Originally Posted By: Marie Guerrieri
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Has anyone out there used their skills when buying their own house? When I was in Tennessee, my husband found a house he thought he wanted. Well, we went out to look at it with the real estate agent. She was telling us what a great buy this place would be…of course. She had no idea I had just finished my training as a HI. Once we got there and I started looking the place over I was horrified! The original part of the house had two small bedrooms added onto it. Who ever did the work must have been in the dark about construction! The block foundation was riddled with active cracks, the roof line reminded me of a sway-back horse and the wiring going into the masthead looked like a plate of spaghetti…without the sauce…Inside the house wiring could be seen running along the ceiling, tacked up by staples, and the top of the window frames were leaning outward because of the wieght pressing down on them from the ceiling! And when I peeked into the attic! Forget about it! Sunlight streamed in through the siding were the addition was added! And outside, when I moved the grass aside from the foundation to get a better look at these cracks, a black widow spider let me know that this place was HER place! I squashed her though. The real estate agent played dumb though when I pointed out that the house would have to be torn down and that I was not going to pay $38,000.00 for 3 acres of land! It’s so great to have the knowledge to protect yourself from shady real estate dealings. I’d love to hear about any other stories like this! Thanks!