The House From Hell

1 of every 4 homes in the United States are under water (which means the mortgage owed is more than what the house is worth). Homes are being foreclosed left and right. According to RealtyTrac, a real estate market researcher, banks currently have about 1.9 million homes on their books or in foreclosure proceedings.
There’s a house in Idaho that was foreclosed by J.P. Morgan Chase for a quite unusual reason: the house is infested with garter snakes.
Al Lewis reports for Market Watch on June 2, 2011, that two successive families have fled the house in scenes reminiscent of horror movies. One turned to a local TV station in 2006 to document the infestation, complaining of not being able to sleep at night. This is the video.
WARNING: Not for the squeamish! Ophidiophobes beware!
The house, built in 1920 and remodeled about five years ago, has somehow   become a hibernaculum, where snakes gather en masse for winter. It’s so famously infested that Chase has taken it off the market.
Earlier this year, the 5-bedroom home at 675 W. 5000 North was listed for   $109,200 — about $66,000 below its market value. But somehow there were no   takers, even in a region known for its Snake River.
“We have contracted to have the snakes trapped and released,” said Darcy   Donahoe-Wilmot, a Chase spokeswoman in Seattle. “We plan to seal the foundation and install a barrier around the foundation to help prevent future access. A report will be issued by the contractor to be provided to any potential buyers.”

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“trapped and released” puleeeeeze.


Great snakes and leaping lizards!! The real snakes here are the banksters. It would be sweet justice if all the “collected” snakes were brought to the bank’s head office for release, as they are now part of the bank’s foreclosed property.


yikes, couldn’t make it past 11 seconds….creeped me out!!


I agree, bankster snakes, snakes from the wild. It’s an infestation!!!!! But at least the snakes are innocent of the kind of evil these banksters have perped. But Ican tell you this: There’s no way I would buy a house with a foundation in that condition. That makes no sense, and I don’t care how cheap the house was.

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This story reminds me of when I lived briefly in Virginia Beach many years ago. There was a letter to the household hints editor of the Norfolk newspaper asking what to do to keep snakes out of the house. Never having lived in a snake-rich environment before, at first I thought it was a joke. Turned out, there is something called a “snake guard” that can be installed on door threshholds that keeps out those pesky water moccasins!