Horror Story: Stay Out of the Basement!

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Last Updated on April 7, 2017

“I was showing homes to a couple, previous clients that I was proud to call my friends. The owner was at home in this particular house we entered, and she announced that she almost never enters the basement. She further added that her son lived downstairs and that she apologized in advance for his messy living conditions.” “So, the three of us went downstairs. Mr. Client went in one direction and Mrs. Client and I went into a large area of the basement that was filled with beautiful and colorful large birds in cages, probably around 40 specimens. Some were talking to us, and we were enjoying the visit. We had also noticed a strange odor when we hit the basement level, but thought it must be from the birds.” “Mr. Client announced that we should come see what he found as he laughed out loud at the discovery. We went into a bedroom where there were mounds of what was believed to be marijuana on paper plates all over his bed, and a few objects for smoking same. We understood the source of the peculiar odor. Also, the room was piled high wall to wall with pornographic DVDs and VCR tapes–literally thousands were there. I couldn’t get them out of that house fast enough.” “We laughed about it. But, at the same time, we thought the listing agent should be made aware of the situation so that she could inform her owners. It was an awkward situation. I was certainly glad that I was with adults with a good sense of humor, and that no children had been with us!!!!”

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