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May 10, 2009 | Lauren Beale
Restored post-and-beam trilevel Location: 3584 Multiview Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Size: There are three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 2,816 square feet of living space in the Buff, Straub and Hensman-designed midcentury modern house. Published on: Aug. 17, 2008 Listed then for: $2,395,000 Listed now for: $1,995,000 Price reduced: 16.7% Listing agent: Bruce D. Bartkow, Coldwell Banker, (310) 887-0230 -- Laurel Canyon cottage Location: 8960 Wonderland Ave.
QUESTION: What recourse do we, as prospective home buyers, have if the listing agent of a home we want to buy refuses to promptly present our offer to the seller? Our buyer's agent has, for more than a week, tried to present our offer. But the listing agent comes up with excuses why he hasn't contacted the seller to present our offer. We like the house and believe we have made a fair purchase offer along with our good-faith deposit.
November 19, 2006 | Dinah Eng, Special to The Times
Curt Cassingham's Studio City house sat on the market for a month with no offers. To stimulate some interest, he announced that he would pay a $3,000 bonus to the realty agent who brought in a buyer for the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house listed for $949,000. Four weeks later, he upped the bonus to $10,000 to the selling agent, to be paid on top of the commission. "I decided, instead of dropping the listing price, to entice the Realtors to bring someone in," Cassingham says.
November 9, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Sports agent Jonathan Weisz has listed his spread in a gated community in Poway at a range of $9.2 million to $11 million. The 42-acre property includes more than 18,000 square feet in three buildings and, appropriately for a man who represents ball players, a baseball field. There is also a lighted batting-cage area, a four-stall barn, a riding corral, fenced pastureland, an infinity pool with a spa and garage parking for six cars. The compound consists of a 13,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style main house on three levels, a 2,500-square-foot guesthouse and a stables/guest apartment of 3,000 square feet.
June 17, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — In the real estate brokerage field they're often known as "setups" or "pinball" homes, and this spring's improving conditions in some markets could be stimulating more of them. A setup or pinball property is a house listed with an unrealistically high asking price that pulls in lots of visits by agents and shoppers, but no offers. The problem is this: Real estate agents, including even the listing agent, are using the overpriced house as a negative example to sell similar homes in the area that carry lower asking prices.
June 18, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Zsa Zsa Gabor's longtime Bel-Air estate has come on the market at $15 million. Gabor's ninth husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, had announced in January that the couple hoped to sell the house for $28 million. More recently, he expressed a desire to downsize to a modern building with security for him and his wife, 94, who has been in and out of the hospital for hip replacement, leg amputation and pneumonia. "I want to move her into someplace safe and more comfortable - a luxury high-rise condo," he said in an interview.
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