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Crimes against windows

Real Estate Agent with Select Realty Professionals

A re-enactment of the conversation that led to the photograph you are about to see (fictionalized).

Him: Hey Honeybear, I really want to reside the house but it's awful (sic) hard to cut around them (sic) windows.

Her: So?

Him: Well, I was thinkin'...what if we just cover up this here window? Won't nobody never know.

Her: Suits me just fine

Crimes against windows

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James K Barath, CMPS
Canopy Mortgage, LLC - Crown Point, IN
FICO Pro, Certified Military Housing Specialist

There is a whole lot of stupid in this world and real estate has plenty of fine examples.

Oct 14, 2009 09:35 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Julia, you would be amazed at how often I see similar versions of this (or don't see this:) where people bury the window that used to be above the tub with the new shower surround.  I have seen a lot of different versions of this.  Sometimes you can see the tub and/or insulation through the window from the outside.  Sometimes the glass is all nicely painted.  Sometimes you just have no way to know that the window has been buried except for the crud running out from behind the siding:)

Oct 14, 2009 09:37 AM
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

Or the ever famous room/garage add-on, with a window looking between.  I've seen several this year with a window from a bedroom or bathroom looking into an added-on garage!  And a few that were indeed sided over!

The smart ones seem to then go in and pull the window and make it a little book/shelving nook, but it's still obviously an old window space.


Oct 14, 2009 09:41 AM
Marcy Eastham
Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon - Corvallis, OR

The amazing world of DIY..it never ceases to amaze!

Oct 14, 2009 09:47 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Sheree, I love when that bedroom window that has been enclosed by the garage is also the "Egress" window but the room still gets called a "Bedroom":)

Oct 14, 2009 09:48 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Julia, Reminds me of the OJ trial, because the prosecution argued that he had run down the side of the house to get in the kitchen door so he wouldn't have to go in the front and be seen (that's why he supposedly dropped the glove there).  Turns out OJ had remodeled years before, sealing up that door and stuccoing the house, but he never remodeled the kitchen after that, so the door was still there on the inside, but there was just a blank wall on the outside.  OJ would have known that, so that scenario made no sense.  Moral:  do your research before you speak. That made the prosecution look incompetent.

Oct 14, 2009 09:50 AM
SarahGray Lamm
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience

Oh no they di-ent!?  Love your "crimes" series! As for Susan's OJ 'covered door' factoid...how did I miss that during all the non-stop news coverage? That's a great one for the record books!

Oct 15, 2009 03:41 AM
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

LOL  the post is funny (sort of in a sad way), but the comments are killing me.

I learned something new today about the OJ trial too.  How come I never heard that before?
tsk tsk tsk



Oct 15, 2009 03:46 AM
Julia Odom
Select Realty Professionals - Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Homes for Sale

The house I currently live in had one of those fab-u-lous painted over windows hiding a retrofit bathtub surround. It now has actual siding over where that window used to be. Imagine?

And JUST THIS WEEK, I showed a house that had a window in the half bath that looked into, yep, you guessed it, the garage.

Never heard that one about OJ either. Of course, I put my earmuffs on whenever anyone was talking about it at the time.

If you haven't seen www.thereifixedit.com you should really check it out. Hi-larious.

Oct 15, 2009 03:54 AM