A Real Estate Listing With Unexpected “Extras”

by hookedonhouses on May 5, 2010

yellow cape 1 This yellow Cape Cod-style “condex” is for sale in New Hampshire. It looks like a nice enough little place, and it’s only $199,900. But imagine my surprise when I was looking through the photos and saw a few “extras” that the Realtor threw in! Check it out–a nice fireplace in the family room: yellow cape 2 And…a happy couple taking a walk: yellow cape 3 A songbird: yellow cape 4 A large master bedroom with sitting area: yellow cape 5 A kitchen with hardwood floors: yellow cape kitchen A couple playing tennis: tennis Uncle Sam’s hat with money falling into it (or flying out of it?): money hat And my favorite–a dog and cat that love each other: yellow cape-4 I’m guessing that the Realtor was trying to illustrate some of the amenities the community offers–tennis courts, walking paths, and…money hats. I wonder if the cute dog and cat come with the place, too?

Thanks to  Shannon for sending me the listing on a day when I needed a laugh!

Go to my Bad MLS Photos page to see more!

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pk @ Room Remix May 5, 2010 at 6:53 am

That is too funny! If I were looking, it would make me wonder if the house was so bad that he had to include all of these things as a distraction. :-)
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Becky @ Farmgirl Paints May 5, 2010 at 7:07 am

Too funny! What’s up with the songbird and hat with money??
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Nichole May 5, 2010 at 7:10 am

What is a condex? I must now go Google!
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Carmen May 5, 2010 at 7:17 am

Weird. :) It’s a cute house though.
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Cashon & Co. May 5, 2010 at 7:23 am

wait, what?

Amanda @ Serenity Now May 5, 2010 at 7:28 am

Oooh, dear. The Broker I worked for would have flipped out if I tried to sneak any of those stock photos into her listings. :s
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Courtney @ Nesting Instincts May 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

You had me at “money hat”!!!
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Catherine May 5, 2010 at 7:47 am

Crazy! The fact that the door isn’t anywhere near the middle of the house bugs me. My sense of balance is very sensitive. Off-center in the middle, or to the right of a square are OK, but at the end? I couldn’t buy it. $200K for a 3 bdrm like this makes me thankful for our home prices in South Dakota…even if we do only get to look at corn fields! Thanks for the smiles.
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rosie at 3 rosebuds May 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

Maybe the realtor watched The Office last week, with Michael putting not so subtle subliminal messsages into his presentation about printers! Hey, if it works on TV, why not try it in real estate?
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Pat May 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

It’s good for a laugh, if nothing else! I love the little bird …it says “tranquil” all over it!
I second the question…what is a condex?
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hookedonhouses May 5, 2010 at 8:16 am

I have to say, I had never heard of a “condex” before, either! Maybe it’s a New Hampshire thing? :-)

Tracey September 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

I know this is an older post, but I figured I’d clarify for non-New Englanders :) A “condex” is like a cross between a condo and a duplex- it’s like two single-family houses attached to each other. No common areas, no condo association or fees, and you pay separate property taxes. Most of the time the houses mirror each other, but in some cases (like this) they are just attached.
As far as the extra photos in the listing, I see that quite often up here too :)

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic May 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

That’s too funny! I don’t know, if I liked the house, whether the extra photos would make me want to see the house even more or sending me running in the other direction. I guess it’s good to have a sense of humor!
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Melanie May 5, 2010 at 8:21 am

I have NEVER seen that before! How strange.
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Kristen May 5, 2010 at 8:36 am

I agree with Catherine! It looks almost like the door was an afterthought? Too funny about the pictures though…it does kind of make you wonder how terrible IS this place that they have to resort to cheesy clip art to catch your attention? lol

Michelle May 5, 2010 at 8:43 am

Heck with the dog and cat, I can get those myself…I want the neverending money hat!!! lol Too funny.
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linda@LimeintheCoconut May 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

…The things you can buy in America!!
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Kelli May 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

HA! I’m sold on any neighborhood that gives away money hats!
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hip hip gin gin May 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

Oh brother! That is beyond cheesy. As my friend would say that is “canned cheese”. Although I probably would at least go see a house that had a magic money hat!
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beth May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

Oh brother. What is wrong with these agents? I thought advertising your house with pictures was a good thing, but not if your agent is including photos like those. I don’t know if I want the house, but I’ll take the hat full of money! :)
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middle sister May 5, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love when you have these posts. Everyone does their job differently don’t they?
Hysterical photos trying to paint the picture of one’s new life. The home could have used some professional staging or photo styling at the minimum. Keep up your humorous side!

desiree May 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

That is hilarious! Look at the life you could have–
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Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury May 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

Funny. Perhaps she was trying to set the mood? Like new tract home developers do in their brochures. They have no houses built yet so they have to show you how you will “feel” living in their neighborhood. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a money hat though. Was that Uncle Sam “taking” my money? Or giving me some to help me buy my house?
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Lou Cinda May 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

SHUT UP! This is hilarious!! Maybe the man and woman come with it and keep the grounds and home tidy!

