2019-01-03 —

After four years on the market, an overpriced 60,000-square-foot Hillsboro Beach estate known as "Le Palais Royal" was recently auctioned off. First listed for a then record-setting national price of $139 million in 2014, the mansion was quickly bumped up to $159 million the following year. The listing was withdrawn in 2016/17 after no buyers came forward. It went to auction via Concierge Auctions, in conjunction with Ralph Arias of ONE Sotheby's International Realty, on November 12.

... Price cuts tend to be a great leading indicator and give a forward-looking view into the real estate market. So, when one of America's most expensive homes experiences 73% collapse in asking price from 2015, it probably signals that a luxury real estate market crash could be ahead.


The seller, Robert Pereira, founder of the Massachusetts-based construction company Middlesex Corp., possibly lost tens of millions of dollars on the transaction; Pereira told The Wall Street Journal in 2015 that the build costs exceeded $100 million.

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