I am sure we all have a few strange stories in Real Estate to tell. How could we not? Some are good stories, some are not so good and others are just strange.
That is exactly this story.
Once upon a time, my husband and I were contacted by a gentleman that was checking himself into a nursing home and was ready to list his house for sale. We were very happy to help him sell his home for as much money as we possibly could. The little house was located off the main drag of Trinity, Texas and could possibly be used as a commercial property which added value to his old building. Even so, the house was old and modest. It couldn't command much money in the grand scheme of things.
He met with us to sign the paperwork and all that was left was for us to determine the price by visiting the property. While putting the listing paperwork together we listed what would stay in home. It was most everything since he would have no use for it in the Nursing Home. The refrigerator would stay, the A/C units of course, the blinds, his drapes, the little microwave, free standing shelves in the bath and so forth.
We then scheduled a time to go take photos and determine the final value. He explained that he had a great many personal things still there and was going to have to remove them all and have the home cleaned by his cleaning lady.
Perfect! Professionally cleaned and ready to show!
So, we then visited the house. Talk about shocked! The house was completely empty! No NOTHING! Not even a light fixture...no refrigerator, no blinds, nothing...just empty holes where the A/C's were...NOTHING!
We called him right away!
Our sweet and loving Gentleman explained the story. He had quite a few of his personal items in boxes and others scattered throughout the house. When his maid / housekeeper came to clean he told her, "take anything you want or that you think you can use" and paid her for the cleaning.
Well needless to say she did. Yep, she did. She took EVERYTHING.
Even the ceiling fans!
So, watch what you say in Real Estate. Of course this made us nearly frantic but he just shrugged and said, "well, I told her she could!"
And, the house was sold "as-is"....
The end and totally true.
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