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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #75 on: February 25, 2013, 11:14:08 AM »
I went house hunting with a friend in her Iowa town and saw this, which I was reminded of when a pink bathroom was mentioned. 




Is it bad that I kind of like that pink bathroom?  I'm not a pink person, by any means, but I like the contrast of the concentrated pastel and the black.

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« Reply #76 on: February 25, 2013, 11:23:35 AM »
I have to admit, I do like the contrast, it was the wallpaper that was a bit much for me, honestly. Btw, the tub and toilet were the same color as the sink.
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #77 on: February 25, 2013, 11:44:02 AM »
I separated from (now)XH in December, 2011.  I hoped to find something I could rent until the divorce was final and then buy.  The first house I looked at was perfect--on paper. Beautiful older house, the front rooms and entry hall had all been redone and they were beautiful.  Then you walked to the back of the house, the kitchen was a total nightmare.  The real estate agent was bragging that the owner was leaving the stove and at first that looked like a great deal, newer model, double oven, but when I opened it up, it was filthy and gross. The kitchen would have been a total gut job and there was a bedroom on the main floor and it was not in great shape and some little weird room had been added on to the bedroom and didn't look like it had any insulation or anything.  Upstairs was advertised as 2 bedrooms, one bedroom was fine, the other was completely open and part of the floor was missing. Plus, there was a locked door on the stair landing and when I asked the agent about it, he just shrugged and said he had no idea what it was.

I ended up in another house, that is mostly perfect for me.  I wanted to find something in DS3's school district, something that is easy access because I have an older dog with mobility issues, and I like older houses, so something I like since I plan on staying here the rest of my life. 

I signed a contact in December, 2011, to rent until the divorce was final.  Everything was going great until March, 2012, when  I got a phone call from my agent who told me that the seller was tired of our agreement and I needed to buy the place or move out.  Since the divorce wasn't final, I called my Dad who thankfully had access to the money and we were ready to close within two weeks. Only then did we find out that the seller actually owed the IRS because he did not pay taxes on his employees and there was a federal lien on the house.  I stayed there, and started paying only half rent last summer, and then in November, 2012, I stopped paying rent at all. My dad was still paying on the loan he got for the house and we had been waiting on the seller all of those months.  I finally closed last Friday, so almost a year after I got the phone call to buy the place.  And no, the seller did not say one word at the closing about the rent money he did not get from me.  My dad had paid out much more in interest alone, and I had had some work done that the inspector wrote up in his report, so if anything, they would have owed us money. 

So, fourteen months later, from when I moved in, I finally own the house!

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #78 on: February 25, 2013, 11:57:25 AM »
I think the worst story ever happened around here a few years back. It was reported in the news. Realtor and househunters went to house that had been on the market for a while. Realtor had key and permission to enter at any time. They go in. Find the owner's dead body on the bed. Also dogs who had been, ahem, largely unfed since the owner had died some time before.

Close runner up: woman had converted the master bedroom into one gigantic litter box. She'd pulled up the carpet and covered the entire floor with kitty litter. As I recall, they ended up having to rip out every surface in the room, including every bit of the floor and walls. It was a house that was just 2 years old.  (I did not see this house, I heard about it.)
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« Reply #79 on: February 25, 2013, 11:59:50 AM »
I think the worst story ever happened around here a few years back. Realtor and househunters went to house that had been on the market for a while. Realtor had key and permission to enter at any time. They go in. Find the owner's dead body on the bed. Also dogs who had been, ahem, largely unfed since the owner had died some time before.

Oh my!  I think I might have been scarred for life if I saw that!
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #80 on: February 25, 2013, 12:03:39 PM »
I have to admit, I do like the contrast, it was the wallpaper that was a bit much for me, honestly. Btw, the tub and toilet were the same color as the sink.

Now see....I love that wallpaper, because we had that in the powder room in my childhood house.

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« Reply #81 on: February 25, 2013, 12:05:19 PM »
I think the worst story ever happened around here a few years back. Realtor and househunters went to house that had been on the market for a while. Realtor had key and permission to enter at any time. They go in. Find the owner's dead body on the bed. Also dogs who had been, ahem, largely unfed since the owner had died some time before.

Oh my!  I think I might have been scarred for life if I saw that!

Sounds like an NCIS episode!
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #82 on: February 25, 2013, 12:07:15 PM »
I think the worst story ever happened around here a few years back. Realtor and househunters went to house that had been on the market for a while. Realtor had key and permission to enter at any time. They go in. Find the owner's dead body on the bed. Also dogs who had been, ahem, largely unfed since the owner had died some time before.

Oh my!  I think I might have been scarred for life if I saw that!

Sounds like an NCIS episode!

There was a Bones episode that started like that.  It was the one where the person's body was almost all ash and Bones used hair spray to "set" the hand to try to preserve evidence before it all fell to dust.
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #83 on: February 25, 2013, 12:07:43 PM »
I think the worst story ever happened around here a few years back. Realtor and househunters went to house that had been on the market for a while. Realtor had key and permission to enter at any time. They go in. Find the owner's dead body on the bed. Also dogs who had been, ahem, largely unfed since the owner had died some time before.

