The only certain when dealing with bank owned homes is the uncertainty of what you will find. Though there are exceptions, the rough spots and health hazards are to be found inside the home (your average deep green swimming pool being the noticeable man-eating exception.)
Another exception can be found in Goodyear’s Palm Valley subdivision, where a unique and presumably unintentional security system exists to the right of the front door. The sign on the garage identifies this obstacle as “attack wasps” but in reality what you have a is swarm of bees living on the bottom of the post to the right of the door.
This picture taken with my Samsung Instinct doesn’t really do the bees justice; I don’t have a zoom feature with the camera phone and, frankly, I wasn’t going to ask the bees to pose and say cheese. Any photo that could be taken without some flying insect leaving his abdomen attached to me via a stinger would be considered a victory.
That swarm covers an area only about 60 square inches … maybe a 5-inch by 12-inch patch. But, while I’m by no means an expert on such things, the bees’ activity suggested there are more critters here than meet the eye. I can’t definitively say there were bees commuting in and out of the pillar itself but I wasn’t exactly conducting an exit poll as I sprinted to and from the front door.
Bees in stucco, you say? Absolutely possible absent the clever creation called weep screed (or the even more clever substitute for weep screed, steel wool.) Stucco walls are meant to breathe and are open at the bottom. Since a complete opening on the bottom would invite insects to make a home, the bottom of the stucco usually is enclosed by weep screed, which is like (but not exactly like) a screen at the bottom of the wall.
So do the bees constitute a reason not to purchase the home? For some, probably. But given the home’s already competitive pricing, the cost of an exterminator making the 6 o’clock news for eradicating the likely swarm inside the post probably wouldn’t be all that severe.
Unless of course you like the added security and can’t get the homeowners association to approve a moat flowing to the deep green swimming pool in the back yard.[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]