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Abandoned barn and other real estate


When I saw this abandoned barn it made me think of all the neglected real estate I have seen over the years.

The question that comes to mind usually is: What would make someone neglect their property?

I am sure there are many answers to such a question.

When I see a period home which you can tell once was a prized possession, but now the roof is caving in and the ornate features of the home is in such disrepair that restoration is impossible, it makes me sad.

So why do people neglect or abandon such properties?

An abandoned barn



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Sean Young
Home Loans by Sean Young - New American Funding - Highlands Ranch, CO
Colorado loan officer

That's a good question Jennifer. When my family and I drive for any long distance we always play My Shack. First person to see a broken down home or barn yells "my shack"! I know, very exicting. But it does keep them busy. Crazy how many we find. 

Jan 23, 2013 04:09 PM #1
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Jennifer, love seeing these old barns, and other structures, especially in black and white!
Jan 23, 2013 06:53 PM #2
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
Jennifer, sometimes you can reclaim some wonderful timbers from these old buildings.
Jan 23, 2013 07:05 PM #3
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I love the game Sean plays with his kids. 

Living in northwest Pennsylvania we see these old barns and wonder about the stories they could tell.  In fact we have newspaper reporter who features one such property per week.  She digs deep to learn its history.

Thanks for the memories this post stirs up for me.

Jan 23, 2013 09:35 PM #4
Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY

Neat old barn and photo.  It looks so peaceful sitting there all alone.

Jan 24, 2013 02:17 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your photograph.  What stories we would hear if old buildings could share their history.

Jan 24, 2013 02:28 AM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jennifer I don't know, but it does not make any sense when someone pays thousands of dollars for a property and then lets go into a state of disrepair.  Might as well just throw the money out the window.

Jan 24, 2013 02:41 AM #7
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Jennifer  That is a question that I ask as well when I see a neglected home.  I suspect each has a unique story that really never answers the question

Jan 24, 2013 05:35 AM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jennifer what a thought provoking question! I remember when I went to see my parents' home in CT I noticed that the back stairs were rotten. I asked my father is he aware? He told me yes...but we do not go out that way...so I asked why not fix it? He told me "like I said we do not go out that way..." It was not important to them....

Jan 24, 2013 01:54 PM #9
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sean what a creative way to keep the children engaged.

Carol me too.

David I know a company that specialize in that.

Mary I bet there are some great stories.

Jan 24, 2013 01:56 PM #10
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Connie I liked it too. looks like a place you would want to go to be alone.

Roy pity they can't )

George I suppose money is not being considered.

Karen I feel the same way.  Hard to get at an answer, each case is unique.

Endre that's one answer. I have actually heard similar response to a broken step.

Jan 24, 2013 02:01 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I always wonder what stories these structures could tell if they were able.  I'm sure they would be very interesting.

Jan 25, 2013 08:15 PM #12
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Jennifer, That photo speaks a thousand words...I don't know why all property goes into such disrepair, but some from lack of use and others, for sure, from lack of funds.

Jan 26, 2013 04:56 AM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Jennifer, you always seem to find the best Art in your travels, thanks for sharing another great photo with us!

Jan 30, 2013 01:50 PM #14
Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale

I too get sad when I see historic homes fall into disrepair. When I think of all the workmanship that goes into them... I cannot imagine not treasuring it. Beautiful picture of the barn. I'm a big fan of black and white photos.

Mar 07, 2013 02:53 PM #15
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