When is a house “new”?

A new listing on Riversville Road appeared today, asking $8 million. That seems steep to me, given its location, but what caught my eye was its “built date”, stated as 2006. The listing claims it was “re-imagined” in 2006 but pulling its history, there was a house on the same location built in 1955 and renovated in 2003 or thereabouts. Somehow, I suspect it’s that same house. I don’t think “re-imagining” supports a new build date, but perhaps I’m wrong.

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5 responses to “When is a house “new”?

  1. Anonymous

    Is this 56 riversville? Margaret Sullivans old house? the 8$ million must be a typo?

  2. G'wich Transplant

    This is an interesting question. For example, if you take a house and use its existing footprint but completely renovate it, add a second story add a new garage, etc. can you say that the house was built new in the relevant year? As a technical matter, do you need to pour a new foundation to claim that you’ve built a new house even though all the systems, etc. are new?

  3. Anonymous

    Such “slippery” use of terms suggests sellers with more slippery terms/representations upon any further exploration or negotiation

    If anything, such sellers save prospective buyers from wasting time uncovering other cockroaches…

  4. Walt

    Dude Man –
    I read your stuff all the time. Then I close my eyes, and re-imagine what it would read like if you wrote it properly. Then I open my eyes, but the original drivel is still there.
    So you need a total deletion and rebuild to consider it new.
    Hopes this helps!!
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  5. sandy

    Shame on this owner/top broker for using this ‘re-imagined’ build date. The original house was never taken down. Just altered and added on to.