November 23, 2009

The Credits Roll On The 2009 Sale Of Marquee Lofts #708 (And #605)

151 Alice B. Toklas Place #708

Marquee Lofts (151 Alice B. Toklas Place) #708 first changed hands on 9/30/04 for $607,500; sold on 10/05/06 for $865,000 (having been upgraded); and was bought back by Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending for $708,933 on 1/9/08 (having been downgraded).

Sold kitchen-less as a foreclosure sale for $580,000 in June of 2008, a fully remodeled (new kitchen, bathroom, lighting and other improvements) returned to the market this past July asking $739,000 and was later reduced to $699,000. The re-sale of the 1,229 square foot loft closed escrow on 11/10/09 with a reported contract price of $682,850 ($556 per square foot).

We would be surprised if the recent remodeling budget ran under $50,000. We wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up over $75,000. And hopefully nobody took spencer up on his "I bet $1,000,000,000,000 that this closes under $700K" wager in July.

As a related building aside, the foreclosure sale of Marquee Lofts #605 closed escrow on 10/15 with a recorded contract price of $579,000. The 1,204 square foot unit had been purchased in August 2005 for $755,000 (August 2003 for $515,000). No word on any improvements (or kitchen hijackings) in-between.

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First Published: November 23, 2009 12:00 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

even worse was the fact that it took a year. they shoulda banged out this remodel in 2 months. maybe they lived there for awhile and got some "utility" out of the equation that's tough to measure, but i'd still say it was a losing project. contgrats for getting out with just minor scrapes.

Posted by: resp at November 23, 2009 12:48 PM

Buyer's cost: $580K
Closing costs: 10K
Carrying costs 30K
3 years HOA 12K (incentive to buyer)
Total 688K

Even if the remodel was free, this flipper lost his shirt!

As I said repeatedly when the flipper bought this place: anyone buying real estate right now is a complete idiot.

Posted by: tipster at November 23, 2009 12:52 PM

And to continue with an REO Speedwagon inspired Keep the Fire Burning theme, Unit 705 (1204 sq.ft.) hits the courthouse steps on December 2. It was bought for $440k in 1998, but has an unpaid balance of $621,336. Now how could that have happened?

Posted by: EBGuy at November 23, 2009 12:52 PM

"It was bought for $440k in 1998, but has an unpaid balance of $621,336. Now how could that have happened?"

X5 or 535i?

Posted by: anon at November 24, 2009 7:41 AM

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