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House of horrors or great investment?

The phone call went like this...

House of horrors"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.)


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

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Comment balloon 79 commentsAndrea Swiedler • June 17 2011 07:10AM


Funny, funny, funny. I couldn't agree more Andrea.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 7 years ago

Good morning Andrea.

There might be an opportunity there for a contractor...

Have a nice day.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 7 years ago


A cleverly written post. Now you have us dying to find out what this place is like. You must share the story and the pics. Maybe a complete redo but if it's on a lake...


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Was it me or was I hearing coyotes in the background? lol. Creepy. I can't picture the oil tank being removed by the sellers and that is a big issue. At least the agent was honest about everything.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 7 years ago

If your buyers decide to risk the showing, please fill us in on the real condition of the home.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Andrea. And so it goes with anything in life. If it sounds to good to be true, sell it as is...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Now that's a seller in need of some major guidance.  It's amazing the house didn't combust yet.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I have not had anything quite that scary yet but if I heard that it would probably be enough to keep me away:) Good luck!!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 7 years ago


The agent is being responsible by disclosing all he she know up front. But did he also mentiona anything positive about the place???

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Andrea-Sounds like a moneypit to me definitely nothing a homeowner would want for a dream home. Maybe an investor but even then they may discover it isn't worth the money. Definitely need a disclaimer on this.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 7 years ago

Oh my goodness.  Absolutely correct about the need for the hat!  A hardhat if you have one, and bring a flashlight.  If you go, don't forget the camera and definitely post your pictures here afterwards.  GOOD LUCK!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 7 years ago

Sheila, it would be funnier if it were fiction...

Joshua, perhaps, but my guess is it will take serious work, and fighting with zoning..

Jeff, it might be IN the lake when we get there, with all the rain we have been having... I have to say, I am hoping it is off the list...

Jackie, yes, you did hear coyotes.. and me screaming in terror.

Anne, oh, I will, if I live through it.

Michael, oh, that is funny! You are so right! Perhaps you want to come up and do inspections?

Kathryn, he shared they purchased it in the early 80's and really never went there much... wonder why, LOL.

Barb, the things we do... I am already terrified...

Richard, uh... NOPE.

Sharon, I think we need more than a disclaimer...

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea, I already commented on Lenn's re-blog of this post; this is definitely a "visit at your own risk" property!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 7 years ago

Andrea, this sounds right up my alley!!  If it were in Mayrland I'd gladly take the referral!!  There was a time when I carried coveralls and workboots in my trunk to put on over my suit.  Now, I just wear jeans and boots all the time.  I love these opportunities.  So, did you list the house?  Looking forward to the follow up blog.

Posted by June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (The Traczyk Team at Remax New Beginnings ) over 7 years ago

Kathleen, thanks for the reminder to put batteries in my flashlight... I would not take my camera into this place, it is worth too much money.

Carol, it sure is. I am glad the agent was honest though.

June, I did not list it, I have an investor interested in it. We shall see what happens!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea, If it's lake frontage, I'm sure there is a buyer out there eager to fix it up. Then everyone can wear the strapy high heels there.

Posted by Peter Schattenfield, Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT. (Turning Point Estate Services LLC ) over 7 years ago

Andrea- humourously written but truthful.  The encroachment of the septic system is a big problem. Also sound slike flooding maybe an issue due tothe elevated boiler in the basement.  The bedroom access under the porch is where the troll lives..beware.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 7 years ago


Good luck. Hope you have cell service over there. Sounds like an adventure!

Posted by Dana Voelzke, Loan Officer/ First time home buyer specialist (loanDepot (203) 733-9408) over 7 years ago

I wouldn't have gone into that property either!

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 7 years ago

I know it's not your listing, but let me know if they need a Stager!  I have some perfect furnishings:

Good luck and stay safe!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

This one sounds like a real mess or "horror"...I show a lot of junk homes but this one probably would top them.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 7 years ago

Kudos to the other agent for being forthright & preparing you for the home's condition issues!  You should do a follow up blog to let us all know the outcome. Cheers!

Posted by Marianne Pittard (RE/MAX River & Sea) over 7 years ago

When my client see prices like this for a home ... They just do a drive by and make an offer.. that always works out best for us in the end.... note: these are investors...

Posted by Donna Paul, Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast) over 7 years ago

It is all about the numbers. One must create a budget. Then, figure out market value after repairs. How much profit is to be made? Submit the offer.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 7 years ago

Love Julia's furnishings. Might even be a few of those already in the basement :D This is NOT the house I want to inspect.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

I wish there were more agents who are that honest about the condition of their listing.  But we do have one house listed on the MLS right now where you and your buyer have to sign a release form before you can tour it.  One of the homes features is "holes in floor".  Now that's honesty.

