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I felt the urge to steal from an REO today

Please don't judge me too harshly until you read the whole post. I didn't do it, but I still have an urge to go back and steal from this REO for the greater good. You see I am married with three kids. I've had tough times in my life and if you listen to the news everyday, you would think the banks were eating soup and sandwiches every night with the shortage they have. (I don't consider a Twenty Two Million dollar bonus a shortage, for the record.)

But as we walked in to this vacant REO property today, it looked like any other. It was beaten down by the time of not being loved by its previous owners. I'm sure at one time they loved it, but when the time came that they knew they were going to lose their home, they just stopped loving it and taking care of it.

 As my buyer's walked through this house with me right behind listening to the conversation, but never saying a word, that is when we walked into what was a kid's room. There they were, two boxes of perfectly good kids toys that some how got left behind. I have to admit this brought a little tear to my eye, knowing that this child is now without a home, friends, and now possibly his favorite toys. That can't be easy on a child and from the toys I figured they couldn't have been much older than six.

Knowing it was an REO is when my thoughts went to stealing from the REO house. I knew that even if an offer came in today that it wouldn't close until January or February, because the banks are so "efficient" at their jobs.

My idea was to steal these two boxes and give them to someone like Toys for Tots, or the Sunshine division, so that some other child, where Christmas is going to be less than desirable because of the situation their parents are in, doesn't get deprived and can get some new toys this Christmas.

Now, I'm not going to do it, but I have to say it really is tempting, because I'm guessing these toys will just be thrown out by the new home owners or the bank if they do anything with them.

Sad in Oregon...



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Comment balloon 14 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 24 2008 10:23AM


That is sad.  Why did you have to go and write this blog?  Now I am in tears.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Todd~How about calling the listing broker to see if they would give you permission to donate the toys? It's such a shame that the these toys will not make a child smile this holiday season.

Posted by LaShawn Norden, REALTOR, (321) 377-0157, Your Real Estate Advocate in Central FL (Keller Williams Heritage Realty) almost 10 years ago

I have had to clean out some of these REO listings and have had to  arrange for clean up crews to toss a lot of toys into dumpsters. If there is anything good, we usually make arrangements to take them over to a place called Grandma's Attic. They donate them to needy families. Sad to hear things get wasted and not recycled.

Posted by Mary Strang almost 10 years ago


Suggestion! Call the bank and ask them about toys for tots!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I would call the listing agent and suggest it too them.  They can talk to the bank.  It is sad for them to go to waste at this time of year.  toys for Tots would love it!


Posted by Debbie Hutchins almost 10 years ago

Todd, It's hard to say what I'd do if I was you. I don't take things that don't belong to me. Giving them to Toys for tots is a great charity and I give to it every year, but I'm not Robin Hood. I take my own hard earned money to buy the toys I donate. It's the banks property now, like it or not. Thanks for the post, I always enjoy your insight...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 10 years ago

Todd, you are like a modern day Robin Hood.  I am with the others and maybe calling the listing agent to see if some good can from it.  Odd though that they are still there after the "trash out".   Good luck and let us know if you end up doing anything!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) almost 10 years ago

Sad times Todd, you have a big heart.

Posted by Timothy Butterworth (Taking a break ) almost 10 years ago

Todd - Reading your blog, it would have been the first thing that crossed my mind too, to steal and donate. But the good conscience led you otherwise. Calling the listing broker is most likely the right thing to do - I wish you the best.

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Todd, Toys for Tots can't take them unless they're new. I would suggest giving them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. You might call the listing agent and see if he would mind if you did that. I doubt that the bank would care.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Call the listing broker -- they can likely do something about this -- at some point they will likely get destroyed if no intervenes.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Hi Todd - as others have said, call the listing agent and explain what you're thinking about doing - who could say no to that??


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 10 years ago

Yep, I w ould just ask if you can take them....because yes, they will just get thrown away, or taken by someone else. 

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) almost 10 years ago

Todd, They will either be taken by the trash-out people or will be's the holidays. What a waste. Even the hungry are punished if they steel food. Follow your concience. Sorry.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

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