I stepped in it--- but the splatter will land on someone else!

Real Estate Agent with RETIRED 200305001

When I am listing a rural property I check county records for permits,septic status and who really owns it. I found that the older husband paid an attorney to remove his wifes name from 2 of the properties as she is in an Alzheimer home. It was never recorded. strike one

The third property that he acquired a couples years ago was a meth lab 10 years ago. No one told him and he is renting it out. The county has NO record that it was properly cleaned up by the former owner, strike two. It was sold to him by another agent in our area that didn't discover this and they are asking why did he NOT tell them? I have no answer for that one.

The main home supplies water to the other 2 homes with a spring on a different property, strike three. I'm outta there!

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Comments (10)

Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Oh wow.  That sounds like a mess indeed.  I would be out of there too!

Jan 25, 2014 05:02 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Karen: And to think I was going to refer it to you. LOL

Jan 25, 2014 06:48 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I LOVE the title of this post!  What a mess....happy to hear you didn't stick around for the splatter.

Jan 25, 2014 07:11 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Sharon: Me too!

Jan 25, 2014 08:52 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Messy business. The title really got me interested.

Jan 25, 2014 09:09 AM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Debbie: I think the agent that sold it to him will get the splatter.

Jan 25, 2014 12:32 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Rob. I too love the title of this and the specifics are really sad. I think you made a good decision. Hopefully tomorow will be better.

Jan 25, 2014 09:31 PM
Am not a licensed Realtor, but have a slightly different paradigm to most posting about running away. Isn't the first goal of any Licensed Realtor to provide Service to the Client? So basically an older man came to you that per your post has little to no expertise in real estate, checking title, etc and his wife is not mentally well. Rather than EXPLAIN there are problems, and find an attorney or someone with sufficient to give this man useful and accurate advice; the realtor ran away. How does this benefit the client or the situation? Seems to me there should be some way to improve the situation. At least give the prospective client a list of problems that ANY realtor needs to resolve, and point him in the right direction. Otherwise by running away, you are aware of the problems, but keeping them there for others to step in. IF your son was a less experienced real estate agent, would you leave this situation as is and HOPE he does not step in it?
Jan 25, 2014 10:48 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
RETIRED - Florence, OR

Sheila: Mondays are my favorite day!

PDE: He has been fully informed of the steps to remedy this and does not want to. I do NOT sell meth homes under any circumstance. The other problems are easy to fix.I didn;t run away til I was told "not happening".

Jan 25, 2014 11:03 PM
Rob; Thanks for the prompt response. Reads much different with the part of how you advised the seller what needs to be done and they CHOOSE not to, rather than quick identify 3 problems and ran away.
Jan 25, 2014 11:36 PM