team

Now that Bob Costas has declared himself a gun control expert his bosses at NBC have reunited him with their most famous alumnus. As soon as they can find Fred Bear to weigh in on the dangers associated with mad archers, they’ll have the complete sports coverage package.

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Apparently the school day’s not the only thing growing longer

 

This?

This?

Sex-ed with live demonstrations by  porn stars. Dan Malloy announced a demo project to lengthen school today, but neglected to mention that he himself now plans on repeating third grade.

Or this? hubba bubba!

Or this? hubba bubba!

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New Listings

$5.295 million

$5.295 million

Presented without (much) comment: 55 Birch Lane, $5.295 million, Unit B-1, 559 Steamboat Road, $4.495.  Birch is a total renovation of an older house. The sister unit of the condo on Steamboat asked $6.950 in 2009 and sold for $4.850 in August, 2012, so I guess the builder learned his lesson.

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99 Porchuck Road – don’t hold your breath

99 Porchuck Road

A crick runs through it

A reader asked what’s up with 99 Porchuck Road, which has sat boarded up and abandoned for years now, and I told her that it’s been mired in foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings for years and going nowhere. A check of the court records reveals that the owner is still trying to resist the inevitable and given the glacial pace of our judicial system, I’m sure he can forestall the foreclosure for a long time to come.

This patch of swamp sold for $1.7 million in 1999, proving that housing insanity was not limited to the mid-200s, then for $1 million in 2002 (on, again, an asking price of $1.7). That buyer tried to sell a to-be-built house on it for $3.8 million in 2004 using the following description:

CUSTOM HOME TO BE BUILT ON A KNOLL OVERLOOKING A GENTLY FLOWING RIVER. SITUATED ON 4 MAGNIFICENT ACRES IN THE GREENWICH COUNTRYSIDE.MASTER BUILDER & ARCHITECT OFFERING EVERY LUXURY YOU WOULD EXPECT FOR A GRACIOUS LIFESTYLE.PLANS AVAILABLE AT LB.

Despite every word of that description being false the property never sold and foreclosure began.

This place is encumbered with a $9.999 million mortgage and a second one of $3.8 million, both of which almost certainly represent a cross-collateralization deal involving other properties. Everything is bound to wash out eventually but I wouldn’t be readying truckloads of fill to begin construction of that dream house quite yet.

 

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Big house goes to contract

PeckslandTamar Lurie reports her listing at 77 Pecksland, asking $9.9 million, has a buyer. Built on land purchased in 1997 for $4.75 million, renovated this year.

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I’m probably inviting trouble but …

I’ve changed the comment control from “moderate all comments” to “previously approved commenter”, with the idea that regular contributors to this blog can just fire away and see what they’ve wrought immediately. This may cause more problems than it solves because there are a few commenters who can go beyond what I, in my exclusive role as blogmeister, think appropriate (no, not Walt, he’s family, sort of) and those offensive comments will now appear without prior approval and will remain until I notice and dump them.

But it’d be nice to have a live comment board, so if this works without having the comment section deteriorate into the useless, profane mess that other sites’ unmoderated boards are, that’s a good thing. If not, then back to being a hall monitor. So behave yourselves, children.

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Another exclusion item for that sales contract

I CAN take it with me - Joel Kaye said I could!

I CAN take it with me – Tom Ward  said I could!

We used to laugh at the occasional home seller who took his toilet paper and lightbulbs with him when he vacated (or evacuated, I suppose); cheap, mean ol’ bastards, but fortunately there weren’t many of them and no lawyer I know of ever thought to cover those items in a sales contract. Toilet paper is still plentiful and cheap, but light bulbs may now be a coveted, and expensive item.

The 100 watt incandescent bub is no more, the 75 watt flickers out January 1 and cfl bulbs are unusable. The suggested alternative for both incandescents and cfls is the LED, which currently (yes, bad pun) cost as much as $30 and even $50 per bulb. Homeowners who still have incandescents may start taking with them what is now literally irreplaceable, and if they’ve already installed, say, 100 of the new LEDs, they’re looking at a $3-$5,000 replacement cost if they leave them behind. It may take a few incidents where a new homebuyer arrives to a dark castle, but I predict we’ll start seeing this  issue addressed in sales contracts within the year.

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