Al and Cal Homes and Community: Feedback I believe your listing has Fleas

Feedback I believe your listing has Fleas

Feedback I believe your listing has Fleas  

Preface:  This post fits into the category, "Another Day in the Life of a Realtor."

I have an investor couple who are looking, well naturally for an investment, but more specifically a home that they can fix up and keep as a rental type of property.    We came across a property that has been vacant for some time.   Bones are good or at least appeared to be from the outside and I made an appointment to enter.   flea

Appointment confirmed, I scheduled the time with the client.   In the meantime in hopes to get the 'low down" on the property, I called the listing agent and found that the property had an issue with some sort of animal trapped inside.   Okay, no worries, I think to myself.  That can be taken care of.   Fixing up some scratched woodwork or windows or patching a hole or two is a no biggie task to my couple.   

We enter the house and are amazed at the condition it is in.   The house is tired for sure showing the wear and tear that a vacancy often produces, but, it appears to be plum, solid and no odors, etc.    As suspected, the windows are torn like a crazed animal was trying to get out and there was a have a heart trap located upstairs near an open knee wall.  Yep, surely evidence of a trapped creature.   

But, it looks to be gone.   We take a good long look at the house, and then leave going our separate ways.    As I get back in the car it begins.    That creepy crawly feeling...  Honestly, until then, I never thought fleas!

Is it the agents duty to disclose if the house is flea ridden???     (Just kidding.)

I don't know about this and I am quite sure she didn't know, but I can tell you what, I am still scratching!


About the author

Carol-Ann PalmieriCarol-Ann Palmieri, a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 24 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

Licensed in MA and RI...

Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

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Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

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Comment balloon 9 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • August 22 2012 04:34AM


that is aweful! yes have been in a few that I think had fleas as well and they rode me home to my unhappy doggies

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Carol,

There is nothing worse than fleas in a house! They probably thought they had down something by getting the animal trapped but neglected to fumigate!! You should let them know..since it's vacant they may not know or at least I hope not! 

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Carol,

Had that experience once and yes I think the listing agent should tell about the problem as it became expensive to rid my home of the problem.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 7 years ago

Good morning, Carol Ann....just another reason to show new construction.....  no fleas.... no creatures.... no damaged goods....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Carol Ann: Now you have me scratching.  LOL  At least if it's "only" fleas they can be dealt with...could be worse, they could be termites!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 7 years ago

between those things and mosquitoes we have quite a few stories like this in San Antonio.  Especially during the summer months.   And yes I am scratching!  I can just those little things jumping on me.  I am going to be itching all day after reading this.

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) almost 7 years ago

Oh I hate fleas, yuck.  Is it bank owned?  I would hope the seller no matter how down and out would have someone come spray vs. low offers due to flea issues.  yuck, yuck, yuck.  Hope you didn't get any bites 

Posted by Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate, Broker, Results Real Estate (Results Real Estate 801.580.5624) almost 7 years ago


Yes fleas are a big pain in the butt. Dog owners are all too aware of the flea issue and the scratching. Your investor if the bones as you said are good should have no peoblem getting rid of the fleas.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 7 years ago

Makes for an ugly ending to the day when we encounter those fleas.  I now have spray in the trunk just in case.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 7 years ago