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Robert Joffe is owner of the Joffe Group real estate firm and an agent with Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty. He's a veteran luxury broker, and is listing the David Wright house for its owner, a development company called 8081 Meridian LLC....
Joffe said there could also be a preservation component for the next buyer of the David Wright house.[/quote]*Could be a preservation component*.... Ya think?
I wouldn't break out the champagne just yet because the owners have been duplicitous throughout and seem to have hidden agendas. I'm almost certain Joffe also sold them the house in the first place, so there might be something going on that he's willing to find a buyer pro bono (a $200K commission loss for him), perhaps because he hadn't warned the owners of the trouble they are now facing and should have known. I don't know, that's a guess because I won a lawsuit once against my agent for the very same thing, but tiny potatoes, moneywise. But come to think of it, it was about the same ratio I was refunded, a little more than my agent's commission, that Joffe would be losing, relatively speaking.
I just don't know many business people that will give up $$ without a good reason, a better reason that the place has now grown on him, as he says. He has been on TV news and interviewed for the local papers and made sure to emphasize that he didn't know much about the David Wright House that's 10 houses from his; he jogs past, lived there about 20 years, and is supposedly (on his website) the #1 Realty for the Arcadia area where the house is located. You come to your own conclusions. Oh, on the initial listing months ago, when these buyers bought, there's a whole paragraph on FLW and his son, etc., so not just a quick nod--does he not read his own MLS Listings?
Although the community is involved, I don't have much faith in the power of the people, of which I am one. Seems much more likely politics and power (wealth) will be able to turn the tide.
http://kbwoodspublicrelations.com/2012/ ... n-phoenix/
He did a talk in Oak Park, recently, regarding Wright and how he loved the Guggenheim (his cousin got him in during construction). I wonder if he knows what's happening with the only other round house by FLW, the David Wright house in Phoenix, and if he would have any ideas to save it, including purchase even if to hold until another buyer is found who wanted it for a home.
I've been keeping up and keeping active with trying to save the home, and the restoration costs are nowhere as high as the current owners, who still want to bulldoze, would have people believe. He could log on to a site that has much current info on the situation or I could bring him up to speed w/ one short phone call.
Let me know if anyone has a friend of a friend who can contact him directly. No agents or fan club contacts, please. They are spurious.
http://archrecord.construction.com/news ... Temple.asp
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/26/us/ph ... d=pl-share
Like a child who doesn't want to share his toys, so instead, he'll break them.
Indeed it does...here it is:The final paragraph states it all.
It is a personal issue to Mr.Sells now...he will not be told what to do by anyone: preservationists, city officials, or anyone else. He will show us all...we can landmark it and delay him, and he will tear down the house, HIS house, when the limited protections expire, to spite us all.â€œIâ€™ll move in, invite everybody to come in and take their pictures, and Iâ€™m going to wait three years,â€� he said, interlacing his fingers behind his neck as he slouched on the orange cushions of the master bedroomâ€™s seating area. â€œThen Iâ€™m going to knock it down to recoup my losses.â€�
That's property rights, over inflated ego, and greed at its most absurd.