Where Are All the Stoves?

By
Real Estate Agent with Mountain Top Producers BRE# 01888377

I am amazed at the abundance of missing stoves in foreclosure properties these days.  Where did the former owners take them all?  I presume that most people who lost their homes to foreclosure have turned to renting and, don't most rentals come with stoves?  Is there some kind of absent stove epidemic out there?  Will we come across a large stove-hoarder cave when this housing downturn rights itself?  I don't remember any time in my own house-hunting days when there were so many houses with the large gaping hole in the kitchen where a stove once was housed.  Why are homeowners coveting the range and stove so much in the process of losing their house?

I think that it would be a fantastic policy for banks to agree to install a new range before they market their assets.  Buyers who need financing oftentimes are required to have a functional kitchen before a loan can fund.  Part of the functionality checklist is a working stove.  In my opinion, this is a minor investment for banks to help ensure a smooth purchase.  I recently had the pleasure of hijaking my OWN stove into a listing just to assist in the appraisal process, for crying out loud!  I would love to know where the stove that used to be in the listing disappeared to.  They certainly aren't worth the hassle of trying to take them to the dump or a recycle center to a distressed homeowner.

At any rate, I would like to lodge my complaint with the proper department and ask that we join the 'Save the Stoves' Movement.

Comments (2)

Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia &San Antonio

Craigslist is my first thought.  If you were in financial trouble and felt you owed no loyalty to your lienholder and you could make a couple of hundred, there it goes.  I do have to agree with you though; it makes the buying process cumbersome if the REO company doesn't put in a stove.

What amazes me is the missing plastic face plates and ceiling fans, etc    Are they selling those in a garage sale?

Apr 05, 2011 06:20 AM
Amy Sharrow
Mountain Top Producers - Running Springs, CA

Hi Faye,

I agree about the fans and such.  We even went in one that they took the toilet seat!  Desperation makes people do crazy things!  Thanks for stopping in!

Apr 05, 2011 06:26 AM