A NUTTY REAL ESTATE STORY
I was the listing agent for the sale of a most unusual detached home located in a normally safe and quiet older neighborhood that featured mature trees and tree dwellers.
The house had proved impossible for two previous agents to sell because of its very unusual floor plan. The house was originally a one level rambler, but the owners had added a complete second story built with a separate entrance for a family member, in essence turning the house into two units. There were 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms, bedrooms and baths. It was like a house on a house. However, because of zoning restrictions the house was not technically a multi-unit property and could not be listed as such.
When a former listing agent wished me “good luck” I had no idea just how difficult it would be to eventually sell the house. Being an eternal optimist, I thought perhaps the third time (as listing agent) would be the charm.
I anticipated the main challenge would be to have the right buyer come along for this type home, but as it turned out there would be another most unexpected complication: a home invasion which resulted in $3,000 damage inside caused by the perpetrator.
It wasn’t long before I received a frantic call from another agent who was attempting to show the house and discovered the crime scene evidence.
Apparently, the back door had been left ajar during another agent’s prior showing just long enough to allow the intruder to sneak inside. When the doors were locked the culprit was trapped and became desperate. Wood shavings piled on several windowsills from diligent scratching and gnawing all around the panes helped to crack the case. Most notably, the large bay window by the front door sustained so much damage that it proved irreparable, and it had to be replaced. The prime suspect, a foraging squirrel, returned to its natural habitat when the door was reopened to facilitate its escape.
Despite these complications, I am pleased to report that soon after the seller had the damage repaired, the right buyer came along, so the third time proved to be the charm after all.
Barbara Michaluk is a top-producing Authorized Agent for Leisure World of Maryland, and ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs.