You'd think a realtor attempting to sell a $590,000 home that she describes as a "little slice of hell" would have a difficult time.
However, according to realtor Mimi Foster, a dilapidated five-bedroom, four-bathroom Colorado Springs
home adorned with spray-painted sayings such as "suck my ass" and feces stuffed in drawers is a pretty hot commodity.
Foster told Denver
7 that she received "16 written cash offers in the first 24 hours the house
was on the market."
“I list vacant houses all the time, and I have never seen this kind of hysteria, even in this market,” she told the ABC
affiliate, adding, “I’ve gotten about 89 text messages
since we arrived this afternoon.”
She told the outlet that Colorado's housing
market is booming, with far fewer listings than usual and most homes selling "as-is."
In terms of closing costs or major repairs, she stated, "people
aren't asking for anything."
And this house is in desperate need of repairs.
Foster was brutally honest in her descriptions of the home, which she says is "not for the faint of heart," in her listing for the literal house of horrors on Redfin.
“As you enter, you will notice soaring ceilings and an open floor plan with a second-floor overlook,” Foster wrote in the listing, adding, “you will also notice there is not one surface of the home that has not been enhanced with black
spray paint or a swinging hammer.”
She continues, "But don't let that slow you down. It's not nearly as intimidating as the freezer in the basement that's full of meat and hasn't had electricity... for over a year. So be sure to wear your mask." She also mentions a back patio, but "don't go out there as the deck is not necessarily attached to the house in the manner you might hope."
“Come feast your senses,” she said, adding, “DO NOT GO ON BACK DECK. DO NOT OPEN FREEZER IN BASEMENT.”
Even more unsettling is a YouTube
video (above) featured on the listing as a "virtual tour" of the home.
Foster begins the video, accompanied by horror movie sound effects, by displaying the neglected yard and the wood rot in all of the window frames, before entering the house and describing an overwhelmingly rancid smell.
“There was human and animal feces left in the living room to greet you as you walk in,” she recalls of her first visit to the house.
She claims the previous tenant had a "menagerie of animals
," and the carpets throughout the house are soaked in urine.
She mentions in the video that the spray-painted vulgarities throughout the house are also on appliances, that the previous tenant stole the stove and dishwasher, and that drawers in the basement are crammed with feces.
According to Foster, the previous tenant pretended to be the owner of the home and had a new roof installed — which was apparently not done properly.
Foster also discusses the tenant who left the house in this condition in her video, explaining that she was not on the lease.
“No one knows what happened to the original lessee, but it’s believed she died and then a relative moved in,” Foster explains, “and it’s the relative who moved in who did all of this damage after she was evicted.”
And, no matter how horrifying the house is, nothing can prepare you for the possibly most horrifying detail.
“It’s my understanding she had cats
,” Foster says in the video of the previous tenant. “But tragically, when she moved out, she left two of them in the bathroom, where they appear to have been for quite some time.”