So the house has been sitting empty for the longest time. The only change being that a For Sale By Owner sign that was up for about a week. Otherwise I'd guess it's been roughly a year that the house has been completely vacant. It's mostly trashed from what I can see through the windows, and the yard is trashed too. In fact when they left they even abandoned the van that's been in the driveway.
Rumor around the neighborhood was that the family living there got a divorce, the husband lost his job, and his house got foreclosed upon. Kind of the triple-crown of life sticking it to you. I don't know how true it is, but that's what I heard. My aunt is a mortgage broker so I had her lookup the status of the house since it's been empty so long and in the last 10 years it has had 8 different mortgages and refinances applied to it. Each one for more money than the last.
Finally someone showed up at the house after I got home from work, and I went over to talk to him. It was a guy from the bank checking on the status of the house. I told him it had been empty about a year and he was shocked. He said they'd try and clean it up and get it back on the market in the next couple of weeks. We were standing on the porch talking so I got to glance inside and it looks even worse than what I saw through the windows. Food all over the floor, and broken glass everywhere. So I guess that ends the mystery of the house, pretty wild.
On the walk back from that house I found this letter in the dirt between our houses. It such a sad thing to find knowing a little more about the history.