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How a fire gave my listing instant curb appeal

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage Realtors


Today I went out to check on a property that had been off the market for a few weeks and was about to be relisted for sale.


It was a HUD foreclosure, a double-wide mobile home in good condition, and the last time I saw it, it was overshadowed by a hulking, rotting abandoned single-wide mobile home about 20 feet away.

 The previous owner had contracted to have the old trailer hauled away after he bought a new one, but the tongue of the trailer broke during transit, and the workers had to push the old thing back into the front yard.

Prospective buyers may have liked the looks of the subject property on MLS, but once they got to the site, it would have been hard to overlook the ugly stepsister who lived there too.

So I was surprised (and a bit thrilled) to see this scene, a fiery pile of debris where the old trailer once stood.


A crew of four men from H&M Construction in Wynne had been sent by HUD to demolish and remove the old mobile home, and they had been hard at the task for four days.

 How do you tear down a mobile home? Slowly and methodically, they told me. Empty it of all its contents first, and then tear out the fixtures. Remove the outside walls and chop the rest into pieces. You’ll need saws, axes, prybars and metal cutting tools. And a big truck to haul off the junk that can’t be burned.

 By the end of Day 5, this demolition was complete, and save for a few remaining “treasures,” –including a couple of bowling balls, a vintage TV and some roughed-up candy dishes --- there was little evidence of the hulking monstrosity that had dominated the site.

 Now the gently used double-wide, with its large lot and private back yard with a pond view, has curb appeal! It's at 2249 Highway 16 in Searcy.





Comments (4)

Barbara Duncan

Great blog.  I can't believe it is your very first blog! 

Dec 15, 2011 01:10 PM
Debbie Wantulok

Just wanted to stop by and say nice clean up.  Big fans of your mom...I think she is somewhat proud of you.  Hope you enjoy your new endeavor. 

Dec 16, 2011 01:35 AM

You have gift at finding the silver lining in all things!  Even HUD foreclosures!

Jan 28, 2012 09:45 AM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

You write so well that I can't believe you have not blogged since 2011!!

Jan 17, 2015 10:04 PM