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#201397 - 02/09/08 06:13 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Mr. Foreclosure]
neudot Offline
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Registered: 11/02/07
Posts: 1960
Loc: Central New York
How about unusual items? Did an interior bpo where it looked like someone had exploded a bean bag chair. Bits of styrofoam all over the indoor snow.

#201428 - 02/09/08 09:29 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: neudot]
libbysellsreos Offline

Registered: 04/13/07
Posts: 41
Loc: PA
Little Tykes toys, scattered all over the yard......
Libby Sosinski
Pittsburgh, PA

#201429 - 02/09/08 09:34 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: KT]
Royal Home Team Offline

Registered: 07/31/06
Posts: 254
Loc: Minnesota
agreed with the matresses and also unusually an inordinate amount of porn
Dustin Gott
The Royal Home Team

#201431 - 02/09/08 09:49 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Royal Home Team]
TB in TX Offline
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Registered: 08/16/07
Posts: 2813
Loc: X
Not an REO, and not that common, but.....I did an order on a certain former quarterback of a certain NCAA Nat'l Championship team's home. It was an exterior, but he told me it would be unlocked (in the boonies) so to go ahead and go inside and check it out if I wanted. I figured while I was there, what the hay - big mistake.

So just off the master bedroom, there was a small office with a storage closet in the eaves - about 8x8 - filled with porn and adult toys. And when I say filled, I mean stuffed. It looked like he was about to open a store, there was so much!

That was creepy enough, then I head out and catch a glimpse of what had to be about 2 lbs of pot just sitting on a plate on the dresser.

Ahhhh, good thing that full scholarship to a Div I school really propelled this guy to an adulthood filled with such contribution to society....

#201445 - 02/09/08 11:31 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: TB in TX]
C21REONH Offline

Registered: 05/18/07
Posts: 214
Loc: NH
mike vick?

#201479 - 02/10/08 04:07 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: C21REONH]
Delicious Cake Offline
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Registered: 12/10/05
Posts: 2702
Loc: CA
BBQ grills every time.

Lawnmowers at about 75% of houses (a riding mower at a listing I got yesterday!)

Boxes of nails, paint, paint rollers.

And for unusual, I did an occupancy check on a listing today that is finally vavant. I had it rekeyed and there were 33 (we counted) red biohazard sharp containers completely full of needles. And a huge box of "sample" packs of Zoloft, that expired in 2004. There had to be 40 boxes. Then we came accross paxil and a few others. We're guessing the previous occupants were diabetic and pharm reps.

#201482 - 02/10/08 05:38 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Delicious Cake]
PA Roadkill Offline
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Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 2179
Loc: The Middle of the Interstate
Last year I had one with a dead dog in an upstairs bedroom and 2 skinned deer carcasses hanging in the garage.
Evidently, the guy died somewhere away from home and had no family to check the house. SInce the house was attached, I couldn't figure out why a negihbor didn't know about the dog left inside.
The property preservation guy wore a hazmat type suit for this one.
Broker-Owner Thirteen Years REO Experience

Some days I feel like the bug, other days I feel like the windshield

#201487 - 02/10/08 07:16 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Traveler]
HughesREO Offline

Registered: 10/05/07
Posts: 169
Loc: SoCal
“That” one shoe

Porn, especially at evictions in low income areas. Sex is cheap entertainment (at least for most of us)

The Ab cruncher or some other similarly lame piece of exercise equipment.

Tweeker houses are fun and easy to inventory. Disassembled TV; disassembled stereo; disassembled moped; disassembled DVD player; disassembled printer etc etc, lol
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#201503 - 02/10/08 09:05 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: HughesREO]
Traveler Offline
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Registered: 11/14/00
Posts: 2500
Loc: The Coast
bicycles...with one wheel missing or flat tires. An unusal item I found recently was a wood baby crib which was in pretty nice condition.

#201506 - 02/10/08 09:22 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Traveler]
Peace ☼ Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 524
Loc: Chicago
Brooms & Mops which they never use.

Furballs that you cannot identify.

Old old crusted clothes, old blankets, clutter.

Piles of mail (including mortgage bills).

Remnants of rehabs gone bad.

#201515 - 02/10/08 10:36 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Peace ☼]
REODayton Offline
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Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 3720
Loc: Dayton Ohio
Pennies, lots of pennies. An occasional dime and a good day a quarter (i'm still talking change here). A couple weeks ago I found a gold dollar, boy I was excited. It does not take much to put a smile on my face.

#201522 - 02/10/08 11:27 AM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: KT]
Kathleen Burnett Offline

Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 22
Loc: Northern Utah Southern Idaho
Family photos, books, toys, birth, marriage and certificates. I have found starving pets, fish frozen in the aquarium and thousand of mice living happy off of dozens of boxes of sugar coated cereal which was left behind.
Kathleen Burnett
Branch Broker/Owner
ERA Advantage Realty
435-752-8222 Office
435-752-8333 Fax
435-881-1398 Cell

#201538 - 02/10/08 12:05 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Mr. Foreclosure]
Adolfo Santiago Offline

Registered: 08/29/07
Posts: 130
Loc: Orlando, FL
Chairs (usually the plastic type). Bar or breakfast bar stools or chairs.

Old phone books, especially those delivered to the door by the yellow pages company. Old HOA magazines (at the door).

Water hoses. Old flip flops or sandals.

Shampoo and other bathing supplies (I take those home... yeah right!).

Condoms and rubber gloves.

Speaking of rubber gloves, I just bought a box of 100 from Walgrees the other day. I can't believe I've gone into some of the places I've gone without them.
Adolfo Santiago, Realtor
Sun Crest Florida Properties
Orlando, FL

#201545 - 02/10/08 12:24 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: Adolfo Santiago]
bigtom Offline

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 13
Loc: iowa
porn porn and more porn to go with the rotten food, a little something in the toilet almost always, strangest thing was a prosthetic leg, the guy must have hopped away

#201556 - 02/10/08 01:28 PM Re: Most common items found at an REO [Re: bigtom]
RisingREALTOR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/05
Posts: 704
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
Let's see... Carelton Sheets, "No Money Down Program" info. There was one period a few years back when it seemed like every other interior bpo I was assigned had the program left in it. It was almost like these folks were trying to prove a point. Recently I have noticed several homes with funeral pictures left in them. I kid you not, pictures of corpses lying in caskets. I don't understand some people. Why would they do that?
On a lighter note, I had a field services inspection recently in which there was a complete workout bench inlcuding iron weight plates in nearly new condition. I left a note for the preservationists to call me before they trashed it, and I will take it off of their hands. I doubt that I get a call, because, that equipment was in perfect condition.
George W. Jackson, IV
Associate Broker, SFR
Keller Williams Realty
"Providing A Higher Level of Professional Service"

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