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An unfortunate situation and now this client needs a good Realtor fast

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I was trying to take in some Real Estate news as is my morning ritual and I run into this article about a man who came back from vacation to find a house that he just bough was demolished because the city inspector neglected to take the most appropriate action and stop the demolition.

Andre Hall (The new home owner) buys a foreclosed home, takes a holiday vacation and comes back to find his home in a pile of rubble. It appears that the demolition company not only destroyed the wrong house, the city only saw fit to leave them a message to not destroy the house. It seems reasonable to me that you would get verbal confirmation and acknowledgment from the demolition company that they can cancel the request.

How does the chief of the city's Bureau of building inspection respond you ask? In his infinite wisdom he say "A couple things went awry, the house next door was to be demolished, and the contractor in error, took this house down as well." WoW! That makes it all better. My suggestion is that Mr. Hall find a good attorney and a great Realtor to help him find a new house that the city will be purchasing for him. Mr or Mrs. Realtor, find him a good one.


Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Steven ~ Incredible, I'm not surprised .... typically the left hand doesnt know what the right hand is doing. I hope the homeowner finds a wonderful new home.

May 11, 2011 04:56 PM
Elizabeth Byrne
Keller Williams Realty - Arlington, VA
Arlington Virginia Real Estate

Steven, this is an unbelievable story. How can you do such thing without verifying several times before you destroy someone's home? I hope the homeowners are well compensated for this ordeal.

May 15, 2011 04:25 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Steven, what a story only in America:))) If not a Realtor he might get a great Architect & build a new cool house:))

May 15, 2011 04:15 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

That’s not the first time that has happened. Similar things make the news here in California.

May 18, 2011 01:32 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Yikes, Steven. Incredible doesn't begin to describe it. It's like a surgeon cutting off the wrong foot. Someone should have painted a red 'X' on the house to be demolished. My goodness.

May 19, 2011 04:45 PM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Oh my gosh, it is a terrible experience to have to endure but what's even more tragic is when it involves a surgical operation - you can't just sue and replace.

May 20, 2011 08:19 AM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Oh my, not just a mistake, but what a nightmare!

May 20, 2011 10:25 AM
Kathy Clulow
Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Steven -  no mistake ..... if what you say is true the man should lose his job for his incompetence.

And for MR .Hall  I agree with your suggestion

"My suggestion is that Mr. Hall find a good attorney and a great Realtor to help him find a new house that the city will be purchasing for him"

May 23, 2011 04:08 PM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Steven - that is horrible, and I had read about that as well. He will need a Realtor to help him find a new house! 

May 25, 2011 05:48 AM
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

What a terrible thing to come home from vacation and find. He will definitely need a good attorney and a good realtor.

May 25, 2011 03:48 PM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Steve - wow that's a new one on me too.. Yikes is not an appropriate enough word... Good luck to him and hope he finds the right attorney and Agent.. A good read for sure

Jun 01, 2011 06:32 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Steve--It seems I remember this as a commercial for a phone company a few years back...sad that it happened in real life.

Jun 01, 2011 03:25 PM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Good Lord, that's the basis for a good movie (or book). Yep, I'd lawyer up and go after them...

Jun 19, 2011 07:22 AM
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Steve ... Where was location of this incident?  I didn't see it in the news.  There's probably a back story, which would reveal more detail and bureaucratic complications.

Jun 22, 2011 03:56 AM
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Wow, Steven, I'm just getting around to reading this post! What an unbelievable story! I hope this guy, by now, is living in his nice new home!

Jul 03, 2011 06:27 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Just stopped by to say that I

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Jul 04, 2011 08:21 AM
Tim Peterson
Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes - Madison, WI
Realtor Safety Training Classes

Hi Steven--another great example of our government at work

Jul 04, 2011 04:49 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

It looks like a typical lack of government communication that will cost the taxpayers Steven. Wow, unbelievable!

Jul 05, 2011 09:02 AM
Katie Munoz
Moving Forward Inc - Seattle, WA


Sep 05, 2011 06:18 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Steven....where have you been?  It's been a while dude????

Dec 26, 2011 02:27 PM