Listing From Hell? Not Necessarily

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

Yesterday, I showed a house that was rather disturbing.

If it was being sold because of a divorce, he didn't leave her for someone younger, thinner or prettier.  He left her for a Zen minimalist.

The house, listed Friday night, is in one of Washington's most popular neighborhoods, and it has a price tag we haven't seen there since about the Millennium.  The MRIS information warns that the place is very messy and to not let the cats out.

When we got there, several agents and their buyers were inside.  One of the agents warned us to watch our steps.  The house itself was not terrible.  It was filthy dirty, and I should have handed out face masks for my buyers, and the basics and bones were not in awful shape.  It had what looked like updated systems, including new central air.  But every square foot of floor was covered with several feet of stuff, and every once in a while, we'd find a little cat asleep on top of a pile of something.  And there was grime all over everything.

In this day and age, where we rarely see homes that are not spiffed up and nicely staged, this was the opposite extreme - an opportunity to look past a mess.  It was a chance to pay less than top dollar in a great neighborhood in return for some serious elbow grease.

Once we got over the initial shock, I realized that my buyers like the place.  And while the agents were pulling our designer scarves over our noses and mouths and rolling our eyes (feeling so sorry for the poor listing agent having to deal with the place), our clients were getting pretty excited.

The listing agent here is no fool.  It might be the ugliest, dirtiest house she's ever listed.  But guess what?

It's priced perfectly! 

I think I smell a bidding war here!  Stay tuned for more!

Anyone know a good exorcist?

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
Coldwell Banker United Realtors

Good morning Pat,

Wow between your description and the visual photo I can only imagine how it looks and smell. There are some buyers out there who can look past it and go for the kill! The inspection will reveal how the basics are..it's allot to tackle but if the buyers have the resources then it could be a steal. It sounds like the listing agent got the house priced right where it should be a quick sale.

February 22, 2010 06:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Linda Greco
Realtor of Bel Air MD and Surrounding Areas
Exit Preferred Realty

Pat, When we show houses, our reactions can break a deal. Congratulations on allowing your buyers to see past the mess and dirt.

February 22, 2010 07:00 AM
Rainer
421,810
Peggy Chirico
REALTORĀ® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
Prudential CT Realty

I feel sorry for the cats! Maybe they want to get out!

February 22, 2010 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
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J. Philip Faranda
Broker-Owner
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY

Hoarders. Worse, hoarders and Cat people. Get out the sanitizer after you leave. Even if it priced to sell, the issue looms as to how and when they'll vacate. I've had people like this want post possession agreements.

 

February 22, 2010 07:09 AM
Rainer
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Lisa Moroniak
SFR - Short Sale & Foreclosure Certified
Keller Williams Realty | Northern Virginia | 703.635.0388

Hey Patricia - how can you be mindful of cats you can't see??  Well written, made me laugh :).  Good luck getting selected!!

February 22, 2010 08:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Michelle Fradella-Barfuss
Author of "Top 10 Mistakes Agents Make When Market
Marketing Coach - Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Wow, looks like a crack house!  Unfortunately I've shown a couple of properties in my career that look similar.  Good thing it's priced right.

I feel sorry for the cats.

February 22, 2010 08:49 AM
Ambassador
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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Patricia,

I could be interesting to see how much money the condition cost the seller. Whether it made sense to clean it up, and make it nice vs simply reduce the price to overcome the mess.

How much is the cost of the mess?

February 22, 2010 09:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Lori Mode
Mode and Durham, Your Elk Grove Real Estate team
Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale

Patricia - right price and so much can be overlooked by buyers with a vision...good luck!

February 22, 2010 09:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Lori Mode
Mode and Durham, Your Elk Grove Real Estate team
Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale

Patricia - right price and so much can be overlooked by buyers with a vision...good luck!

February 22, 2010 09:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Lori Mode
Mode and Durham, Your Elk Grove Real Estate team
Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale

Patricia - right price and so much can be overlooked by buyers with a vision...good luck!

February 22, 2010 09:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Ritu Desai
Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
Samson Properties

Sounds like a golden opportunity !!! How is appraiser & lender going to see the home. I would be interesed in knowing the ending of this. Good Luck

February 22, 2010 10:07 AM
Rainer
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Shannon Jungmann
Allen Realtors

Wow, I think buyers really can look past the mess if they are serious about purchasing. The bones of the home is really what we need to get all our buyers to look at. Great post! Thanks for sharing and good luck!

February 22, 2010 10:28 AM
Rainer
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Bill Petrey
AgentHarvest - A Real Estate Agent Finder Service

I think I saw this house featured in the TV series HOARDERS.

February 22, 2010 10:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Eileen Liles
Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO
970-216-0530 http://WeSellDeltaCounty.com

Made me laugh!  I represented some buyers once on a home similar to this.  I wrote in the additional provisions that ALL the "stuff" had to be removed before the walk-thru and had to be cleaned by professionals (which they did).  I agree with Bill, this person should have call "Hoarders" and had them do the clean up - they would have made more money....

February 22, 2010 11:33 AM
Rainer
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Dixon Team OC
RE/MAX Select One

Have Goodwill come and take care of that stuff!!

Dixon Team OC


February 22, 2010 12:31 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
For Your Home in the Capital
Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.

Wow!  This is more comments than I've ever gotten on a post - ever!  A couple of things.

I feel like I sounded totally not empathetic, and that's not like me.

Clearly, this seller is going through something awful in her life, and the evidence was piled all around us.  And it was all pretty extreme.  And after I wrote this, I looked around my own house.  I am no Martha Stewart, and if something in life pushed me over the edge, it could easily manifest in my living environment.

So I have this one on my watch list and I'll let you all know how it ends.

February 22, 2010 07:47 PM
Rainer
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Clark Hitchcock
Realtor - Fraser Valley
Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc

Hope it ends well for your client and the seller has some positive things come out of it in the end as well.

February 23, 2010 12:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Glen Fisher
National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC

Hello Patricia.  Please tread very carefully.  Hidden damage from the cat urine is likely present.  In addition to engaging a qualified home inspector, I suggest a specialist be engaged for review of the cat urine issue. 

While the buyer may be excited now, cat urine can be consider toxic and may cause health issues in certain individuals.  There has been extensive litigation involving real estate and cat urine. 

Consider having a cat urine release prepared by your broker's attorney and signed by the buyer prior to closing.

February 23, 2010 05:02 AM
Rainmaker
615,193
Sandy Shores Broker, Melbourne Real Estate
Brevard County FL Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.

Pat, This house looks like one of those before photos for one of those TV shows, where they go in and clean the place out top to bottom.  Good luck on that bidding war. I hope your buyer gets it.

February 23, 2010 07:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca

Patricia:

I have had those experiences you described in both renting and selling. if you are priced right......the following will take place. You will have showings whether you are ready or not. For remedies on what you described, I have had to pull carpets and padding and treat the cement/floor with an ammonia wash which kills the bacteria which is where the smell comes from. Skip this process and even new carpeting wont help you. By the way, the cats are worst as they look for places to hide their mess where dogs just do it. Consequently, cleaning up after dear old kitty is a nightmare. And, yes, I never failed to have eye contact with buyer/renter who has says to me between gags....you will take care of this problem of which I (most of the time)  say...what problem? As to the condition of the premises..........And you wonder why people are divorcing?

Thank you

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