No, really, he’s a keeper: Florida real estate listing includes ex-husband


A new listing in Panama City, Florida comes with a little more than the average buyer may be willing to bargain for.

Saleswoman Crystal Ball, 43, has listed her three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which features a patio, pool, hot tub and an ex-husband named Richard, for sale to the savvy buyer interested in a potential discount on the sale, Newsweek reported on Wednesday.

Ball and her ex-husband, Richard Chaillou, 54, recently decided to amicably divorce after seven years together. However, the two continue to keep a number of businesses together and co-parent their children, and Ball, who got her real estate license in 2019, seems happy to help her ex with her new romantic future by giving him an unusual endorsement. . .

On the house she lists at 3819 Quail St., one of several investment properties she owns, Ball advertised a “wonderfully rehabilitated ex-husband up for grabs as a tenant” and could lower the asking price. of $699,000 for the buyer willing to let him rest.

She also makes the case for Chaillou — aside from the playful photos of him all over the house in poses showing his muscles and playing hide-and-seek with a stuffed white tiger, Ball’s list also lays claim to Chaillou’s skills as a as home cook and handyman.

“This dream man in the kitchen is a personal chef and server who cooks perfect meals on a new stove with updated countertops you can make memories on,” Ball’s listing description teases. “The headgear is well worn, mostly bald, like the eagles soaring in the sky above S. Lagoon just steps from your massive driveway.”

Ball also points out Cahillou’s useful physical characteristics, which can do more than meets the eye.

“The XL ears will pick up the squeaks and make sure WD40 is applied to your new fixtures,” the description reads. “The big Italian nose will sniff out all the smells before you even think of taking the trash cans out of your decorative front door. Superhuman strength will save you years of hard work lifting your spa cover where you can fall in love in listening to our two young boys splashing around in the pool. The tenants new metal knees should outlast the new LVP flooring which was just installed by experts. »

Due to the unusual proposal in Ball’s roster, the roster has been flagged and taken down multiple times, with other agents arguing that it is against MLS rules. However, Ball asserted the opposite, that it is common for investment properties in Florida to be sold with tenants occupying them.

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The unique marketing technique was also an opportunity for Ball to announce to the world his name change and the launch of his new brokerage, Investors Gone Wild Realty. Previously, Ball operated as Crystal Chaillou at eXp Realty.

“I’m a big fan of creative marketing tactics, and thought this was a great way to announce my divorce, my name change, and the launch of my new brokerage,” Ball told Newsweek.

The list was picked up by Zillow Gone Wild on Twitter earlier this week and received over 1,700 likes.

A Twitter user called bae replied, “Rather sold on the personal chef,” while another called Lurker said, “His poses…I’m sold.”

In general, Ball said people responded to the ad with good humor, except for a few prickly agents.

“Overall the feedback has been positive,” she told Newsweek. “There are other agents who don’t see the humor in it, but that’s part of the reason I listed it.”

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