My HUGE stresses has been in our having to move out of our rental home (we’ve been here over 5 years). No surprise though that the landlord wants to sell (in the UP market), but timing for us was/is AWFUL! Between waiting for my grandchild to arrive (which happily she did – almost a week late), to work stresses (poor boss is being forced to retire because of Medicare mandates), to Michael’s companies not paying their invoices ($$$) and now THIS!
As some of you may know (if you live in our region you may), Canada banned international real estate investors from buying homes (that they only got for investments) but not putting money into the economy. So of course, those investors came to the next high market – SEATTLE! Thus the high market boom, but for those of us who can’t afford to buy right now, this means RENTAL HOME investor properties! Unlike builders who buy properties, demolish the old P.O.S. homes and rebuild tiny milk carton sized homes (usually 4-5) where ONE home previously resided. The international investors though just purchase these old homes, but use them as investments – thus rentals.
Welcome to my NIGHTMARE ~~ (even for a Halloween fanatic as myself, this is NOT the kind of scary story I needed).
To put it in perspective, just as you can imagine: property management companies do NOT try to help rent these properties, they still make money on the investors whether or not it gets rented. And because the buying market is high, the demand for rentals also increased more than it should. Difference being the rental homes are NOT updated at all. And it’s literally gambling to get a place. We had a house, only when I stupidly was ready to sign the lease (my HUGE mistake) I noted that I have a cat (which I also had mentioned to the property manager when she asked about “who all will be living here”). Well, my mistake cost us the BEST possible home (and I mean best because the INSIDE was the prettiest). But the price is much higher than we are currently paying and well to be honest, the yard wasn’t going to be much better. The deck was going to be rebuilt (not like our current P.O.S.) but the yard itself is the typical PNW – pine needles that kill your ‘grass’, but can’t choke the moss, uneven, dirty and dark. The deck was on the top floor, so you basically could AVOID the back yard. haha BTW we have to stay within our current location for E (Michael’s son) which also limited my search field. And all houses with any sort of room are over $3,000 a month…
So I move on to searching again. Once again, can’t get anyone to return my calls (really why do they put on the forms, click here to schedule a viewing) – nobody does, you have to try to find a phone number, leave several messages and, of course, TEXT the hell out of them. But what I did to avoid this was literally mapped out several (and I mean several) – one day alone I drove by 14 homes. Which is the best to do, because just like ONLINE DATING, the photoshopped (or old photos) used are NOT what the hell you will be getting!! Here in the PNW also you have lots of split-level (tri-level) homes, which means you walk in the door and have the option to head downstairs or upstairs and lots of ‘cut up’ rooms.
When I finally managed to get ahold of someone, you now are ‘pre-screened’ before they will even make an appointment. Here’s the screening: what is your CREDIT SCORE (and most want over 700), do you make 3x more than the rent, oh and yes, big back yards, but NO PETS (WTF). Oh and it only gets worse, when you do get to see the property, most of the international (I will be honest, most are Asian) investors will DRILL YOU FURTHER… “why you looking for home?” “why you boyfriend, will he be renting too?” “why child not living with you?” (basically somehow they don’t understand the concept of I’M NOT MARRIED – WE LIVE TOGETHER, the child is here every other week (his parents are divorced)! Oh FUCK, forget it… “I’m MARRIED, fine, whatever, he’s our kid”… oh and DON’T DARE chit chat or try to win these people over… I stupidly said, “good deck, we can have friends/family over to BBQ”… “WHAT? NO!! You NO HAVE PARTIES!” (huh?) Lady, it’s not a party, it’s family. “They no come here, we like quiet renters”… NEXT…
From one of my fellow bloggers on OBT – (I saw multi-colored rooms, they don’t think that a simple NEUTRAL home might be a good thing to do, shag/berber carpeting, yards where the owner has invested lots of time to plant EVERYTHING possible, oh but NO garage/storage for your tools, and seriously CLEANING up from the last renter would also HELP rent your damn ugly f…ing home)!! Can you tell I’m NOT HAPPY and STRESSED!!!???? HAHA But these photos, which I should have taken my own to share will give you indications into what I did also sometimes see.
In May of 2014, I posted about a truly funny blog I’d discovered called Terrible Real Estate Photos. While compiling my 3rd bloggiversary article, I came across that post and thought I’d check our their recent stuff. Their newer posts and, more to the point, their captions, were so screamingly funny, I couldn’t resist an update!
As horrific as the photos are, it’s the captions that keep me coming back. You’re going to love these!
Brand new, 52″ flatscreen window
Certainly sir. Top floor, door at the end of the hall. No need to knock.
Last week I found a sell-by-date in Roman numerals.
The WORSE Steve’s constipation got, the more equipment he needed.
Is it just me Elizabeth, or was there an extra ingredient in the scones?
If separated from the mother too early, young fire extinguishers can struggle to adapt.
Script idea: Marie Antoinette travels to the 1990s and moves in with a monkey pirate.
We don’t recommend hanging around for the second movement.
In real estate photography, this is known as a Partial Gastric Eclipse.
Before you invite Grandma over, we need to talk hedges.
A rare chance to own the opening scene from 12 different horror movies.
Turns out they don’t use the woods after all.
This Christmas, turn your house into an actual advent calendar.
BTW, hopefully by this time tomorrow, we will have started the move into our own rental nightmare (for the next year)… and yes, the one we ‘got’ IS from an investor and yes, the property management women already feel like a nightmare! Light a candle, pray, send GOOD thoughts, everything for us!! PLEASE…
~Love, LOONEY Laura