Ha ha.

Funny story in the Times today about an agent-client relationship gone bad.

Guy Benhamou is a businessman who had three properties he wanted to sell.

His real estate agent, Patricia Warburg Cliff, thought they were worth around $16 million.

Mr Benhamou thought they were worth $28 million. Or, more.

Things got testy. Eventually, Ms Cliff had had enough, and fired her client, by email.

“I think that you are an expert and should be in the business of selling your own apartments,� she wrote to Mr. Benhamou. “Good luck with your newfound career in real estate brokerage.�

That’s great!

Mr Benhamou had the last laugh.

The property she wanted to list at $2.75 million ended up selling for $4.225 million.

Mr Benhamou seems like a difficult kind of guy.

On his second property, he got a full-price offer. What did he do?

He turned it down.

And increased the offer price.

On the third property, he received an offer of $10.8 million. What did he do?

He turned it down.

And increased the price.

To $15 million.

That would be kind of annoying, if you were a prospective buyer, right? You’d see one of his homes, you’d make an offer, a strong offer, then he would say, no, I won’t accept your offer, actually I’m going to increase the asking price 30%.

You’d probably write him a testy email, too.

More: Condos That Sell Themselves – By Josh Barbanel, The New York Times

Back to Boston condos for sale homepage

Contact me to find out more about this property or to set up an appointment to see it.

Boston condos

Boston condos for sale


For more information please contact one of our on-call agents at 617-595-3712.

Updated: 1st Quarter 2018

Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


Back Bay

Beacon Hill

Charles River Park


North End

South End

Seaport District

South Boston



Surrounding Communities of Boston
John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



Call Now