Some might say so. But this seller no doubt insisted he was just “waiting for the right buyer”, or perhaps he dipped further into that old classic, The Real Estate Seller’s Book Of Common Phrases And Excuses (available on Amazon, $6.99) and reassured each of his six different listing agents that “all it takes is ONE!” *
Anyway, it is over; the long, long, tiresome journey has come to its end, and it turned out to be an $8,000,000 end, not bad!
44 Upper Cross Road
In every struggle such as this there are heroes, fallen and un-fallen. I wish to take this time to commend the two that remained standing:
Kathryn Clauss, listing agent
Brad Hvolbeck, selling agent
There is a popular saying among brokers, “Better to be the first son, the second wife, or the third listing agent”, but Kathryn Claus saw the folly in this, determining that, for 44 Upper Cross Road, the winning position would be that of the sixth listing agent. She guessed correctly.
Brad Hvolbeck (the “v” is silent), a Greenwich broker for 35+ years, had no way of knowing, back on that frosty October day in 1999, when this listing first appeared, that he would one day sell it and collect a 4% (you heard right) commission of $320,000, but, as the saying goes, “Some are born to greatness, others have it thrust upon them”.
*”All it takes is one” is a common sellers’ exhortation to their (weary) broker that the last 50 unsuccessful showings don’t prove anything because….. that one happy-to-over-pay buyer may still be out there!
44 Upper Cross Road sold this week for $8M after 23 years on the market. It comes with 23 acres, so that’s 1 year per acre.