Cash – and carry
September 26, 2006
Raifie Bass wants to give a real-estate agent $50,000, and to prove it, he’s been walking around town with the cash.Bass is a real-estate broker. The money is a sales bonus Bass is offering in conjunction with the partners of Aspen Land and Homes, Sotheby’s and Carol Dopkin Real Estate.
“A lot of real estate agencies have done bonuses in the past,” Bass said, “but nobody’s walked around with the money.”The $50,000 is up for grabs to the first broker to sell the first unit in the Fox Crossing development near the Aspen Art Museum. The homes start around $5.6 million.
Bass hired a security guard – “I think he had a Taser,” he said – and walked around town to real estate offices one day a week ago and again Tuesday morning. He said the developers of the property, Rick Crandall and Harris Cahn, put him up to it.”It’s a lot different having the cash in your hands,” Bass said. It makes the offer more tangible, he said.
“They’re psyched,” Bass said of the real-estate agents to whom he’s made the offer.The final date for the offer is Nov. 15.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.