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Friday Fotos: Deferred Maintenance

If this was for sale, the MLS description might say something like, "The value is in the land."  And I suppose that once the porch swing goes, the place is pretty much done for. 

This was also a reminder that I need to take better care of my own house!  I've been doing a lot of work on it, and there is still a lot left to do! 

Ah, the joys of home ownership!

Comment balloon 32 commentsPatricia Kennedy • August 27 2010 12:55PM


This is true that you need to take care of possessions.  I would love to know the age of this one.  It looks really neat.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 10 years ago

"Will respond nicely to TLC"

"Civil War artifact"

"Tin roof has 100-year guarantee, which has expired"

"Abraham Lincoln slept here"

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 10 years ago

Hi Pat...My pups never warned me that you were creeping around taking pictures of our house. Would you like to be invited to a Paint Plus Party?


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 10 years ago

It looks like it leans to the left?

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 10 years ago

"Original condition"

"Bring your own architect"

"Historic significance"

"Carpenter's Dream"

"Imagine the possibilities"

"They don't build them like this anymore"


Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) about 10 years ago

Patricia- I think rather than "deferred" maintenance, it's more like "no" maintenance!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Too funny, yet I'll bet some of the old wood has value to home builders/restorers.

Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) about 10 years ago

Hello Patricia:

How many would consider a little paint and a new tenant for the investor looking for a deal?

Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700) about 10 years ago

In our area, it would read "Needs a little TLC."

Maintenance is indeed important. My husband just finished repainting the "tall end" of our house. Now I can breathe easy without worrying that the tall ladder will tip over or some darn thing.

I swear I'm going to do some interior painting before winter... sure hope I find the time to do it! (On the other hand, I kind of like being busy writing for clients, so...)

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 10 years ago

As someone who love old houses, I sort of felt sorry for this one.  I'm guessing it was built sometime in the early-ish 1900's, but it could have been earlier.   And yes, it does tilt a bit. 

And Kate, you crack me up!  Didn't know you lvied there!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Maybe the seller should offer to pay for the demolition...

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 10 years ago

Is the house really slanting to the left that much?  I've driven past homes like this on gorgeous lots and just been instantly sad for the house.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 10 years ago


How ironic "it's sinking!!" Charlie Rangle's place?

Reminds me of allot of careers in those big buildings down on Pennsylvania ave.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 10 years ago

This kind of reminds me of the housing economy as we speek BLOG...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 10 years ago

Pat, don't forget 'Needs a little TLC, ideal for a handyman, earn some sweat equity.  Was the plumbing on this house indoors or outdoors?

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 10 years ago

Pat - I was thinking about Handyman Special too.  Or perhaps some sort of challenge on a reality show?

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 10 years ago

Pat - This one definitely has some deferred maintenance and needs some loving.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 10 years ago

ROFL - 'nuff said! :OD

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 10 years ago

Pat - was this in the DC area or were you travelling through our Deep South???

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 10 years ago

When I see a house like that I do see opportunity...

Have a great weekend Pat!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 10 years ago

Pat, all you need is a cat on that hot tin roof!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 10 years ago

WOW Pat that home does look run down, and I bet at one time it was a very beautiful home! And yes the land underneath is worth $$$$$

Vegas Bob

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 10 years ago

My husband would have one thought for this "knock down".

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Patricia: Someone made the right decision by getting a metal roof on that one. Kinds of looks like a bunkhouse, not a residence per se.

Posted by Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003 (RE/MAX Concepts) about 10 years ago

Pat  couple years ago I sold a house in worst condition.  I couldn't understand why anyone would buy it.  Fast forward a year lately it was totally renovated with attention to original details, what a beauty it is today.  So I can see potential in this one.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

Hi Pat... Fixer Upper or Handyman Special does not seem to cover it!  If it was a used car it would probably have a sign on it that says "Cream Puff"!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

LOL, love the creative comments.  Need to remember some of them for my next listing.

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) about 10 years ago

If this were my listing, the caption would be: "Please help me be beautiful again!"


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 10 years ago

"Gotta love the porch swing!"

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 10 years ago

Pat, nothing that a little TLC won't take care of...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I have been culling my possessions so that each one that remains gets the care it deserves without my having to be a museum curator.  Nice reminder. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 10 years ago


It might also say somthing about the low maintenance roof or the spacious yard. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 10 years ago