Friday, September 4, 2009

Divorce & Real Estate - Never Pretty

I have been in the middle of some sticky divorce situations over the years, but this story tops all. It was sent to me by a fellow Realtor:

> > She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases. > > On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.> > > > On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room > > table by candle-light, put on some soft background music, and feasted on a > > pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of spring-water.> > > > When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few > > half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods. > > > > She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his > > new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. > > > > Then slowly, the house began to smell.> > > > They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out.> > > > Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned.> > > > Air fresheners were hung everywhere.. Exterminators were brought in to set off > > gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end > > they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked!!! > > > > People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. > > The maid quit. > > > > Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.> > > > A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not > > find a buyer for their stinky house .> > > > Word got out and eventually even the local Realtors refused to return their > > calls.> > > > Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase > > a new place.> > > > The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. > > > > He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she > > missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce > > settlement in exchange for getting the house back.> > > > Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that> > was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign> > the papers that very day.> > > > She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.> > > > A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving > > company pack everything to take to their new home........... > > > And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods!!!!!!> > > I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING, DON'T YOU?

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