Apr 12, 2022 - Real Estate

Viral Fairfax home with 'squatters' asks $800K cash

A white house with columns.
3709 Prado Pl, Fairfax. Photo: Courtesy of Zinta Rodgers-Rickert

We know Washington's low-inventory residential real estate market is creating heavy competition, but this viral Fairfax listing highlights just how far off the deep end we've gone.

Details: The $800,000 listing, a five-bedroom, 3.5-bath, single-family home, is only accepting all-cash offers despite needing multiple repairs and coming with roommates who aren't paying rent and don't have a lease. Oh, and potential buyers can't see the lower level.

  • Zinta Rodgers-Rickert, from RE/MAX Gateway’s Red Truck Realty Group, describes the house's lower-level residents as "squatters" who asked to move in after being hired to clean the home and never left.
  • The elderly homeowner, who bought the house in 1997, is currently in the hospital and isn't doing well, the agent says.
  • The listing outlines multiple issues, from three broken toilets to window rot and a deck that's not up to code.

The intrigue: Even still, Rodgers-Rickert tells Axios she expects to have two or three contracts on the house by the end of the day.

  • "Inventory is so low people are willing to do just about anything at this point," she says.

Our thought bubble: Let's all have a group cry.

A kitchen with wood cabinets and bottles on the counter.
Photo: Courtesy of Zinta Rodgers-Rickert
A deck in need of repair.
Photo: Courtesy of Zinta Rodgers-Rickert
A living room with white brick and a yellow chair.
Photo: Courtesy of Zinta Rodgers-Rickert
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