Couple Buys Foreclosed Home, Moves In, Invests Money to Fix Up, Finds Out The House is Not Theirs
Winning Bidders At Foreclosed Home Auction Invest Time, Money Into Fix-Up Only To Then Find Out They Bought Wrong Property
On July 14, they moved all of their belongings from their hotel room to the home and continued fixing up the place.
“I had people pull up in the front yard telling me ‘You’re doing such a good job,’ ” Benjamin Spence said. “They told me that it was such an eyesore before and to keep up the good work.”
Last Tuesday, the couple was at home when a city inspector and Spartanburg Public Safety Department officers came knocking on their front door.
The inspector told them that the property’s owner wanted them out of the house, and they had two weeks to vacate.
“We were like ‘what?’ ” Railynn Spence said. “We said, ‘We’re the owners. We bought it out of an FLC sale.’ ”
The Spences said they went up to the county’s Delinquent Tax Office. There, an official showed them that the parcel number for the home at 777 Hayne St. ended in the digits 156.00, and paperwork showed that the Spences had made their bid on a parcel ending in 157.00, which was the empty lot.
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