What happens when an executive gets a transfer and can't sell their house? In some cases, no need to worry, your company will buy your slow seller. Bloomberg tells the story of Barbara Desoer
, who put her house in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the market in August for $1.675 million when she was named head of Bank of America Corp.'s real-estate unit, Countrywide Financial Corp., in Calabasas, California. She and her husband had bought the home in 2000 for $1.15 million. It sold in December, to Bank of America which has put the home up for sale for $1.295 million. A proxy statement reveals that Bank of America will cover costs associated with the sale of the Desoers' house, plus $1.5 million for costs on their new home in California and another $1.1 million for tax-related costs.
The home is in one of Charlotte's priciest neighborhoods where the inventory of million-dollar homes on the market is very high. It would take years to sell just what is available now reports a local real estate agent. In Charlotte, which is home to Bank of America, home sales have been falling since June 2007. Wells Fargo & Co.'s purchase of Charlotte-based Wachovia, could mean more job cuts and more homes on the market.