This Real Estate Listing Is Making Me Verrry Sleepy

by hookedonhouses on March 1, 2011

the sleepy house 4

When I saw this photo in the real estate listings, it reminded me of the time when we were house hunting and walked into a bedroom and discovered a couple of people sleeping in the bed. In the middle of the afternoon. They didn’t seem to care we were there–they just pulled the covers over their heads.

Our agent didn’t know the homeowners were in there–it was as big a shock to her as it was to us–but I imagine the one who took this photo did see the woman in this bed. And apparently didn’t think twice about adding her to the listing. (This is yet another example of a Good Reason to Fire Your Real Estate Agent.)

Have you ever stumbled across something–or someone–unexpected when you were house hunting?

(You can see the listing here. Thanks to Mary for finding this one! If you see something crazy in the real estate listings, send it to me!)

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Luciane at March 1, 2011 at 7:51 am

I really don’t understand HOW someone would list a picture like this! What are they thinking??? lol

Only you do make me laugh before having my morning coffee!

Have a great day!


Luciane at

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish March 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

Oh my goodness!!! This totally made me almost snort out my coffee!! How hysterical!! What was the agent thinking?? It is just too much!

Beverly from Montreal March 1, 2011 at 8:01 am

This house is listed at $29,900!!! Regardless of poor decoration, state of repair and the heavy sleeper, is it really possible to buy a property at a price that low in the U.S.?

Jae May 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Absolutely. I’ve seen houses as low as $7,000. At 1200 square feet. And the only thing this one needed was a good scrubbing.

bermudaonion (Kathy) March 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

We were looking at a house once while someone was in the shower. Luckily we heard the water running and didn’t go into the bathroom until they were done, but it was still very awkward.

Heather March 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

Oh geez…I love the “massage device” on the floor next to the bed. Niiiiiiiiiiice.

Ann March 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I noticed that right away too! Massage… then rest.

Lisa March 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

I’ve got a story. We were looking at houses last year. One had a sauna in the garage. While we were viewing the house, there was someone in it! I guess they thought they’d relax while potential buyers toured their home. And yes, the sauna was part of the deal. We didn’t buy the house. :)

Ricki Jill Treleaven March 1, 2011 at 8:26 am


Tracy F. March 1, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’m guessing, from the teddy bear, etc. that this is probably a teenager—typical!
We went to look at a house one day, where a man was asleep on the sofa and never woke up. Maybe he was dead???? At another house, a man suddenly popped out of the furnace room in the basement and we screamed. He was even more frightened to see 2 women standing there, screaming. LOL

Debbie Summers March 1, 2011 at 8:33 am

I wish the people that I “stumbled upon” were sleeping… Once showed a vacant home only to walk in on the homeowners there for one last “time”. Who does that in an empty house?

Needless to say, I’m scarred for life…

Anna .S March 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

Gosh!! at least clean up your space and get your butt out of the bed…this is not going to sell a property…guess there was no urge to sell!

Amanda @ Serenity Now March 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

Oooh, my word. What an awful photo…drapes closed and everything! That very much resembles my Freshman college roommate, in which case-this makes perfect sense. :s

Elvira March 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

This is really funny and at the same time very sad. Poor house! One can forgive the tasteless decoration and the humble furniture, but not the unmade beds, clutter and dust! I think the house has a lot of potential with some TLC and good taste. I do hope it gets sold to good people who understand that.

Sarah March 1, 2011 at 9:03 am

When we listed our condo many years ago, my husband was still working the late (11 pm) news at a local tv station and rarely made it home before 2-3 am which meant he was usually still sleeping at around noon. Despite the fact that our listing said we had a daytime sleeper and to please call, you would be surprised how many agents with clients would just waltz right in while he was sleeping or in the shower!

Pat March 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

I don’t know if I could have gotten past the living room ! What is on those walls? I had a scary flashback of Hildy’s decorating!
I actually know where this house is, and it wasn’t that long ago these houses were selling for much, much more. You can’t even give a home away today. So Sad.
As for the picture, unacceptable!

Carla March 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

When we were house hunting we arrived at a house to find the tenants there in amongst their filth. The house was beyond filthy & the tenants were quite disgruntled. I don’t think they’d washed a dish or thrown out any half empty cans of food since they’d moved in. Then it was time to check out the basement. Entrance located in a trap door underneath the diningroom table. So hubby & the realtor moved the table. The rug underneath the table was SOAKING wet. When you stepped on it the water gushed. Get that moved out of the way & open the trap door. At that point I decide there is no way I am going down into that basement & leaving the Adams family rejects upstairs to lock us in! Needless to say we left after a very short walk thru & did NOT make an offer lol.
The next place we looked at the tenants were also home & having a party! It was a thursday night & they had known for days that we were coming…very awkward. Not a surprise the house we wound up buying was EMPTY when we looked at it lol. No soaking wet carpets or crazy tenants.

Really enjoy this site! I visit daily but this is my first comment :)

IAMSNWFLAKE March 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

It happened to me only recently. Walked into a garage with the real estate agent, my husband and the homeowner in tow and found, not only that the garage was a dump and had to tread lightly trying not to step on backpacks, boxes etc., but also living quarters for a young man which had just got out of bed and was dressing up (5:30 pm!!!). Later on the homeowner apologized and refused to show us a patio because she hadn’t had time to sweep it!