Posted by Elaine Cooper, Multi Family House, Co-op & Condo Specialist - Brooklyn, NY (Fillmore Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Andrea, yikes! You will need to post on your MLS, "ENTER AT OWN RISK" Fun post!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Andrea, the agent is doing their job - when in doubt disclose. Let us know, if your people decided to go and dress appropriately.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

Good Luck, if you all decide to go in!!!  I cannot wait to hear your feedback after the showing......

Posted by Bina Yajnik (Watson Realty Corp. Palm Coast, FL ) over 7 years ago

So, did you go? How was it advertised and why were the ads so different from the reality?

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 7 years ago

I'd take an entire posse with me.  Sounds like a booby trap.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Andrea, all I want to know is: does the house have ghosts?  LOL

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 7 years ago

I have been in homes like this and I have listed homes like this.  Sound like, while alot of that advise would be a deterent, however, for safety reasons, the listing agent needs to make you aware so as to not cause harm on the property

Posted by Jim O'Donnell (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 7 years ago

ROFL...I have shown a house that was in similar condition, and my clients actually BOUGHT it! So you never can tell...

Posted by Amanda Perry (Cypress Realty Group) over 7 years ago

MUST be a cash offer? Where did that one come from, like a Seller can dictate these things. Preposterous. Oh well they can always NOT sell the house, and they are well on their way to do that.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

Wow....It sounds like one of those houses a lender wouldn't even touch with a 10 foot pole... 203k or not...

Posted by Stacey Smith, Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago


Not only should you dress appropriately, you may need to take a gun with lots of silver bullets, a cross & stake, and don't forget to tie the string of garlic around your kneck.. Please let us know how it goes.

Posted by Carolyn Nelson, The Best Broker in Alamance County! (REALTYONE 247) over 7 years ago

Needed that laugh!  I also have a term for those REOs that are simply disgusting: Purell Houses.  As soon as my cients and I get back in the car, I pull out the hand sanitzer and pass it around.

Posted by CJ Brasiel 408-406-6035, Choose a real estate partner with a different view (Veridian Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Wow...I think if it was me, after hearing all that, I'll say NEXT!

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 7 years ago

I've heard of buyer beware. Now it is agent beware.   

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea,  Enjoyed reading your funny post.  Actually, I really apprecuate the honesty of this agent.  My bet is that thgere are other issues but that, all in all, this might turn out to be worth considering !  Good luck and keep us updated.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 7 years ago

A shiver run up my spine just reading about this dream home! Who ever heard about putting the furnace on the ceiling??? And the neighbors cesspool......ew..ew...ew!! I would want to move back to Europe too!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea,

Yup, been there done that.  Would refer to never go there again, but without a doubt will as eventually we are going to see more "flippers" come back into the market, and they always want to investigate and view all the details of the scariest properties.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC over 7 years ago

There really is soooo much to consider when looking at those wonderful homes with so many contingencies...and I so commend an agent for giving feedback to begin you aren't wasting your time...

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 7 years ago

For every business opportunity there is a unique story to it...I would love to hear the follow up on this one!!

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 over 7 years ago

Haha! That's too funny! I don't think I would bother showing that one to my buyers. I can't imagine what a home inspection might dig up.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 7 years ago

Sounds like a drive-by to me! If your buyers are looking for lakefront property and don't mind tearing down and rebuilding, great.  If they think they've found the house of their dreams, well.....If you go in I would bring a contractor who can tell you what's safe, what's not and what the repair costs would be.  Of course, I'd have him go in first!  Please give us all an update, with pics if possible!

Posted by Jayne Esposito, SRES, GREEN (Coldwell Banker ) over 7 years ago

Please, please - you have to go see this so you can share some photos with us!  Although it brought back a memory of a foreclosure house I showed that was so horribly gross that I actually threw away the shoes I'd been wearing!  (So glad they weren't favorites!)

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 7 years ago

Wow!  How much more inspiring could the listing agent have made that?  Mercy!  I was expecting him to tell you to wear a bio-hazard suit. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 7 years ago

Sounds like a real gem Andrea.  I wouldn't want to go in that basement either!!!

