The Sad House

Real Estate Agent with Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx

The Sad House   Fort Worth fixer uppers


I’m taking a couple out shopping for a true fixer-upper. They want a decent structure, and as experienced DIYers, are not afraid of a few holes in walls, missing appliances, or foul smelling carpet.

One home we recently viewed had boarded up windows, nasty carpet, and several holes in the sheet rock. Most of the plumbing was missing. My client started calling it the ‘Sad’ house—a play on the street name Sand. This one has a solid, sturdy structure, decent exterior and roof, and a good floorplan. Great closet spaces. No kitchen to speak of at all. What was left of the bathrooms was unusable. Oh my, the work necessary to bring this place back to life is a bit daunting...and that’s provided the current owners—a bank—will acknowledge it’s over priced. Significantly.


Still it’s the house I woke up thinking about in the wee hours of the night. So much potential….

Some people love to rescue dogs, cats, or horses. Some good souls rescue people caught in dire situations. Me? I want to ‘rescue’ houses. What fun it would be to bring that house back to life…..I'd be happy if my buyers chose it for their rehab project, but they've chosen another one...leaving this one lingering in my thoughts...


 Maybe I’ll mosey by there again this afternoon….just to see…..




Comments (3)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

The sign of a fabulous real estate agent is one who can see beyond the warts on the nose of a good house.

Aug 28, 2013 06:01 AM
Deb McNeill
Flying M Team Small World Realty Fort Worth, Tx - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Thank you, Lenn! What a great thing to say!

I spent a large part of my life as a professional photographer--seeing the beauty in the less the beautiful was good training for looking at fixer-uppers.

Aug 28, 2013 06:12 AM
Craig Ernst
United Real Estate Partners, LLC - New Orleans, LA

That's a really cute story, Deb. You may have found a great niche for yourself. Most buyers, and a whole lot of agents, too, would rather just stick to the "pretty" houses!

Aug 28, 2013 04:32 PM