Phew! Is This What "AS IS" Means?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Dagny's Real Estate

Phew!    Is This What "AS IS" Means?

I keep showing houses lately that have been abandoned by the owners, but they seem to have stored their animals in the houses for a while after leaving.

First of all, I think this is called abuse, - leaving animals unsupervised and without access to go to the bathroom in a normal healthy fashion....    These homes had carpet on top of good hardwood, and the stench is absolutely crazy.    In one home, the carpet and filth was still there in one room - what is the agent thinking?   The carpeting had been removed from the other rooms, but not the under padding, which was still soaked with urine.   

Other homes just had it so thoroughly imbedded in the hardwood, that you couldn't walk through and breathe.   

I do not understand what this is saying about the humans that lived in these homes.     There have been 4 homes like this in the last two months, and each has been in a different price range.   The rich are not immune.   

It's pretty bad when you need to ask your buyers to wear masks and boots to look at homes....

What do you think this tells us?

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Tim Lorenz
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It is truely sad to hear that people are leaving their animals in a home like that.  It is also sad that the damage is to a home.

Nov 29, 2012 12:33 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is sad that buyer agents need to provide masks for prospecive home buyers.  This is what to expect when dealing with REO properties.

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Nov 29, 2012 12:34 AM #2
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Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
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Dagney, when you see "As-IS" it can stand for anything.   What you see and DO NOT see, is what you get.  What is worse, is when you come across a property that is NOT advertised with "as-is", YET, it still is bad from animal waste.

Nov 29, 2012 12:35 AM #3
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Nancy Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
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In California a few years ago, there was a law passed that created a duty in rel estate agents to report any abandoned animals to animal control.  I have not come across it, but I guess there were a lot of abandoned animals.  Very sad.

Nov 29, 2012 12:50 AM #4
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Lottie Kendall
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Lucky for me I haven't had this happen very often. I know the problem, though; a tenant took no care of his cats and we had the devil of a time correcting the problem - tearing out sheet rock, replacing urine soaked wall insulation, etc. Once was enough for me.

Nov 29, 2012 01:07 AM #5
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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I have purchased many houses over the years that sould like what you described. Even animals being left behind, that we have had to find new homes for.

Nov 29, 2012 07:55 AM #6
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George Souto
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Dagny 5 to six years ago I was in a house that the animal smell was so bad that I could not be in it more than 15 to 30 seconds. 

Nov 29, 2012 10:12 AM #7
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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
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This last house was so bad that I stood outside after I opened it up, and my buyer (with the mask) went in and checked it out.  She will probably buy it.... 

Nov 29, 2012 10:23 AM #8
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Dagny, the degree to which some people fall when under stress is amazing. Just be appreciative of the reality that it's cold out, as that smell would be intolerable if it were hot outside and given a chance to stew

Nov 29, 2012 11:56 AM #9
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