Greg Nino had a fun post I saw earlier this evening. He is a real estate agent in Houston, and he was sharing some of the crazy things he's seen while showing homes.
Most agents have stories like those... and I was reminded of a few of mine.
Here are some of mine...
- Dead Guy House
We called for an appointment, and showed up at the alloted time... After spending about 15 minutes upstairs, we decided to take a look at the basement. The dogs were loud, but they were supposed to be friendly. The gang leader was a beagle... I took the lead and met three very happy dogs. As we came down the stairs and turned into the basement, to the cheers and wagging tails of the three loud dogs, we were greeted with a guy laying on the couch... remote in hand... in his boxers... golf game on... and (hopefully) asleep. We backed out. I called the listing agent to let her know there was someone there... and to have her call for medical attention if needed.
- Angry Old Lady House
Another appointment home... and we had one. Of course, I knocked before going in, and then called out after entering, to make sure anyone there would be aware of us. After about 5 minutes, a VERY angry elderly woman in a housecoat, brandishing a wicked broom strode in from the guest room. She really didn't want us there, so we left. My clients weren't that interested in the house, so it wasn't a problem.
When I spoke with the listing agent, she let me know that 'Grandma' was not very happy about the impending move (it was her daughter and son-in-law's home... she lived with them). It was her little protest.
- Voyeur House
Sometimes the house itself has things that make it remarkable. Voyeur house was a vacant foreclosure. But there were vestiges of past lives in the homes... In each bedroom, there was a surveillance camera. All of the feeds went back the master suite. We don't know if the feeds were for the kids' bedrooms... or if there were kids. But the guest room was wired up, too. And the basement was set up like a 50s Diner... neon, checkerboard floor, teal walls...
- Racer X
Many of my clients are auto enthusiasts. Racers, car collectors and others that enjoy wrenching on their cars... While looking at a home with some clients, the neighbor (later to find out he wasn't thrilled about the prospect of new people coming into the neighborhood) decided that he needed to tune HIS racecar. It was a pretty sweet Camaro that ran in SCCA American Sedan. It was kind of loud...
My clients went over to take a look... The next thing you know... beer was shared and wrenches were turned. The neighbor respected their Corvettes and my clients certainly respected the A/S Camaro. I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I can say that it was amazingly fun to sit and watch four people discover that they really have a lot in common (Mrs. Neighbor wandered out to admonish Mr. Neighbor for trying to derail a sale...).
There are lots more. They range from really cool clients to really strange homes to odd sellers... or odd/cool neighbors.
If you are NOT an agent, have you had an experience like this while looking at houses? I knwo that my agent friends will be happy to share some of their stories...