My Most Unusual and Eye-Opening Consultation

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My Most Unusual and Eye-Opening Consultation

 

This one has stayed in my memory for years. An agent called me to consult on a home she was going to list. She suggested that I come with her so we both roadcould view it. The seller’s fiance would be meeting us there. 

 

We turned on a road that was long and winding. There was a small cottage on the road but nothing else. I asked the agent what road we were on and she said...This is their driveway!

 

I looked up and there was a sprawling ranch house with a lake behind it.  WOW!

 

When I walked in I thought this agent has her work cut out for her. Every cabinet and countertop in the kitchen was mauve laminate.  

 

We walked through the rooms until we came upon the leg of a mannequin with fishnet hose on it outside a door. The leg was bent and was wearing a mannequinmauve high heel. 

 

The agent and I gave each other a quick what the heck is this look and opened the door. Inside was the master bedroom done in...you guessed it mauve. 

 

Above the huge bed was a mirror. We walked into Master Bath which was also mauve and there were mirrors everywhere...on the ceiling and walls. 

 

The next room had a very large jacuzzi with stadium seating around it. I’m still not sure what that was about but my head was swirling...how do you stage this home to sell?

 

The property was close in and on a shared lake which was a huge plus. It was hard to “judge” the rest of the house because we were both distracted by all ofpink kitchen the mauves. 

 

We met the fiance who was a lovely young woman and answered a question running in my head...who has this kind of home???

 

It turns out the seller owned several gentlemen’s club in the city and his fiance was a star performer. 

 

As we were leaving, she asked if in the sales contract the buyers would agree to allow the current tenant to remain there until her passing. 

 

What???

It turns out that the tenant was a num who was the seller’s teacher many years ago in the northeast. When she retired, he promised to take care of her and provide a home for her. 

What happened to the house?

 

As it turned out, the seller and his fiance decided to postpone selling their home so thankfully we did not have to address all that mauve!



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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I actually had a listing like that back in the 1980s, and the circumstances had similarities too.  I labeled the decor, "Early Bordello Chic."  We didn't have a nun as a tenant though!

Dec 03, 2019 01:17 PM #22
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Wow, interesting blog for sure and lots that I have never heard of before.  Keep the stories coming.

 

Dec 03, 2019 01:32 PM #23
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Kathy Streib
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Sharon Lee you've got that right!!!

Donald Urschalitz I can't believe that!!!! You always have good ones. 

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR this property had a wonderful view of the lake but you'd have to get past the mauve!!!

Dec 03, 2019 05:46 PM #24
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Michael Jacobs propriety and the fact that I have all sorts of responses that truly wouldn't be appropriate prevent me from giving you the kind of response you'd love. heh heh!!!

Grant Schneider what about you...would you buy a property that had a num living on it???

Dec 03, 2019 05:54 PM #25
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Hi Roy Kelley I hope that you and Chef Dolores do as well. 

Brian England It would definitely take someone with vision. 

Kat Palmiotti it's hard to belive, isn't it.  

Dec 03, 2019 06:00 PM #26
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Come on...I bet you've had dozens of stories like this. You outdid yourself with your Sixty-nine shades of mauve.

Ron and Alexandra Seigel And you can't tell me that you haven't had stories like this one living in CA. 

 

Dec 03, 2019 06:05 PM #27
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland your mind is on fire!!

Barbara Todaro I'm not Catholic but I don't think that nuns wear fishnet stockings under their habits. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® it's a twist on multi-gen living!!

Dec 03, 2019 06:07 PM #28
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Lyn Sims I'm not sure they would have been willing to get rid of all of the mauve and mirrors. 

Lottie Kendall I am so glad that I made you chuckle. 

Hmmmmm Carol Williams poetic license?  Truth is stranger than fiction?  Or I had too much MSG in my Chinese food last night???

 

Dec 03, 2019 06:11 PM #29
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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- Glas you liked it. Real or fake? Hmmmm

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 it goes hand in hand with one client who knocked out the wall between the master bath and master bedroom to fit a big jacuzzi and this was in a high-rise!

Dec 03, 2019 06:13 PM #30
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Kathy Streib I had more but did not want to hijack your post. Oh my can you imagine how some of our former members would have responded? 

Dec 03, 2019 06:13 PM #31
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Myrl Jeffcoat Well I guess everyone has to live somewhere...right!

Will Hamm I should have written them all down. 

Dec 03, 2019 06:15 PM #32
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I miss that, don't you?!!!

Dec 03, 2019 06:15 PM #33
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Kathy Streib It was a different platform way back then. And yes, I do miss some of the fun and spontaneity. 

Dec 03, 2019 07:12 PM #34
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Kathy Streib  - I have to guess fake. But it is so strnge that it just might be true!!!

Dec 03, 2019 07:44 PM #35
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Morning Kathy.

I wonder what happened to that place, any ideas?  Make it a great day

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OMG  Kathy Streib you just can't make this stuff up!  Best part was the nun tenant....love it!

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Hi Kathy Streib ,

I loved that Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland drew up some advertising for this secluded, lake front property. Knowing her this was bound to sell and probably for top dollar!

Dec 04, 2019 12:49 PM #38
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR Can you hear me smiling? Sorry I missed your call.

Dec 04, 2019 03:39 PM #39
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Oh I remember that Mauve. One of our friends had bought a new home and she invited us to the house warming...Mauve everywhere!

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Bizarre is the word that comes to mind

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