Steve Brown: Aikman’s House Has Had Many Lookers, but No Buyers. When Celebrities Won’t Let People In, It’s Kind of Hard to Sell The House

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We all know Troy Aikman’s Highland Park  house on Highland Drive has been on the market now for nine months, at least. We all know it hasn’t moved. Steve quoted Allie Beth Allman saying she’s had several offers, and you can bet your bippy she took the whole Kardashian/Odom crowd over there to look/see. Maybe they wanted to lease it? Warren Buffet was in town last week checking out his Nebraska Furniture Mart, but a $24 million home is not his style, much as he might want to fill it with his namesake furniture.

With a home that unique and expensive, you’ve got to get it on parade!

How the heck can you sell a house when you can’t put it out for the world to see?

Then there’s Champ d’Or, another celebrity home whose owners were not psyched about opening up the home (save for their private parties) to let John Q. Looky-Loo march up through. Can’t say I blame them. (Can’t say I blame Troy!) We know what happened: the Champ is being auctioned off March 30 in Dallas. And now they are letting the world in! In fact, at Champ last Friday, one agent told Concierge Auction’s marketing director, Laura Brady, to keep her eye on Troy’s house as a possible future auction item.

So I ask you: should celebrities show off their homes more in order to sell them? Fame is a double-edged sword: super stars love all the attention that makes them stars and able to afford $24 million homes, yet when it comes to their home they don’t want the public in: most definitely a conundrum.

 

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Chuck Fleischer says

    To show or not to show. That is the question. A good Buyers Agent, at this or any level, will only show homes to financially qualified and properly vetted prospects. And a serious Seller will welcome those showings.

    • Sharon Quist says

      Only a small contingency of the public can aspire to own, much less afford, this home. Seller's & Buyer's agents should qualify anyone who wants to view this manse. That's why they call us professionals!

  2. Chuck Fleischer says

    To show or not to show. That is the question. A good Buyers Agent, at this or any level, will only show homes to financially qualified and properly vetted prospects. And a serious Seller will welcome those showings.

    • Sharon Quist says

      Only a small contingency of the public can aspire to own, much less afford, this home. Seller's & Buyer's agents should qualify anyone who wants to view this manse. That's why they call us professionals!

  3. Crosstown Clay says

    We all know Troy Aikman's Highland Park house on Highland Drive is over-priced like a Cowboys Stadium pizza or a Dee Lincoln martini. A Russian heiress can purchase a different 10,000 sqft. home every day for the next 5 days in Highland Park for around $6-9M each, and none have ever sold for more than $9M. But Troy's house is not just another monkey – it's a chimpanzee, I'm sure. Still, it looks like another big Texas ego-trip for all parties involved. And what about the poor Champ? Destined to be surrounded by Kimball Hill and DR Horton subdivisions. I call that a Prime Time Deja Vu.

  4. Crosstown Clay says

    We all know Troy Aikman's Highland Park house on Highland Drive is over-priced like a Cowboys Stadium pizza or a Dee Lincoln martini. A Russian heiress can purchase a different 10,000 sqft. home every day for the next 5 days in Highland Park for around $6-9M each, and none have ever sold for more than $9M. But Troy's house is not just another monkey – it's a chimpanzee, I'm sure. Still, it looks like another big Texas ego-trip for all parties involved. And what about the poor Champ? Destined to be surrounded by Kimball Hill and DR Horton subdivisions. I call that a Prime Time Deja Vu.

  5. Alex Roostaei says

    @Crosstown–

    whether or not the Aikman house is overpriced is debatable, however, homes in very close proximity , on smaller lots have sold above the 10Mil mark. It may take a unique buyer and even a price reduction, but there is a reason certain properties are listed so high…someone will pay the price.

  6. Alex Roostaei says

    @Crosstown–

    whether or not the Aikman house is overpriced is debatable, however, homes in very close proximity , on smaller lots have sold above the 10Mil mark. It may take a unique buyer and even a price reduction, but there is a reason certain properties are listed so high…someone will pay the price.

  7. JenniferC says

    Jordan's house is up for sale (Highland Park IL) & one must be qualified to see, but there's pics everywhere. Then again, we are talking about Michael Jordan, another league for sure.

  8. JenniferC says

    Jordan's house is up for sale (Highland Park IL) & one must be qualified to see, but there's pics everywhere. Then again, we are talking about Michael Jordan, another league for sure.

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