A Foreclosure Story ~ Hope You Will Love This Home as Much as We Did

Reblogger Lyn Sims
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban

We often forget about the human side of foreclosure. I rarely think about forclosed homes as once being full of life and family anymore. They have become 'routine', just part of the normal market that I see everyday. This is a great story sharing the human side of foreclosure that I hope you will enjoy.

It's a sad part of our job & makes me sometimes wonder 'who really lived here?' Thanks to Linda Humphrey in Nevada for sharing this story. 

Original content by Linda Humphrey

No, this was not the parting sentiment from seller to buyer at a happy closing. It was wistfully painted above theToy Left Behind front door, surrounded by an artistic vine of leaves and flowers, of a bank-owned property I showed to some first-time buyers. We didn't notice it until we were leaving, where it stopped us dead in our tracks. No one spoke for a long time as we resumed our places in the car for the ride to the next potential home.

Every day we Realtors are faced with the dregs of lives gone sadly wrong. Abandoned bedrooms gaily decorated with pink walls and frilly curtains, or perhaps sports-themed trim and a left behind poster of some kid's hero. Lines carefully marked inside a closet as a family's children grew. A forgotten toy left in the rush to vacate as the sheriff drove up the street. Wet, molding, laundry forgotten in the washing machine when the residents come home to discover the locks changed. People peering fearfully out as the REO agent comes to the door to offer cash for keys.

We (and by "we" I mean "I") spend a lot of time arguing the nuances of the "real estate crisis"...whose fault it was, who the winners and losers were, all the minutia of the hows, whys, wherefores of what happened. So much easier and less painful to deal with numbers and abstractions. But at the end of the day, it is the human story that is compelling. Yes, many of those folks likely made poor decisions. Yes, people should be responsible for their debts and promises. Yes, many who invested in those peoples' home loans (including financial institutions) have suffered at least as much; lost jobs, lost savings, huge losses in the value of the companies they work for.

But some days I just feel like coming home and crying.

Photo Credit: Left Behind by Michael | Ruiz from Flickr via Creative Commons License


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Lou Ludwig
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It's been a very emotional time for many homeowners who are forced to sell or in the process of losing their homes.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 17, 2012 11:28 AM #1
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Lyn, a very touching story that does bring a tear and warm heart for so many that suffer, it isn't always under the homeowners control.

Jan 17, 2012 11:29 AM #2
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Lou:  Thanks for stopping by. It's good for us to remember that it was someone's home before it became a foreclosure.

Ellen:  It really is sad sometimes when we see this.

Jan 18, 2012 01:04 AM #3
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