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Guess who's having troubling selling their home?

Posted by: Dean Foust on September 13, 2006

This will come as sweet music to the ears of any homeowner currently having trouble selling their home: the Washington Post reports that the head of the National Association of Realtors admits he didn’t listen to his agent and didn’t sell his house quick enough last year — and one year later, there it still sits, unsold, no buyers in sight. Let me correct myself: ONE of his houses. If you read deep enough into the article, you realize he has already moved into a new home — now worth $2.8 million — and the house he can’t sell is the old house he’s owned since 1979. But still…

Reader Comments

Bonnie Erickson

September 14, 2006 10:38 AM

Where has he got it listed? All this free marketing for his house should have attracted a buyer. Give the address so they can find it! A colleague searched all over the web to find the listing with no success. I haven't personally tried, but her question was whether it's listed at all. Has it sold now? Is he selling it FSBO? and then not listening to his agent?!!! That would be funny. (I know, I know, his agents are listed in the story. I just couldn't resist.)

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September 16, 2006 3:27 PM


Roberta Murphy

September 18, 2006 4:12 PM

Is this another example of real estate Freakonomics, where authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner claim agents supposedly get more for their homes because they hold out longer? Does being head of the NAR qualify for special treatment?

More seriously, real estate agents and those close to them know that pricing is paramount--especially in the market we are now experiencing.

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