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Interesting way to start the day.

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aprazer

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Sat 9AM appraisal. Homeowner comes out to greet me, kinda rambling but seems OK. He is about 40, wife is home as well as mother-in-law who lives there, 2 kids-infant and 2-3 year old. Going through the house, and there is a closed door between garage and den. What's in there I ask? He says its a half bath. Okay-need to see it.
He says stand back-my wife and I were just doing something in there with my kid. ?????????? Wants me to view it from the hall.
Well I am thinking he means a bathroom use odor, and I say its OK don't worry. When I go past him into the bath, the odor really hits me. I am stunned. This guy has apparently just had himself a morning cannabis session. Can you believe it? I mean he knows someone is coming to see his house. He couldn't wait 30 minutes? Not to mention that is 9am and his whole family is there. We are not talking about a low rent neighborhood-the house is worth over $500,000.
Never a dull day in this job.
 

jtrotta

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Canabus abraxus; a gooooood mornin breakfast :)

Over $500,000 - 8O well well, there ya go, we're going in the wrong direction apparently, we're workin and he's playin and playin with lots of green apparently :?


8)
 

Ken in Arkansas

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I once went to make an inspection on a single family residence that was located in our suburban market. I was greeted at the front door by the owner, a lady in her early 40's, and a younger woman in her late teens who I suspected to be the older woman's daughter. I explained that I would be measuring the exterior of the dwelling prior to coming inside for the interior inspection. I proceeded with my measurements and inspection, working my way around to the rear of the dwelling. When I entered the back yard I noticed a large storage building (in apparent "average" condition) some 200 feet from the dwelling. Rather that complete measuring the dwelling and then walk all the way around the dwelling to measure this storage building I quit measuring the house and headed for the storage building.

The minute I headed for this building both women who had been watching me through a patio door came out telling me that the storage building was "shot", and had no value. I thought this was strange and replied that I had to measure it anyway in order to complete my file. I proceeded to measure this building and when I got to it's unlocked door, took a peek inside.

I had never seen hundreds of marijuana plants before, as a matter of fact wasn't even sure that I was looking at "weed". But there it was, a sea of green, approximately three feet tall, quite healthy looking I might add. The hanging grow lights had done their job!

At this point I thought I was going to get shot. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the two women were still watching me though the patio door, but now the older lady was on the phone, and the younger one was frantically jumping around like she was standing barefoot on hot coals! I decided to play dumb, and went on making notes like I had seen nothing but an old frame storage building, went back and resumed measurment of the dwelling.

Needless to say that interior inspection was made quickly, and nothing was said about the contents of the storage building. I later visited with my friend the County Sheriff, and a raid was planned. It never came off however. The husband of the older woman was found later that day beaten badly enough that he nearly died, and a subsequent visit to the storage building by the Sheriff revealed that all of the plants were gone though the grow lights were still there.

You never know what those "worthless storage buildings" might be hidding. By the way, their loan application was denied - lack of verifiable income!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Ken in Arkansas

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I once went to make an inspection on a single family residence that was located in our suburban market. I was greeted at the front door by the owner, a lady in her early 40's, and a younger woman in her late teens who I suspected to be the older woman's daughter. I explained that I would be measuring the exterior of the dwelling prior to coming inside for the interior inspection. I proceeded with my measurements and inspection, working my way around to the rear of the dwelling. When I entered the back yard I noticed a large storage building (in apparent "average" condition) some 200 feet from the dwelling. Rather that complete measuring the dwelling and then walk all the way around the dwelling to measure this storage building I quit measuring the house and headed for the storage building.

The minute I headed for this building both women who had been watching me through a patio door came out telling me that the storage building was "shot", and had no value. I thought this was strange and replied that I had to measure it anyway in order to complete my file. I proceeded to measure this building and when I got to it's unlocked door, took a peek inside.

I had never seen hundreds of marijuana plants before, as a matter of fact wasn't even sure that I was looking at "weed". But there it was, a sea of green, approximately three feet tall, quite healthy looking I might add. The hanging grow lights had done their job!

At this point I thought I was going to get shot. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the two women were still watching me though the patio door, but now the older lady was on the phone, and the younger one was frantically jumping around like she was standing barefoot on hot coals! I decided to play dumb, and went on making notes like I had seen nothing but an old frame storage building, went back and resumed measurment of the dwelling.

Needless to say that interior inspection was made quickly, and nothing was said about the contents of the storage building. I later visited with my friend the County Sheriff, and a raid was planned. It never came off however. The husband of the older woman was found later that day beaten badly enough that he nearly died, and a subsequent visit to the storage building by the Sheriff revealed that all of the plants were gone though the grow lights were still there.

You never know what those "worthless storage buildings" might be hidding. By the way, their loan application was denied - lack of verifiable income!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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I once did an appraisal on the home of an Italian American gentleman who was believed to be a member of an organization which made its money doing various illegal things. This house had a bank vault in the basement as well as a one bedroom apartment with no windows located behind a hidden door.

The place was so hard to measure that I returned two days later. I found a pallet loaded with new power tools in the basement. The gentleman's wife told me that her son was learning to be a carpenter!
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Why those are just "weeds" son!
 
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