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Guess who can't sell his house?

Posted by: Dean Foust on November 6, 2007


A little more than a year ago I posted an entry picking up on a Washington Post article noting that the president of the National Association of Realtors, Thomas Stevens, had been unable to sell his own house. The kicker was that Stevens, by his own admission, said that his agent had been advising him to drop the price and he didn’t — and the house didn’t sell. His comments at the time:

“Who knew last September how long this down trend was going to continue, … You need to adjust the price… . But I didn’t do that. And my house is still on the market.”

“What I should have done, was listened to my agent and cut the price by $50,000 to $100,000 early on, and the property would have sold last October. … I should have listed it a month earlier…”

Assume he’s sold his house by now, right? When you assume, you…

narprez.jpgFourteen months later, and his house is still on the market, according to the Paper Economy blog. Of course, by now he’s had to drop his price by $165,000, but the window may have closed. A lot of buyers are spooked by the downturn in the Washington, D.C. region (to see the trend, check out one of my favorite blogs, Northern Virginia Housing Bubble, which chronicles the trend in asking prices in the NoVa area), and are choosing to wait it out. His house has now been on the market for more than 700 days (!). C’mon, cut the price!! Cut the price!! The market is telling you something!! Cut!! Cut!! Keep cutting ‘til it sells!! Isn’t that was Realtors tell us?

A tip of the cap to the folks at the DirectCurrent blog for catching this.

You can check out the listing for his house, a Zillow estimate, and a video of the home.

Reader Comments

Just Me

November 6, 2007 6:29 PM

And we are to TRUST his projections for entire re-market???


November 6, 2007 7:57 PM

Thanks for sharing the hat-tip love. It does appear that the property was taken off the market - - likely not too long after the Washington Post story - - and then relisted.

I don't know exactly when it was put back on the market, but I'd be willing to bet it's still not going to sell for anything over $950 - - a comparable unit right across the street sold in August 2006, just as things started turning sour, for $1,075,000 (1) . . . but what's $200K, a flaccid market, and a jumbo loan between friends, right?

NAR members didn't hesitate to ride the residential-real-estate gravy train to the end of the line; now many of them realized that there wasn't a return fare from those staggering heights and even their president can't catch a ride back.


dana mcdowell

November 12, 2007 4:59 AM

no one is dumb enough to try to price a house over 40,000.00 since 5/1/07,no one is dumb enough to buy a house for more than 40,000.00 since 5/1/ houses have sold since 5/1/07.over 13 million homes are for sale priced less than 40,000.00 by smart sellers and agents

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