Gail and JoAnna's Real Estate Thoughts


An "uncomfortable" position!

I had an interesting showing last weekend.

I had an appointment for Noon, as in 12 in the afternoon!

We arrive, ring the bell. No answer.  I use the lockbox.

I show livingroom, kitchen and bedroom 1.

Bedroom Door KnobI then open door to bedroom 2...  the Master Bedroom.

Feet in Bed

I find the husband and wife sleeping! 

My opening the door startles them.

They jump. Not out of the bed mind you!  Thank heavens because I don't know if they were fully dressed!  

I apologize profusely.  I'm dying and a bit confused.

They say... "It's no problem, you had an appointment. We were expecting you.  Go ahead and show the place. Come in." 

Amidst this awkwardness and without thinking, I enter the bedroom. I am actually showing the bedroom to my clients.  Pointing out the double closet and the lovely view.  All the while the owners are laying there, under the covers!!


My buyers follow me in. For a moment it is almost as if the owners aren't there.

Then the absurdity of it all hits us like a ton of bricks. I look at the buyers, they look at the couple in the bed, sitting there braless, with their mussed hair and morning breath and we head for the exit!!  Pronto!

This was a well priced home that has been on the market 4 months. Before the showing I was wondering why it hadn't sold. Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way!!


I'd love to hear YOUR funny or strange showing experiences!


JoAnna Siminerio Manalapan Realtor

PS - My buyers (who are real buyers) liked the place, but they won't consider it because they feel the owners are ridiculous and don't want to enter into a business relationship with them! I'm still working on them, but I think sellers sometimes forget how important it is to show their home in the best light... at all times!


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JoAnna Siminerio, Weichert Realtors

JoAnna Siminerio
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Comment balloon 16 commentsGail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio • November 25 2008 09:28AM


I think they have a word for people like that but it isn't coming to me at this moment.

Posted by Kathy Kooyman (Home Realty) almost 11 years ago

JoAnna, you have to be kidding! I don't believe you. I started to laugh when you said you found the owners in bed but when you said you continued to show the room, I fell out of my seat! Thanks for the laugh.

Keep on bloggin'


Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/ almost 11 years ago

JoAnna, Something similar happened to me many years ago only it was the seller coming out of the shower...he had a towel on thank God!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 11 years ago

My second home I showed when I started a beautiful white cat decided to do Number 2 on the couch in front of me and buyers. We were so grossed out we left... Other than that life has been pretty predictable... hilarious story...  definitly keep on blogging !!

Posted by Carl Stars (Sutton Group About Town Realty ) almost 11 years ago

That was indeed akward!  I can't believe that they didn't even try to make excuses.

Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) almost 11 years ago

My friend used to lay down in the beds, under the covers, in department stores, like Macy's, during the holidays.  It was hilarious.  But it wasn't stupid like these people! I guess selling isn't really that important to them yet.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 11 years ago

Steve, I have a good sense of humor when it comes to those kinds of pranks, but trust me... this couple was NOT joking!  And the thing that I'm not sure is clear in my delivery of the story is that they were not uncomfortable in the least!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) almost 11 years ago

We had a Saturday late morning viewing for a house we wanted to buy -- family had moved away and the husband came home on weekends to keep the house mowed, etc.  Our realtor knocked, rang and then opened the door -- right as a nude woman walked across the room -- in full view of our entire family . . .

we didn't get to see the house . . .

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) almost 11 years ago

JoAnna, If this were not true, it would almost be funny. I sometimes wonder what people are thinking...

~~ Michael 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

JoAnna - great story, but certainly embarassing for you and your buyers. Some sellers seem to sabotage their own home sales and don't realize it.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

I had a similar experience where the woman answered the door in her robe and told us to give her a few minutes, but to come on in and start looking at the house.  We went immediately to the basement.  After about 30 minutes or so, I knocked on the master bedroom door and asked if we would be able to see it.  In about a minute she came out with empty pizza boxes followed by a man who was putting his clothes on!  Apparently our presence in the home didn't interfere with their afternoon delight.

Posted by Renee L. Norton almost 11 years ago

Oh my goodness this is just too funny.  I have not had this happen and really think it sounds crazy.  It sounds like they ... enjoyed it a bit too much.  Strange people everywhere.

Posted by asdf zcxv, Ann Arbor Area Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Oh, Wow, what an experience. . .mine can't top yours or the cat pooping on the couch. . . but recently I showed a home that I was told was vacant.  Out of habit, I rang the bell before entering and when I saw piles of clothes and some boxes inside (but no furniture) I called out "hello."  Silence.  So we walked through the first two levels talking and making plenty of noise.  As I'm leading the way up to the third level and the master bedroom, there is a man just lying there passed out on the floor, eyes closed, not moving.  For a brief moment I wonder if the guy is dead or alive. . .so I call out "hello" . . .no movement, so I call out louder, now really afriad the guy is dead and he very slowly opens his eyes and says "huh, oh. . .come in and look around."   Needless to say, it was very awkward and not a little bit creepy -- we got out of there asap.

Posted by Teri Deane, Realtor, ABR, CRS, SFR - The Deane Team (RE/MAX 100) almost 11 years ago

Wow... Well, at the very least we can never complain of having a "predictable" day!! :)

Posted by Monica Walters (Weichert, Realtors) almost 11 years ago

That is one of the most bizarre stories I've ever heard. I've heard where agents walk in on people...but usually there is some degree of embarrassment or an admission that they forgot the appointment. Who knows, maybe these folks are just a little kinky and exhibitionists. I think I would have just turned around and left with buyers in tow.

Luckily we've never had a situation like that. We did walk into a condo one time that was suppose to be vacant, but we could hear running water in the someone was in the shower. We called answer. So I sent my husband ahead to inspect the situation (another good reason to work as a team!). Turns out no one was home. The water pipe in the bathroom had burst and water was everywhere. The whole side of the condo was about an inch in water. I felt really badly for the sellers. They were out of town and the water had been running for two days.

Posted by Carol Clay, Broker/REALTOR, Brevard NC Real Estate Specialist (Looking Glass Realty) almost 11 years ago

I tell you there must be someone out there making a collection of these stories!  There is just no limit to how bizarre they can get!!


Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) almost 11 years ago