Real Estate Can Be a Sad Business

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA

Real Estate Can Be a Sad Business.

Yes, there are many times we deal with happy first time home buyers that are ecstatic to buy a place.  Or people looking to buy up or downsize for all the right reasons.

But we also have to deal with the sadder and darker reasons people enter the market -- death, divorce, loss of job.

And sometimes the sadness comes from the house itself.  I recently showed a distressed home to some of my buyers.  It was obvious from the sheriff's sale poster on the front door that this house would not have happy vibes.  Like so many people in financial straits, it's not uncommon to see evidence of a very quick departure from a home.  With lots of unwanted or unneeded items left behind.  Or things that just wouldn't fit in the van.

I'm sure at one point in the not too distant past, this room belonged to a happy-go-lucky teen-aged girl.

But the furniture from when she was smaller was left behind.  The fish tank that they most probably could no longer care for was left empty and dirty.  One can only imagine what happened to the fish.  I found this note, abandoned on the floor, the saddest.  Perhaps because rice krispie treats and pig-tails are not items topping her agenda of things to think about now.

I have no idea who this family is -- but I wish them the best as they put their lives back together.

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Richard Strahm
Realtor, ABR, SFR, SRES
REMAX Realty Group
439 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438

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Nina Rogoff
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Richard, it's nice to be a part of a group of professionals that are represented by people like you. I feel badly for the families...and the children most especially. I agree with what you said...we have a very clear reminder of how fortunate we are.

February 07, 2011 07:56 PM
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Liz Wallace
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Richard, I hate this part of it, years ago I had to preview a foreclosed on home that was owned by one of my kids friends and there were tricycles in the backyard, it still bothers me.

February 07, 2011 08:01 PM
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Virginia Gardner
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I'm sorry, that's sad... It's hard to think of people suffering

February 07, 2011 10:26 PM
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Richard - that little girl's note left me choked up - so sad. right now I'm counting my blessings because this can happen to any of us. 

February 08, 2011 01:27 AM
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That is extremely sad.  We forget that families have lived in those homes, and children are often the "friendly fire" victims in the banksters foreclosures. 

February 09, 2011 08:02 PM
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