Sunday, June 5, 2016

Real Estate and Truth in Advertising

Last Friday (June 3rd, 2016), I drove to Columbus to look at a condominium I hoped to purchase and eventually live in.  The list price was $86,500, which is within my means.  More importantly, the Home Owner's Association fee was $68 per month, meaning that it doesn't cost a fortune to live there, and the property taxes for 2015 were $1,290.  The pictures on the web looked good, so off we go.  Mind you, I'm still beat half to death from dealing with the tree that fell on the barn, but I'm going to make the drive anyway.  I'm enthused about this, as it looks like I've found a place to live.



The whole thing was a complete bust.

3622 Preamble Ln., Columbus, OH MLS: 216018827
At first glance, and supported by the photos on the Internet (yeah, that's gospel - right?) the place looks good.  A cursory drive through the neighborhood supports my opinion.  No jitneys parked at the curb, no broken windows, no graffiti, and no groups of unsupervised youth hanging around street corners waiting for choir practice to start.  Then I went inside.

Kitchen Sink
The sink can serve as an icon for the rest of the place.  It's worn, it isn't stainless and the enamel is badly stained.  Ditto with the rest of this dump.  There are no screens for the windows, no screen door on the front of the house, and the latch on the back door doesn't work.  The door closer for the back door is missing.  Then Mike found the water damage.

Water Damage
The damage is on the first floor ceiling.  Going upstairs, we found a utility room with the hot water heater and the furnace in it, and water stains on the floor.

The walk in closet for the master bedroom has no rods in it, so you can't hang anything up.  The water meter is conveniently located at the back of the walk in closet, but I'm told the meter reader takes his reading from the street.  Looking at this dump, I doubt it.  I think the meter reader has to walk through the bedroom and into the closet to get the reading.

The Realtor
This dump is worth $35,000 at most, and should probably sell for $30,000.  What really irritates me is that Kent Amlin didn't actually lie about the place; he just didn't tell the whole truth.  In polite language, he prevaricated.  The other thing that I'm irritated about is that I wasted a five hour drive to look at this dump, which is dirty and decrepit.  The garage is the best part of the house, and easily the cleanest.

So my search continues, but one thing is certain: I'll never buy anything from Kent Amlin.

4 comments:

  1. He's hoping for a quick turn, get his money and run... sigh

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  2. Sorry you wasted so much time and a long drive. Realtors always want to reel you in. I appreciate the ones who are upfront.

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  3. Shame on Kent Amlin for literally attempting to sell by misleading others. Anytime, someone sells something, regardless of what it is, they should be honest in their description and point out defects known. They should list both the good points and the bad. Many people travel long distances to look at real estate and a realtor should tell them what to expect before coming and not lead a person in to coming and then surprise them with unspoken truths!

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  4. Shame on Kent Amlin for literally attempting to sell by misleading others. Anytime, someone sells something, regardless of what it is, they should be honest in their description and point out defects known. They should list both the good points and the bad. Many people travel long distances to look at real estate and a realtor should tell them what to expect before coming and not lead a person in to coming and then surprise them with unspoken truths!

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