FSBO follies in Logan Square?

In the early years of the millennium a patch of Logan Square along Armitage was a hotbed of development activity, playing host to a number of loft conversions and newly-built condos.

YoChicago focused on a number of those developments, including the once graffiti-laden , the hyper-pretentious ArmitEDGE, which invited buyers to find themselves “edging closer to perfection,” and . Earlier this year we took a look at Metropolis Lofts, a building whose reserves had been defrauded out of $375K by its management company, Regent Realty.

Armitage also saw commercial development during the past decade. Relative newcomers such as the highly-rated Bonsoirée and the more-recent Brand BBQ (video, above) joined TasteeFreez and other neighborhood standbys.

Development and conversion of new condos in the area came to a virtual halt during the past few years, and resales have suffered from plunging prices.

Loft owners at 1935 N Fairfield, for example, have been subject to a special assessment and seen half a dozen units in the building go through foreclosure and sell for a third or more below their original purchase price. Unit 101, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath which is touted as the largest floor plan in the building, sold for $265K in 2004 and $297K in 2007. It came back on the market in February, listed at $259K, and went into foreclosure several months ago. The price was repeatedly reduced to $165K and it’s currently under contract. Unit 401, also a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, just came on the market for $285,000.

Unit 402, a 2-bedroom, 1-bath, has been on the market for more than 3 years and is for sale by owner, priced at $348,000. It was purchased for $249,500 in April of 2001.

Meanwhile, over at the ArmitEDGE, Unit 208, a 2-bedroom, 1-bath that sold for $175K in 2007 has been on the market for nearly 6 months and is currently offered at $155K. Unit 204, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath purchased for $300K in 2007 is currently being offered by the owner at $300K.

Are the owner units fairly priced or FSBO follies?

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