My Nude Seller

Real Estate Agent with Realty Executives

For years now my Mom has encouraged me to write a book about my adventures in real estate. For some reason, I have some of the most "interesting" experiences. So, this is the beginning of a new series of adventures in Hampton Roads real estate. Please note I will not be disclosing any specific information about the persons or locations in any of my stories.

This particular adventure starts at a pre-listing appointment to assess the condition and amenities in order to assess the true value of the property. I sit down at the dining room table with Mr. and Mrs. Seller on each side of me. Humm? First Mrs. Seller informs me they are divorcing and says "you tell Mr. Seller he has to clean out the garage" then on the right I hear "you tell Mrs. Seller to get her shoes out of the closets", and on we go. So, we decide to sign the listing documents necessary to market the home. As I leave I install the lock box and place the sign in the front yard. As I drive back to the office to turn in the listing documents, I wonder if all communications will be the way the pre-listing appointment was.

A couple of days go by, and we have a few showings by other agents without incident. I receive a call from a prospective buyer who is not working with an agent and informs me that they are interested in seeing my new listing. Of course, I'm delighted to show them the property, so I proceed with notifying the Mr. Seller who is the one living in the home. Our agreement was, "leave a message and go show", so I leave a message and coordinate a time to show the home to the buyers. I arrive a bit early to find Mr. Seller's car is not home. Shortly thereafter, the buyers arrive and we approach the home. I ring the doorbell as I am accessing the lock box. I unlock the door and as I open the door, I call out "hello, anyone home?" No answer, so I begin to show the home and demonstrate its features. We walk through the living room, the dining room and family room. As we make our way down the hall, I open the first door on the right. There before my eyes was my wet Mr. Seller in the "full monty" for all to see. He yells, I scream and slam the door, the buyers run out and I can't get the front door shut fast enough.

Needless to say, I never heard back from the buyers again. We did however, get the home sold and at the closing table, I struggled to look him in the eye. I couldn't get the vision out of my mind!

Moral of the story, if you're showing homes, continuously call out to the owners as you enter different rooms or floors. Prepare you sellers for showings; tell them to LOCK the bathroom door if their home is on the market.

Posted by

Chris Faircloth, Realtor

Realty Executives

757-288-0983 Cell

Comments (9)

Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

hey. . at least he was not hiding anything and the sale was completed :)

Feb 01, 2010 10:42 PM
Vickie Osoria
Keller Williams Realty - Leland, NC

Very funny story.  But a great lesson to all of us!

Feb 01, 2010 10:45 PM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Chris...Amazing.......I found people sleeping in the bed one time.....Glad you finally sold the home.

Feb 01, 2010 10:46 PM
Ellie Shorb
Compass Real Estate - Chevy Chase, MD
Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert

That was a lesson in FULL DISCLOSURE! Ha!! Great story!

Feb 01, 2010 10:49 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Chris, great story.  There's quite a few jokes that come to mind, but I'm going to attempt to be good and refrain this morning.

Feb 01, 2010 10:59 PM
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

The buyers got to see the naked truth about the house!! Funny and scary at the same time. I'm sure that will be in your mind everytime you show a home!!

Feb 01, 2010 11:41 PM
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

I too have had an encounter with a "near-naked" homeowner who was furiously running about the house trying to get ready for a date.  We were more embarrassed than she.  And, yes, my client DID buy the house.

Feb 02, 2010 12:58 AM
Rick Goodman

Chris, Great story.  have you ever told the one where you are completely unresponsive to buyer's questions and sense of urgency?  Great tale about one of the least informed real estate transactions in VA history and seller is Chris Fairclothe, hmmmmm.


Mar 13, 2010 07:13 AM
Chris Faircloth
Realty Executives - Virginia Beach, VA

Mr. Goodman - Clearly you are confused, as I have only sold one home where I was the seller, and it was not to you nor were you a party to the transaction. I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience.


Christine Faircloth

Mar 14, 2010 09:23 AM