published: Friday, October 04, 2013
City keeps Harder Hall sale open to all
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- The City of Sebring still desperately wants to sell Harder Hall, but the city council balked at the thought of advertising the abandoned landmark in a high-dollar real estate magazine.
During a council meeting in August 2012, a local Realtor presented the idea to the council of featuring Harder Hall in a Florida realty magazine. Council members had a problem with giving the Realtor an "exclusive" deal on the property.
Assistant City Administrator Bob Hoffman suggested Tuesday that the council should get requests for proposals (RFP) for Realtors' services to list and market Harder Hall due to the lack of interest shown in the property lately.
"We had two inquires about Harder Hall. We played around with that for a long period of time. Finally those offers were rejected. The Harder Hall CRA committee earlier this month asked that this item be ... rediscussed," said Hoffman.
Scott Stanley revealed that cost for an ad in a publication that would attract a buyer with enough capital for the $4.5 million property would be upwards of $10,000.
"The discussion came back up because a Realtor doesn't get paid until the sale, so it doesn't cost the city up front. Now's the time to turn it around. Deals on these types of properties get done at the beginning of the upturn. We need to get this out to people looking for these types of properties," Stanley said.
Council President Andrew Fells was opposed to the idea of giving a Realtor an exclusive listing as well as paying the high dollar amount that most magazines charge.
"I'm going to state the same thing I said last time, I am not in agreement with an exclusive listing for Harder Hall. I have no problem saying 'we're going to offer X percent,'" said Fells.
Fells went on to say that he believed that it would be unlikely the city could find any real estate agent in this area that would front the money for a $10,000 ad.
"I think it's better for this city to say that we will offer 4, 5, 6, 3 percent -- whatever you want -- to a Realtor that can bring us a suitor for Harder Hall," Fells said.
John Clark eventually made a motion offer Harder Hall for sale at a price of $4.5 million with a Realtor commission not to exceed 4 percent. Clark's motion said that the sale will be open to any Realtors. The motion was passed unanimously.
Council members also unanimously passed a motion to add the discussion of disbanding the Harder Hall CRA committee to the Oct. 15 council agenda.
Sebring (by: Woody - 10/6/2013)
Why does the city of Sebring have two administrators?
AUCTION (by: Concerned - 10/4/2013)
AUCTION this beast.
Beguile! (by: Blindman~ - 10/4/2013)
They should offer a 10 percent commission to any Realtor who can sell it for the asking price. Money & greed motivate.
The Pink Lady (by: Gracies Ghost - 10/4/2013)
Make whoever approved the city purchasing Harder Hall pay for it! Somebody made out on this deal originally and it certainly hasn't been the city or it's residents. Fond memories of her former glory and sentimental reasoning are all well and good but enough is enough. I imagine it would cost an arm and a leg just to bring the building up to code regardless of what some sucker...eerrr...buyer wanted to do with it. Even if it means letting someone gut it and then tearing it down to do whatever with the land let it happen. Sad to say but it's time to face the reality and hear the words " SOLD!! To the highest bidder".
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