December Challenge-You Never Know What's Behind A Closed Door

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes

My story happened several years seems like all my crazy stories happened when I was a newer agent.  Now most of the unusual issues that pop up are related to inspections, or multiple offer situations, or other incidents that I won't mention here!


Anyway, I was working with a couple who had a pretty low price point, in an area I wasn't that familiar with.  Being a hungry new agent, I was willing to drive just about anywhere for a sale!  And that's how you get to know an area--by showing homes for sale.  We pulled up to the house and noticed several beer cans tossed about in the yard.  I then remembered the interior photos of this home on MLS were pretty poor--but I see bad photos on much  higher priced homes as well.  Upon opening the door, someone from the inside started yelling incoherantly.  I told my buyers to step back, and announced myself.  Someone came to the door, in her pajamas (it was late afternoon) and said we could 'come on in, I didn't expect anyone'.  Walking through, there was a kid about ten years old making pancakes in the kitchen.  The entire home had an odd odor. Dogs were barking loudly in the backyard. As we passed one bedroom, two people were propped up on the bed watching a huge big screen TV, with PJs on under the covers, the blankets covered in old food boxes--like they hadn't left the room in days..  We approached the second bedroom, with the door ajar and a strange light coming from inside.  Pushing the door open all the way, we found several tables of marijuana plants under grow lights--and that unmistakable pot smell.  Just then the woman rushed up and said "You can't go in there!".  Well it was too late. We saw what was going on.   We quickly exited the house and moved on.

Now this story may not seem unusual to those readers where pot can be legally grown for personal use on the homeowner's property.  But that wasn't the case in Missouri.  I just could not believe this house was listed in MLS.  It must have been a rental property, but there was no indication from the agent that it was.  Besides the pot growing, it was just such a sad scene inside.  After we got back to our cars, we moved on to the next home and then called it a day.  We all felt very uneasy about what we had just seen.


I did mention what we saw to the listing agent about the plants, but that was it.  I don't know what ever happened with the house.  And regarding that particular area of the metro, which is noted for suspicious drug activity--I haven't been back there since.  Not my area of expertise! 






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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Mary,
You have me wondering what the ethical obligation is in reporting illegal activity if we see it.  I'm guessing that WAS a rental. Selling it was probably the owner's way of getting rid of the horrible tenants.  I wonder what happened to them too.

Dec 09, 2019 12:23 PM #1
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

That is bad all the way around.  And I totally agree with you - all of my crazy stories happened when I was a new agent!  

Dec 09, 2019 12:36 PM #2
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

I get this one Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR . That happened to me a few years or so back with an investor. Holy smokes it was beyond not good in that house and yard. As you said......NEXT....get out of there fast.

Dec 09, 2019 02:32 PM #3
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have had similar situations ... best thing is to move on out quickly.  NEXT!

Dec 09, 2019 05:13 PM #4
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Mary, I would have exited very fast! Definitely would not go back to that area.

Dec 09, 2019 08:06 PM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mary - you're right about some of those early day real estate experiences, they can provide some training never taught in a classroom environment.  Ah, the memories...

Dec 10, 2019 05:46 AM #6
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I appears that the homes in that local were within the low price point of those buyers for a reason. Sad!

It was an educational experience, though...right?

Dec 22, 2019 10:32 AM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Mary, Your experience does make for a good story.  Creepy at the time I am sure - but see how much wiser you are for the experience.

Dec 22, 2019 08:25 PM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Oh, Mary!

And I thought I ran into some strange occurences behind closed doors! This is ridiculous!

Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2020 09:17 AM #9
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