When I started peddling Greenwich dirt in 2001 I was approached to write a weekly column on real estate for a local paper. Three years later, that gig ended abruptly when I offended a local firm, whose manager called the publisher and said, “Fountain goes or our advertising goes.” The advertising stayed and I migrated to the web, where this blog has flourished – the paper has done less well.
I’ve always been annoyed by what passes for real estate “reporting”: glowing paeans to marvelous architecture, appeals to snobbery and always – always! a cheery view of the market. So I don’t do that (ask my former publisher): if a house is an over-priced POS I’ll point that out. If a house sells for half-its original asking price I’ll mention that too. And if I like a house, it won’t be because it’s my listing or an advertiser insists I give it a favorable mention. No advertising on this site.
These are just my opinions, of course, and opinions are personal and, sometimes, dead wrong – feel free to disagree.
I do sell real estate for a living, primarily as a buyer’s representative, not a seller’s, and I’m always happy to hear from readers or customers. Write me at Christopher.fountain@Gmail.com or call my cell at (203) 249-4394. Letter bombs should be sent to my partner Frank Farricker, Lockwood & Mead Realty, 6 W. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.