If the story behind this sale was not so horrific a sale of a home in Virginia, or anywhere else for that matter, would be fantastic news in this challenging real estate market. But why would a house that was appraised at approximately$747,000 have the asking price of $350,000? Surely the market is not this bad. But if the house belongs to Michael Vick, the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, and one of the most atrocious examples of dog fighting was found on the property, most likely the owner would want to sell it quickly. There are many stories in the media about the removal of over 65 dogs, scarred and bloodied, from the property as well as dog fighting equipment on the property. Michael Vick claims that he knew nothing about what was going on at the property but instead decides to sell his house by cutting the price so it sells in a day. Either he believes that the market will drop to zero value, he has too much money or he is slightly nervous over what investigators will find. Most people agree that it is the “investigator scenario” that Vick looked at before deciding on his FSBO pricing.
Then to make matters worse, if they can get worse, you have two Washington Redskins players adding to the situation by making the most disgusting comments about dog fighting and the rights of people to treat their animals the way they choose in the privacy of their homes. Now I believe that a number of NFL players do not make the correct life choices and are not the smartest men in the world but where are the owners of the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins? Are they in hiding attempting to protect their multi-million dollar investments or hiring yet more good for nothing players that have no respect for men, women or animals. Or perhaps they are tutoring Michael Vick and his colleagues on real estate investing or how to attract pet loving fans to their stadiums so they can watch these “it is someone else’s fault” players run up and down the field.
I would like to draw your attention to an excellent letter by Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States to Rogel Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League. It is time the owners, coaches and others associated with the various sports step up and take action instead of telling the public that their stars did not mean what they said or did and they are seeking treatment for their problems.