ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A national real estate business tried to benefit from the “Breaking Bad” buzz by listing the home of Walter White as for sale, but the homeowner, who still lives there, said the gimmick was a bad idea.
Imagine if someone posted an ad listing your house for sale when it wasn't. That's exactly what happened to Fran Padilla, the Albuquerque woman who owns the home many know as the home of “Breaking Bad” character Walter White.
The ad popped up on Craigslist with a picture of White’s home and a lengthy description. At the bottom right-hand corner was a Century 21 logo. There was even an agent, named Carol, listed on the ad with a New Mexico phone number.
However, when people called the number this is what the message said:
“While this home is not actually for sale, it’s a great time to investigate the possibilities of home ownership with a Century 21 agent.”
It turns out the real estate listing is a fake. However, local Century 21 realtors say they didn't post it.
Laurie Balmer with Century 21 in Albuquerque said she was just as surprised about the ad as everyone else.
“I saw the house and I saw the phone number and I thought, well, that's really weird,” Balmer said.
Balmer said it was the work of Century 21's national office.
Talk about a pain for the actual homeowner.
“One person contacted me from Facebook and asked me if he could come see the house, that it was for sale,” Padilla said. “I said ‘no - it’s not for sale.' ”
Padilla is used to the attention. The home she's lived in for 40 years is now a magnet for fans of the hit TV show. However, Padilla said this type of attention is crossing the line.
“I think it's really ridiculous because if they want to use my house, they have to compensate me for an ad,” Padilla said. “I’m not giving anything away.”
Even if they were to sell it, she said the listing price of $150,000 for a piece of "Breaking Bad" wouldn't cut it.
Century 21 realtors in Albuquerque said they were asked by the national office to post it but opted not to because they thought it was unethical. They said they don't believe their national office meant any harm.
The ad has been removed from Craigslist.
News 13 left a message for the spokesperson with Century 21's national office but didn't hear back.
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