House for sale: 'Husband left us for a 22-year-old'
Oregon woman includes ex-husband's affair in her home's marketing plan: 'We loved this house. You will, too. No adulterers need apply.'
Elle Zober of Beaverton, Ore., wants prospective buyers to know there is nothing wrong with her house.
Her husband, or now ex-husband, however? That's another story.
"Husband left us for a 22 year old … House for sale by scorned, slightly bitter, newly single owner," reads the sign in front of the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home where the couple lived with their two young children. "We loved this house. You will, too," the sign says, adding, "Adulterers need not apply."
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Zober, 37, a photographer who owns a custom card business, made up the sign herself. Her goal was partly to share her story and partly to advertise the home, which she and her ex need to sell to afford their separate domiciles.
"I just thought it was truth in advertising," she told Fox 12 in Portland. "I want people to know it was a family home. It was well-loved and it was well taken care of. I want another family who will love it and care for it to move in."
Asking price is $169,000 for the 1,144-square-foot home with a detached garage, built in 1949. Zober and her ex, who were married for 10 years, have owned the home for seven years. She built a website to showcase the home and also to share her story about the divorce.
Her ex-husband, whom she refers to as El Capitan in "The Scorned & Slightly Bitter Blog," approved the sign. "As long as it sells the house, we're good," she told Fox 12. "Neither of us wants the house to end up in foreclosure."
Her story and the photo of the sign have been picked up by media worldwide, and she has gotten more than 675 comments on her blog posting, many from women who have found themselves in the same position. Divorce does rank as one of the top reasons for selling a home.
If you like the sign, you can buy a refrigerator-magnet version for $5.
Zober writes: "Just think, 40,000 or so magnet sales and I can buy my own house! bwahahahahah ... just kidding :)"
Every couple of months we post an add, GETTING a Divorce garage sale. barging hunters come out in droves! Some to get great deal, some to show support, some to laugh at others misfortune. They buy everything, most time at much higher price. Scorn if you must, but I works, WHY? People love others who are worse off then themselves for one reason or another.
Her house will sell, her magnets will sell, and the 22year old girl, she will be looking for the exit in 2 years or less, she is is a drama hunter, when external influence’s are no longer generating it, she will become self destructive within her own circle to build the excitement.
I have personally went through the same situatiion. My husband got my girlfriend pregnant. However, I think Ms. Zober should handle this with more class, for the sake of her kids... She is doing this to get back at her cheating husband and to play the pitty card, and everyone watching can see only that. Unfortunately, the collateral effect of her behavior is humiliating to she and her children. She needs to ask herself what she is teaching them...
Things she should do:
1. Ask herself "Why do I want to be with someone who doesn't want to be with me?"
2. Pick yourself up by the boot straps and live with dignity.
3. Be a survivor, new Men will not be attracted to your self-pitty.
4. Go see a Psychologist, it will be money well spent.
5. Take the stupid sign down. You don't want to play the roll of the vindictive ex-wife.
I spent years seathing with anger, dwelling on it, ruining my current marriage, until I realized my ex could have had a toe tag on, to care any less that he hurt me. He didn't get one of my friends pregnant because he was a good guy... he did it because he was a pig. He had moved on and didn't give it even a glance in the rear view. The Psychologist gave me the tools I needed to fix my atttude and mind...
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.