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A Builder's Nightmare but a Homeowner's Dream


Decatur Street, Brooklyn, New York

I have this new construction listing that is priced to sell. It's a gorgeous home, a six bedroom double duplex over double duplex townhouse close to public transportation and surrounded by Brooklyn Brownstones. It has off street parking and has a lovely, over grown backyard. The only problem is, every time I go to check on my firms inventory I find myself having to chase someone off of the property because they want to see the inside or think it is a cool place to hang out (e.g. the steps).

Why do people think it is okay to trespass on private property? Checking to see if someone is on location so one may receive more information is one thing. Having a party in someone else's yard because a construction company owns the property and a person observes the workers go home is another thing entirely. Thank God for the neighborhood watch. They will pick up the phone and call in a heartbeat. I love conscientious neighbors. It also helps that the Democratic Club is right across the street on the corner. Busy activists who care about their neighborhood are a Builder's and Realtor's friend.

The builder installed motion lights, a security fence, security gates, an ADT system, two security cameras, but somehow a miscreant still managed to break the front windows, which now have to be replaced... Hmm... When did the mindless act of rock throwing become cool? 

Know anyone who wants a spanking two family home approximately 30 minutes from Manhattan for $499,000? Tell them to call me. I would be more than happy to assist them in this endeavor. This home needs a family.  http://www.TannStarr.com




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Comment balloon 13 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 14 2008 03:11AM


Miscreants is right.  A public flogging might curb their nefarious activities... or not. :)  Great house, Carolyn!

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

That looks like a great house!

Posted by Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate (CondoDomain.com) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jesse. It's a shame how some people act towards other people's property.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Jeannette. It really is coming along very nicely. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hi Carolyn: Nice listing I hope you sell it in time to get paid before Christmas!!!!

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Posted by Kelly Willey, Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND) about 12 years ago

I really don't understand your market.  Congratulations on the listing!

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 12 years ago

Hmmm, I can't see that happening here.  But then we aren't as crowded as NYC.  Sounds like a good listing for you.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) about 12 years ago

It's a great looking place, hope you move it soon. Sorry to hear that you're having to battle interlopers in the process though.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 12 years ago

Well thats kind of cool - I didn't think you could get anything in New York for 500,000 - !  It would look awesome staged wouldn't it? :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 12 years ago

Hey C: Is a double duplex over a double duplex a fourplex? :)

Who knows why people do such horrible things. Somebody threw an egg at my car windshield. It dried, so when I lifted the windshield wipers, the blades tore off. Good thing my husband knew how to replace them. But still. Why?

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) about 12 years ago

Kelly, that would be lovely, wouldn't it? :-)

Mel, my market has lost it's mind. It's like Stephen. It does what ever it feels like doing... A double duplex with that type of square footage usually has a valuation from $550-$690K. $499K means lots of equity for someone somewhere. I was not kidding when I said it was priced to sell. :-)



Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Shirley, a very good listing. :-)

JL, so am I but we have to do what we have to do.

Liz, I wish I could talk them into staging it. I know just the person I would call for the presentation (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Elizabeth, too funny! Isn't a fourplex a four family containing four separate apartments. Broker's exam strikes again (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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