- A Virginia house that was listed for $800,000 came with a catch: A person lives in the basement.
- The home’s Zillow listing also said it needed an estimated $25,000 worth of repairs.
- After five days on the market, the home reportedly sold “as-is” for $5,000 above the asking price.
A five-bedroom, four-bathroom house in Fairfax, Virginia, made headlines soon after it hit the market for $800,000 on April 10.
While the house might look like a regular colonial home, the sale had a few contingencies: Its listing on Zillow said there was at least one person living in the basement, which prospective buyers couldn’t view.
Nevertheless, within five days of being listed, the home was sold for $805,000, according to WUSA9. The listing agent told Fox 5, a Fox affiliate in Washington, DC, on April 13 that the property received five offers. The listing’s real-estate agent did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“CASH OFFERS ONLY NO ACCESS to see lower level,” the listing said. “Home sold AS IS ONLY with acknowledgement that home will convey with a person(s) living in lower level with no lease in place.”
According to The New York Post, the person living in the basement is a squatter who refuses to leave.
“Three years ago, a woman was cleaning the senior owner’s house and she convinced him that she needed a place to stay,” Zinta Rodger-Rickert, the listing agent with RE/MAX Gateway, told The New York Post. “So he offered her the basement, but then she never left. And she does not pay rent.”
Roder-Rickert added that the current homeowner doesn’t have the finances to hire a lawyer to evict the squatter, and in Virginia, it’s illegal to turn off utilities until a proper court order is issued, The New York Post reported.
The Zillow listing described the property as “livable” but needing “some TLC.”
It said the 3,548-square-foot home has a sliding door that needs replacing, a broken dishwasher, a leaking toilet, carpet that needs updating, and rotting windows. It estimated that repairs would cost the buyer $25,000.
The listing’s photos, which appeared to be unstaged, showed empty bottles and cans in the kitchen, a broken plant pot on the deck, exterior siding covered in a green mold, and clothes and a stained towel in the bathroom.
The listing gained attention after Zillow Gone Wild, a popular social-media account that highlights unique properties listed on the real-estate site, shared it on Tuesday.
On Instagram, where Zillow Gone Wild has 1.4 million followers, a post about the Virginia house had close to 36,000 likes as of Tuesday.
And on Facebook, where the account has 845,000 followers, its post featuring the home had more than 9,400 likes and 2,500 shares.
Thousands of commenters questioned the value of the home and joked about the unique circumstances of the sale. “Wow! What a deal!” one person wrote on Facebook. “You mean I get all this — rotting door and window frames, leaky toilets and broken appliances — PLUS the added bonus of a squatter or two in the basement??? Where do I sign???”
According to Zillow, a typical home in Fairfax is valued at $715,000. On Tuesday, Zillow showed 17 other five-bedroom homes for sale in the area, with list prices between $700,000 and $1.6 million. None of them, however, come with a roommate.