Turning back the clock, Wednesday-style: Orlando foreclosure photos

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Turning back the clock, Wednesday-style: Orlando foreclosure photos

 

Turning back the clock, Wednesday-style: Orlando foreclosure photos

 

I stumbled across a couple of these while looking for some other photos on a flash drive earlier today.  Thinking back- and not too far back, I recall making a trip over to this house to inspect it for a bank who had just bounced out the former owners.

 

This was one of the first 2 or 3 that I'd looked at, and I recall the stark difference between this place and the one I'd visited an hour or so prior to it.  They reflected the extremes of both the homeowners and the way each chose to handle the unfortunate circumstances that had been visited upon them.

 

The home I'd just left?  My nose nearly burned from the smells of Comet and Clorox as I opened the front door- and Lysol came to the party as I moved down the hallway a bit toward the 2nd bathroom.  The previous owners had obviously cleaned prior to leaving, quite possibly the very morning they left the place for the last time.  Seeing both the care they'd given to and the pride they'd taken in the place...clean, neat, paint perfect, yard pristine, the sorrow they felt when leaving was almost palpable.

 

Which made the fact that they maintained their dignity on the way out an even greater thing.

 

The house pictured here?  It's an example I've used for a while now- of how I one day turned a corner and arrived at where a kitchen once was.  "Where a kitchen once was?", some ask.  "Exactly", I say- just as I explain that other parts of the house presented areas where door knobs once were, where coach lights once were outside the garage, where lights once were and lastly, rooms where toilets once were.

 

Through the different ways in which these two families handled the adversity of losing their homes, we see the polar opposites that might very well exist within each of us if left unchecked.

 

So how do you choose to handle adversity?  The path through where a kitchen once was may very well be the easier one- but the one smelling of cleaning products is surely the more admirable one.

 

Turning back the clock, Wednesday-style: Orlando foreclosure photos

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Rainmaker
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Wayne Johnson
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I've heard discipline described as doing what's right even when no one is watching. Those with discipline usually don't have problems with handling adversity.

Jul 23, 2014 09:05 AM #1
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Wayne:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  I haven't heard it put exactly like that before (that those with discipline handle adversity better, paraphrasing)- but it surely makes sense.  I'd extend that a bit further, too- to an idea I've had for a while: those with discipline experience less adversity to begin with.  It won't always hold true, of course- there'd be no need for "Why Bad Things Happen To Good People" and other books of that ilk if that be the case- but it's tough to argue that disciplined folks keep a tighter hold on their spending, etc.

The undisciplineds' inability to rein in frivolous spending and all contributed to countless foreclosures, no doubt.  Who knows where our market would be/could have gone if some folks had been able to better live within their means?

It's just important to remember that adversity will....WILL come our way from time to time- and we can either prepare for it before it comes or wait until it happens and wish we'd done so.

Jul 23, 2014 11:35 AM #2
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Joe Petrowsky
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I buy many properties that look like that and worse. They are all a challenge, but when I'm done with them, you would move in.

Thank you for commenting on my post and your very kind words.

Jul 25, 2014 09:10 AM #3
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Dennis, this piece is chockful of humanity....integrity, adversity, respect and all of those polar opposites. I thought this was so well written! Sad, but thankfully, it's mostly in the past. 

Jul 26, 2014 04:38 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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This blog brings back personal memories. I purchased a home at a trustee sale. It was occupied and I was assured that they would leave it in good condition. They trashed the home and removed all of the cabinets and appliances before I could get possession.

Jul 26, 2014 05:10 AM #5
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Joe:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your kind words here and elsewhere.  I've seen a great deal worse, I can assure you of that!  I used the "bad" photos that I did here in order to separate two types of folks: those who live nasty lives and simply don't keep things up as they should (which would include hoarders, etc as well) and others such as the former owners of this home.

They may very well have kept things neat and orderly while living in the home- but when it was time to leave, they turned into thieves and provided a great illustration of how one is rarely judged by how they arrive at a place.  It's how they depart that usually defines their true character.

Jul 27, 2014 05:30 AM #6
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Gayle:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  This does provide a good written and visual representation of the paradox of the human character these days!

Jul 27, 2014 05:32 AM #7
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Roy:  Thank you for dropping by, and for your comment.  And that's one of the many scenarios that causes problems in my daily business with leasing/managing rental properties.  It's one thing when a place is vacant and prospects viewing it can get a solid grasp of how the place would look should they choose to move in soon.  Indeed, if they're seeing it just following a move-out, they're likely to see it at it's worst and will know they'll receive it in a condition much better/somewhat better.

When folks are viewing occupied properties, however, all is thrown out the window.  Exactly how bad will the carpet look once the tenants' furniture is gone?  Are they going to do any damage when they take that flat-screen off the wall?  Both remain to be seen- and I explain to prospects in those scenarios that we never truly know how a place will look once a tenant moves out until the tenant moves out.

A vast majority of folks are trusting (some more trusting than they should be, quite frankly) and understand things as I described.  Others, though, aren't trusting at all- and push to view a property for a second time after a current tenant's vacated.  That throws things out of whack, of course- in that we need to have leases in order as quickly as possible and get places off the market as quickly as we can.

Things typically work out in the end, though- even in the trickier of cases.  Thanks to a bit of diligence and a cleaning service I've used for 6 years or so without a tenant complaint, new tenants move in without any problems.

Jul 27, 2014 05:49 AM #8
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Dennis:  When appraising, I'd see similar situations.  Homes taken care of and in pristeen condition, even though lower-priced homes.  Homes in higher-priced areas, that resembled pig-stys.  You're right about how each represents the mindset and approach of each owner/resident.  It speaks volumes ...

Gene

Jul 27, 2014 08:06 AM #9
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Rhonda Lindenbaum
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Wow what a way to capture one's attention and  start your blog if I were at a concert right now ( after all it am in Vegas) I'd stand up and cheer this is great the pictures told the whole story of contrast when you wrote about the cpriteen condition in the other house. Compare and contrast. Great blog. 

Aug 09, 2014 03:47 PM #10
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Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Gene:  Thank you for stopping by, and for your comment.  I'm just wondering how we'll think of the foreclosure crisis/burst of the housing bubble/end of some folks who were never qualified to buy a home yet got one anyway times we've passed through.  Luckily or unluckily, it won't be a case where our kids will be blindsided by it or anything- for through the losses of their homes and the accompanying ridicule from others, they've experienced the pains along with us!

My apologies for the delayed response here as well- had a bit of a contest keeping me busy for a while, you know!

Aug 10, 2014 09:32 AM #11
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Dennis Burgess
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Hi, Rhonda:  Thank you kindly for dropping by, and for your comment and generous words.  Indeed, the spell we went through brought folks' true colors to the top.  The foreclosure debacle didn't create great folks with integrity who did things the right way when adversity hit 'em- they were the same great folks all along.

Likewise, it didn't create any dirtbags- they were dirtbags long before trouble came their way, and there's a decent chance they remain dirtbags to this day.

The burst of the bubble sure shined a big light in everyone- and exposed everything as well!

Aug 10, 2014 09:39 AM #12
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