Tuesday, August 12, 2008


A week and a half went by after the close of escrow on the cat pee house in Fremont CA. I went over my turn in sheet for my lock boxes and found that my combo box was still listed as being on the house with the cat pee.

Well, I had to go get it. I was a little apprehensive about going to the house because I new the cat pee was going to be there in part. What if the new owner was there? I drove to the house and saw some activity at the front door. The new owner was discussing something with what it looked like to be a contractor of some sort. Was I going to just butt in and say, "Oh, excuse me. I was the one who warned you about the cat pee issue? I just came for my lock box. Oooh! Is that cat pee I still smell?"

I made my way up to the walkway, and--Oh My G*d--I was hit all over again half way up the driveway by the putrid and oh so familiar stench that we thought $4,500. could get rid of.

I saw that the new owner had even torn up the old floor, got new windows delivered and a new door (where my lock box was). The look on the new owners face was not very reassuring.

She got a new door, I saw that the new owner threw away my lock box with the old door. It was on the old door, but was I about to approach and ask for my lock box back? I thought not. I turned on my heels and headed right back to my car and was never seen again at the cat pee house. Thank goodness I disclosed in the manner I did. If you are ever in a cat pee home, please be sure to consider the verbiage "material fact."

Definition: A material fact in real estate http://www.tricityhome.com is well-defined as a fact that, if known, might have caused a buyer or seller of real estate to make a different decision with regards to remaining in a contract or to the price paid or received.

by Jeff Pereyda
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