Scary Real Estate Story - The Seller's Missing Husband

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc MD 82788 DC SP97220

I'm always reminded of this story around Halloween!  This scary story about a Silver Spring house comes from a former Real Estate Office Manager of mine.  One of her agents had written an offer on a Large Colonial Home on Highland Drive in Woodside Park.

The listing agent  and the title attorney were working frantically to iron out some title issues with this house.  It seems that the woman selling this house still owned the house by tenants in the entirety with her husband, Jack.   But Jack had left his wife many many years before and his wherabouts has been unknown for 20 years.   The title company could not locate him to have him sign off on the deed and the sale of the house.   The title company had been working for months to resolve this issue. 


After months of work the title issue was finally resolved! - The Buyers were excitedly inspecting the house on their final walkthru before settlement.  Upon inspection of the attic the buyers and their agent discovered Jack, the missing husband, his mummified remains were hanging from a rafter in the attic.   Mystery Solved. 

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Debbie: That must have been before home inspectors were all the vogue. Geez...

Oct 28, 2012 10:01 AM #1
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Joy Daniels
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That is crazy. . . definitely a hallowed experience.  It was a fun story. . . but I bet not for the Buyers!  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 29, 2012 02:13 AM #2
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Curtis Van Carter
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Debbie

You are right about what a Halloween type scare. Here is a trick or treat Napa Valley style, cheers cvc

Oct 29, 2012 05:56 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
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Debbie -- Oh My!   So what's the rest of the story?   Police investigation - trial - did the buyers continue with the sale?  Inquiring minds want to know....

Oct 31, 2012 02:43 AM #4
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Debbie Cook
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Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Michael,

This was a long time ago - but my manager told me the buyer's did go thru with the sale and the title people were relieved that they could declare the husband dead (it cleared up the title problems real quick). It was ruled a suicide.

Oct 31, 2012 02:50 AM #5
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Michael Jacobs
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Thanks for the follow-up, Debbie --- freaky story, that's for sure.  

Oct 31, 2012 02:54 AM #6
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Margaret Woda
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Creepy!  I can see why you think of this around Halloween time, but I'd probably think about it any time I showed property in the neighborhood. 

Nov 04, 2012 01:59 AM #7
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