Posted by Diane McDermott, Charlotte NC Real Estate Market (Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC) over 7 years ago

Ah!  Cousin Itt's house!  We had one of those in our neighborhood a few years ago.  A respirator would have come in handy for showing.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Oh Andrea how I love to read these posts of yours!  You have us twisting and turning and spinning our heads around all the while yelling loudly to our office mates......OMG that is frightful.  Let's go see it.  LOL Sell it baby - sell it!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago


If I was your buyer, all you would have to do is tell me your gut instinct told you it was a house of horrors, and I would pass! I am trying to think of what house I have shown that it would have been appropriate for me to wear my strappy high heels? Funny, never wore them showing high end properties either!

Just curious, is this house on elm street? ;-)


Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) over 7 years ago

Ms Andrea, The boss and I has been in some pretty rough ones, let me assure you.

Nutsy S. Wallenda

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

You just wonder who is going to buy that place.  Certainly if the price is right maybe somebody will look past everything you just wrote about.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I have one of those places listed too.  I always explain about the neighboring unauthorized wrecking yard with three very low end residences on it and the herd of free range goats  to agents when they call.  Thankfully we have an offer at last!

Posted by Kathy Judy (Tri-Cities Real Estate retired) over 7 years ago

Caught my attention right off the bat - instead of leaving those little booties at the front door - how about a few helmets - stating "enter at your own risk:

Can't wait to see photos. 

Posted by Judy Cicalese, Market Knowledge-Social Media Savvy 203-638-7812 (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago


Very funny post.  I have never had to show a house like the one you described.  However, we have a listing like that in our office now.  I am reluctant to go in to see it.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

LOL...oooh, you have piqued my interest!  Did you go?  Now I want to see it!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 7 years ago

Andrea the house does not seem to be a good fit for an FHA Insured Loan .............. LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Andrea...I once showed a lakefront house with a price tag too good to be true...and sure enough the house has a steep downslope driveway, the interior is partially gutted, and there will be tons of work to make the house habitable. Fortunately my clients chose another house that has a higher price but they can move right in.

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) over 7 years ago

Andrea - Aren't those always the homes the buyers are calling on?  The ones with the amazing scary price.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 7 years ago

I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO! After discussing it with my buyer it was decided that it was too large of a project. WHEW! My snappy strappy high heels are safe! (not that I had any in the first place, but that is beside the point.)

I give the agent a lot of credit. I also have a listing that is in serious need of help. I couldn't be more honest with agents and potential buyers that call. And I do have someone that is interested.

Is there a buyer for every house? I am not sure there is. Perhaps it is indeed best for some if the land reclaims where the house sits!

Peter, perhaps not in this case. I would say the word eager doesn't apply here.

St. Cloud, the encroachment of the cesspool is indeed an issue, one that I don't want to have to deal with!

Dana, I am so relieved I didn't have to go, whew....

Kathy, I am afraid I needed full body armor to go in!

Julia, oh  my, I will pass your name onto the listing agent for sure!!!! Now that cracked me up, thanks for the HUGE laugh!

Chuck, I think this one is pretty bad indeed, sorry I didn't get to go.. NOT!

Marianne, I applaud the agent for sure. Why waste someones time!

Donna, that is a great thing, seriously! I don't really like to go inside homes like this.

Harry, absolutely. When I see people get into trouble is when they don't use a local agent, then they are stuck with a house that they spent too much on after all is said and done!


Elaine, I have had to sign a few of those, and believe me, I think those homes were better than this one!

Deb, glad you enjoyed it! I actually had a bit of fun writing it.

Michael, I appreciate the fact the agent was so forthcoming with information. Saved me the trip and aggravation!

Bina, sorry to disappoint, I didn't have to go! :D

Melissa, I didn't.. I am glad, and no, nothing much was on the MLS but there is not enough room to disclose ALL THAT! LOL.

Charita, I thought more along the lines of a shotgun... in case there were any varmints in there, LOL.

Silvia, I bet even the ghosts are afraid..

Jim, I did understand. I think many buyers don't understand though. I was grateful!

Amanda, LOL, you don't know. But if you know your clients you have a better idea. This is a new buyer for me. I gave a quick education, that's for sure!

Gary, no one would mortgage this place, that is why. We see that more and more these days. Very sad.

Stacey, I am sure of that!

Carolyn, I am putting those things in my Realtor box in my trunk! Thanks for the ideas!

CJ, this was NOT an REO... just sayin...

Mike, I was so relieved we didn't have to go, LOL.

Sandi, you better believe it, I was scared!

Bill, I too appreciated the honesty. And thanks!

Rosalie, rofl... that is probably what happened. She ran far and fast!!!

The Pfanntastics, you are right, we will see more of this and I need to get used to it!

