Ellen DeGeneris apparently has a segment that mocks funny real estate listings. One from Mérida (she didn’t say where it was from) was a groaner.
“This sounds promising. It says right here, ‘Cute home in the historic center.’ Let’s see this cute home.”
Cut to an image of yucky, rundown rooms. The audience groans with horror. “Oh honey, I love it,” Ellen jokes. “This black mold is adorable!”
A cheap shot? Yes. But it illustrates the learning curve most of us north of the border have had to go through. Even if you’ve cultivated an eye for Centro ruins, your spouse might never get over the way an uncared-for historic home looks. It certainly took us a long time to learn what to look for, and what to overlook, when touring around with a real estate agent.
And guess what. I Googled the listing, and quickly found it. And what did I find?
Not everyone thought it was so horrifying, because it’s been sold. It was only $26,000 US, and when you look at all the other pictures, it was indeed a very cute home. I don’t even think you could find a fixer like that in that price range these days. I wish I had been ready for Mérida when ruins were under $30,000. Some educated buyer no doubt has done very well by this purchase. So much for the wisdom of Ellen and her audience — and most everyone else. The “Ellen” clip is over two years old, so it was unlikely to still be available.
I’m glad she didn’t mention that it was in Mérida.
(Thanks to friends on Mexico Amigos for bringing this to my attention!)