Monday, August 22, 2011

Aah! Snake! Aah! Snake! Snaaake! Snaaaake! Oooo, Its a Snake!

If you've ever been house shopping, you know what a miserable experience it can be. It's not as bad as registering for a wedding, but it's up there. No matter how good a house looks on paper, there always seems to be a problem or two when you actually check it out.

However, a missing backsplash, loud neighbors or a funny smell pale in comparison to a certain house in Rexburg, Idaho.

This house:

It looks innocent enough, but if you're looking to purchase this single-family home at 675 W. 5000 N., you may want to watch this video first, which was originally uploaded in 2006:

That's right -- news reporting in Idaho is seriously sub-par!

And, aside from that, this house is infested with snakes! In fact, residents of Rexburg lovingly refer to it as "The Snake House." You'd think a reputation like that would deter anyone from purchasing it. I mean, all a potential buyer would have to do is stop and ask for directions and the friendly Rexburgians would say something like "Oh, you mean The Snake House?"

However, because of the invention of GPS, the Sessions family didn't ask for directions and they ended up buying the house. This video was uploaded by the Associated Press just a few months ago:

The Sessions family was even featured on the Animal Planet channel during a show called "Infested!" It's a realtor's worse nightmare. After all, a simple Google search of the address will pull up numerous articles and videos about this humble abode. Although, even without the snakes, I would have been scared off by the fact that it has five bedrooms and only one bathroom. One bathroom? Seriously? What family needs five bedrooms, but only one bathroom? Sheesh.

Dropping the price more than $60,000 didn't seem to entice anyone, either, so Chase, the bank that now owns the home, has hired some people to trap the snakes and release them into the wild. Then they're going to attempt to seal up the foundation and "install a barrier" to keep future snakes out.

However, if Hollywood has taught me anything, those snakes are going to come back with a vengeance. They will terrorize whatever family lives there next. And only Samuel L. Jackson will be able to save them.

I'm already writing the screenplay.


Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Ummm, ewwww.

That's tricky business. No one has thought to make it a boarding house to snake enthusiasts? What about Halloween? I bet you could make a killing off nighttime walks through that thing.

When life gives you snakes, make snake-ade!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention that

The Former 786 said...

Awww, thanks, Shelly Brown.

Also, I think they were drinking snake-ade. Did you hear them talk about what the water tastes like? Ew.

Real Miyagi said...

First of all, looking for houses is fun and exciting.
Second of all, yes, that local news cast was terrible.
Third of all, Haw-haw! that guy signed paperwork disclosing a snake infestation and then got exactly what he bought.
Forth of all, when I taught real estate seminars I used to use this as an example of the importance of getting a home inspection.
And Fifth, out of all possible comments, the bank should donate this house to some non-profit who can use it for whatever purpose and take it as a write off. I can't imagine it ever overcoming the stigma and someone living there again.

Brooke Bennett said...

That's disgusting.

--jeff * said...

after all that has been said here, i just want to commend you on once again providing a smattering of excellent hyperlinks.

i especially appreciated "house shopping", "loud neighbors", "snake house", "associated press" and, of course, "address."


The Former 786 said...

Always happy to please, Jeff. The hyperlinks are sometimes more fun for me than the story.