Writer connections don’t sell houses, the Globe says

The Boston Globe printed an article today titled “A famous writer slept here, but do house buyers care?” in which Updike’s Beverly Farms house was mentioned.

“What does a literary reputation do for the value of a house? Not much, according to local brokers. Although news that Salinger’s house is for sale has gone global, the listing broker, Jane Darrach, said that the words written by an unknown wordsmith trump best-seller status: ‘Location, location, location.'”

“And yet . . . if the seller is willing to name drop (not all are, the broker selling John Updike’s Beverly Farms house, following his death, in 2009, had to sign a confidentiality agreement), brokers say it can’t hurt.”

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