Showings, which give you the willies!

Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX Professionals.

Have you ever shown a house and had a strange feeling from the very start?

In my 10 years of real estate, I have seen many a eerie things. On this occasion I had called and left a message with the owner, per MLS instructions, to show the seller's house. As my clients and I arrived, we found some lights on and the TV on. This was unusual but I felt the owner could have gone next door and I had yelled "Realtor" upon our arrival with no reply or noise. I decided, the house was ready for my clients and we proceeded with the showing.

We started in the living room and then into the kitchen. It was windy outside and the noise from the wind was very noticeable. We started for the bedrooms and nothing was out of place except for the beds not being made, a pet peeve of mine.

The door of the kid's room was closed, so I knocked and stuck my head in. I then allowed my clients in and of course they opened the closet door. Everything had been pushed into the closet and as the door opened. Toys came tumbling out. (Pet peeve #2)

The showing wasn't going real well but we continued to next bedroom. This bedroom was clean and the client was very careful when she opened the door, nothing fell out and my clients were feeling better about this house. I was facing the closet and I noticed something you usually don't see in the bottom of a closet, 2 small bare feet. I motioned to my clients to step away from the closet. I asked the feet to come out of the closet. Nothing,! I asked again and a trembling girl about 11 came out, with a hammer in her hand.

I assured the girl, who we were and to put the hammer down. My clients were freaked out to say the least. The girl was crying and I had to figure out what to do. I called the listing agent and asked her if she knew if the owner had a daughter and what I should do. She told me that she would call the owner and call me back.  About 5 minutes later, the listing agent called and told me that the owner, worked about 10 minutes away and would be there in about 5 minutes.

It turned out to be the daughter was skipping school. The daughter wasn't aware we were showing the house and planned a day off with nobody to know the difference. By the sounds of it, her parents won't let her forget the consequences!

Have you ever had to ask; "What's lurking in that closet?"


Authored by Paul S. Henderson, Realtor ®, RE/MAX Professionals & Four Seasons,


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Linda Lipscomb
731-695-1118, Lexington TN Homes
Linda Lipscomb RE/MAX Lexington Henderson County TN

I imagine she will never skip school again.  Lesson learned.

See, I guess you should go with your instincts.


August 19, 2009 10:34 PM
Joseph "Cathan" Potter
Coldwell Banker

Reminds me of the 3rd grade.  I didn't try to skip school, but two friends of mine did.  They left around 10 in the morning (at the morning break).  They were going to walk several miles down a narrow country road to one of their houses (where nobody was home).  Unfortunately for them, there was another student in the class who came late almost everyday at around that same time.  The mother of the often tardy girl spotted them, and told the principal.  The principal went and picked them up, and they ended up getting to stay home for a week (due to their school suspension).

I always thought it taught the wrong lesson since they ended up getting to stay home, but I imagine that they didn't have any fun hanging out with their parents all day, every day for a week.

August 22, 2009 12:55 PM
Mark Velasco
Friendly Hills Homes for Sale - Whittier, Ca. Real Estate - Listings
Realty Source, Inc (Luxury Homes Division)

Funny story Paul. I hate it when they leave the TV on. It makes me and my Clients feel like someone is lurking just around the corner.

August 23, 2009 05:18 PM
George & Arlene Paukert
Road to Wealth, Inc.

What a scary situation to be in and I'm glad everything worked out in the end, but I'm pretty sure that little girl won't be skipping school again.

August 24, 2009 11:58 AM
Mike Henderson
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848
Your complete source for buying HUD homes

Pretty wierd story.  I've seen some wierd stuff but nothing like this.

August 25, 2009 01:04 AM

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