My Broker-Pal, Good-Old-Dennis called me almost collapsing with laughter the other day. He knew I'd love his latest great real estate story about an old B& B his client was considering.
Like you and me, he gets his fair share of questions but what he told me just made my day...so I just had to share it with Y'All .. . .
It seems that Dennis had received an email from a relocating client that had him shaking his head. It read:
I like this property very much. It could be almost perfect. But I need to ask a few questions please:
1. Is this property next to a railroad track?
2. How many owners have had this B&B?
3. Who owns the property above it? Is there a graveyard up there?
4. Are the current owners willing to remove the old car in the back yard?
5. I know it is at 4,000 feet elevation, but has it ever flooded?
6. Are there ghosts in the building?
You don't know Good-Old -Dennis, but I can tell you, he is a Trooper with a capital "T"! (You'd have to be with four boys under the age of 6.) Dennis was on it. He could answer #1-5 with ease. In fact, he already knew those answers. But...ghosts?
Now, I don't know about you, but I've seen some places that could make a person shiver. I've heard some pretty eerie sounds in the old mansions around Asheville. And I've imagined what it would be like to step over an unwelcoming threshold, all of which contain elements of great real estate stories within them. But I've never confronted a ghost...nor been asked to be a ghost confirmer... Dennis inadvertently had joined an exclusive club of the greatest real estate stories ever told!
What to do. What to do?
Dennis called the Listing Agent. He explained that his client seemed mightily attracted to her listing...of course with the exception of the old car. Possibly they would have forward movement ...but there was just one small matter ... He paused. There was, as he described it "...a weird, pregnant silence in the air..." . He took a deep breath, a very deep breath... and got on with it, fully expecting gales of laughter .....
"Say," he asked in as diplomatic a tone as he could muster, " I wonder if you happen to know, or if you could confirm for me.... are there any ghosts in there?"
Now here's the greatest real estate story part... (and for my friends over at the ECO-All Stars Group, true proof of dedicated stewardship, wouldn't you say? )
"Oh, Yes!" without hesitation the Agent replied in a solemn tone, " There a little girl that likes to turn the water on at the kitchen sink, and giggle...and there's a surly old guy that hangs out upstairs...and a young boy that likes to get behind the wheel of that old car, and a couple of others, I've been told...although I cannot say for sure..."
"But none of the ghosts has ever seemed dangerous, so I really didn't think it was a material fact.. . ."
Don't you just love the stories we get to be a part of every day?
PS///I'm posting this to "Senior Issues" =)
Your Home for Today and Tomorrow- Smart UP-Fitting
GO HERE - for Tips & Talking Points.
Home Decorating, New Space Design
"Helpful starting points for talking about and designing
a functional and BEAUTIFUL lifelong home."
Asheville NC Real Estate Journal for RESOPURCES & REFERRALS -Mountain Homes and Land Legacies- Asheville 1031 Realty© 2014. Designations: NAR GREEN®, EcoBroker®, Eco Certified ®Real Estate Consultant, ePRO®. Unauthorized reproduction of any information including photos and graphics on this site is a violation of existing copyright laws. All rights reserved.
he Necessary Disclaimer! We disclaim liability for damages or losses, direct or indirect that may result from use of or reliance on, information contained in the blog or for accuracy of comments or opinions of visitors to our blogs.
* INFORMED CHOICES* THOUGHTFUL ADVICE* DATA INTERPRETATION*
-Tell us what is most important to you-
Email me janeAnne@janeAnne.com or give a call at: 828-776-0779