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Scary Open House in Silver Spring

As a brand new real estate, I was always looking for a house to hold open on weekends and would volunteer to hold any house open.  An older & more experienced agent in my office was very (almost overly) anxious for me to hold open her new listing in East Silver Spring.   It was a cute Dutch Colonial Style house.  I was really excited about having it open and wondering why she didn’t want to do it herself.   This agent ALWAYS held her own listings open, especially if it was the first open for a brand new listing.   I did get this funny feeling in the office that the other agents knew something I didn’t.  I can’t explain exactly what it was, I thought they were snickering, chuckling or whispering about me.  I shrugged it all off as my imagination and the that I was a nervous newbie.

Dutch Colonial Style HouseThe day before the open, I was talking to a loan officer friend of mine.   Prior to being a loan officer my friend had been a real estate agent.   She asked me what house I was holding open.   When I told her the address there was dead silence and a Huge GASP…. OMG

She told me that her real estate company had listed the same house 8 years before and sold it to a nice couple.  The couple moved in on a Saturday.  The next day while the wife was out at church, the husband had gone into the basement and shot himself to pieces with a double barrelled shotgun.  The wife never went back, so my friend’s company cleaned the house up and resold it to another couple.  Obviously all the agents in town had known about this except me!  No wonder they were acting so funny around me!

It was a long, quiet, lonely, spooky 3 hour open house.  My mind kept thinking of the Dutch Colonial house from theAmityville Horror story.  I was scaring myself to death and every noise I heard made me jump.   I Couldn’t go anywhere near that basement and never did go down there and look, not once!   Only one person came to look at the house that day (needless to say, I did not escort him into the basement) and low and behold he bought the house from me.

* NOTE . . .To those of you who are thinking – was this disclosed to the Buyer? – No, it was not.   Hey, ..  it wasn’t even disclosed to me up front!   Because in the state of Maryland it is the Seller’s choice (not the listing broker or agent’s) whether to disclose or not.   What is required in Maryland is Disclosure of “Material” and “Latent Defects” only.  The Maryland Legislature/Law excludes Murder, Suicide, Violent death and the presence of Aids from being “material or latent defects “.

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