A house for sale in Virginia comes with a person in the basement

It’s a device that every new owner wants (just kidding).

There’s a house for sale in Virginia that comes with one person — maybe more — in its basement.

The Washingtonian reports how the five-bedroom house, located in Fairfax, may look attractive on the surface to many people browsing the housing market: there’s a Trader Joe’s nearby; ditto for Home Depot; and it’s only listed at $800,000 when other homes in the area typically cost $1 million.

Alas, there is a little fly (or two) in the ointment: first, the person.

In fact, according to the News & Observer, there could be multiple people included in the fine print of this home’s sale, each of whom won’t even contribute to the rent.

Or in the words of the official home listing on Zillow: “CASH ONLY OFFERS NO ACCESS to view lower level and home [sic] sold AS IS ONLY with acknowledgment that who will convey with person(s) living on the lower level without a lease in place…”

Axios Washington DC continues to report that these squatters are believed to be people who were originally hired to clean the house – which is currently owned by an elderly person who unfortunately suffers from health issues – and who simply never left.

The same Axios DC article explains that the house is also a DIY project, as it has three broken toilets, among other things.

“Inventory is so low that people are ready to do just about anything at this point,” Zinta Rodgers-Rickert of RE/MAX Gateway’s Red Truck Realty Group tells Axios.

And so, a summary of the housing market situation in 2022.

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