Trust Warren Buffett to finagle a winning deal no matter what.
When his six-bedroom beach house in Laguna Beach’s Emerald Bay finally sold, it was at a heavily discounted $7.5 million–almost a third lower than the price he initially listed it for, as the Wall Street Journal reported. However, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway only paid a mere $150,000 for the 3,500-square-foot house in the 1970s.
The sale is further proof — in case anyone still needed it — of Buffett’s philosophy to “never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results.” Buffett wrote that in 1963 in a note to his partners, according to the Journal.
Buffett himself slashed the price from his initial ask of $11 million in August to $7.9 million.
The buyers are a couple who remain unidentified, though Buffett said in a statement to the Journal that “I feel very good about the couple who bought the house and hope their family gets as much enjoyment from it as our family did.” [WSJ] — Erin Hudson