We unfortunately haven't had time to get to this item earlier, but we wanted to weigh in on the New York Post's report last week that singer Billy Joel is under contract to purchase actor Roy Scheider's oceanfront home in Sagoponack, N.Y., which last had been listed for $18,750,000.

Joel buys and sells real estate at an amazing rate. Probably Ellen DeGeneres is the only other big-name celebrity who has been so fickle with purchasing and unloading residential real estate.

Now, Joel's publicist has confirmed to the Post's fine celebrity real estate columnist, Braden Keil, that he is indeed the buyer who is under contract to buy the property, whose address is 9 Gibson Lane, or 9 Gibsons Lane or 9 Gibsons End, depending on which public records database one consults.

We wrote on May 17 about Scheider's five-bedroom, approximately 5,000-square-foot house, following up on Keil's report the same day on the listing.

Unfortunately, the online listing sheet for Scheider's house has been taken down. Check out our May 17 report (link in the paragraph above) for more details on the house. And, check out the October 2006 online piece from Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, which has a few pics of the house. Scheider told the magazine that when he was drawing up plans for the house, "I didn't want it to look like some big damn actor's house."

It's reasonable to assume that Joel is at least considering making Scheider's house his principal residence, given that he has been trying of late to sell his principal residence, a Tudor-style, waterfront mansion at 502 Centre Island Road in Oyster Bay, N.Y., which recently was reduced from $37.5 million to $32.5 million, as we and others have chronicled.

As for Scheider, he currently is staying at a hotel in Sag Harbor, N.Y. until construction on his new house in Sag Harbor is completed, Keil reported. We'll provide more details on Scheider's new home as we receive information on it; as of this moment, records don't show that he has closed yet on any property in Sag Harbor. We'll keep you posted.