The Spooky Open House I'll Never Forget - Scared the Heck out of Myself!

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc MD 82788 DC SP97220

As a new real estate agent in 1989, I was always looking for a house to hold open on weekends and would volunteer to hold any house open. An older & more experienced agent in my office was very (almost overly) anxious for me to hold open her new listing in East Silver Spring.   It was a cute Dutch Colonial Style house.  I was really excited about having it open and wondering why she did'nt want to do it herself.   This agent ALWAYS held her own listings open, especially if it was the first open for a brand new listing.   I did get this funny feeling in the office that the other agents knew something I didn't.  I can't explain exactly what it was, I thought they were snickering, chuckling or whispering about me.  I shrugged it all off as my imagination and the that I was a nervous newbie.  

Dutch Colonial Style HouseThe day before the open, I was talking to a loan officer friend of mine.   Prior to being a loan officer my friend had been a real estate agent.   She asked me what house I was holding open.   When I told her the address there was dead silence and a Huge GASP.... OMG

She told me that her real estate company had listed the same house 8 years before and sold it to a nice couple.  The couple moved in on a Saturday.  The next day while the wife was out at church, the husband had gone into the basement and shot himself to pieces with a double barrelled shotgun.  The wife never went back, so my friend's company cleaned the house up and resold it to another couple.  Obviously all the agents in town had known about this except me!  No wonder they were acting so funny around me!

It was a long, quiet, lonely, spooky 3 hour open house.  My mind kept thinking of the Dutch Colonial house from the Amityville Horror story.  I was scaring myself to death and every noise I heard made me jump.   I Couldn't go anywhere near that basement and never did go down there and look, not once!   Only one person came to look at the house that day (needless to say, I did not escort him into the basement) and low and behold he bought the house from me.

* NOTE . . .To those of you who are thinking - was this disclosed to the Buyer? - No, it was not.
( Hey, ..  it wasn't even disclosed to me up front!)   Because in the state of Maryland it is the Seller's choice (not the listing broker or agent's) whether to disclose or not. What is required in Maryland is Disclosure of "Material" and "Latent Defects" only.  The Maryland Legislature/Law excludes Murder, Suicide, Violent death and the prescence of Aids from being "material defects.  In this particular case the buyer purchased the house for an investment never lived in it.

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René Fabre
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Debbie... Great Spooky Story! Glad things turned out, but I can see you at the open house. I know I'd be pretty freaked. Great read and nicely done!

November 04, 2012 08:31 AM
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Mike Cooper
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Too funny, Debbie.  I've had a few that creeped me out, but fortunately no open houses or listings of my own.  I wonder how the buyer liked his new house? 

November 04, 2012 08:34 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270

Buyers can definitely get creeped out by infomation such as that!   But it worked out wonderful for you.  I hope you went back and told everyone in the office how great the house was!

 

November 04, 2012 12:53 PM
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Ed Silva
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Well at least you were rewarded for your time. In CT the same considerations apply regarding death, etc. Just material facts as pertains to the home not the events that have transpired within

November 04, 2012 07:53 PM
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Ooooo, that would be scary. I couldn't have stayed there alone.

Gretchen

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