The John Murray Building in Pendleton sold for $100,000 at auction Thursday. And Gale and Pat McClintock of Pendleton did not even have to pull out the checkbook to get back the building they sued for.
The auction took place at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Pendleton. Sterrin Holcomb, lieutenant of the sheriff’s civil division, said six to eight people showed up for the event, but the McClintocks gave the only bid.
The couple cut a deal in 2008 to sell the former Pendleton High School building, 200 S.E. Hailey Ave., and a nearby lot at 626 S.E. Second St. to real estate broker Kalvin Garton and his wife Silva for $950,000 plus 7 percent interest. The McClintocks sued the Gartons in February 2016, claiming in the complaint the Gartons stopped making monthly payments of at least $6,325 in November 2015. The McClintocks sought $857,129 plus the interest, attorney fees and court costs, and asked the court to foreclose on the properties and have the sheriff sell them at auction.
The McClintocks prevailed, and the court awarded them a judgment of $1,026,232.
Holcomb said that judgment worked as credit for the McClintocks to use to bid. The $100,000 came in well under the total credit, so they did not have to pay any cash out of pocket.
Holcomb said the event lasted no more than a few minutes, and she did not see the Gartons in the gathering.
Umatilla County tax records show the lot at 626 S.E. Second St. has a real market value of $23,510 while the John Murray site has a real market value of $437,500.
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