Sally, I was ever so grateful. And with my listing I do the same, brutally so.

Cory, I will keep my eye on this listing to see what happens to it!

Lizette, the only person that needs to inspect this home is the one that is driving the bulldozer before he drives into it to make sure he has a straight shot!

Jayne, you got that right!

Nancy, sorry, LOL... I don't make enough money... now I would take cash... LOL..

Mike, If I owned a biohazard suit I would have worn it, LOL.. if I had to go in that is!

Diane, I didn't want to go near the house, sorry to say!

Pat, perhaps a respirator needs to be in the realtor kit in the back of my car...

Anna, not this time I didn't.. sorry, LOL. Glad I gave you a good laugh though!

Judy, do I look like I wear strappy snappy high heels either? LOL... it should be on Elm Street or in a movie..

Nutsy, I bet you have been, and if you noticed, Mr. James doesn't want to go in this one.... :D

Eileen, someone with very deep pockets and no fear. And I don't think it is in the best location, there are far better places IMHO. Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy, oh my, LOL.. oh my.. .oh my... free range goats? LOLOL... glad you do have an offer. And it sounds like a great post to me!

Judy, you will have to wait, sorry, LOL.

Evelyn, aww.. come on.. go in and preview it... :D

Susan, I am so sorry, I didn't. Maybe some other time though, with camera in hand...

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Oh, but it has lakefront access!! An upside??  I feel sorry for the older folks that can not tackle the deferred maintenance . . . and if they're on a fixed income, and a spouse dies it's tough!  Diamonds in the rough might be this property's slogan!  I wish the seller the best, and wouldn't want to be in that same situation when I'm old(er).

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 7 years ago

Hi Andrea; AT least you heard the salient points before discovering them..! Ha..

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago

Oh Andrea, there yu go talking down a bargain lake front home just so you can keep it for your own buyers. But I'm on to you. I did a little research, and I found the listing. This doesn't look that bad at all.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

Oh my goodness...  I love the strappy sandal thing.  The agent sounds like he is a riot.  Or was he really serious?  Too much... Glad you didn't have to go after all!

Posted by Virginia Gardner, Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia (Roy Wheeler Realty Co.) over 7 years ago

Andrea, it sounds like "you are entering at your own risk" that kind of warning.  I went in some house like that before, believe me, I didn't stay there longer than 5 mins, I was scared of getting hurt, lol.  I told the clients to leave also.  The listing agent did not tell me about the house in details like your agent did.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 7 years ago

Carla, don't feel too bad. They bought it, never spent much time here. They have a few other places including one in Manhattan...according to what I was told.

Gay, at the very least! It is off my list of wonderful bargains, LOL

Ed Ed Ed... yeah, that is the house.. .NOT! :D

Virginia, I don't know if he was serious or not, but no matter. I got a laugh out of it. And I don't own a pair of strappy snappy anything!

Rita, LOL, I have been inside one or two of those homes. Scary indeed!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Yikes - who could blame you for not wanting to visit this house of horrors. I'd wear a has-mat suite to be on the safe side - who knows what else is lurking - lol!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

You say you are going to take a hat to wear in case of bugs. What you need is a "hard hat" to protect yourself in the event of falling heaters or other falling objects.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) over 7 years ago

Goodness, Andrea! From your description of this house, it's something not even my most "risky" investors would not want to take on. :)


Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) over 7 years ago


Our business would get pretty boring if every house was a "middle of the block, freshly painted, standard subdivision, tract home."  But I am happy we don't need to deal with oil heating tanks out here in the CA suburbs. 

The seller will clearly have to compensate a buyer for all the problems.  My prediction, it'll sell for about half the cash land value.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) over 7 years ago

congrats on the feature. Great article... and yes, I have had one of "those" listings too..:)

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 7 years ago

Oh Andrea... I really wanted you to see this one in person. LOL  And take your camera.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

I give the listing agent kudos for giving you the real scoop before you decided whether or not to show the house.  Did you go????

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 7 years ago

Ms Andrea,

I has it on good record that, push come to shove, Mr James is a sissy. Can you not confirms that.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Andrea ~ You mean to tell me Ed doesn't have the right picture of the house?? Did you and your buyer actually plan to go in the house? How about a drive by instead? Yikes, entered with caution ~ It's a good thing you didn't have to go in ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 7 years ago

Noooooooo!!!  Andrea, you must not be living right.  Did you tell the guy, "You had me at 'no strappy heels"?  Can't wait to read the follow-up!

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) over 7 years ago