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Pleasanton Weekly

Column - December 14, 2007

Around Pleasanton

Bids start at $299,000 tomorrow for Jensen tract home

by Jeb Bing

I haven't been to a property auction since I was a kid and used to watch the fast-talking auctioneers selling off farms from the Wayne County Courthouse steps in rural Fairfield, Ill. So it's with some apprehension that I plan to listen in again tomorrow as Stacey Kennedy of Pacific Auction Exchange holds a live auction of a three-bedroom, one-bath home at 4040 Jensen St., across from Amador Valley High School. I'm not the only one apprehensive. Dora Mae Nairn, who has lived in the home since she moved there with her late husband Donald when it was newly built in 1954, is hoping to get a lot more for the house than the minimum bid Kennedy has set of $299,000. That's a lot more than the $15,000 the Nairns paid, but a lot less than the $500,000-$600,000 some of the Jensen tract homes have been selling for recently. That's why Nairn's neighbors are also concerned; an exceptional low bid that wins could affect property values up and down the street,

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Comments

Posted by Lauren, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Well, for how much did it sell???? There seemed to be a lot of people!


Posted by Don, a resident of Downtown
on Dec 17, 2007 at 6:53 pm

It sold for $435 in ten minutes or less. It started @$299 and sailed through the $100 in less than a minute. It stalled at $425 and spent the next five minutes inching up to the final price. I would guess there were about a dozen bidders and maybe over a hundred looker oners. Three quarters of the bidders did not even bid. Guess they were looking for a deal. There was a 10% fee on top of the price so the property sold for $478.5 thousand.

I have a property in another area of Contra Costa and will be looking into auctions.


Posted by mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2007 at 9:41 am

Will the official sale price show as $435,000 or $478,000? Does the seller or buyer pay that fee? It would seem the seller would pay it but that's not what's implied above.


Posted by mac, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2007 at 9:42 am

Will the official sale price show as $435,000 or $478,000? Does the seller or buyer pay that fee? It would seem the seller would pay it but that's not what's implied above.