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Heads you win, Tails I lose (Wait…I can’t win?)


Have you ever had one of those listings that you work and work and work some more, but you swear that underneath that listing is a Indian Burial ground? Well, I have one of those listings and it is from a past client. They wanted to price it right, so I took the listing.

Well, that was where things started to go bad…quickly. It was nothing my clients did, it was just this house. Talking to neighbors, they say this house that is only 12 years old has lived the life of a house 75 years older.

You see, my clients were starting to get to the point that they were going to get behind on their payments, but instead of just letting that happen, they decided to sell it and take their local trucking company national so they could make more money. If they did that, they would no longer need the home, they would live out of their truck.

They cleaned up the property, got everything moved out and priced the home great. We were getting showings and then it happened, some teenage kids broke in and had a weekend party. (I would like to say this is the first time this has happened at this home, but nope, this has happened before during one of the other six times this home has been listed in the last 12 years.)

Now, you’d think this would be bad enough, but we still managed to get three offers on the property when we lowered the price to reflect the now damaged house. All was going good until, low and behold, the bank, as they were about to accept one of the offers, finds a lien on the property from a judgment against the owner’s son, who is over 18, and has never livedin that house…WHAT?

Continue on thru today when I get another call from a showing agent and guess what… Another party happened over the weekend and the door was wide open and beer cans were everywhere. Now, I can’t watch this house 24/7, but you would think the county police officer that lives two doors away, or the state police officer that lives 8 houses down would notice all the traffic at a vacant home,but nope, I guess not.

So, does anyone know how to look up to see what is under this house that is causing all this bad Karma on it?

Todd Clark (Principal Broker)
eXp Realty LLC
Comment balloon 23 commentsTodd Clark • March 29 2009 09:53PM


Hi Todd. Definitely it seems there is a black cloud over this one. Geez. What does it take to get some good luck shined on this property? Good luck with it somehow.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Very odd.  The word must be out among local teens but that's strange.


BTW - love seeing the plate back (no offense to your family).  There's something very appealing about your willingness to be different.  I love that image.

Posted by Linsey Ehle (M Realty) over 11 years ago

Poor sellers! That house does sound like it has some bad mojo going on!  I like the plate back like Linsey!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) over 11 years ago

Todd- First of all, what happened to your lovely photo of you with your family?

Second, call Carole in New York, Feng Shui consultant. You need to do a sage clearing in that house to get rid of whatever is attracting this mess to this house.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago

Oh man....I don't think you will ever be able to discover what happened to this house to cause such crazy Karma!!! Best of luck and I hope you find a seller soon! Maybe one of the teenagers are ready to move out of their parents house...first time buyers are getting a really nice tax credit right now . Think how much beer could you buy with $8000! =) know what I am about to say... I love the seeing the home plate back! Is it back for baseball season only? It is one of my favorite images on AR!


Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 11 years ago

Gary - I have no idea, but I'm ready to have the 7th agent take it that is for sure!

Linsey - I'm glad you enjoy the home plate, this is a test, just like the other ones were.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Cristal - Wow, that isn't the response I was expecting on the home plate, but OK.

Katerina - This is a test and only a test... We will see what the results are and find out what photos stays and what photo goes. Can she fix a house over the phone?

Terrie - FAVORITE IMAGES? WOW, That really says a lot! I may have to call some of those teenagers as long as they are 18 and see if they want to buy it. They know the cops don't care!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Ok its Monday. Im will be watching for post updates today. Some houses just dont do well period. It seems they are haunted or just unlucky.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Todd, How is the seller's insurance company behaving in all of this? Has there been enough in damages for the sellers to make a claim? Either way you've got a challenge on your hands. Good Luck.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Todd...A string of bad luck has befallen this one my friend, have you called the neighbors to keep an eye on the place maybe one has a friend that would like to be a neighbor.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 11 years ago

Laura - I've written the post, got it ready, but just waiting for one little thing before I can announce everything to the world.

Barb - Yes, there have been enough damages, but they are denying the claim because they moved out and left it vacant.

Steve - Have you seen the sign floating around that says "I'm selling because my neighbor is an __________" that is this situation. Out of 25 homes on this street, 7 are in foreclosure, 7 are rentals, not good numbers.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Todd - well that sucks for both the owners and for you. Perhaps a security system might help, at least the police might come and bust up any parties. And, it could be a selling tool.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 11 years ago


First you need some eye on Newt, then you have to rub your stomach and turn in circles and chant....Sell, sell, sell, sell!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 11 years ago

I believe in Karma and toss coins to make every major decision in my life. It seems to work for me :)

Did someone say Beer? :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Todd that is just crazy...I would go knock on the police persons door and tell them to watch the house for is there job...and I'm sure that they would....peace zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) over 11 years ago

Geeze, Todd, these folks must have amassed some really bad house Karma in a past life!  Maybe they did somebody wrong - pillaged a castle or cheated someone in a property transaction.  I hope you get them to settlement!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I wish I knew where the bad karma was.  I thought it followed me so I guess it is nice to know that others have it too.


Posted by Team Honeycutt (Allen Tate) over 11 years ago

Mike - There is an idea, I may just have to suggest that!

Richard - Ok, I'll do that, I'll try anything at this point!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Billie - Glad to see you are back home and back in fine form... Beer at 9am? Oh, wait is Florida and spring break is here.

Zane - They are off duty, they don't have to do anything! I've already asked the police department about that.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Patricia - I wish it was just these people, it is this house. I've talked to other agents about this house and they have their own horror stories about it.

Shelton - Promise this house has it and has it bad!

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Todd --- this is how I felt about my office recently when I had so much serious illness at one time - a heart stint, a quadruple by-pass, a double by-pass, & Stomach cancer all at one time.  I wanted to call in the witches or something to get rid of the karma.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 11 years ago

I have a house where a hmong woman came into the house and asked "who died here?"  The realtor said no one.  She said that she could feel it in her spirit and b/c of that the Hmong people can't buy a home where someone died.  She knew that the realtor was lying.  The owners just wanted to sell, but we couldn't pick the house up and show that there were no graves under the house either.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 11 years ago

Mama Liz - Wow, that is way too much for one office? How many agents do you have?

Larry - Not much you can do if neither of you have the proof for the other on that one. (Hoffa?)

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

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