I have been talking with/helping a newer investor recently who has run into several weird situations. He started off our conversation yesterday by saying, "So, I just had this homeless guy try to wholesale me a house for 30 grand". I start laughing and then we started talking about other funny/weird/awkward situations that have happened over the years in real estate investing. I need a good laugh - fellow investors, what is your best strange but true story?
Had a lady try to sell me a house for 35k and she told me over the phone she's a contractor and that this house will need 5k grand, no more to rehab. I drove by and the roof was caving in and the floor was sagging all over.
I had a crackhead tell us that he'd firebomb a condo if an investor bought it because he was upset that a old lady no longer lived there. He then went on to start rambling about other stuff and wouldn't leave us alone for a while. The funny part is he said all this to my realtor thinking he was the investor and I was just some "punk sidekick".
It was an odd situation all around... the house next door had "heavy" security and a ton of cameras all along the perimeter, but they were the nicest people and apologized for the inconvenience.
Bought a property at a foreclosure auction a few years which had a huge above-ground pool half full of pea soup-colored water. I was concerned about it being a safety hazard, so I had a contractor empty the pool by pumping it out.
He calls me around 8 pm and says, "You're never going to believe what was in the bottom of the pool!". I immediately fear the worst. Then he sends me this picture.
Never a dull moment in real estate.
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