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Always amazes me the conditions that some people live in

I was out showing houses today with a young buyer and her mom.  

We pulled up to a cute townhome in a nice neighborhood.  The home is a short sale.  

The agent told me to knock first which I always hate because I think that means that they are not being informed that we are coming.

Immediately as you get in there is a huge dark curtain that's blocking you from seeing the living room.  I pulled away the curtain to reveal 3 twin bed mattresses on the floor - strange.

Walking through the living room to the dining room requires going through yet another humongous dark curtain.  In there were also 3 twin bed mattresses on the floor.

We made it upstairs.  One of the 2 bedrooms was locked so we weren't able to see it but the second bedroom had 2 twin beds and a cot.

In all, I counted 9 beds that were obviously occupied in a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome.  I can only imagine how many people were living in the locked bedroom.

Based on the personal effects, there were no children and it was all men.  Seems like 9-12 men living in one small place has to be a violation of some zoning rules.

I've been doing this for awhile but I never ceased to be amazed at the conditions some people live in.  Makes me grateful for me own reality.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • May 27 2011 07:43PM



We ARE SO fortunate. I am very thankful that I don't have to live that way. And can you imagine...this may be luxury for those poor folks, compared to living under a bridge...

Posted by Michele Norris, ((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV (Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada ) over 7 years ago

Stacey Ann,

Showed one in Columbia a few years back that had twenty people living in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath duplex. It was a Sunday and they were all there...19 men and 1 woman. The listing agent got a blistering call for not letting showing agents know.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

I had a similar showing a few weeks ago.  There was a film of grease/dirt all over the door knobs and light switches.  A bed crammed in a "finished attic", stove covered in tin foil.  Yes, it does make you grateful for what you have, doesn't it.

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 7 years ago

Hello Dr, we've met before, on another topic.

On home conditions, I have waded through garbage waist deep to meet a mother and daughter who were so clean looking they could have been the photo on the cover of a soap box.

I have been in other homes that had animal droppings covering the floor everywhere,

Homes that were neatly cluttered to the ceiling. I mean to the ceiling, you walked in a path to get around.

None of these people were embarrassed or aware that their lifestyle was unusual, I was offered lunch from a kitchen that had so much Tupperware you couldn't find the table or countertop, we would have eaten standing up I guess.

I politely declined lunch, besides, the 18 cats were hungry.

On occupancy, one of the worst I saw was a group of UofM professors sharing a home, blankets and futons all over the place, I could only guess where outlets and mechanicals were located. But still nice people and very welcoming. 4 bedroom house and who knows how many people, dishes literally up 3 feet high.

We need to pay teachers more. LOL!

Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Posted by Paul Lesieur (203kloanmn) over 7 years ago

Hilarious, I think I ask myself this question almost everytime I'm out showing properties.

Posted by Brian Doubleday, Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo (Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker) over 7 years ago

I once showed a house like that, but in the darken rooms, people were actually in bed.  It was the middle of the day.  I was later told they were suspected drug dealers.

Another house where we encountered a locked bedroom on the first two showings, I had insisted that the room be unlocked for us when we went back a third time.  The room was apparently their sex room and was equipped with a sex swing LOL

Posted by Tracie Cope, ReMax 360 - (Granville, Newark, Heath, Buckeye Lake & all of Central Ohio) over 7 years ago

Michele - I hadn't even considered the alternative

Rich - I definitely feel like we should have been warned

Coral - makes you want to run for hand sanitizer

Paul - I remember "meeting" you on the previous post :-)  I would hope professors wouldn't have to live that way

Brian - You just never know what you are going to see

Tracie - A sex swing!  Nice!  I can only imagine what was behind this locked door.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

I know Stacey. And when the stager is called in to help there is only so much we can do! LOL

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) over 7 years ago

Stacey - I did wipe down with wet ones afterwards - LOL!

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) over 7 years ago

I have come across this too. Many people crammed into a tiny place to keep costs down. It's very sad.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 7 years ago

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