No dogs allowed
When crazy yellow lab Marley barrels through the front door of an open house, out the back, and jumps into the pool in the movie Marley & Me, Owen Wilson, playing Marley’s owner, feigns innocence by asking “Whose dog is that?”
“I had an open house in my building, and a neighbor who was not looking to move told me her dog wanted to see the apartment—so she brought him,” Rena Goldstein, senior vice president at Halstead Property told the Realdeal.com. “She walked him through the apartment while I stood there stunned and unable to speak.”
Pets are great, but some people forget their fur babies aren’t human. In fact, on The Steve Pomeranz Show, a weekly financial radio show on NPR WLRN, veteran real estate agent Terry Story noted that 89 percent of pet owners would walk away from a home purchase if the property had restrictions against pets—while 61 percent would not buy a home or have it altered if they believed that it was not a pet-friendly environment.
Sellers wear their birthday suit
Buyer beware! Realtors might want to make sure the seller is dressed before taking a home tour. Knocking is standard protocol for realtors before they show a home. But a knock might not be enough notice for some sellers.
“One time when I was showing a house, the listing agent said to go directly there,” says Carlos Gomez, a sales associate at Coldwell Banker East Office in Westfield. “I ring the bell and knock on the door and no one answers so I proceed to use my lockbox and walk in with my buyer. We go through the entire first floor and then proceed to the basement. As we are going to the second floor to see the bedrooms, a naked man walks by the hallway. I tell him that we are showing the house. He starts making his way down the stairs to tell us nobody told him we were coming to see the house today. Note that he was still naked.”
Michael Signet, executive director of sales at Bond New York Real Estate shares a similar tale of naked sellers at the Realdeal.com. “When the listing broker invited my client and myself into an open house and showed us around the apartment, when we got to the master bedroom the seller and his girlfriend were in bed—awake [and] reading the paper [with] no clothes on.” For more juicy details about the world of real estate, check out these 22 secrets your realtor isn’t telling you.