I've been a REALTOR® for 23 years and 5 months at the time I'm writing this. I've been on Active Rain for 14 of those years.
I have encountered squatters, naked men walking out the showers when the house was supposed to be vacant, naked women walking out the showers when the house was supposed to be vacant, cats trapped in closets, ghosts-yes ghosts, murder-scene houses, meth lab condos that got me instantly sick upon entry, divorce houses with crazy circumstances and distressed houses with everything from the cabinets and fixtures to the floors and windows stolen!
Below gets a little dark, I'm cautioning you.
Sadly I even had an agent I was in escrow with ghost me in the middle of escrow... or so I thought. Turned out the day her divorce was finalized that week, her ex-husband showed up and murdered her. Crazy, crazy stories I've accumulated, some dark & sad, some scary others hilarious and memorable for very positive reasons.
I've unknowingly shown a few famous owner's houses on tour: The Eagles and James Gang Guitarist: Joe Walsh's house in (La Costa/Carlsbad), Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack house in (La Costa/Carlsbad), Brian Buffini's House in (Escondido) and not once but twice (two different Buffini owned homes), to name a few.
Formerly Brian Buffini's House
I'll share this creepy story:
in 2006 I was showing property to first time buyers in a neighborhood not far from Miramar Base called Mira Mesa.
I was showing a house that we noticed as we walked in had brand new white carpet in the massive living room and shabby white aged carpet in the adjacent dining room and hallway to the bedrooms. My client asked me "why would they replace this carpet but not the rest?"
I immediately had a hunch, one that was dark and not going to sell this house if I was correct in my lightbulb moment. Oh No!
Cell phones were not really smart phones yet but we could pull up Google and as a hunch started to gut me, I search-engined the address we were touring and there it was: ARTICLE
Needless to say my clients freaked out and we scurried to the door, locked up and stood out front-skin crawling; all three of us felt like we needed a hot shower and a church stat.
Needless to say we encounter a lot, we need to be aware of our surroundings and who we are with which is why I vet out my clients and on tour of homes, whenever I open a door to a house, I shout "REAL ESTATE"!
1. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio: https://www.pexels.com
2. TJN with permission from listing agent.
3. Photo by ramy Kabalan: https://www.pexels.com