Out of an Estate

After being side-tracked with an extra project of research last week, I’ve found myself playing catch-up with my regular office duties to where perhaps after tomorrow, I’ll have everything back to the way it’s supposed to be, but about a week later than normal.  I’ve already got my early morning documents laid out for another narrative letter I have to get in the mail to a seller who’s living out of State.

Thank goodness I got my late morning showings finished before the rain started.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get into the last one until 2:30 which had me out in a cold shower. I tried not to be in it any more than I had to because my wool coat was starting to get moist, and if there’s one smell I really don’t like, it’s wet wool.

I’m hoping it’s not going to be raining all day tomorrow because I have homes to show later in the afternoon, but from what I’ve been hearing, it’s not going to let up until late.  The newscasters have been putting out flood warnings for the low-lying areas, and I won’t be surprised if we do have some problems because of the streams of water I’ve already seen running down the streets as I was driving home.

While I was checking on available homes in a given price range, I found all the fewer ones still without contracts on them.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’re going to be in a world of hurt if there aren’t more medium-priced listings coming on the market in our City.   When walking thru several of those homes in that price range today, I wasn’t surprised they were still on the market because they were grossly over-priced.  In fact one of them only had a path shoveled to the back door which was a bit of a turn-off for all of us.

While visiting with the buyers regarding sale-to-closing timelines, I mention how much closer we are to Summer than we think because in just a little over three months it’ll be official.  I’m continuing to hope it’s not going to be a repeat of last year where we had over 20 inches of snow that first week in May.

Somehow the buyers and I got on the subject of ghosts, spirits, and haunted houses while out showing.  One of them mentioned an incident that happened while her father was working in the basement of an estate house she purchased a number of years ago.

She said there was some furniture left in the house, and one of them was a rocking chair out on the enclosed front porch.  While working down there, her father kept hearing a squeaking noise upstairs that sounded like it was coming from the front of the house.  Since he was alone, he thought maybe someone was upstairs so he walked up to investigate, and when standing in the living room and looking out onto the porch, there was that old rocker moving in a fashion as though there was some invisible person leisurely rocking.  As he drew closer it suddenly stopped, and from what I was told today, he never stepped foot in her home again.

Oh if I would’ve told them my experience that took place in an old home located in our City’s southeast quadrant, the hair would’ve been standing on the back of their necks.  I’ll never forget as long as I live that buyer stomping in my office many years ago and saying in a loud voice, “You sold me a haunted house!”  All I could say at the time was that if I’d known, I would’ve mentioned something.  Of course I distinctly remember the two times I showed it to her before purchasing it, she had about five people with her.  I can personally vouch that whatever “lives” in that home, likes to wait until there’s only one human within before it starts messing with a person’s senses.

Speaking of possessed homes and/or poisoned earth, I’m waiting for several homes to come back on the market once again for likely reasons the sellers will never speak about.  As chance would have it, I drove past one today that’s changed hands about ten times since it sold out of an estate. My suspicion is that the original owner just can’t imagine “living” anywhere else.

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I wish someone with foresight would buy 1707 S. Federal and turn it back into an Irish Pub/Eatery.  When you look at all the proposed new build-outs that’ll be taking place along our City’s southern corridor, I believe it would bring in a good crowd of regulars.  It definitely has the square-footage inside, and more than enough parking outdoors.  If I were in the bar/eatery business, that property would be on my radar.  Pass the word around and help me get it sold!

Tonight’s one-liner is:  Say not you know another entirely until you have divided and inheritance with him.

Joe Chodur

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