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The received wisdom is: It's good to be the third agent.

The idea is that if there's a problem listing, a seller's resistance will be weakened and they might finally be ready for some cold advice by the time the third agent comes in to list the property.

At 501 Manhattan Ave., the least that can be said is that the third agent has benefited by having the seller make the biggest price cut on the property in 2015.

The property was first listed in November 2014 for a total of 11 days, asking $7.000M.

That wasn't going to happen. The smallish, original duplex is fine but the land value wasn't $7M, and the rental calculations certainly didn't pencil out at that number.

A new agent launched a new listing in 2015, $1M lighter at $5.999M and at a more optimal

For a good chunk of 2013, the Manhattan Village townhome at 10 Sausalito Circle had a hard time selling.

And now? It's gone.

For most of its run on the market, 4+ months, this 3br/3ba, 1900 sq. ft. Plan 6 condo looked pretty much the part of an original 1980s creation. There had been some improvements (no more fluorescent kitchen lights, new granite counters, newer flooring), but the unit seemed to want more. And it seemed a bit dark.

Was there interest earlier this year? Yes. But they couldn't settle on a price that worked for buyer and seller.

The listing launched at $1.200M, then dropped gradually to $1.099M, where it was when it cancelled 3 weeks ago.

After that, the kitchen cabinets got a coat of white point – no more dark oak, now a more modern look.…

It's no mystery why people would try to sell a home themselves in this market.

Looks easy, buyers are crawling over one another to grab every house available, so why pay agents?

They ran a brief experiment over at 1757 Voorhees (4br/3ba, 2450 sq. ft.) recently, and then gave up. It's now listed with a local agent.

To be clear, the sellers here tried first to list the property solo with a pledge to "cooperate," which is to say, to pay buyers' agents the full, standard 2.5% commission. Still, they wanted to save on the listing side, to maximize their net.

1757 Voorhees emerged on July 22 at $1.495M. They used a service to post it on the MLS, so they weren't lacking for exposure, ostensibly.

But now, just 2 weeks later, they're back on the market, re-listed…

The story is one we keep writing over and over: Houses that couldn't sell before, have sold recently.

Does it always happen, though?

How about one of the most difficult listings from 2012? How will it fare now that it's back?

And how about its new price increase? Will that stand up?

We're talking here about 1701 Gates Ave. in East MB.

The listing fairly dares this market to prove that everything really is different in 2013. Approaching one year since it debuted, the listing has now increased in price by 13%.

In May 2012, 1701 Gates (4br/3ba, 3390 sq. ft.) launched at $1.598M.

No action through Summer. It went on "hold" in August.

In October, 1701 Gates returned $100K lighter at $1.498M.

The listing ran another 5 months like that, with no takers. It went on…