Secretly for Sale
This house, like many in Eutaw, is secretly for sale. There's a strange tendency in Eutaw to not list your house with a real estate agent, not put a sign in the yard, and not advertise in any way. People are just supposed to know your house is for sale. Seems like nine out of 10 home sales in Eutaw are done by word of mouth, even ones to out-of-town buyers (recently, a house sold to a couple from Texas ... without the benefit of a realtor or the Internet).
Weird, huh? Very Mayberry.
The reason - from what I hear - is that most of the vacant/secretly-for-sale houses in Eutaw are inheritance houses. The current owners fondly remember Sunday dinners at Granny's or Auntie's house, and they simply can't bear the thought of selling the house.
Strange that the fondness doesn't extend to keeping the house from falling down. I'm as sentimental about objects and houses as the next person - probably more - but even I don't understand that. Why is it better to let the house disintegrate before our very eyes than to let new owners come in and take care of it, love it?
Most of these houses are filled with junk from the previous owners, covered with dirt and probably crawling with bugs and rodents. One of them recently sold, and the new owners found ROTTED FOOD still in the refrigerator and CRUSTY LAUNDRY still in the washing machine. Everything was left as it was after the owner died FIVE YEARS AGO.
Somebody tell me how that makes sense.
Our Victorian was also an inheritance house. But the owners, whose parents lived here for 30 years, knew they would better honor their parents' wishes - and their love for the house - by finding new people to take care of the house.
Their only cautious request? Please don't paint over the woodwork their mother stripped. Don't worry, we assured them. That one unpainted room is our favorite in the house, and we'll be continuing the work in other rooms.
I hope that made them feel better. I hope they know they made the right decision.