An anonymous Portland real estate agent has shocked many Mainers with some of the things she told Curbed, a New York-based real estate magazine.
Here’s a look at some of the things she claims about Portland’s wild housing market.
A listing in Cape Elizabeth that could sell for $1M
“Yesterday, I listed something for $895k in Cape Elizabeth,” the agent wrote in the Curbed article. The response? The agent allegedly received 10 inquiries from personal clients and 45 additional people asking about the listing.
The realtor, whom Curbed called “Nina,” said that she expects the house to go for up to $200k over the asking price, all paid in cash.
Six houses available in Portland
“This city is a combination of everything,” the agent writes, discussing why so many people appear to be moving to Maine’s largest city.
She then goes on to write that there are six on-market listings available — but she knows at least 15 houses that are “off-market” that she would be able to sell under the right circumstances and for the right price.
European interested in spending $2.5M
The agent discusses a client that she is working with: a European woman who has only been to Maine once, but wants to move into a “big, Victorian-mansion-type house in Portland.”
Luckily, the writer says, she knows just the place — an off-market house owned by a man who reportedly doesn’t need to move, but would for $2.5 million.
The client agrees to be shown the house by FaceTime. She has agreed to make an all-cash offer on the property.
Bethel ski shack for $120K
A former client reportedly referred a woman to the realtor who was interested in putting an offer down for a “run-down ski shack in Bethel,” and would be willing to put $120,000 down.
The agent declined to look at the property, but agreed to put an offer down, discussing how people are looking for out-of-the way areas to set up Airbnb rentals prohibited in most of Portland.