Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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In some parts of the world, this is part of home construction.  The bones of the ancestors were placed in the walls to bring good fortune to the home owners.  Hence the phrase "This house has good bones".

 

Oddly, this probably wouldn't bother me so much but I'd still sue the sellers for not disclosing it.  LOL!  I can just see the response now: "Yeah, we killed her 10 years ago, so it was outside the disclosure timeline."

 

I've had investors buy homes where we expected to find something buried in a wall though.  Never have yet though.  Not like "Flipping Vegas" where they found cash and guns hidden in a safe in the attic.

Mar 06, 2017 10:45 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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This isn't a "worst" story but I had clients who found a sword from the War of 1812 in their wall !  Pretty cool find considering you could see the enemy just across the water, LOL

Mar 06, 2017 02:24 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
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I bought a house that seller would not allow inside inspections (hoarder) there was a dead pot belly pig in a baby basinette

Mar 06, 2017 03:15 PM
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
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Had a sale last year where it was known prior to purchase that "the body" has never been found.  Our guy said he wouldn't go looking too hard after possession.

Mar 06, 2017 10:17 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Nothing like that.  Worse thing is a seller leaving lots of unwanted crap behind. In all cases seller was required to remove it before we closed. 

Mar 06, 2017 09:55 AM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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Oh my goodness. That is awful! I can't think of anything crazy. -Kasey

Mar 06, 2017 09:37 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Fred... now that is an awful story to say the least. Welcome home! (And I mean that sarcastically.) Nothing like this has happened to any home I've ever sold and in fact can't think of anything significant.

Mar 06, 2017 08:57 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I can't say there was anything note worthy that came up. What a terrible thing to have happen to those home owners in Houston. 

Mar 06, 2017 06:53 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Fortunately I have never found anything like that.

Mar 06, 2017 05:41 PM
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Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
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That's an awful experience for the buyer. No excitment for any of my buyers after closing.

Mar 06, 2017 04:48 PM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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What a horrific story - 

Mar 06, 2017 04:27 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
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Fred that it absolutely terrible. I can't imagine......

 

The one thing that stands out  is in the garage a home our buyers bought there was a suped up, very expensive 4 wheel drive vehicle with no wheels - up on bars.  The police were called and sure enough it was a stolen vehicheol.

Mar 06, 2017 04:09 PM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
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I live in Houston and that was a pretty shocking story.  I think all my clients ever found was some marijuana and they wouldn't tell me if they kept it, threw it away or smoked it.

Mar 06, 2017 02:30 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Wow! So very sad. I assume she was murdered. Hope they caught the person(s) who did it.

Mar 06, 2017 01:22 PM
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Just read this article today.... my buyers never found anything more than dirt, a can of old paint or maybe a snake!

Mar 06, 2017 11:45 AM
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Sam Shueh
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animal skeltors...

Mar 06, 2017 11:28 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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A real "Yikes" moment.  

Mar 06, 2017 11:03 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Not really something I dwell on or want to.

Mar 06, 2017 10:53 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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No surprises on my watch....

Mar 06, 2017 10:18 AM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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ga-ross!

Mar 06, 2017 09:12 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Wow, Never have heard of anything but will read all the comments.

 

Mar 06, 2017 09:04 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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I can think of nothing.

The usual odds and ins or the closet not emptied.

I make them disappear before the new owner has distress.

Mar 06, 2017 08:58 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
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Fortunately nothing nearly so astounding as that hope that stays that way too

Feb 15, 2018 05:49 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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UGH, no cannot think of anything, but dirt and filth, and maybe an unwanted couch in the basement they could not get up the stairs.

Mar 08, 2017 02:50 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Fortunately, all my sales were quite boring and peaceful. No dead bodies, no hidden treasures. And I'm perfectly ok with that:) 

Mar 08, 2017 12:50 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Nothing near that bad - sheesh

Mar 07, 2017 08:34 AM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
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I am selling a home that the owner died in, super clean home.  I always let them know about the event and in the disclosure.

Mar 07, 2017 08:24 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
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I will skip this Q & A. I don't intend to have any nightmare tonight.

Mar 07, 2017 07:40 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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never been that lucky

Mar 07, 2017 07:30 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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No bad things other than junk left behind!

Mar 07, 2017 07:15 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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No big surprises for my buyers; fortunately

Mar 07, 2017 06:15 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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Nope, nothing thrilling like that. Worst thing was a refrigerator in the garage that no one knew about with spoiled food.

Mar 07, 2017 06:08 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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Nothing of note that I heard of

Mar 07, 2017 04:54 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

'Worst' is a relative term. I have sold some foreclosures that were in very rough condition.

Mar 07, 2017 04:34 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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Never had anything major.

Mar 07, 2017 04:26 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Fred Griffin - sad for the new owners!

Mar 06, 2017 11:22 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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My 'trash' left behind stories sound like nothing compared to your story! OH MY!  That's horrible, Fred Griffin!

Mar 06, 2017 08:35 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Nothing as cool as this.   Lacy undergarmet was the oddest

Mar 06, 2017 08:20 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I guess I live in a tame area becasue nothing extremely unusual has surfaced.

Mar 06, 2017 07:50 PM
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Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
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Just had a Buyer / Seller flipper find a Colt 45 revolver in the wall of the house during renovation

Mar 06, 2017 07:48 PM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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Nothing worthwhile to share. I keep waiting...

Mar 06, 2017 07:46 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
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Fred - That is a morbid story for sure. Worst thing my clients ever found was stuff the sellers said they would remove when they moved. Mostly garbage.

Mar 06, 2017 06:35 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Great question Fred Griffin , no bones here although I have been told of ghosts.

Mar 06, 2017 02:11 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Nothing like that; a well pump broke a few days after closing.

Mar 06, 2017 02:06 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Never any bones, but did find a meth lab in a tub if a REO at final walk through. 

Mar 06, 2017 11:33 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Lucky for my buyers no surprises like that.

Mar 06, 2017 09:42 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Fred,

What a story, and nothing has happened like that around us.  Wishing you a great week.

Mar 06, 2017 09:13 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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nothing that exciting in my area and with new construction...

Mar 06, 2017 09:06 AM