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Short Sale Freeloader

As a Space Coast Realtor, I have seen a lot of crazy things happen in this market but this is kind of funny and sad at the same time. I arrived at a home in Port St John that I was going to show to find my clients talking with the neighbor and a police officer. The officer was trying to arrest the son of the seller (his Mom) who allegedly was stealing power with an extension cord from another neighbor while occupying the house rent free. This “short sale” home has been on the market for eleven months and the owner now rents a home down the street. She told me the bank can do what they want with the house and wished they would just foreclose and get it over with.

 

Just before I arrived the son had locked the deadbolt and ran out the back when he saw the police cruiser. I couldn’t get in to show the house because the lock box did not contain a key for the deadbolt. Eventually another two cars showed up and six officers were chasing him around in circles. The neighbor said, “They won’t catch him, you know.” “Why’s that?” I asked. “Because he knows where to hide”, was the reply. Just then he appeared on the road and quickly disappeared around the corner. The cops arrived on the road from out back and around and around they went. I don’t think they caught him, at least on that day anyway. When we finally got in to show the home, every light fixture and ceiling fan was missing and we think he was working on the plumbing and wiring. The place was a mess. There were dirty dishes in the sink, a mattress and clothes on the floor, an old TV and various piles of things. This was a fairly nice home at one time but was quickly becoming a shell just like the hundreds of others abandoned by their once proud owners. Let’s hope we get back on the right track soon.

 

Comment balloon 3 commentsJohn Mayer • January 18 2009 09:59AM
Short Sale Freeloader
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As a Space Coast Realtor, I have seen a lot of crazy things happen in this market but this is kind of funny and sad at the same time. I arrived at a home in Port St John that I was going to show to find my clients talking with the neighbor and a… more