Flies, flies and flies

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Regal Realty of the Treasure Coast LLC

Flies, Flies and flies.

About five years ago I relocated to Port St Lucie Florida.  I was of course an experienced agent but I was not familiar with the area.  

I was working with a buyer and decided to preview the homes before showing them to the customer.  That way I could familarise myself with the homes and the neighbourhood.  

I went to a listing owned and listed by an investor.  He gave the the access code for me to preview.  I went about the property making mental notes of the property pros and cons.  

I entered the kitchen it was newer but no granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  I opened the fridge to look at the condition inside, when flies, flies and more flies came swaming out at me like a big black ball.  I let go of the fridge door handle, leaving it wide open and ran out of the house for my safety and most of all my sanity.  

To this day I NEVER open a fridge in a property that is not my listing, and I advise my buyers that they open the fridge doors at their own peril.  

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

I was going to suggest to never, never, never open a frig in a vacant home for sale.

You figured that out.


Apr 24, 2014 04:50 AM #1
Merline D Pennant - New homes, Short Sales and Pre-foreclosures
Regal Realty of the Treasure Coast LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
New City, New Towns, New homes

I sure did Lenn.  

Apr 24, 2014 05:33 AM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Merline, I am surprised the flies were able to live in the refrigerator. How gross and disgusting.  Yuck! 

Apr 24, 2014 12:49 PM #3
Merline D Pennant - New homes, Short Sales and Pre-foreclosures
Regal Realty of the Treasure Coast LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
New City, New Towns, New homes

Kathleen, I do not even know what they were living on.  I just ran. 

Apr 24, 2014 01:14 PM #4
Whitney Watson
First Heritage Mortgage - Henrico, VA

Oh that is awful!! Definitely a good thing to know. Sorry this happened, but thank you for sharing!

Apr 25, 2014 05:43 AM #6
Gerald Davis
GRD Realty, Inc. - Broadview, IL
GRD Realty, Inc. Managing Broker - Chicagoland

That was awful!  I'm sorry you had to experience that. The owner/investor should have known to leave the refrigerator open if not plugged in and running

Apr 25, 2014 09:41 AM #7
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Yes, awful! During the height of the bank -owned and foreclosures, I did open refrigerators in empty houses. Wow! That is an experience I would rather forget. Some were packed full with rotted foods and exploded pop bottles. Gross. It was almost recorded the pain, frustration,anger,  or hurry of the foreclosed previous owner written behind a refrigerator door.

Apr 25, 2014 04:09 PM #8
Richard Daskam
Keller Williams Coastal Properties - Signal Hill, CA
Your Real Estate Consultant

That's pretty disgusting!  I don't open dishwashers in vacant homes or REO's....At least 1/2 the time Roaches jump off of them when I do.....

Apr 27, 2014 01:50 PM #9
JC Melvin - Commercial & Business Broker
JC Melvin - KW Southwest - Las Vegas, NV
The ONE Thing Workshop Trainer

LOL.... You just never know what kind of surprise you might find.

JC in Vegas

Apr 28, 2014 01:16 AM #10
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Yuk, yuk and more yuk! That's one you'll never forget! Thanks for entering the April Contest Merline :)

Apr 28, 2014 03:48 AM #11
Merline D Pennant - New homes, Short Sales and Pre-foreclosures
Regal Realty of the Treasure Coast LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
New City, New Towns, New homes

Thank you all for sharing this experience with me.  Yes it is still disgusting thinking about it.

Apr 28, 2014 05:51 AM #12
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Merline, I learned a long time ago that lesson. You've got to be brave to open a fridge that's been sitting for who knows how long and it's not your listing...best to not open it to find out what could be growing in there...LOL...have a good day.

Apr 28, 2014 07:23 AM #13
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

You forgot the first commandment of a real estate agent  Never open the refrigerator in  a vacant unit

Apr 28, 2014 12:42 PM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That makes my skin crawl just to read.  Yuck!

Apr 30, 2014 09:21 AM #15
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

yep, the dreaded "Closed Fridge Door"....!! I've had rental properties where people who owed money and skipped out would leave a coupla hundred dollars worth of, at the time of the skip, good food!

May 02, 2014 05:59 AM #16
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

I said that to a buyer the other day ... after he opened the fridge. Don't ever open a fridge in a vacant house because bad things could be in there! lol

May 03, 2014 01:48 AM #17
Jeff Fisher
RE/MAX Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
RE/MAX Fine Properties

Wow, that is too funny.  I always tell my clients, If the refrigerator is turned off, place a box of baking soda in each compartment and tape a spacer over the appliance door opening to keep it open. Even clean refrigerators smell awful when opened after being shut off a while.

May 04, 2014 11:10 PM #18
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

How horribble experience that must have been. Just reading about it made me sick.

Have a Blessed day

May 05, 2014 12:25 AM #19
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Merline, I haven't found any dead bodies in fridges, but I follow your policy. I don't open those doors, ever!

May 05, 2014 06:58 AM #20
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