The real estate listing touted the $800,000 Brookline home as a sophisticated, sun-drenched condo in Coolidge Corner with high ceilings and a private balcony.
But the moment Leon Vasershteyn stepped inside, he noticed a foul odor.
“We always find weird smelling apartments, right, Lourdes?” he said to his agent, Lourdes Hernández.
The first-time homebuyer said he’s becoming exhausted trying to find a nice, affordable home in the red-hot Massachusetts market.
Over the past six years, Vasershteyn estimated he’s toured more than 100 listings and made roughly 20 offers. All were rejected.
So even when he finds a place he likes — one that doesn’t smell or need massive updates — he fears he’ll be outbid.
“When I am confident and ready to move forward, generally, five other people are also confident and ready to move forward and willing to waive inspections, willing to waive more mortgage contingencies, willing to go 10 to 15…