The phone call went like this...
"There are a few details about the house you should know about before you go. Maybe your client will change his/her mind." Hey, I'm all over that, I appreciate honesty and really, there are those homes that you know just won't work after you convey the REAL condition to your buyer.
- Dress appropriately. NONE OF THOSE STRAPPY HIGH HEELS! (not kidding, that is what he said to me)
- The steps down to the lake frontage are steep and totally unsafe.
- The seller is going to remove the inground oil tank prior to the sale. (see the last point)
- The heating system is in the basement, it is strapped to the ceiling to keep it off the floor, be careful when walking underneath it. (Seriously, I haven't even been there yet and I already don't want to go in the basement, trust me)
- The house sits right on the property line.
- The cesspool is on the neighbors property and has never been pumped since the couple bought in in the early 80's. (I am wondering if this is one of those 50 gallon drum do-it-yerself cesspool kits)
- One of the keys on the mantle opens the other bedroom, but you have to go outside and go through the door under the porch to get to it. (I already said, I don't want to go in the basement)
- Must be a cash offer.
- The seller is elderly, spouse died, she went back to her home in Europe. (all I could think of is that this might just impede the process of selling the house, pulling the oil tank... etc.)
(NOTE TO SELF, DRESS APPROPRIATELY, BRING YOUR BOOTS, AND BRING A HAT TO WEAR WHEN IN THE HOUSE, IN CASE ANY BUGGIES OR RODENTS DECIDE I MAKE A GOOD LANDING PAD. AND BRING YOUR MASK IN CASE THERE IS ANY MOLD IN THE HOUSE)
He made it very clear that this house needs serious help, and I mean serious. Will we go? I am not sure yet. I will let you know this afternoon. I am sure, based on the price, this agent is getting phone call after phone call from those who dream of home ownership and think this is perfect! I also have one of "those" listings.
Believe me, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Will this be a house of horrors or a great investment? All depends on how deep the pockets of my client are... and how brave he really is. My money is on a house of horrors....
Folks, remember, if it sounds too good to be true, IT IS!
"I want to buy one of those $1,000 homes"
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors
2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
© Andrea Swiedler 2009 - 2017
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain