The Worst House We Ever Saw... Or Smelled.

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843

I (Jared) can remember this day like it was yesterday.  I was working with a local Fort Wayne real estate investor looking for fixer uppers that he could flip.  We would schedule two or three afternoons a week and go see 8-10 of them and throw out a few offers.  

Most of the investment homes we were looking for were in the $20,000 - $50,000 price range, and most of them were foreclosures.  I could probably write a book about some of the crap we saw out there.  

Anyway, back to THE HOUSE.  It was a very hot and humid day a few summers ago.  If I recall right it was in the high 90s and disgustingly humid.  The house was a little two bedroom on a basement.  In the description it said that it "Needed work" and that the basement was a "Little wet".  Yeah...  


As we approached the house we smelled something.  The closer we got the stronger the smell became.  When we opened the front door a wave of crap smell hit us.  I almost lost my lunch right there.  

I told the investor that we needed to walk away NOW.  He smiled as he walked to his car to get his gas masks.  I rolled my eyes.  

The main floor of the home was structurally sound.  The carpets (duh) needed replaced, the floors needed sealed, and the walls needed a few hundred coats of primer and paint to cover the smell.  

I looked over at the investor and said (in my best Darth Vader voice because I had a gas mask on) "You'll never get the smell out.  They are going to bulldoze this house."  He wanted to keep going.  

We started walking to the basement and we discovered what the smell was.  There was SERIOUSLY an inch of cat feces that 100% covered the entire basement floor.  The investor took one step and almost fell into the crap.  

I started gagging again and walked away from the house.  The neighbors came over and told us that the previous owner had become addicted to crack and went nuts.  She had over 50 cats that she kept in the basement.  I'm not sure what happened to her, but I hope she's okay.  I know that basement wasn't.  The house eventually sold for under $10,000.  I'm not sure what happened to those poor cats. 


We have a team member that still works with investors, but Amanda and I don't anymore.  The time commitment is the biggest issue for us.  The crap issue is a pretty big one too.  :)  If you are reading this and are a local Fort Wayne real estate investor, give our team a call and our investor specialist will help you.  Just remember to bring the gas masks.  

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

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February 06, 2012 09:31 PM
Susan Zanzonico
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This is an amazing and sad story.  I must say that I too find it interesting that you just happened to have 'gas masks' with you.  I guess you have seen enough even up to that point to know to expect just about anything!

February 21, 2012 07:05 AM
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You lived to tell about it... so it could not have been that bad   ;) 


  Seriously... people who abuse cats or other animals should be flogged.

February 25, 2012 08:02 PM
Matt Robinson
Pensacola Real Estate (850) 292-4000
ERA Emerald Coast Realty

Ok, so I am in fact eating lunch, so I skipped to the bottom after I read that part.  But enough said.  I am a rehabber also, and a realtor 2nd, so I have seen it all as well.  But most of them time, the worst it smells, the happier I am...because it means a deal.  We always say it smells like money...LOL.  The worst is cat pee, which just gets more pungent in the hot weather.  The things we do for money!  Haha.

October 04, 2012 11:27 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Oregon First

That's pretty discusting. Cat smell is one of the very worst.

October 21, 2012 05:23 PM

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