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November 1, 2019 15 min

Jon, Tony, and special guest Marc Edelstein discuss some of the spooky, creepy, and scary real life real estate stories they've experienced or heard about.

Yeah. So we were just sitting around chatting, with Halloween around the corner, and in the business that we're in, we come across houses that have interesting histories. These guys sometimes see it on the lending side, I certainly see it in walking through homes, and so we all kind of had interesting stories about things that we've come across, and thought we'd share a few of them with you today.

Perfect timing. Perfect timing. So let's just start.

So, Marc, yeah, you were talking about something that you had come across ...

Yeah, I had a client of mine who purchased a home. It was owned by HUD, and it was the scene of a murder, and she was the first buyer after this had happened. So the appraisal comes in, and of course you want to take a pretty good look at that appraisal, right, because you know what happened there, and you just see drywall missing for the first four feet up in certain rooms, where something clearly happened in that room, where that was needed for evidence.

But I thought, for sure, this woman was going to back out of this deal once she found out that this had happened there, but she just ... she couldn't get over what a great deal she was getting on the house, that she put it behind her, and was like, "I'm still buying this house. I don't really care what happened."

Wow. The whole half the drywall missing didn't dissuade her or anything?


No. Wow.


Crazy. And then did she find out? I mean, was it discovered or revealed?

It was discovered early on. She had plenty of opportunity to decide to back out, but it was too good of a deal to pass up, I guess.

Wow. Hope she's doing well in the crime scene.

I know she is.

Yeah? Wow. Wow.

That's ... and she went ahead with it anyways. Well, so I, several years ago, had a buyer who was interested in a condo, and it was disclosed that the owner had died by suicide, but it was never clear what had happened, how he took his life. It was never clear.

This condo had been on the market for must've been six or nine months. It was being sold through probate because he had no will, and so they determined that a family member was going to oversee and receive some of the proceeds. So in steps my buyer and decides that they are interested in it because it's an incredible deal. It's like $90,000 under anything else in there.

Now, mind you, all the people had done in that place where he had taken his life was replaced the carpet, that's it. So on the wall you could still see the outline of some bodily fluids that had-

Oh, man.

... discolored that wall. So anyways-

They were going to paint anyway, right?

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