Never Ask About a Foreclosed Home

I’ve had a couple stories before about home foreclosures. In all cases, the police must be there first — before we change the door locks, clean out the stuff left in the place, and fix any mold damage (depending on the contract we’re under). Sometimes the police have to kick down the front door for us, sometimes they have to physically remove people, and sometimes, like last week, there’s nothing for them to do, so they just hang out for awhile while we work.

Door LockI never, never, never, ask the police what happened in any foreclosed home. I just want to do my work and go home – I know that every foreclosure story is going to be a bad or sad, and I don’t want to know. I don’t want to hear it. I just need to change the locks, like the home last week, and go home.

But the cop on site last week, without me asking, wanted to tell me what happened in this particular home foreclosure. I tried to say, “Hey man, I’m just here to change the locks.” But he wanted to tell. So I had to listen.

This family wasn’t paying their homeowners association fees and so the association had gotten them evicted. But before the family had to actually be out of the home, the father and son got into a fight. The son got mad and stabbed his dad in the head. Killed him.

I could see all the blood stains on the carpeting near the front door, and the dried blood stains on the front stoop where I was working to change the locks. The father had crawled out the front door after being stabbed, before he died.

My power cord was lying across the front stoop blood stain as I was working and the cop was telling me this.

I can’t believe these things happen. It’s messed up. It’s really really really messed up. And I’m here, however many days later, changing the locks for the foreclosure. It’s all so messed up. The whole thing.

And that’s why with foreclosures I never want to know what happened. I never, never, never ask. It’s never good, it’s always bad or sad. Always.

Before I decided to post this story, I googled “son stabs father in head” to see if the story was in the papers and would give away my location, since I’m sort of anonymous here. There’s so many stories of this happening in so many cities (Port Charlotte, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Illinois….) that I didn’t need to worry about my location anonymity. And that’s messed up too. Really really messed up.


Never Ask About a Foreclosed Home — 34 Comments

    • That could be, I can’t really make a guess though, who knows what goes on behind closed doors. Could’ve been a troubled kid or abusive parents or… who knows.

    • They really are; and with evictions it’s certain to be a tragedy every time without fail. It’s part of why I’m glad I’m not a cop, must be depressing.

  1. WOW crazy. Good thing to never ask. As you mentioned a foreclosure is never good. I had a woman buy a foreclosure that got ransacked before the people left. The people took random pieces of molding, cut out random squares of carpet and cut random wires and pipes so the house was worthless and whoever bought it had to sink alot of money to fix it up…
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    • Yeah, when I do foreclosures we get that kind of thing a lot. People booby trap houses sometimes or just yank out anything and everything that they can….

    • I thought so too — especially if it’s gonna be a court case or something. I really didn’t apprciate him telling me though, that’s for sure.

    • Sometimes. Sometimes they jsut line up all the contractors that will need to do work and the order isn’t really accounted for. I dont know, but I wonder if it’s gonna be a court case if they wanted to keep the ‘evidence’? Although they wouldn’t want me tramping around there then in my boots. I don’t know.

  2. That’s so sad. People who work in emergency rooms or are police, firefighters, ambulance drivers see the worst. At least you don’t have to actually see it. It’s bad enough that you do have to see the remains of it. I think the schools should teach stress management along with personal finance. So many people need it and won’t get it otherwise. Teachers see the results of stressed families all the time and it breaks their hearts.
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    • Couldn’t agree more about people who work in the ’emergency industry’. They must see the worst of the worst. yes, schools should teach stress and emotion management, personal finance, and they shouldn’t have gotten rid of trades, like shop class and home ec stuff!

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  6. I bought a foreclosure in April. I paid $16,000 for my house. I’ve heard an older couple lived here, she had a heart attack and passed away. They were living off social security and when she passed he couldn’t afford the mortgage anymore. He now lives down the street in Section 8 Housing. He walks by regularly to check on the place.

    • Man that sucks. It’s kinda cool that he checks on the place everyday. I think old people who are retired shouldn’t have to lose their homes, leave them alone and let them pass on in peace!

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