Breaking: The Auction at Lee Kleinman’s House on Ricks Circle is Canceled

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Comes word from Elite Auctions Marketing Director Alicia Chmielewski that the no-reserve auction for Dallas City Councilman Lee Kleinman’s home in Hillcrest Estates has been canceled. The no-reserve auction was to take place at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 28.  We are told that a pre-auction offer has been accepted by the sellers, Kleinman and his wife, Dr. Lisa Umholtz.

In fact, the home now shows pending sale status in MLS.

The price on the contract is confidential. All we know is “the price was acceptable to the buyer and seller.”

The home at 11322 East Ricks Circle was built in 1993, by AIA Fellow, Gregory Ibanez, of Fort Worth-based Ibanez Shaw, who was a protege of I.M Pei. Pei, of course, designed Dallas City Hall. Ibanez’s notable resume includes the design of the upper Greenhill School and the acclaimed remodel of Casa Mañana. The five-bedroom, six-full, two-half-bathroom home was also a fixture on the Raymond Nasher Tour of Homes back in 1996, as well as the Northaven Tour of Homes. The home was first listed with Kyle Rovinsky of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for $4,567,890, then lowered to $3.95 million. Ultimately the home’s price came down to $3.795, first with Rovinsky, then with Allie Beth Allman and Christine McKenny. The home is now listed by Cliff Freeman of eXp Realty, and had a suggested asking price of $3.5 million .

While the asking price is a clue as to how much it will take to pull a home from the auction, it is not necessarily the sales price. The home is expected to close October 28. It is actually not uncommon for homes to sell prior to auction: same thing happened at 4525 Catina Lane, which was listed at $4,450,000, and later slated for auction under Ryan Streiff. The home sold pre-auction July 10. The estate at 4525 Catina had also been marketed by Evan Stewart.

4525 Catina

“I can’t say how great it makes me feel to help a seller and their listing agent that’s tried and tried to sell, actually achieve their goals of attaining market value in a short time period,” says Chmielewski.  “It’s gratifying beyond explanation!”

Auctions are a great way to motivate sellers as well as buyers: buyers don’t want to risk being outbid on a home at auction, and sellers may prefer to sell prior to auction to a contracted amount. 

Of note: this sharp pre-auction buyer, whoever they are, saved paying a 10 percent buyer’s surcharge to be paid at auction, by purchasing the home the day before.

“After being on the market for two years with declining activity, Alicia and Elite Auction were able to bring hundreds of people and several showings in less than 30 days,” Kleinman told me. “That flurry of activity resulted in a satisfactory offer that we accepted before the auction date.”

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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, 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, and, 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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