Couple Shockingly Tormented After Winning a Real Estate Bidding War

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Let's face it: The real estate market is extremely competitive. If you're lucky enough to finally find the perfect house, the last thing you want is to end up in a bidding war. But for Janice Ruhter and Jerry Rice, a married couple from San Diego, buying their dream home quickly turned into a nightmare when the woman they outbid began tormenting them. 


When you purchase a new home, especially one you've spent your life savings on as this couple did, you picture an idyllic life filled with backyard barbecues, nice neighbors, and playmates for the kids. What you don't expect is to suddenly accrue bills for things you didn't buy and have random strangers show up for parties you didn't plan. And you certainly don't expect to find online posts advertising sex with your wife, telling strangers to just show up at the house during the day.

Yet that's exactly what this couple, who have a young child and another on the way, faced thanks to the woman they outbid. Consequently, Kathy Rowe, 53, was sentenced to one year of home electronic surveillance and five years of probation and ordered to stay away from the couple for a decade after pleading guilty to stalking.

Though Rowe referred to her actions as a series of "pranks," they're anything but amusing. 

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It can be challenging enough to be a new mom moving into a new neighborhood without someone messing with your credit, your reputation, and ultimately, your peace of mind.

Jane Austen once wrote, "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." It's true -- your home is supposed to be a safe haven. It should be a sanctuary where you and your family can go and lock the doors and feel insulated from the outside world. But for this family, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Hopefully now Ruhter and Rice will be able to put this awful start behind them and finally begin their happily ever after in their new home.

Have you ever experienced a bidding war? 


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