Daily Archives: December 20, 2011

Prosecutors with nothing better to do

Woman who offered sex for World Series tickets has conviction for prostitution overturned. Admittedly this happened in Pennsylvania where there is no crime but wouldn’t the taxpayers have been better served if their justice department employees had just ordered out for coffee while waiting for a real felony to occur?


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Beyond the Fringe

20 Carpenters Brook, a house so far out on our northwestern border that you must don a Mountie’s hat to visit, has been withdrawn from the market – last (short sale) price was $1.350 million. This place was never, ever worth the $4 million first asked for it in 2007 – even then, the owners had moved out and the house was deteriorating – but it’s been sad to see it fall apart over the years until it was finally offered as a land deal. I don’t know what two acres and a tear-down is worth out here under the flight path but obviously not $1.350 and, my guess, substantially less than that.

UPDATE” Over $3 million in mortgages on the property but, like the former owners, Washington Mutual’s just a fond memory. So I guess it’s now the people’s house, and we’ll be eating this one. Shall we go camp out up there? Or perhaps offer it to Margaret Rague for her Occupy horde?


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Name change?

Our new sales staff

I’ve never much liked Fudrucker’s choice of name for this firm – among other reasons, I have no idea what “EBT” is supposed to stand for. So with the demise of Cleveland, Duble and Arnold, I’ve suggested to Frankie that we adopt that name by association. I’m thinking that “Grover, Duble and Pepperidge” has a nice, WASPY-sort-of ring to it while evoking the memory of a once=proud firm. So far, Frankie isn’t biting but I’m hoping to wear him down; it’d be nice to resume wearing my Nantucket reds and Topsiders.


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Downtown condo contract

101 Lewis Street, asking $989,000. I like the location of these units (corner of Lewis and Milbank) and they clean up nicely. Owner paid $1.1 million in 2005 and has an $880,000 mortgage so I wouldn’t say he made out hugely, but the buyer seems to have grabbed a decent deal.

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Someone saw the value

22 Angus Lane, at $1.598 asking, just a bit over its assessment, has gone to contract. Owner is Helen Keller (true).

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If you’re blowing this clambake, better have done so by now

Obummers forego Hawaii in favor of harvesting organic food crop

Blizzard’s fouling up travel. Daughter Kate came in from Albuquerque last night after only a two hour delay but she may have been the last traveller to have such an easy time of it.

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Nothing is stirring, not even a mouse

Clevland, Duble & Arnold's last Christmas party ever and no, I don't think that's former owner Tom Gorin

It’s Tuesday so it must be time for the real estate firms’ Christmas parties! At least, there’s nothing of import being reported to the MLS and I had a hard time arranging showings today – in fact, I pushed them off to Wednesday when I hope there will be one last surge of enthusiasm among brokers to unload their wares before year’s end.

Here at EBT Realty we’ll be celebrating with coffee and, if we really go wild, a nice cup of hot chocolate but I understand other parties will be more exuberant.

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