When I’m looking to waste some time online, I usually turn to real estate or home blogs that detail stories of home purchases gone awry, describe awful buyers, sellers and agents or showcase terrible listing photos. It’s a version of Internet rubbernecking.
Entertainment value aside, such websites can be educational—providing tips on what to look for in a realtor or proving that a little pre-sale deep cleaning goes a long way. The fact is, everyone has a story to tell about how they came to live where they do. Some of those stories are good and some are downright awful.
In our case, buying during the frenzied real estate days of 2004, our home purchase could not have gone smoother. My best friend happened to live in Del Ray and discovered the owner of our home wanted to sell. It was sold to us as-is and we agreed to purchase it after walking through once. We closed a short time later at the office of a local attorney. There were no multiple bids or bypassing contingencies—all hallmarks of those days.