How The Grinch Stole The Kitchen...

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Real Estate Agent with I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group

Hi All,

Every buyer in Rancho, the tall and the small just wanted to get the best house deal of all.  The market was hot, there was no end in sight, so they borrowed the money (who cares if its right).  They spent every penny with nary a thought, but when the bottom dropped out a lot were just caught.

Their ARM's were adjusting (but their legs stayed the same) and it wouldn't be long 'til they were out of the game. 

The bills just kept coming, soon they got well behind, then the sheriff came looking the owner to find.  Foreclosure was looming and these folks were pissed, so what's the big deal if some payments were missed? 

Those banks were just evil, for stealing these homes.  All these poor folks were forced into all of these loans.  So here's what they'd do, to get back at those poops, they'd take every thing right down to the stoops. 

They'd strip out the fixtures, punch holes in the walls, break windows and take the cabinets et al.  They'd leave not a stick, not a switch or a light, these folks weren't going down without a fight.  Who cares if its not the poor house's fault or if what they've done was like an assault.  

And what of the agent's when the time comes to sell, these poor crippled homes what stories they tell.  Not a word will they say of the homes poor condition, no pictures, no phrases to arouse suspicion?  Just listings so barren they're practically blank, and once again they will all lay the blame on the bank.  

Its their fault they say I just do as I'm told, (but I've got to tell you that story gets old).  What about truth, and not gilding the lily.  These partly filled pages are nothing but silly.  They waste lots of time, and make people mad, and I for one think that is just sad. 

If a house has been damaged and things have gone missin' don't lie by not sharing its present condition.  Yes I know it sucks to have bad things to share, but all I am asking is for folks to play fair.  Please don't waste my time or my gas or good will, by making me have to go visit this swill. 

Pictures are worth more than words so they say.  So here for your viewing is what I found today.

I think it might be time to stop all my bitchin', and show you all "How The Grinch Stole The Kitchen..."

Take care all, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!

Tisza

 

 

Comments (17)

Tony Sena
Shelter Realty, Inc - Henderson, NV
Broker/Property Manager

We are facing the same situation in Las Vegas.  Homeowner's that are losing their home or stripping it bare and causing significant damage!  It's such a shame!

Aug 19, 2008 05:04 PM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

You're right. I thought I had seen kitchens that were robbed. This is a new low...taking the cabinets in addition to all the built-in appliances.

Aug 19, 2008 05:07 PM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi Tony,

I agree it is a shame and I wish I knew a way to keep this from happening.  I think all it does is further muddy already filthy waters.  Thanks for stopping by.

Take care,

Tisza

Aug 19, 2008 05:08 PM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi Vickie,

I was impressed by the fact that they actually found a way take the backsplash!  But then what do you expect, they even took the globe from the light fixture and the cover from the doorbell - amazing.

Take care,

Tisza

Aug 19, 2008 05:10 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

I seen some with swimming pool equipment missing, a/c units missings and much more.  It's a shame.  But I've also seen foreclosures that are beautiful.  Depends on the previous owner.

Aug 19, 2008 05:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have asympathy for many homeowners who got into certain troublesome mortgages, and who weren't sophisticated enough to understand the ramnifications.  I can understand folks losing their homes because of it.

But, I draw a line in the sand when they destroy their homes in anger, escallating the problem for everyone involved with the property - including the loss in value of their neighboring properties.

Notice of this kind of destruction should be noted on credit reports, in addition to their being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Folks like that, should NEVER be able to buy another home - period!

Aug 19, 2008 05:29 PM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi All,

Mary - I have seen AC removed, lots of fixtures like showerheads (no biggee) and faucets, and a few built-in appliances but this was a new one for me.  I had heard about it but not seen it with my very own peepers.

Myrl - I agree with you on all counts and think it is only a matter of time before these things happen.

Take care all, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!

Tisza

Aug 19, 2008 05:37 PM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Tisza, I loved your poem! but that video was just depressing!  I have not seen one anywhere near that condition.....and I hope I don't!

Have a great day!

Ann Allen Birmingham Realtor

Aug 20, 2008 02:42 AM
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Tisza - I have investors who would drool over properties that are in this condition or worse.  Ironically, the banks would get more action on these homes it the LA would be honest.  "Needs TLC" is not an accurate description. 

Aug 20, 2008 02:51 AM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi All,

Ann - I agree this was a depressing and distressing sight to behold and it was even worse to see in person.  Glad you enjoyed the poem.

Erik - I concur, of course I feel that everyone would benefit in all areas of this industry of agents would be accurate in their descriptions and would use pictures to let buyers judge for themselves whether they were interested in going further on a property or not.  By leaving out pertinent information (like needs kitchen including cabinets and plumbing) they may get folks through the door but won't get at all important sale nearly as quickly.  Personally, I work very hard to ensure that when I advertise a property, though I may show it in its best light, I am accurate as possible.  I also tell my clients that there is a great difference between traffic and buyers.  All the traffic in the world won't get you a buyer if its not coming for the right reason.  And, you wind up irking a whole bunch of people.

Thanks for stopping by.  Take care, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!

Tisza

Aug 20, 2008 05:16 AM
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley

I've heard but not seen that type of thing too. Someone once said they'd seen toilets where someone had flushed wet or dry concrete into it to screw up the plumming! 

I'm guessing you did this cool video with your NEW FLIP CAMERA that you WON AT INMAN??? (Tisza has a habit of winning things at Connect... She is her own Lucky Dice :)  I ordered one and it shouldda been here yesterday!

Aug 20, 2008 06:02 AM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi Mary,

Why, yes I did use my wonderful new Flip Camera (courtesy of Zipvo).  It travels with me everywhere :-)  I hadn't seen this level of devastation up close and personal myself either (and truly hope I don't see it often).  I have also heard about cement, etc. poured down pipes and other types of destruction wrought by angry former owners.  It really just points up how critical a very thorough home inspection is - especially if you are considering a bank owned home. 

Glad to hear you are getting your own Flip, I am sure you will love it!

Take care,

Tisza

Aug 20, 2008 06:29 AM
Sheila Santini
Waterfront and Boaters paradise Realtor! - Tarpon Springs, FL
GRI

I've seen them pull the wiring and the Electrical box to resell the copper! And you are right eventually the banks will figure out away to attach the bill for repair to their credit report too!

Aug 20, 2008 06:50 AM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi Shelia,

I am sure it is only a matter of very short time before they do.

Thanks for stopping by.

Take care, help lots of people and have a wonderful day!

Tisza

Aug 20, 2008 07:02 AM
Debbie Small
Long & Foster Realtors - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR

Tisza - Unfortunately, this is happening all to often in my area. I haven't seen a kitchen this torn up yet but people are leaving piles of trash behind. Thanks for your inspired writing, love reading your posts. 

Aug 21, 2008 02:34 AM
Tisza Major-Posner
I.V.P.G. - Inland Valley Professional Group - Claremont, CA
DRE#01784679

Hi Debbie,

I am sorry to hear that this is not an isolated incident.  I have seen heaps of trash as well (and the not so occasional stain of questionable, but undeniably organic origin).

I am glad you enjoy what I have to contribute.

Have a terrific day!

Tisza

Aug 21, 2008 07:02 AM
Anonymous
Anonymous
I was in the process of buying a short sale that was missing the cabinet doors. Towards the end the seller's realtor emailed me asking if i wanted to negotiate to buy the cabinet doors back. The agent had already screwed up so many times i was able to back out but i could not believe he had the balls to ask.
Nov 24, 2008 02:57 AM
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