Foreclosed properties in rural areas have been the target for years. Having had a free reign in that arena, they have expanded to virtually every neighborhood. If it is vacant, it is up for grabs. I had one just 3 doors from an elementary school! A week before closing they gutted the HVAC unit. My elderly seller lived 2 hours away with her son. Within the City limits, neighbors very close, nice neighborhood by a SCHOOL! BUT, it was vacant.
My buyers found a property they wanted to see, (vacant) - I asked the listing agent what issues the home had (it was priced pretty low). 'It only needs a condenser for the HVAC and some cosmetic work', she said, 'depending upon the offer it may or may not end up a short sale'. Not bad. The photos were a little rough but it was priced accordingly so off we went to have a look at a decent 'opportunity'. A good location, motivated seller, and priced at market, I anticipated a happy showing.
|One day, these DIRTBAGS will be caught - and shot|
I typically arrive before my buyers, and if the home is vacant will walk around outside just in case. I sighed and opened the front door - I could see straight through to the back of the home where the kitchen door window had been boarded up. Not a good sign. We went through the home, it needs everything, paint, flooring, fixtures, and YES...plumbing. My client proved it - he opened the cabinet under the kitchen sink, reached in and pulled UP on the pipe. It came up out of the floor - nothing attached. Completely stripped from under the house.
|Not washing any dishes in this sink.|
My clients had been excited to find a home that they could work on at a realistic price. They are energetic, looking for a project, we are going to build a home together, kind of people. As I said, he is a plumber, so they were amused and not so daunted by the little surprise we discovered. It will mean something entirely different to a seller who is trying to make sense of the downturn in the market and changes in employment. Their equity is gone, and now the home is rendered unlivable and unable to obtain financing. Maybe they have paid their homeowners insurance, maybe not. When it comes to making the mortgage payment and the money doesn't quite wrap around everything, some have let theirs lapse hoping not to get caught.
|Easy to gut a home by the crawlspace|
We need PROTECTION, JUSTICE, VINDICATION from aliens sucking the very guts from houses left unguarded.
Dramatic? Maybe. But I am getting ticked off, sick of cleaning up after these animals. THEY are stealing our homes, piece by piece.
I think it's time to call ARNOLD! Bring someone in who can take these monsters DOWN!