Lou Cinda :)
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Karena May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

Julia, I am in a condominium but a condex? I wonder if the Realtor’s young asst put this together!? Too funny!

Art by Karena
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Destiny May 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

I grew up and lived in New Hampshire until recently and I’m thinking that the crazy Uncle Sam hat may represent the fact that New Hampshire doesn’t have a general sales tax or an income tax, and they are presenting it as a draw to the state. Shameful listing!

Sandy May 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

I HAD to look up what condex meant.

2-unit condo (condex), or a duplex, and both floors are usually owned by one person who lives in one and rents the other (or rents out both).

Then I became confused again when a realtor stated that he felt it was a 2 unit complex, where individuals only own their own unit. But the first one came from someone who was familiar with these types of units because there are several in her area.

hookedonhouses May 5, 2010 at 11:53 am

Thanks, Sandy. The mystery of the “condex” has been solved. Sorta. :-)

Susan May 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Do they throw in the pets, the hat full of cash and the bird plus bird feeder for a full price contract? Or is there a bidding war?? Thanks for the giggle!!

Susan and Bentley
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Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic May 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm

LOL!! How strange is that?? Gotta give the thumbs up for being creative though… Although I’m not sure it’s going to work..

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Melanie Beth May 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

that is too funny! my husband and i LOVE looking through listings at the random pictures people post!
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Rachel May 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Absolutely hilarious! I cannot stop laughing.

Barbara H. May 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm

My guess is that the money hat represents the $8,000 that Uncle Sam was giving away to promote home sales. Just recently found your blog – I’m enjoying it!

Darla May 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I’d like to buy a vowel.

rachel May 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

hilarious! my house came with a money hat, too. i can confirm that the money is flying TO uncle sam and OUT of my pocket. i would like to trade the money hat for a nice songbird. maybe i should contact the realtor!
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Black Eyed Susans Kitchen May 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

If one couple cooks and the other does the cleaning and lawn work, well then I may have to move the family up to New Hampshire!
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tara May 5, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Now that’s some good selling tactics!! Love this, made me smile!
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Jeannine520 May 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm

hmm…I’ve been looking for a house that comes with a “money hat”, I’d guess a positive cash flow would be a guarantee.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish May 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Those are hysterical! Too funny! I snorted over the money hat!
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Susan May 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Hi Julia,
Now this is an interesting marketing technique! Maybe it’s sort of subliminal. You are supposed to believe if you buy this house, your life will be full of money, sweet pets, and days on the tennis courts! :-)
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Jay Chua May 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hey Julia,

This is without doubt a very nice property.
I am not sure of what is the avg. property value in New Hampshire, but I guess $299k should be a good price in exchange of what I see from the picture.

I see some opportunities to do some decor on the yards. Perhaps can create a low maintenance backyard – Plant some flowers, sturdy trees and get a porch chair etc.

Jay Chua
Publisher, PorchSwingSets.com
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Jenny May 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

ROTF! That’s hilarious! What were they thinking?
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angela | the painted house May 5, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Just when I think we’ve seen it all in bad mls listings–you do it again and prove to us that there are still nutty people out there. I love the 1990s couple on the walk. I’m sure they are talking about how they are going to update their new home with some hunter green and mauve.

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Billy May 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Okay so my guess:

Couple 1. unit perfect for starting out or couple 2 empty-nesters, but could be paths that take you back in time to the tennis courts.

Bird: quiet complex or has forest setting.

Money hat: fed tax credit ifin purchase contract by 4/30/10 (agree with above)

Cat n Dog: complex pet friendly.

Condex: a condo that attached to one other unit (duplex mashed with condo.)

This is better than the high end house websites that show macro pix of an orchid or an objet de art, that the decorator billed $165, marked down from $250, that I could pick up in Tijuana for fin if I had the guts to cross the boarder, and other stuff that doesn’t even go with the house.

greenie May 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

I guess the money hat is for all those strangers and animals I’ll have to support if I buy this condex and all it’s “extras”.
Thanks for the laugh!

Richella at Imparting Grace May 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

$200K will buy me a house where dogs and cats live in love and harmony? How cool is that? (I wonder if there’s a house that features sibling harmony?)
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Struggler May 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Actually, I think the dog has a glint in his eye. I don’t fancy that cat’s chances once the camera goes away.
When we were house shopping, we were very tickled by a (waterfront) house listing which was careful to state Ducks not included. Too bad, we would have paid an extra $100k for them! :)
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Shannon May 10, 2010 at 8:39 am

Oh I’m so glad you did a post on it! I’ve been laughing at that MLS post for months (cause it’s been for sale for a loooong time.) Sometimes they even change the ridiculous pictures. I knew when I found your site that I just had to send it in, haha – glad to see so many others seemed to have gotten a kick out of it as well!
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Sara August 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Too funny! I saw this posting since my husband and I are looking to relocate. I thought it was pretty odd myself!

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