Buyer’s remorse is fairly common, seller’s remorse not so much.

However, in Greensboro, a case of seller’s remorse has hit the front page.

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter has made her case of seller’s remorse well known, with interviews and a letter to the editor in the Friday, March 15 News & Record.

Hunter was the seller in one of the largest single-family residential transactions in the history of Greensboro when she sold her home at 710 Country Club Drive to Roy Carroll, the founder, president and CEO of The Carroll Companies, which owns this publication.

The remorse is over the fact that Carroll this week began demolishing the house that was built by Spencer Love, the founder of Burlington Industries, and later owned by Ben Cone, a member of the family that founded Cone Mills.

Hunter, in her letter to the editor states, “Never would I have sold this house had I been aware of is inevitable destruction.”

But Hunter did sell the home to an unknown buyer. It wasn’t until after the sale was complete that Hunter discovered the buyer was Carroll.

Carroll responded to Hunter’s statements about the house with a statement of his own.

Carroll said, “As we have stated, the interior of the house was built for a 1937 lifestyle with a configuration that did not meet the needs of how we live in our homes today. Many elements of the house would not be deemed adequate by current inspection and planning requirements. As sentimental as many people may feel about this home, it did not make economic sense to renovate the main house, which is most likely why it sat on the market for several years before this sale. The process of rebuilding is common in Irving Park to create a current home with modern conveniences, safety features and efficient systems.

“We appreciate that Ms. Hunter has strong personal attachments and family memories at the home. However, she knowingly decided to sell the home. She engaged with professional agents to represent her in listing and marketing the home, and ultimately signed a contract to sell the home without conditions or restrictions. Ms. Hunter made the decision to sign the sale agreement without knowing or questioning the buyer or their intentions. No representations were given by the buyer or requested as to the buyer’s plans for the home. Once Ms. Hunter became aware of the identity of the Carroll family as the buyer, which occurred after she signed the contract, she never requested nor did we share with her any plans that we had for the home. Ms. Hunter had every right prior to signing the contract to deed restrict the property to limit the potential for the main house to be torn down. She also had the ability to seek protections for the main house on the Historic Registry. Neither was done, so the buyer and subsequent buyers have the right to do as they wish with the house. It seems disingenuous for a seller to so publicly express seller’s remorse after cashing a multi-million-dollar check.

“It was a great property in the past, and we plan to create a property that will be great for generations to come.”