In tight NYC market, hoarders’ homes sell — but not easily

TRD New York /
Oct.October 11, 2013 01:21 PM

With New York City inventory at a new low, even the overstuffed homes of hoarders are selling at a brisk pace.

But that doesn’t mean these sales are easy. A broker must use sensitivity when trying to get the owner to part with decades worth of stuff, and ingenuity when trying to get potential buyers to look past the clutter, the New York Times reported.

From using exterior shots and floor plans for the online visuals to limiting the number of people who can enter the property during an open house, to dealing with closings that can take months longer than the norm, brokers have to treat these homes differently than the average sale.

But one thing that’s easier when selling these Collyers Mansions? Board approval.

“When the apartment of a hoarder is sold, the board is the happiest guy in the room,” Aaron Shmulewitz, a real estate attorney at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, told the Times. [NYT]Amy Sara Clark


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