The 1920s red-brick row building thrived as a retail clothing store for more than 50 years in Rochester, N.Y. But these days, a forensic crime lab, municipal organizations, and legal entities dominated the area.
The Halstead Hospital and Hertzler Clinic had seen better days when Andrea Cavgalar got the listing in November 2005. Once the heart and soul of a quaint Kansas town, the medical facility had fallen on hard times and poor management had led to bankruptcy and massive job losses.
To all outward appearances, the two-bedroom, 1920s English cottage had tons of curb appeal, says Matt Littell, a sales associate with Dickson Podley REALTORS® in La Cañada, Calif. But within its walls, the cottage was less than tidy.
Gregory P. Schenk, SIOR, broker-owner of the Columbus, Ohio-based Schenk Company Inc., an exclusive tenant representative brokerage and commercial real estate advisory firm, had a big job on his hands. In November 2007 he agreed to list a commercial office building that had three stories, no elevator, a 19 percent vacancy rate, and numerous properties for sale within a 2-mile radius.
Rita Alonso says the house looked like a pink Kleenex box from the outside and lawn was home to about a dozen goats. But the goats were not the real problem. The owner’s sentimental attachment to the house posed the biggest challenge to a successful sale.
The local housing market wasn’t exactly booming in August 2007 when Jennifer Lyng Watson, e-PRO, a sales associate with Sherman & Boone Real Estate in Watsonville, Calif., listed a one-bedroom mountain-top home with her mother, Marion LL Lyng.
The husband-and-wife duo of broker associate Malte Strauss and sales practitioner Helene Bonello-Strauss of Southern Realty Enterprises Inc., Longwood, Fla., got their shot at selling a Longwood charmer in September 2007.