They Name Houses... don't they?

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty

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...

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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

I sold a house once that had an interesting exception pop-up on the Preliminary Title Report.  The exception was for: Dead Man Walking.  Who knows what it meant.  Not even the Title Co. could figure it out.  So, that was the Dead Man Walking house... on the river, no less :)

Apr 08, 2010 04:42 PM #1
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Oh, we name houses.  Yes, we do.  Some of them I can't say here...but there are those characters and characteristics that sometimes make this ever so much more interesting. 

Apr 08, 2010 04:43 PM #2
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


though there are many proponents of banning all not purely 'Buy my listing' type of blog posts, those human (and often humorous) posts are what make it interesting and live

Apr 08, 2010 04:45 PM #3
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Pretty funny, Lane. Voyeur House reminds me of that movie with Sharon Stone and William Baldwin...the name escapes me...oh, yes, Sliver...

Apr 08, 2010 04:46 PM #4
Kevin Dunlap
Trident Investments Group - Las Vegas, NV

Very humorous.  I guess we do name houses, even if it is just by the street name.  But, you are right about calling it the Dead Man House etc.  I have had a few of those over the years.

Apr 08, 2010 06:20 PM #5
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Then there was the "naked-lady-at-the-door house".  She said she thougtht our showing appointment was two hours hence.  She never did say who she was expecting to be greeting by "swinging" open the door at the precise moment we arrived.  But I have often wondered.  My buyer probaby has, too.


Apr 08, 2010 10:01 PM #6
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I've opened bedroom doors on sleeping people and been licked half to death by friendly dogs....I just think of it as CHEAP exfoliating!!!

Apr 08, 2010 10:53 PM #7
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

That's one of the things I love about this business -- never a dull moment!

Apr 08, 2010 11:18 PM #8
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Great post. Showed a house once where in one of the bedrooms a person was in the bed completely under the covers. We spoke and rattled a leg (I think it was a leg) trying to assure the potential seller it was not a corpse. Never got a response.

Apr 09, 2010 12:09 AM #9
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

Yep, there's almost always the "Mean Dog House," and the "Ugly Wallpapered House" and if showing foreclosures there might be the "No Kitchen Appliances and Holes in the Wall House"!

Apr 09, 2010 12:25 AM #10
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

Fabulous post, I actually use something like this for part of my listing presentation.  I give them examples of how people "name" homes and help them see what people may "name" their house and how to stage it to avoid being known as that ""  Its been very helpful.  I always laugh at the names people come up with.  Yesterdays showings were boring we just had the "dog house" and the "party house"..........   Have a great day!

Apr 09, 2010 01:43 AM #11
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Then there was the fall through the floor house, the snake house, the urine house, and we go on and on and on.......

Apr 09, 2010 02:37 AM #12
Sue Neff
Tennessee Real Properties - Jamestown, TN
Principal Broker, Jamestown, TN

That's why I like showing land.  But these too have their names - like "goat farm" - the seller thinks it's a great horse property, when in fact it's so steep only goats would thrive. 

Apr 09, 2010 02:53 AM #13
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

'Crack House' - foundation problem

'Sunglasses House' - bright, BRIGHT colors throughout

We almost always come up with some nicknames.  My favorite when I'm working with a buyer is when they call it 'Dream House'.

Apr 09, 2010 11:43 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

THe one we all have had..."The Smelly House"...or "Hold Your Nose House".  Great post, now I am going over to read Greg Nino's post.

Apr 10, 2010 09:50 AM #15
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

When I was a kid in Albany California there was a house on the corner we all thought was haunted.  A crazy lady lived in it.

My grandad built a house on his land in Arkansas.  Years after he died and when they were moving grandma out they found his hidden still in the basement (grandma was a tea totaler).

Apr 11, 2010 03:57 AM #16
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Thanks for sharing.  There are so many unique houses...  Too bad there are too many on the market that are 'Trash House'. 

Jul 17, 2010 12:56 PM #17
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