A. House Tells His Story Of Loneliness!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC BK607690

Hi folks. I wrote this little story back in October 2007. We were just starting to get into the thick of thngs with foreclosures. This same house today would sell for about $65,000!!!

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Hi humans. My name is A. House and I'm five years old. I know that doesn't sound old to you but for A. House in Poinciana Fl that's pretty old. Some nice folks gave birth to me back in January of 2002. They liked me a lot. They made me look real purdy too. I was dressed up in bright red carpet and my skin inside and out was bright pink. I guess they figured since my street name was Flamingo they would make me look like a bird. I didn't mind too much since they took excellent care of me.

I knew they loved me. They paid $149,500 for me in January of 2002 which was a lot of money for A. House, my size, back then. I remember something about them not needing any money to give birth to me. So, maybe some of that money was closing costs but I'm not sure.

Everything was going well and then all of a sudden in late 2003 they quit taking care of me. I thought they didn't love me anymore. They quit making payments and started letting my grass grow and everything. I was neglected.

Then in May of 2004 this nice lady come over and stuck a sign in my yard and was trying to get people to give my humans $129,900 for me. I guess no one wanted me because 30 days later the sign was gone and my humans moved out. I was left here all by myself. It sucked.

I was all alone for more than two years. Finally, some guy in a three piece suit adopted me. But he didn't care about me. He never even looked at me. Just put me on the books and renamed me REO. My name is A. House not REO!

Here I was again, all alone. Until February 2007 when this big guy came over and stuck another sign in my yard. I don't know who he was but he was sooooo good looking. He was nice too. He had all these people come over and they gave me a bath, cut my grass and made me look purdy again. I was so happy. I thought he was going to move in and take care of me but he was just trying to find me some humans to adopt me for $185,000.

Not only was the big guy sooooo good looking but he was an excellent adoption Broker too! In fact, only 19 days later, some humans came in and decided they wanted me! I was so excited! I was so tired of being alone and just wanted someone to come stay with me. It's not good for A. House to be alone.

Then a few weeks later something happened. The guy, that was sooooo good looking, came back and put his "For Sale" thingie on his sign again. Something about the sub-prime fall out. The humans that wanted to adopt me couldn't do it any more. I was pissed!!!

It was very frustrating. Humans kept coming over and walking all over me but nobody wanted me. I felt so inadequate and started getting a real bad inferiority complex. I think the sooooo good looking guy was getting frustrated too. He changed my price to $165,000.

Then in August, another human came over and walked all over me. He had this funny looking thing in his hand and it looked like he was punching in numbers or something. I don't know if he loved me or not but he told the sooooo good looking guy that he would adopt me for $150,000. I guess the sooooo good looking guy was tired of coming over every week and checking up on me because he said, "deal!"

Three weeks later I had a new human! He was cool too. His name was Mr. Flipper. He came in and pulled up all my bright red carpet and replaced it with all this tile stuff. It was a little cold but it was real shiny!! I was lookin' good! I was so excited. I couldn't wait for this human to move in and take care of me. No more loneliness for me!

Well, was I ever wrong, Mr. Flipper, sent another lady over and she stuck a sign in my yard this morning. At least Mr. Flipper thinks I'm worth a lot of money. He now wants $225,000 for someone to adopt me! While I'm flattered, I fear I will be lonely for a long time to come. He ain't never goin' to get someone to pay $225,000 to adopt me. All the other Houses around me only get $150,000. Why is he doing this to me? I'm A. House, I'm not a retirement fund!

Maybe this time they'll change HIS name......to Mr. Flopper! You humans suck!


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Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Bryant, may be you can create a nice documentary about this home ...very moving story line. Hope A house finds a new partner.

