Does a Stripper Pole Define A "Niche"? What is your most interesting anecdote?

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Squirrel Stripper Pole

I was showing homes to some friends of mine last month. Since this happened, we subsequently found them a fantastic home on Sally Drive in Lake Forest.  I'm pleased to say we are closing next week!

Back to my favorite showing of last year.  One of the homes they asked to see that day was only a 3 bedroom home. I asked what caught their eye and made them consider a 3 bedroom home on a tiny lot.

They said there were two things they found compelling; the view and the computer niche.

As we drove to the property we discussed what kind of computer niche we would find. We talked about an attic space that had been opened up off one of the bedrooms or an inside laundry room that had been converted with a stackable unit. We decided we were probably going to find a loft space at the top of the stairs outside the bedrooms.

The home was very nice as we walked inside, but we all came to a sudden stop in the kitchen. We stood there, shoulder-to-shoulder...speechless. You've all seen this model before; living room entry that leads to the kitchen. Off the kitchen is a combination dining room/family room that is really too small to call anything else. Most people end up putting stools against the breakfast bar and using it as a nice-sized family room...but I digress.

About 2/3 of the way into the room and dead-center was a chrome stripper pole. It went from floor to ceiling and the upper two feet of the pole was covered in fingerprints. Beyond the stripper pole and in the corner of the room was a large computer desk. The chair and desk were the only furniture in the entire room.

I'm not sure what they were thinking when they called putting a desk in a corner of a room (behind a stripper pole) a "niche".

I revisited this blog entry at the suggestion of a friend.  I hope you enjoy this as much as she did.  What do you think? Does a stripper pole delineate a room? What Surprises have you found when showing a home?

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Jason Howe
Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services - York, PA

Second unfortunate AR member this week to tour a home with a stripper pole displayed prominently.  Must be a sign of the economy.

Jan 16, 2010 11:33 AM #1
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Oh come on now, Vic.  Where have you been?  It's the latest update: stripper pole in kitchen, to take "entertaining your guests while you make dinner" to a whole new level! LOL -- Tanya in Montreal

Jan 16, 2010 11:36 AM #2
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

No it's not a niche but it's a great story!!  When we were buying for ourselves, we once looked at a home that had camera equipment set up and chains and whips visible.  There was a locked closet that we still wonder about. 

Last summer I almost got my requisite naked Seller story.  she wasn't supposed to be home but she was in the shower!  Arghhhh!!

Jan 16, 2010 11:38 AM #3
Karin Elliott
IBA Realty Group - Big Canoe, GA
14 Years as a Broker & Making Dreams Come True

I think the Stripper poles are the new treadmill! LOL! Seriously thought there are a bunch of exercise classes revolving around (no pun intended) stripping themes! Housewives love them. These clases have not quite made it to the North Georgia mountains but having a pole in the house may just spice things up a little! It DEFINITELY gives the couples something to discuss!

Jan 16, 2010 11:38 AM #4
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

WHat does Jason mean? Empty homes with stripper poles . . .does that means that certain types of businesses are not successful any longer?

Jan 16, 2010 11:38 AM #5
Lisa Schmitt
Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell - Plainfield, IL

Wow. Just wow.

I can imagine the feedback you gave: "home was nice, but a little small for my buyers. Oh, and you might want to remind the homeowner to keep the pole polished. It looked really bad."

Jan 17, 2010 10:09 AM #6
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA

Lisa!  You crack me up!  I thought Tanya's was the best comment, until you just found me.  He didn't ask for feedback, but now I sure wish he would have.  I should have taken a picture.  I'll be ready for the next unique situation I encounter and I promise an even more detailed account.

Keep laughing, I smile every time I get another comment about this showing.  Thanks to each of you!  I sure would like to have seen the community jump all over this story. 

Wouldn't it be great if we could consolidate the must fun and most informative stories and publish them to give to our clients? 

Jan 17, 2010 10:17 AM #7
J Perrin Cornell
Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA

Hey it is a great


I had the naked shower lady AND in another house a couple doing the deed... all with the same couple... in the same day and all aftrer calls and appts... they commented later i was pretty good entertainment too!

Jan 18, 2010 12:21 AM #8
Karin Elliott
IBA Realty Group - Big Canoe, GA
14 Years as a Broker & Making Dreams Come True

Forgot to mention that you have the PERFECT graphic for this post!!

Jan 18, 2010 01:12 PM #9
June Mellor
Century 21 All Islands - Kailua, HI

That's hilarious. I would've been speechless. How did your clients react?

Jan 19, 2010 04:03 PM #10
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"
Haha. I want pictures of the poles. We all should follow the trend and get one!
Jan 23, 2010 07:14 PM #11
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

What a great addition to an otherwise boring 3/2, I agree with Trisha and plan to get one for my wife!

Jan 23, 2010 11:44 PM #12
Susan Thompson-Solomons
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties - Solomons, MD
Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist

Too funny - did the listing say"Fitness equipment conveys"?

Jan 24, 2010 02:18 AM #13
Stacie Wells
Grovetown, GA

I used to be a site agent, and as I was touring guests through the properties one day, one of them commented "Oh look honey! Our pole will go perfectly right there." I was SPEECHLESS. Utterly, speechless. Glad to see other people are sharing my pain! LOL

Jan 24, 2010 05:58 AM #14
Mandy Buchholz
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Murfreesboro, TN

That beats anything that I have seen. I do love your littl sqirrel and her stripper pole.

Jan 24, 2010 12:10 PM #15
Amy Jones Group
South East Valley - - Chandler, AZ

Stripper pole is good...but I may have one better.  Walked into the master bedroom and there was some sort of trapeze apparatus hanging over the master bed.  I'm no expert in these devices and commented that the seller must be in traction therapy of some sort.  My buyers burst out laughing as they explained to me what it was.  Suffice it to say, it wasn't for traction therapy.  Color me red.

Jan 24, 2010 02:23 PM #16
Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

I have a friend who listed a house with a unique bedroom. It had a private bath and slider that opened to a hot tub on one of the decks, and TWO king size beds. Now what can you call that room? The only term I could come up with was the "swingers" room, but she didn't feel comfortable putting that in the MLS.  :)

Jan 30, 2010 09:10 PM #17
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