I had to stop by a new Bank foreclosure listing that we having coming up, in a neighborhood on the southwest side of Columbus, OH. The "trash out" crew had not yet been there, so the home is exactly as it was the day the former residents moved out. This particular home was fairly well cared for, and there was not an excess of items left behind, just the items that we most often see: outdated clothes, furniture items that won't fit in their new place, old kitchen utensils, etc. Then I saw the plaque, hanging just inside the door. Here is a close up of the inscription:
This plaque/key holder was a closing gift from the agents that sold the former residents this home (I blurred out the agents names, out of respect).
When I am required to enter one of our listings in the "pre-marketing" stage, before the clean out crew gets there, it is always interesting to see the remainders of peoples lives. It is amazing to me what people will leave behind in the hurried process to "move on". Some sights that I have seen are too disgusting to post. In these cases, I ask myself the same question that my wife (who is passionate about organizing) asks when she watches Hoarding shows: "How can people live like this?" Many just make me scratch my head, wondering how they can leave these things behind: wedding photos, portraits of the kids, SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS and bank statements (yep).
I generally avoid delving into the emotional aspects of the former residents. But this item made me stop and think: Was this home indeed filled with the happiness that their agents wished for them? What were the decisions that were made that led to this unfortunate foreclosure? What could have been done to prevent the end result?
There is no shortage of foreclosure stories here in our market of Columbus, OH, and across the nation. And based on the stats, there will most likely be more to come...