Can't see the forest for the...container!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives

Wow, so my whole adventures into REO listings continues.  One thing about being in real estate, you can't say that it is boring or routine! 

Yesterday I went to a new listing I received up in Rainbow Valley just off Rainbow Heights Road.  Actually I had gone up the day before to check occupancy.  Google maps took me totally off the beaten path and I wound up in a pickle.  When I say off the beaten path, I really mean it.  The road which hadn't been paved in a long time was hard to determine which was a a driveway and which was the never ending, winding road.  I twisted, I jived, I tracked, I four wheeled it.  Interesting enough, I saw a BOBCAT on my way up!!  It was HUrainbow heights reoGE! Wow!! I ended up in some man's driveway who was very gracious enough to help me determine I was on the wrong side of the mountain. 

By this time it was about a quarter 'til seven and the sun was setting.  I was fortunate to be able to figure out where Rainbow Heights Drive was off of Rice Canyon Rd about half a mile south of where I was.  I made it to the top of the mountain and finally found the property.  There was nothing inside from what I could tell and no lights or other utilites appeared to be on.  I did notice some paint cans and screen doors thrashed and left laying on the wrap around patio.  I am curious to know what the inside of this house is going to look like. 

Mark this property as unoccupied.  Right? 

So the next day I am meeting the locksmith and my go to guy for personal property removal so he can get a bid for me.  Its daylight and I'm pulling up to the property.  What had appeared to be an out building turns out containerto be a container!  You know the ones that semis and trains pull.  A huge friggin' container with a monster lock on it.  I'm thinking to myself how the heck am I going to be responsible for that??!!??

I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised when we walked into the sun room.  It smelled - like Pinesol!!  Wow!  This place had been cleaned.  When we opened the main house, same thing.  Carpets had been cleaned, kitchen was spotless, and the placed smelled, well, clean!  I am truly blessed, thank you! 

As it turns out there was a very neat pile of dishes, some great pottery, some luggage and a beautiful table left in the kitchen.  That was about it that was personal property left.  A lady is pulling up when we are doing our rekey.  Title says a single man was the previous owner.  This is interesting.  The lady says the table is hers.  Hmm...I'm kind of in a tough spot.  What do I care about who takes what at this point.  She leaves a message to have the previous owner call me the tableand let me know that this is her property.  Turns out the huge container is hers too.  She promises me to have the container out in a week.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is the case which I think will happen sooner or later since it is her stuff inside.  (God knows what is inside, right?!) Just in case you were wondering, we helped the lady get her table out of the house to make sure that no damage was done to the property when she removed it. 

What had happened was that the previous owner had gratefully rented this home out to this lady and her husband because their house down the mountain was in foreclosure too and they needed a place to live.  They were going to move in and pay rent to "help forestall" foreclosure on their "friend's" house.  Well, I can't say its the first time I've seen this where the owner rents a property out when they are in trouble.  Not a good situation. 

Its really a good thing this lady came by so that I know someone owns that container and is going to be accountable for it.  I wouldn't know the first thing about removing one, but I suppose it might be a good thing to know now. 

Ah, the adventures of listing REO's!!  Stay tuned for the announcement of this property's list price, this property is going to be a real gem for someone!!  Its freshly painted and cleaned and obviously ready to move in!!  RH sunroom

kitchen area

Call me today if you are interested in this amazing opportunity in Rainbow Heights!!  Susan Manning, Rancon Real Estate 951-551-7790

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Susan Manning

Comments (3)

Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Susan, what a a pretty view from this listing!  Please be careful when visiting remote properties like this.  You never know who is going to be there.
Mar 22, 2008 07:09 AM
Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ
Susan, There are companies that sell those containers and they will pick them up and store them but it's not cheap so keep that lady on Your timelines.
Mar 23, 2008 03:46 AM
Susan Manning
Realty Executives - Temecula, CA
Cameron, thank you for the heads up.  I can only imagine what is inside of the container?!!  And how difficult it would be to cut through the double thick deadbolt?!!  Hopefully they'll get it out of there quickly.  If its not one thing, its another, huh? ;)
Mar 23, 2008 10:11 AM