Monthly Archives: September 2015

New construction sale, Old Greenwich

67 Sound Beach Avenue

67 Sound Beach Avenue

67 Sound Beach Avenue, $3.5 million. Some years ago a purchaser paid $4 million for the new construction next door, and I thought he was nuts (and said so here). Now, five years on, the market’s creeping closer to him.

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Here’s a new Riverside listing

24 Meadow Road

24 Meadow Road

24 Meadow Road, asking $2.195 million. Sellers paid $1,932,200 for it in 2013, which, to me, seemed high at the time ,considering the dated (but quite charming) condition. Nonetheless, after installing a new kitchen and opening a wall, it’s very appealing, and I think it will sell quickly – there’s just not that much that’s nice in this price range.

New kitchen

New kitchen

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Although they did put some real money into this home, all the sellers really had to do was stop at ripping out the furnishings

21 Byfield Lane has sold for $2.8 million. The sellers paid $2.650 for it in 2010 (it probably seemed like a bargain after it had dropped from $3.995), and turned it into a very nice house. Unfortunately, the Greenwich MLS rues dictate that all listings be yanked from the internet immediately upon their sale, but here are some pictures of what it looked like in 2010, and what it looks like today. I’m amazed it sold at all back then.

2010

2010

2015

2015

2010

2010

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Another win for Barry O, the man who vowed to be “the Anti-Reagan”

Take that, you girly-girl

Take that, you girly-girl

Putin warns U.S. aircraft to vacate the area, starts bombing Assad’s foes; not ISIS, but “our” rebels.

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If you really loved her, you’d let your agent pocket double the commission

"Don't worry, I've got your 6."

“Don’t worry, I’ve got your 6.”

When buyers use a home’s listing agent as their “own”.

Consumer advocates have long cautioned against dual agency in real-estate transactions. That’s when the real-estate agent advocating for the seller also represents the buyer.

Common sense dictates this scenario can be detrimental to both parties. The buyer’s agent is supposed to help his or her client get a home for the lowest price; the seller’s agent is supposed to fetch the highest price. Advocating for both sides seems impossible, yet some consumers still end up in that scenario. 

A high percentage of those agents advertising on Zillow enjoyed more dual-agency transactions as a result, according to a recent report from Morgan Stanley. Specifically, it found that 60% of those real-estate agents who advertised as a “premier agent” on Zillow received a 30% increase in these dual-side deals. Financially, that means a big payday for the agent, who doesn’t have to split the commission with someone else — effectively doubling his or her pay.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner update

We've GOT to get a grip on our spending, John -can you help?

We’ve GOT to get a grip on our spending, John -can you help?

Saudi Arabia has intercepted (another) Iranian ship stuffed with weapons for Yemeni rebels.

RIYADH—A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition that has been fighting Iran-supported rebels in Yemen said Wednesday that it had stopped an Iranian boat carrying arms to the war-torn country.

The boat carried 14 Iranians and was laden with missile launchers and anti-tank weapons, the coalition said in a statement, including firing guiding systems.

“This is all part of my strategy of befriending Iran,” President Obama told FWIW. “By freeing up billions in new cash for them, we’re encouraging them to waste their money on profligate schemes to arm their terrorist allies and have nothing left to build nuclear bombs. I call it Smart Diplomacy™.”

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Drunken mother stabs pedophile neighbor to death, gets 11 months

Let's see what you've brought me for Christmas

Let’s see what you’ve brought me for Christmas

Note that the filthy old man had not touched, or even approached, her children. she just didn’t want them near them. I realize that, after the fact, it would have been too late, but there was no “fact” here – nothing had happened. English justice is bizarre.

It was the night of Nov. 28 when Sands decided to confront him.

Sands drank two bottles of wine and some whiskey before grabbing a 12-inch kitchen knife and marching next door, according to the Daily Mail.

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