Oh my!  I think I might have been scarred for life if I saw that!

Really, the litter would have bothered me more.  Decomp happens, animals will resort to whatever food in available, but deliberately creating a room of litter (uric acid is not totally neutralized by litter - kitty urine can eat through wood, drywall, and pitt concrete eventually) is gross.

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« Reply #84 on: February 25, 2013, 12:13:56 PM »
I think the worst story ever happened around here a few years back. Realtor and househunters went to house that had been on the market for a while. Realtor had key and permission to enter at any time. They go in. Find the owner's dead body on the bed. Also dogs who had been, ahem, largely unfed since the owner had died some time before.

Oh my!  I think I might have been scarred for life if I saw that!

Sounds like an NCIS episode!

CSI did do an ep along those lines - except it was cats, not dogs. (I'm also assuming that the owner in this case hadn't been murdered by a nine year old little girl, too...)

And while I am a certifiable cat person, I think the litter-bedroom would definitely bother me far more than the other situation.

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« Reply #85 on: February 25, 2013, 12:27:20 PM »
We went house-hunting at the height of the housing market, and unmarried so only my DH (only about 18 months out of college) would be on the mortgage. Goes without saying that our budget was, um, not great. We probably looked at more than 30 houses.

One stood out because it was clearly a rental house for college students. Half the bedroom doors had those bead curtains hanging up on them, with big ICP and Bob Marley posters everywhere. There was a back bedroom with nothing in it but a TV, VCR, and mattress with no sheet (eew.) The basement had two couches and a chair arranged around a coffee table. (And an undeniable herbal odor...) The upstairs had two rooms--the smaller one was neat and organized. The larger room was filthy, with dirty laundry everywhere, and used Kleenexes next to the bed. :X I really hope the realtor let the landlord know, that was nasty.

The first house we looked at had the owner home. He didn't leave the entire time and in fact followed us through the house at some points. Every dirty surface was covered in pennies. I don't remember much about it except that we left quickly (and friends of ours bought the house across the street. Would have been nice if this one had worked out!)

One had an eating area with the most sloped floors I've ever seen. It didn't help that their kitchen chairs were on wheels. So when I sat down on one for a moment, I slid across the room.

One house had a basement door that was about 4 feet high. Reminded me of Viking houses, where you have to duck to go inside so they could chop off the heads of intruders. Couldn't get over it.

One house had a closet bathroom off the kitchen. It was right next to the stove and only had a toilet.

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« Reply #86 on: February 25, 2013, 12:41:47 PM »
A while back, we were hunting for a house to use as a rental property. We ended up with a great one, and had tenants fall in our lap, but there was a sad episode along the way:

Large house, with a couple that lived there with their six dogs. We were fine with the prospect of ready-made tenants, but no one had told them the place was up for sale. So we were escorted into a house with a couple in tears at the thought of losing their home.
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« Reply #87 on: February 25, 2013, 12:59:49 PM »
I had my cat in at the vet a few years back.  There were a couple of adorable little kittens wandering around the check-in counter.  When I asked about them, they said they had a bunch of them.  A realtor friend of one of the staff was showing a house.  Every room they went into had a kitten.  She gathered them up and brought them to the clinic.  One of the little guys on the counter had deformed paws.  Didn't stop him from trying to snuggle into my Misty, who wanted absolutely nothing to do with him.  Strong maternal instincts in that one - NOT!

When I was looking at houses in the city I'm in now, I saw a couple of newly built places.  In one of them, the stairs to the basement obviously weren't right; they'd shored them up.  A bunch of the 2X4s they used were extremely knotty and twisted.  It made me wonder what was behind the walls if that was what they left exposed.
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« Reply #88 on: February 25, 2013, 01:01:07 PM »
Ah, found it!  NCIS season four, episode 5, "Dead and Unburied".  A guy is found dead in a house that's being shown and it turns out he had two fiances and had been buried and then exhumed and placed in the house.

Kind of scary to hear of a case where that kind of thing happened in real life, a dead body in a house for sale! EEK!

One house we looked at had a lot of doors closed and locked when we were looking at it. Those houses got crossed off our list automatically.
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« Reply #89 on: February 25, 2013, 01:12:37 PM »
Ah, found it!  NCIS season four, episode 5, "Dead and Unburied".  A guy is found dead in a house that's being shown and it turns out he had two fiances and had been buried and then exhumed and placed in the house.

Kind of scary to hear of a case where that kind of thing happened in real life, a dead body in a house for sale! EEK!

One house we looked at had a lot of doors closed and locked when we were looking at it. Those houses got crossed off our list automatically.

I'm an active member on a teacher's discussion forum.  One of the other members used to be a writer for TV shows and worked specifically on a crime drama that was popular several decades ago.  I recall her saying once that they had researchers that scoured the news from all across the world looking for crazy murder stories that they could work into a good episode.

Another thing is that all the crime dramas tend to put their own spin on different situations.  Every crime drama has a Jack the Ripper knock off, I've seen at least 4 different shows do a version of "Intruder breaks in to rape woman, woman maims intruder, intruder insists that's what the woman wanted because of a fantasy discussion forum where they met, turns out the jealous ex pretended to be woman and set her up".
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