Before I begin let me just preface it by saying I am in a grumpy mood. My husband and I went out last night. My homeowners association had an event last night that I thought was going to be a polite cocktail party. Instead it turned out to be a bonafide party and kept us out until the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately the kids don't care what time mommy went to bed when they are up before 7am.
Anyway, I digress!!
We are all used to listing agents saying that houses need TLC when they really need tough love and/or corporal punishment. However, 3 houses today made me really mad.
House #1 - Mold
I think if your listing has mold you need to disclose it. I am violently allergic to mold, it triggers my asthma and if a listing has mold I bring my mask and certainly have my inhaler in hand. We went into one today and the smell of mold was so strong that it made your eyes water. We didn't get more than 2 steps into the house before we had to back out.
House #2 - No Kitchen
We drove up to what looked like a great house. We wandered in, so far so good. Then we rounded the corner to the kitchen, wait, there is no kitchen. You heard me - no kitchen!!!! Just empty space where once one stood. This was the same issue for the master bathroom. They did have a hot-tub in the sun room though. If this has been included in the listing then we wouldn't even have come to this home because my buyer's financing program will not allow her to qualify for a mortgage on a house that needs so much work.
House #3 - Multiple Lockboxes
We arrive and the house has 2 lockboxes on the door. Neither one is the right one. Both are letter based combos and the combo I have has numbers. After walking through brush to get to the back of the house we found a third lockbox. Eureka, this was the right one. I get the key out and guess what, it didn't open either door.
Listing agents please disclose pertinent information about your listing. Forgetting to tell me is not going to make me accidentally buy the house. Puffing is one thing but not telling important information is a waste of everyone's time. If there are several lockboxes please let me know which is the correct one so I don't spend tons of time wandering around and please ensure the key opens something!
If you or someone you know would like information about buying, selling, or renting a home in Prince George's, Montgomery, Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel, Howard, and/or Baltimore Counties please contact Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh of Century 21 New Millennium.
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium
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