Well, this past weekend we were back at it again. We went to about 12 houses all around our area and wore ourselves out for an over 6 hour House Hunting trip, in a car without air conditioning to cool ourselves in. As usual this was the preliminary look see… we drove to the house (hubby and myself) unless the house looked horrible or they still had people living there, we got out and looked around. We peered in windows, teetered as we walked gingerly on a porch that was not only falling apart but the steps were a hazzard. We looked at one or two homes that had some trim fall off since the picture was taken with a camera not exposing what the naked eye saw as rotting siding and trim etc.
Yes our price range is very low, we don’t mind, we like to make a house into our own home. 🙂 And more then likely anything we see will need a lot of work, we not only accept that but love the idea… as long as it’s not having serious issues such as foundation, roof etc. It’s a shame but the good ones are out there, but the sellers Agents are slow to post the places as under contract… heck they take line ups of bids, demanding the earnest money straight up from the people in line for the place and one even “forgot” to post that a place had been under contract for 2 Weeks and let us tour a house that was under contract for someone else by giving our Agent the combination for the lock box. Wow!!! Aren’t there any laws and if there are, don’t any of the Sellers Agents pay attention to them???
Well, hubby and I have run into the cream of the crop of sellers agents as you can tell in the past 3 months of house hunting… we’ve seen about 10 or more sellers Agents that seem to be forgetful and/or running a possible scam collecting peoples Cashiers Checks for earnest money “so that we can be number whatever in the line”. I am getting disheartened here we even were told that for one guy (I call him “Motorcycle Agent” cause he had to have his picture taken on his motorcycle in his flyer posted on the outside of a house in Longmont) actually called our Agent when we put in a bid on a house and say “are you serious” and sounded like he was going to NOT tell the seller of the bid we put out “because it was a joke”. Mind you this house was an old house that had some serious issues (if you ask me) with a do it yourselfer messing with turning a fireplace into a firehazzard by making it into an gas fireplace, with pipes going in and then coming out into an old space heater…. a kitchen that had the stove moved over to in front of a radiator for heat and a dishwasher half under the counter-top, so the area next to it was just counter-top and no cupboard below. What a mess, but charming “bones” on that house, it just needed work.
Ok, I got off on a tangent about the first place we bid on… that seems so long ago now. *shrug* But anyway my point being that there are sellers left and right that are doing things that are or should be illegal… we were told about Motorcycle Agents possibly not telling the seller of the bid by our Agent and the fact that this is illegal practice if it could be proven… and guess what the last time we looked the house is still on the market! Good luck to the poor little old lady that owns it and lost her husband a while back, I hope the Agent she has, has been up front with her.
I don’t like what i am seeing out there for sellers Agents… they seem to be running scams on at least these lower end houses and the prospective buyers.
Well, we may have found a house… once again! We are #4 in line here for this one… yup we know it and still went for it. This time at least they didn’t ask for the “earnest money” straight up to get us in line, just a copy of a personal check to show earnest money for now, until our number comes up (sort to say, lol). *whew*
Well… I people to see and shopping to do, so I must go.
Have a wonderful day! And to anyone who foolishly stumbles upon this rambling mess, I apologize. lol