Today’s Times Herald Record carried a story, "Plenty of Property Owners Have Bethel Woods Fever’, reporting on the high prices may owners are asking for the properties in the Bethel Woods vicinity. In that article I was quoted as saying, ""I have been telling a number of clients to shy away from Bethel," Knudsen said." Needless to say, I’ve heard from a number of my colleagues this morning about that comment.
Like many sound-bite quotes, it was a bit out of context. In talking with the reporter, I said that when I have clients looking for the "farmhouse on acreage" country getaway for their own personal use, they’ll generally get more for their money if they look somewhat away from Bethel because many sellers near Bethel Woods who have property with acreage have been pricing them for investors, spectulators and subdividers, not for owner-occupiers. I didn’t say that everything in Bethel was overpriced and a bad value and that buyers should wholesale avoid the township. But I do stand behind by generalization that folks looking for that quiet country getaway on acreage may find better values elsewhere, where there isn’t the ‘Bethel Woods’ fever.
Otherwise, I thought that the article was pretty spot on. Sellers have the right to ask whatever price they want for their property. And I have every right, and yes, the obligation when I represent buyers as a buyer agent, to say I think a buyer can do better elsewhere.