Oct 25, 2010 03:47 AM #8
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Awwwww...if we were looking for a house in Florida, I would be all over this poor little guy.  It is heartbreaking to hear it from the house's standpoint.  ;-)

Oct 25, 2010 03:55 AM #9
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Hi Bryant, Glad to see you back...Poor little house...he looks like a very nice little house...wish I had some humans that wanted a good deal...Who would have thought in 2007 that we would be on the tail end of 2010 and no light in sight!

Oct 25, 2010 04:53 AM #10
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I feel badly for the house--the innocent victim in this sad saga.

Oct 25, 2010 07:40 AM #11
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

And the story goes on and on...who would have thunk we'd swimming as fast as we can in 2010...ugh

Oct 25, 2010 06:22 PM #12
Sharon Lancaster
Sage Executive Group Real Estate - Kelowna, BC
SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan

Someone recently lectured me on their philosophy surrounding the theory that money is an illusion. Paper notes, floating around, with digits followed by a decimal. Only there are no longer notes backing the 'money' now it is a digital fabrication, articulated by some accountant sitting for long hours in a treasury. Bored probably.

Oct 25, 2010 06:34 PM #13
Kevin Dwyer
Sellstate Next Generation - San Diego, CA

BB, great story. The first listing I sold out here in 2000 was $130,000. Three years later, same house sold for $500,000. It came on the market last week for $100,000.

Oct 25, 2010 07:23 PM #14
Jason & Amber Gardner
Hasson Company, Realtors - Sherwood, OR
We're Committed to Your Success!

A. House has so much potential and with just a little landscaping, great curb appeal!  Great story!!

Oct 25, 2010 08:34 PM #15
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


The loss of value in your area is a wake-up call to all of those in "hot" areas that anything can happen, so be alert a vigilant.

Oct 26, 2010 01:21 AM #16
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Very cute story.  Pretty sad to see the prices go like that though.  I've counted them now.  8 houses that I've owned over the years, fixed them up nice and pretty, then sold them to a new family, have since been foreclosed.  The latest one was just October 2008.  I sold one in Longwood for $140,000 and now it is a short sale at $99,000.  Almost makes you want to cry a little.

Oct 26, 2010 02:33 AM #17
Joyce Gebhart

I love the way you wrote this in the view of A. House.  This story is also the story of many other houses right now.  Definately SAD!

Oct 26, 2010 03:48 AM #18
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Awww, very sad story!  I, personally, can't sell my own house until my granddaughter is past the age of personification!  Excellent tale of the recent housing disaster!

Oct 26, 2010 07:11 AM #19
K.C. McLaughlin
RE/MAX United - Cary, NC
Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC

Very amusing way to tell a very sad but true story. Thanks for the story.

Oct 26, 2010 09:45 AM #20
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Sometimes it's good to dust off the 'oldies but goodies'. This certainly is a poignant story.

Oct 26, 2010 12:58 PM #21
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

What a sad and lonely story for A. House. I hope things finally pan out for a long term buyer.

Oct 26, 2010 01:19 PM #22

Hi Bryant

What a sad story - and you have humorously depicted the market in many areas over the past few years.  Unfortunately for us all there are many more sad stories to come. 

Appreciate your insight of this disasterous "housing market".

Oct 26, 2010 03:38 PM #23
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Poor A. House.

I just researched it and it looks like Mr. Flopper who bought it 3 years ago still owns it. Must be a rental.

Oct 27, 2010 09:00 AM #24
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

My heart is touched by the pathetic story of A. House. I need a tissue and a glass of wine now.



Oct 27, 2010 11:40 AM #25
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Broker • South East Florida • - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

That is a nice story Mr. T aka Broker Bryant...

Thanks for sharing your findings and ramblings.... You are a gift.


Oct 30, 2010 06:17 PM #26
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Blog Boy,

This was very good, if I do say so. Of course, the narcissism was a bit too apparent (like, who didn't know who the very good looking broker was, LOL)...but it is your story, after all, and one that is sadly all too true across the country, not just in Poinciana...

Nov 11, 2010 12:53 PM #27
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