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Old 06-25-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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In the past, people would ask the current owners/renters of the homes they grew up in if they could visit and think and talk about the past, for nostalgia.

I doubt that happens often today.

If a stranger shows up at your doorstep, young or old, and tells you he/she grew up in the house you are occupying now, would you let that person in and reminisce?
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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In the past, people would ask the current owners/renters of the homes they grew up in if they could visit and think and talk about the past, for nostalgia.

I doubt that happens often today.

If a stranger shows up at your doorstep, young or old, and tells you he/she grew up in the house you are occupying now, would you let that person in and reminisce?

Given your location in Huntsville, TX I would not do it!
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:57 PM
 
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In the past, people would ask the current owners/renters of the homes they grew up in if they could visit and think and talk about the past, for nostalgia.

I doubt that happens often today.

If a stranger shows up at your doorstep, young or old, and tells you he/she grew up in the house you are occupying now, would you let that person in and reminisce?
Probably. What I wouldn't want to watch is their dismay in finding that memory is usually rosier than the present. I recently sold a property surrounded by forest. That was one of the things I loved most about it. The house not so much. According to former neighbors, one of the first things the new owners did was log off the timber and sell it.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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No way.

A relative was robbed this way. Couple claiming that the woman had grown up in the house and she let them in. They were casing the place. Asked her all kinds of stuff and then robbed the house a few weeks later.

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Old 06-25-2018, 06:28 PM
 
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In the past, people would ask the current owners/renters of the homes they grew up in if they could visit and think and talk about the past, for nostalgia.

I doubt that happens often today.

If a stranger shows up at your doorstep, young or old, and tells you he/she grew up in the house you are occupying now, would you let that person in and reminisce?
Yes. In fact we have had this experience when we had a yard sale a few years ago.....and I just had another yard sale this past week end.....and a lady was talking about her friend who had lived in and loved our home. Her friend was the lady that visited my first yard sale, and shared this home's history.

It is a 1910 home....and was a much loved family home, a hard to describe style.....nicknamed the doll house by the neighbors. Her grandfather owned it, then she bought it in the 80's, and had to sell it when she became a young widow. Growing up she said it was filled with laughter.

I hope that she will want to buy it when we sell in couple of years for retirement.....I would really enjoy having her own this again.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:39 PM
 
Location: San Diego / NWA
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I had an opportunity to go by a house I lived in 40 years ago. The owners dog was in the window barking it's head off so when they opened the front door I approached. I told the current owner "I bet you're wondering what a couple dodge Vipers are doing parked out front?" She said She was and I went on to explain how I had fond memories of living there and since I lived 2500 miles away just drove by to check out the old digs.

I didn't ask to go inside, but did ask to go in the backyard to which She obliged.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:52 PM
 
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We experienced this twice. 50 year old tract home we bought from the 2nd owners. They came back a year later and wanted "their house" back. We politely declined.

The 1st owner came by one day with his daughter (she lived in MA, he had retired to Fl) they wanted to visit the old neighbourhood. I invited them in and was delighted to hear their stories about the home, the yard and the neighbours.

He picked the floor plan out of 5 choices, original price 17K he added A/C , a second garage and a fireplace which raised the price to 19K.
His daughters bedroom was our daughters bedroom, the pine trees in the yard had been their Christmas trees.....it was an emotional experience for him as his wife had just passed away.
After that, he and I corresponded for about 5 years until he passed away.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:55 PM
 
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A relative was robbed this way. Couple claiming that the woman had grown up in the house and she let them in. They were casing the place. Asked her all kinds of stuff and then robbed the house a few weeks later.
What would be funny is a 30 year old show up to my father's house and she says she used to live there as a kid, the problem is he's owned the home over 40 years.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:56 PM
 
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I would tell them sorry the home is being worked on and it's a mess.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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Yes! I bought a 1925 old adobe home and knew the history. About a year after I bought the home (1977) a very old woman showed up with her elderly daughter and told me they were the original owners/builders. It was a marvelous visit and I learned so much about the house and land. They visited a few more times before moving away.
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