Monday, July 27, 2009

maybe the WORST LISTING EVER!

Last week I came across a home – listed for sale in MLS – that might take the cake as the worst listing ever.  Fortunately I had my camera with me.  :-)

I’m not going to count things outside the sellers’ control against them, such as the run-down neighborhood, the functional obsolescence, or the busy street nearby.  Pictured below are the things the seller had control over..

(and I saved the best for last, so scroll all the way through.)

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Yes, that’s the carpet which greeted us at the front door.  If you don’t recognize it, that’s because they stopped making carpet like this in 1982!

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I didn’t think I liked the carpet, until I saw the linoleum in the kitchen.  Then I got dizzy & wished for more carpet!  So I thought I’d stop looking at the floors…

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Faux brick AND wood paneling.  Wow, what a bold design statement.  But what’s around the corner to the right?

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yikes, I’m speechless.  and I didn’t have the courage to actually touch it, otherwise I’d tell you what kind of material that was.  OK, enough of this train wreck, let’s go out back.

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Hey, not bad.  Good sized lot, well-built storage shed in the corner, block wall.  But it looks like there’s something on the gate – I’d better get a closer look…

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LEASE KEEP GATE LOSED SO CRACK HEADS STAY OUT.

Geez, if only the gate wasn’t damaged so I could read the whole message…

The problem with this house is that it would cost more to make the house somewhat habitable than the house would be worth, even after the renovations.  So nobody is going to buy it – it basically has zero value.

Maybe the best thing to do is to show a little charity – maybe leave the gate open and give the crack heads someplace to stay?  I’m just brainstorming here...

Your still in shock Realtor,

Chris Butterworth