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Golfer Lanny Wadkin’s Preston Trail Home Goes To Auction Thursday, but What About Michael Jordan’s Place Up in Chicago’s Highland Park?
I told you weeks ago that Lanny Wadkins’ house in Preston Trails had signed up for auction with Concierge Auctions. There’s no reserve. The auction is this Thursday, and I will be there, of course, to report. The 9,521 square foot home (five bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, a pool, 9-hole putting green and practice area, plus shuffleboard court) has been on the market for a bit at $2.295 million. Kind of funny: I wondered aloud in that post if the home would have sold sooner had the previous agents, all of them seasoned and quite capable, just said it was Wadkin’s home from the get-go. Too often high profile peeps want to keep a “low profile” when they sell their homes, and this is what happens — house sits. And sits. Agents really need to manage their clients better. After all, you are the expert, right? If name-dropping helps sell a home, over-rides a location or other negative, then name-drop for Kripes’ sake, unless you don’t really want to sell it.
Utility Concierge: You Make the Selections, They Make the Connections Now Easy as Watching a Cartoon!
You know Utility Concierge, right? It’s my favorite company when it comes to moving. It like DOES EVERYTHING FOR YOU!
When I first met Gabe Abshire, UC’s CEO, I told him he’d be the next Bill Gates. Why? Because he has figured out a way to give consumers the power of choice, for ABsolutely free! And Realtors can totally use this to their advantage now with UC’s cool new tools.
Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, strolling through a 12,000 square foot mansion on three acres… really, buying real estate should not be this fun. But it was so fun and so fast, so very very fast. The M Mansion at North Forty Place opened at 4:oo p.m. Thursday afternoon for cocktails and to let the bidders, all who had been pre-approved by ConciergeAuctions.com (read: good for the money) and who had put up a $100,000 cash bond, mingle and tour. I checked the list of attendees — most were Preston Hollow agents and a few other well-known faces, like Clay Stapp who had the winning bid buyer at another Concierge auction last year, Champs D’Or. I saw Champs’ buyers names on the auction list, Zaf and Zeshan Tabani. Rustin Smith was there, principal of Rustin James Realty, with a hot potential buyer; Kyle Rovinsky; Kyle Crews, Missy Woehr, Julie Harrison all from Allie Beth Allman; Tucker Blemar was on the list (think they meant Tucker Bomar), as was Susan “Matoozawitz”; Pogir, Jonathan Rosen, Gene Taylor and Lisa Besserer of Briggs Freeman Sothebys were definitely there; Faisal Halum was on the list; Mike Brody; Kim Gromatzky from Dave Perry-Miller and her daughter were there, too — more on them later. And of course listing agent/broker, Rogers Healy. Then there were the bidders. All told, about 53 were expected or had registered, been vetted and plunked down $100,000 to participate in the bidding. Of course, everyone who drove up to the mansion was screened by the valet parkers: if you were not on the list, you did not go through the gates unless, maybe, you were Donald Trump.
Dallas Realtor Extraordinaire Clay Stapp Rep’ed Buyer of Champ d’Or: Buyer is Dallas Family with International Ties
Later today, the venerable PR firm of Rubenstein Public Relations will release this press release with more details, the official details, of Friday’s sale of Champ d’Or. As I told you yesterday, we know Champ was swooped up by a Dallas family with international ties (read: jet setters) and I have just learned that Clay Stapp was the buyer’s rep. As I may have explained before, just because a home sells at auction does not mean the realtors are left out. This firmly plants Clay on the scene as a leading Dallas broker and agent, and signals, I think, a real changing of the guard.
As I told you either late last night (I blog into the wee hours) or early this morning, Champ D’Or, arguably the most significant piece of real estate on the market in the greater Dallas area, will be sold at auction March 30. It has been on the market for ten years. The auction will be conducted by a New York City-based house, Concierge Auctions, right here in the Lone Star State, AT Champ D’Or. Do not think this will be a circus: only qualified buyers will be allowed in the gates. I pride myself in giving you news before it is news, but the press release is not yet written, though Rubenstein Public Relations will be handling PR, and the website for Champ is under creation as we speak. So all I can tell you at this point is that you can see the property live on the Concierge site next Thursday. While you are at it, check out the other goodies Concierge has to offer, including one of my favorite of all ski spots, Spanish Peaks at Big Sky Montana. I cried when I heard that Spanish Peaks had filed Chapter 7, but Concierge is auctioning off some of the famed ski resort’s glorious residences. (Tune into SecondShelters.com soon for more on that bankruptcy.) Oh, Concierge is also auctioning a home at the venerable Yellowstone Club, too.