well, the realtor never showed up and i guess the owner noticed me sitting outside. he is a foreigner that spoke very little english. i explained that i was coming to look at the house and he just walked off and shut the garage door behind him. i sat there a few minutes and he came out again and said his wife wanted to sell, but he didn't. i asked about the foundation and he said something about a lifetime warranty, but they wouldn't call him back. i'm assuming it was "fixed" before he bought it by some fly by night place. i only saw the one corner by the garage up close and it looked bad. the brick is cracked and separating from the lower concrete part and the front porch is leaning towards the street. the roof looks good and fairly new, but one of the windows near the front door looks like its leaning to the left. click the link below and go to full screen and you'll see what i mean.
i didn't even get to look in the garage or under the house, but from the way the rest of the place looks i think it has moved some over time and nobody ever cared to fix it. other houses in the area have stairstep cracks in the brick, but none that i noticed as visibly being "off". the brick on this house was painted, probably to hide stuff.
you guys might be right on the driveway, they easily could have had a big motorhome in there, or a backhoe if the old owner was into that sort of business.
other homes in the area are going for 130k, this is listed at 88k. i'm guessing it needs 8-10k in cement work, whatever to fix the foundation, all new eaves, landscaping, and who knows what all inside. and thats considering it doesn't buckle the roof/drywall getting leveled.
i'm so conflicted on this one. maybe i should just lowball them at like 50k and see what happens. its been on the market for 5 weeks. i can't see many people being interested in it, except to flip it and the market really sucks right now for that sort of thing.