That is MY House !

Real Estate Agent with Striker Realty

I am sure most agents have had this experience, but as I was looking for some comps for a client I spotted my old home as an active listing. And it was a short sale. And that made me sad.

It is a two family and somehow they added a bedroom and full bath in the attic, I remember we had to leave stuff in the attic when we moved (45+ years ago), becuse my dad re did the steps and we could no longer get the furniture we had stored up there out. Thsy also added a bedroom to the first floor apartment, and that I have no idea how. We were hard pressed to get two bedrooms out of the unit. We had three bedrooms on the second floor, but you had to go through my bedroom to get to the one bathroom. I must go see it.

What did you feel when you saw the house you had grown up in on the market?  Did they make changes?  Good changes or bad??

Comments (6)

Kellie Fitzgerald
Kellie Fitzgerald - Chiricahua Real Estate - Pearce, AZ

Actually this has happened to me twice - not to the house I grew up in, but to a couple of others that I had lived in for quite some time.   The first one, I have to say, they did a really nice job.  Some of the changes they made were actually things we had talked about doing ourselves but just never got around to it.

The other one?  Oh, it still makes me want to cry.  Not only did the changes they made to the actual floorplan make me cringe...they also bulldozed every living thing my mother and I had so tenderly nurtured for many, many years...and replaced the living things with?  you guessed it - concrete.   Oh, horrors of horrors.

Sometimes it really is fun to go back and visit prior homes...other times, well, let's just say sometimes the past is best left there.

May 05, 2009 02:38 PM
Chanda Barrick
Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast - Indianapolis, IN
in referral

I haven't seen that happen yet, but I do check in every so often to see if they've placed my previous home on the market.  It was my first purchase, so I like to check in every now and then...

~Chanda (no 'r') :)

May 05, 2009 02:48 PM
Kathy Kooyman
Home Realty - Pella, IA

I had that happen a couple years ago, it was difficult to see the changes as of course they were not to my taste.  However we were so pleased with the family who purchased the home, they said when they were dating they would walk by the home and say..someday we want to live in that home.  Of course the time they were dating was the time we lived in the home.  A happy ending for everyone.

May 05, 2009 02:54 PM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Thomas:  I have not had that exact thing happen but I can certainly understand your sadness.  I think homes have their own personalities.  One home reminded me so strongly of my grandparents' home that I had a difficult time showing it without becoming emotional. 

May 05, 2009 02:58 PM
Linda Breeding
Keller Williams Realty - Pinehurst, NC

I saw my first home on the market a few years ago. I went to see it and than SOLD it to a buyer of mine. They still have it and use it as an investment property. It was all updated and cute as it could be. It still made me sad when I saw it - thinking, "Oh, why didn't I keep that little house." I paid $36,000 for it. Can you believe that! That one would have been long paid for and would have been a jewel earning it's keep.



May 05, 2009 03:08 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Thomas ~ I will never ger over missing our house when it was for sale a couple of years ago.  One day my mother and I drove by and my mother commented that the people who they had sold it to had left it unchanged for the ~17 years or so they had owned it. About a month later we drove by and they were in the process of cutting down *all* of the mammoth trees in the yard.  We were shocked.

Turned out it had been on the market several months before and I completely missed it.  I was crushed and still am.  From the photos and video you could tell very little had changed and I would have given anything to have gone inside.

It was a classic colonial and the new owners have Mcmansionized it - added additions, put in replacement windows, expanded the garage and the driveway - it makes me ill.

When I was a kid I dreamed of buying all our family's houses - grandparents' etc. - and decorating them just as they had been - sort of a chain of Bolton museums. Still wish I could.


May 05, 2009 03:38 PM