Sacramento real estate agent Gary Lee said he had no idea what he was getting into when he took the two Elk Grove listings from a bank that had repossessed them.
They were pot houses.
If anything defines the excesses of Sacramento's housing boom, it's probably those numerous pot houses, where investors got 100 percent financing on new homes and converted them to growing operations. The idea was that who in the suburbs, where people don't readily know their neighbors or ask too many questions, would know the house was occupied by marijuana plants?
Most of those growers have been busted and their homes repossessed.
"As soon as I got access to the properties I was as shocked walking through the front door as anyone else would have been," Lee said.
He had the houses cleaned and sent all the before and after photos to the bank so it knew what it owned. Lee's two homes in Elk Grove "should be hitting the market in about a month," he said.
In the meantime, here are some before pictures he shot after arriving at one of his new listings.
It looks somewhat better after he cleaned.
I think somebody's going to get a bargain here.