Foreclosure waste

Here's something you don't hear about everyday.... My brother and his family recently moved here from California. My parents are letting them stay at their house while my brother looks for a job and buys a house.
So my sister-in-law and my mother went "house searching" and found a nice home to look at. So, like most home buyers, they made an appointment to view the home. Apparently, no agents had been in the home to know what was waiting inside.
So my mother and sister-in-law go in the home and don't get too far into it. The carpet, doors, fans, walls, and just about EVERYTHING was covered in human waste.. aka: poop /number 2.
The previous residents had the home taken from them for failure to follow up with payments, apparently, and out of anger, wiped all the waste they could squeeze out anywhere they could reach.
My mother and sister-in-law have been scarred for life, or shall I say, disgusted for life.
I can only imagine what my 3-year-old nephew would have said if he had made it through the front door behind them....
"Look mommy! I'm not the only one who can't make it to the potty in time!"

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Submitted by mysteryman on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 12:31am.

The banks do not care, and turn these homes over to R.E.O specialist to clear to the first cash buyer that comes along, most of these people are house flippers and and slumlords who do minimal repairs and rent out to who ever has the cash. They could care less about the communities in general, and your relatives are lucky to find what they did for it could have been much worse. Why banks will not work with the homeowners in place is appaling, and is a ture indicator if the reforms needed in banking law that lets the banks write off these properties with no regard to the people living there..

Submitted by A1226 on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 10:42am.

I'm not trying to say the people are awful people..
I'm just sharing quite a gross story.
And it is sad that the homes are just being taken away from people who can't help how the economy has become worse. Personally, I wouldn't lease to own if something like this could happen. I hope to always avoid getting in over my head. But these days, it seems all companies try to trap people into what seem like easy agreements/contracts and then.... BAM!!!!!! Something has turned around and we get stuck....

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Submitted by Main Stream on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 11:12am.

I agree, A1226, that many foreclosed homes can be damaged and vandalized, so be careful.

I took an investor client into a foreclosure last year, that she was interested in purchasing, and the owner had spray painted threats throughout the house stating that whoever purchased the home would "be sorry." The previous owners even stated in the threats that they would come back and harm whomever bought the house.

This has really become a sad situation for everyone!

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Submitted by dawn69 on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 2:47pm.

When we bought our house 9 years ago, it had been empty for close to a year and was a HUD home. There were holes in the walls all over the house. While repairing the holes we realized that all the holes were near the duct work. We looked into one of the holes with a flashlight and pulled out thousands of little baggies...the kind used to distribute drugs. There were no drugs to be found, but we spent many a restless night wondering if someone was going to show up looking to score a 'bump'.

When we first bought the house, I had a heavy sense of guilt that we had taken someone's home - although we had done nothing to cause them to lose their house. I felt sorry for them ... then we found the baggies and I had to wonder about WHY they had lost their home.

That's just our story and I know that the current housing crisis is a very different beast than what was going on 10 years ago. I agree with Main, this is a very sad situation - one that any of us could end up in - we are most of us, a paycheck away from the poor house.

That being said, I would never spray paint or smear excrement all over my house. I have pride.

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