Some nice spring weather and a bunch more houses on MLS. What could be better? There are 36 open houses listed in Babylon as of this writing, although not all of them are for this weekend. I’m looking to visit Lee and Washington this Saturday. We’ll see how that goes.
I have to work on Sunday, the big open house day, but Debra may go out on her own and see a house or two.
Homes in Babylon
- Total: 94
- Babylon School District: 66
- BSD and Under 600K: 33
We say goodbye to a couple houses that got a lot of discussion here on HIB, 44 George and 529 Park, each now sporting a Sold or Under Contract sign. I’ll be interested to see the final sale prices.
Some interesting new houses this week, including 109 Washington and 90 The Crescent. 33 Mason makes it into MLS at $349K asking. The disastrous high ranch at 179 Cadman is back up, now at a merely ridiculous $449K. We saw the Cadman house some time ago. I wrote an open house report about, but they pulled the place off the market before I got to post it.
This is an open discussion thread, so I invite any and all readers to pipe up and say something. Feel free to leave a comment and ask a question, make an observation, tell us what you’re up to or just introduce yourself and say hi.
I’m very interested in hearing fellow home shoppers, especially their impressions of any open houses that they’ve seen, but I’d also like to hear from any sellers and their experiences and observations.
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Enojy your weekend, everyone. Happy hunting.
I have to agree with you on the HiRanch Cadman house. Are they kidding listing it as “mint++”? That house needs a new kitchen and all new bathrooms. We saw it when it was listed at 489 and we laughed our way back to the car. The owner seemed like a nice man but come on….
The Cadman house was a joke–the agent kept telling us that it was “mint” and move-in ready. Yeah. If it were 1974. And they neglected to mention the cousin living in the nasty, nasty apartment in the basement.
Remind me to not use the Coldwell Banker in Huntington…
It’s just a matter of deciphering real estate sales newspeak (and a bit of insight into “How to Succeed in the Real Estate Business Without Really Trying”).
mint (not comparable)
1. Of condition, as new.
in mint condition.
You see, nothing the that definition implies recent. And I’m confident that nothing quite compares to it (particularly at that price). If 99 out of 100 people (mis-)interpret the statements as positive (3d definition “near-perfect”), I suppose that’s just our problem, not any attempt on the part of the agent to draw in buyers under false pretenses.
In this real estate market, buyers are fewer than sellers. So if an agent wants to make $ale$, it helps to know some buyers, not just sellers. If it just so happens that the buyer(s) who come looking for the “mint” house find it wanting, the listing agent can then pick up the buyer(s) as clients for buyer’s agent services. The agent can then show the buyer(s) other listings, you know, ones that the buyer(s) might actually want to… well… buy. Close the sale on a liveable house, and the agent pockets the buyer’s agent half of the listing fee, even though the agent couldn’t have hoped to land a quality listing themselves. That makes taking the dog of a listing (and embellishing the description of it) all worthwhile. Maybe the Cadman seller is a little disappointed that his house didn’t sell, and especially not for the price the listing agent convinced him could be gotten (called ‘buying’ the listing – the agent who bids highest gets the contract), but these things happen – frequently.
While it is possible to decipher the newspeak, particularly after you see the property, I find it much more efficient (not to mention sanity-saving) to just assume that details are fabrications.
What’s the talk on the South Carll house? And how about the Wyandanch Ave. tudor? Why has that house not dropped in price at all?
The South Carll ave is a historic home, needs as much work as the previous house for sale on S. Carll ave and is two doors away from the babylon public library
Yes, obviously it’s a historic home but is it an estate sale? (I’m questioning the dumpster in the driveway.)
Correct The late Mayor and his Wife lived in that house for many years. She passed away just before Christmas.