Real Estate Can Be a Sad Business

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA AB067650

Real Estate Can Be a Sad Business.

Yes, there are many times we deal with happy first time home buyers that are ecstatic to buy a place.  Or people looking to buy up or downsize for all the right reasons.

But we also have to deal with the sadder and darker reasons people enter the market -- death, divorce, loss of job.

And sometimes the sadness comes from the house itself.  I recently showed a distressed home to some of my buyers.  It was obvious from the sheriff's sale poster on the front door that this house would not have happy vibes.  Like so many people in financial straits, it's not uncommon to see evidence of a very quick departure from a home.  With lots of unwanted or unneeded items left behind.  Or things that just wouldn't fit in the van.

I'm sure at one point in the not too distant past, this room belonged to a happy-go-lucky teen-aged girl.

But the furniture from when she was smaller was left behind.  The fish tank that they most probably could no longer care for was left empty and dirty.  One can only imagine what happened to the fish.  I found this note, abandoned on the floor, the saddest.  Perhaps because rice krispie treats and pig-tails are not items topping her agenda of things to think about now.

I have no idea who this family is -- but I wish them the best as they put their lives back together.

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 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
Associate Broker
Realtor, ABR, SFR, SRS, SRES
REMAX Realty Group
1592 Sumneytown Pike
Lansdale, PA 19446

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Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures

How true.  I have left appointments pretty choked up many times in the last few years.  You did a nice job putting the emotion of the blog out there. 

Feb 07, 2011 09:31 AM #1
Laura Forman
National Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL
Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist

My heart goes out to families facing foreclosure.  Good families can suddenly find themselves in a situation beyond their control.  A short-sale is a better alternative to the long term conseques of foreclosure.  It can provide an opportunity for a better future.

Feb 07, 2011 09:33 AM #2
Terry Meyer
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sound Realtors - Olympia, WA

This is all too often the case in short sales and REOs.  The real victims are the children.  We, as adults, usually but not always have options.  The children, have none.  Very sad to see many of the homes and wonder what has happend to create the situation.

Feb 07, 2011 09:47 AM #3
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Richard. Very compelling. Some days you come across these situations and you think to yourself...not again!

Feb 07, 2011 09:58 AM #4
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

Some days can be tougher than other but that note is sad because the family has lost their home.

Feb 07, 2011 10:02 AM #5
Richard Strahm
RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Bob - It's nice to know you're a man with compassion.  I hear too many people joke about these houses and situations.

Laura - Some homes are destined to go to the courthouse steps -- like this one.  Too much money owed and too many projects unfinished.  Very sad.

Terry - I always wonder how this type of financial distressed scars a child.

Charles - I think not only "not again," but "There but for the grace of God go I."

Feb 07, 2011 10:04 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for your post. Those of us that have worked in the foreclosure sector for many years have seen evidence of many troubled families.

 Life is good in Maryland.

Feb 07, 2011 10:30 AM #7
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Selling Norfolk County Homes

Richard, it's nice to be a part of a group of professionals that are represented by people like you. I feel badly for the families...and the children most especially. I agree with what you said...we have a very clear reminder of how fortunate we are.

Feb 07, 2011 11:56 AM #8
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Richard, I hate this part of it, years ago I had to preview a foreclosed on home that was owned by one of my kids friends and there were tricycles in the backyard, it still bothers me.

Feb 07, 2011 12:01 PM #9
Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

I'm sorry, that's sad... It's hard to think of people suffering

Feb 07, 2011 02:26 PM #10
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Richard - that little girl's note left me choked up - so sad. right now I'm counting my blessings because this can happen to any of us. 

Feb 07, 2011 05:27 PM #11
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

That is extremely sad.  We forget that families have lived in those homes, and children are often the "friendly fire" victims in the banksters foreclosures. 

Feb 09, 2011 12:02 PM #12
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