Grass high sellers and sky high grass do not sell homes...

Real Estate Agent with Group one real estate 0530916


I was out showing homes yesterday with a client, we pulled up to the first home we had an appointment to show and get out of the car....

  The grass was literally shoulder high;  This was more than one month of growth but,  if that wasn't bad enough apparently the owners of the home were  more than likely higher than the grass in the front yard. 


 We walk up to the front door and the smell of freshly smoked pot hit us almost as hard as the blaring AC/DC song screaming from the front window which turned out to be the master bedroom. 

rockers trying to sale sale a home

The home was in total chaos.  It was sad b/c it look as if two small children lived in the home (by the looks of mattresses thrown on the floor in the princess pink and cowboy blue small bedrooms)  The bathroom was disgusting (as if we could smell anything over the marijuana) there were tons of dirty clothes and the tub was black with mildew.  We did not even make an attempt to stay long enough to see the kitchen before running for the exit.              


I have never been one to tell other people how to live their lives but I will give a few pointers in this particular situation I will make an exception...

Home seller's...

Please do not smoke pot and then schedule an appointment to have your home shown thinking that floral air spray will cover up that smell.

Try to keep the grass cut at least once a month!

If you are not going to make an attempt to stage,  do any kind of cosmetic repairs then at least have the bathrooms clean and throw the dirty cloths under the bed or in a closet.

I am not sure what their Realtor thinks of this situation or even if they are aware of it.  I was thinking of calling her but couldn't decide it was really my business or not.  I would certainly like to know if I had a listing like this.  I feel ashamed for her b/c the first thing my client said was "it seems like their Realtor would have given them better advice than to leave the home like this".    I'm sure she probably just isn't aware of the situation.  I don't know about the rest of you but I  would absolutly reject a listing like that.


Comments (10)

Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hey, Tiffany. At least you didn't get lost, either in the grass or in the clouds. (Born and raised in Kingsville!)

Aug 29, 2008 05:39 PM
Tiffany Burke
Group one real estate - Corpus Christi, TX

Yeah Russel ...I guess that's one thing I can be thankful of.  I wonder how long this home will be sitting around on the market? LOL

Aug 30, 2008 06:35 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

I always call with feedback...especially if the home is in this kind of shape. We showed one of our own listings one time and had to call the seller to let them know that the son couldn't smoke pot in his room before a showing...and by the way please hide the bong as well! At least ours was clean though.

Aug 30, 2008 07:39 AM
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Funny, I was just writing about curb appeal and grass (in this case lack of) when I happened to see your post :)

Aug 30, 2008 11:41 AM
Tiffany Burke
Group one real estate - Corpus Christi, TX

LOL....It shouldn't but it still amazing to me the "seemingly" common sense issues we have to go over with some clients!   Do you all sometimes feel like babysitters.

Aug 31, 2008 11:08 AM
Deborah Fisher
Fisher & Company, P.A., Marketing & Creative Strategists - Fort Worth, TX

Tiffany, if I were the listing agent, I would want to be notified of the situation for two reasons.  One, as the listing agent I would to advise the seller what was observed if these were in fact tenants in the home, and two, if this was the seller in occupancy and one of our house listings, it's unlikely that I would continue to market their home if the sellers are unwilling to  do their part.  I am not going to spend time and money marketing a property that has no chance of selling.

Aug 31, 2008 05:35 PM
David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN

Maybe the vice squad or the DEA should have given the buyer's the tour, Tiffany. Sounds like you could have "floated" through the showing.

Aug 31, 2008 05:39 PM
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells


What a nightmare. As Realtors we get to see it all.

                                              How sad for these children.

Aug 31, 2008 06:24 PM
Scott Otsuka
Infinity Financial Mortgage - Roseville, CA

You sure this wasn't squaters in an REO?

Sep 02, 2008 06:49 AM
Jeremy De La Garza
Corpus Christi Realty Group - Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi, TX

Funny, I've busted people smoking pot in their backyard when they forgot about our appointment to show the house. Actually the soon to be ex wife never told the husband. Nice house and people going thru a tough time, house looked great. I gave the agent feedback and he suggested I should've hung out and smoked with the guy, great advice buddy. It didn't detour my clients from considering the house. CPS probaly would have been a better call than to the other realtor for feedback! My 2 cents

Apr 19, 2012 12:49 AM

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