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The "Filthy Fixer" and other options out there

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives

filthy: Boy sweeping dirt under rug stock photosWow, its amazing how many bank owned listings are available in our area.  I've been working with a buyer for the past two weeks and we've written six offers.  The first one we wrote had another offer just accepted right before we faxed over our offer.  We learned our lesson and made sure to call on the others before we spent the time and did all the paperwork.  The back up choices had three and five offers on the table already.  We kept looking.  I thought we were ahead of the game since we were writing the offers in the afternoon on Monday.  Then again, that is the same as writing an offer on Sunday if the banks are closed.  Monday is still "retail price" for the bank owned properties. 

I think we've seen every available home in Temecula that is up to the $250K price range.  It makes sense.  That is affordable housing for California.  The total on the payments with three percent down comes to about $1800 a month. 

All I can say is thank God for hand sanitizer.  Some of these houses are ridic!  Its amazing to know that people actually lived in these places.  The carpets sometimes are, my lord, horrible!  And the kitchens.  Yick!  And mind you, how many freekin' random stoves and dishwashers are going to be available for sale in flea markets and the like.  C'mon people, what were you thinking taking all that stuff out?  Is it the banks fault you didn't pay your bills?  That's just weird, inconsiderate, and a true show of character.  Its sad. 

I am hoping an offer we put in today will go through.  Its a four bedroom house/three bath house with one bed/one bath downstairs.  Perfect for grandma and grandpa who will be visiting and can't make it up the stairs.  The kids will each have their own room as well.  Good schools, good location for commuting.  Of course one of the other four offers may be accepted too.  It would be nice if we could get an answer back from someone!  Of course I did offer to pay to have the property cleaned before they move in.  It was embarrassing how yucky the house was!  Good thing I know a great cleaning lady! 

I've been calling each of the listing agents every day, staying in touch, but still no answer.  I'm sure I'm getting on their nerves, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't call to check.  Hopefully one of the filthy fixers will be accepted and we'll be opening escrow soon! 

Posted by

Susan Manning

Comments(3)

Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966
Yes sanitizing my hands is the first thing I do back in my car. Not everyone has the same idea of clean, but sometimes those are great deals.
Feb 20, 2008 10:39 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
The first house I showed when I got my license in Maryland made me throw up.  Years ago when I first got my license in Maryland I was showing investment properties in Baltimore City and this house was so filthy, it smelled bad and there were still people living in it.  I walked out the door, my client was holding the door open and I threw up all over his shoes.  He went on to buy 2 properties from me though!!!  Thank God for hand sanitizer, rubber gloves and lysol.
Feb 20, 2008 10:51 AM
Carolyn Schoettler
Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services - Stewartstown, PA
I showed homes in CA and know what you mean, they are everywhere. 
Feb 20, 2008 11:11 AM