Lori March 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

My mom and sister and I were house hunting together one afternoon with our realtor. We went to one house and spent a good bit of time in the main areas. Then we went into the bedroom and all I remember is seeing a big hairy leg sticking out from under the covers. Evidently the homeowner had called her husband to tell him we were coming, but he didnt get the message. The funny thing is, even though we shrieked when we saw him and then engaged in an uncontrollable fit of giggling…HE NEVER WOKE UP. We were a little worried he might be dead….so the realtor went in and woke him and he said he didn’t know we were coming, but we could still look around. HA! We were out of there pronto!!!

Jo @ To a Pretty Life March 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

At first I just saw the messy room…then ack! There’s someone in there!

I actually had a real estate agent tell me that pictures are not important in listings. That same agency sent a “photographer” to take our listing photos, and they were horrible! Awful lighting, awful angles, and focused on our furniture instead of the room. I made them replace the pictures with ones I took.

Ivy @ Remodel Twin Cities March 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

I totally missed the girl sleeping in the bed until I read your comment. Aaaak!

Carrie March 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

We went to go a view a home in the DFW area and when we got there with their agent, the entire family was still there in every room, the house was “very lived in” and then this teenage boy said went in his room and locked it and the agent, said he doesn’t like people going in his room. Fastest home tour ever! Oh and the agent had the gall to ask us what we thought of the house!

Holly March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

We had set up showings with our agent one day, and at the last house we arrived literally 5 minutes later than the set time. The homeowner was there, and was quite upset that we were so “late”, and somehow or other because of that it was our fault that her dog, which had been shut in the finished basement, had pooped all over the place.

Holley March 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Would I be correct in guessing you didn’t make an offer on the house?

I don’t think fresh doggie poop is a good selling feature in a finished basement.

Jenny March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

Insane! What do people think?

Cheryl March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

When I was moving away to college I was looking for a room to rent in a house. My parents and I went to look at one house with a room for rent in the basement. A horrible pungent odor created us at the top of the stairs . Upon entering the bedroom we saw a large empty aquarium – it’s occupant now lying dead on the carpet. This was no little goldfish, it was about a foot long and clearly had been lying dead on the floor for some time. Dealbreaker. I jokingly asked if the fish came in the deal and they told me with a straight face they would charge me extra if I wanted a live fish. I did not sign on the dotted line.

Ivy @ Remodel Twin Cities March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

We’ve purchased properties that took multiple dumpsters to clean out. Those houses make the BEST before pictures.

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse March 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

Too funny!! When my hubby and I were house shopping, the weird home owners stayed during one viewing and “showed” us how to use each room, by lying down on the bed, or opening the stove and miming putting in a casserole. There are some odd folks in the real estate world. Thanks for this hilarious photo.

Ann March 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm

OMG, that is hilarious!!

Cheri @ I Heart Old Houses March 1, 2011 at 10:46 am

We once looked at a house that was still occupied, and the family kicked their teenage daughter out of the shower so they could show us the bathroom. The poor girl had to come out wearing a towel – it was awkward. The house was pretty awkward, too (it had a treehouse theme…you’d have to see it to believe it, trust me). Needless to say, we kept on looking!

Kelly, Arte Styling March 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

Funny…the sleeping person doesn’t bother me as much as the white stripe of a ceiling. This is a great example of a white ceiling NOT working. It’s also a great example of “neutral” colors (i.e. brown) not creating a “soothing” environment.

Ok…yeah. So the sleeping person doesn’t help the unfortunate color choices either.

Samantha March 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

We were rental hunting for my husband when we first met and one of the house had loads of dog cages and dog dropping EVERYWHERE. But no dogs. We didn’t make it past the front door because the smell was so strong.

MzMannerz March 1, 2011 at 11:14 am


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marilyn podoll March 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Years ago we looked at a house with dirty diapers all over the floor. Yuk. The house we are in right now …the owner would not leave when we came to look around. She also wanted to stay during the inspection but my realtor said NO.

Dollys Cherry Heart March 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

When looking at houses we saw some gross stuff, fleas, cockroaches and dirty toilets!
Come on people have some class!
Before we even listed our houses we touched up all the chipped corners, cleaned cleaned and cleaned even under the appliances and especially the closets!
I would be so embarrassed to have anyone see my house looking like that!

Smiles, Dolly

Jenn March 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Oh my goodness! Wow! My husband and I were looking at houses and in one house we were trying to see a bedroom, but it was locked. We knocked and a guy came to the door with his pants around his ankles. We were mortified!! Needless to say we never did see that room nor did we buy that house. lol.

Another story, is my Mom is a realtor and was doing an open house and she actually had someone walk in were there large dog. Hello?? Who does that? The owners of the home did not have any pets and were highly allergic. My Mom told them if there were interested then come back without the dog.

Wow…people never cease to amaze me.

Lisa March 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We went to an open house where we were not allowed in two of the three bedrooms because some of the homeowners were sleeping. The rest of the homeowners were having a large party on the back deck. (Yes, this was an OPEN HOUSE.) The highlight of the house was the “it puts the lotion in the basket” room full of extension cords and a toilet on a waist-high platform in the basement.

Mary March 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Um… what is that black thing on the floor with a cord? I know what it looks like and that’s way worse than the person in the bed. GROSS!

Kim March 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

It’s an electric massager. My family has one of those and we use it sometimes.

Kelly D March 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Wow, that agent would have been so fired! And I would have been pissed if someone had taken a picture of me sleeping in bed.

Once when my mom was looking to buy a house, the agent took them in the morning when people were still sleeping. Mom said the agent just said to be quiet when walking through.

Jenny March 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

This is the most startling thing I have ever seen. Does she even know or care that her a photo of her sleeping is all over the internet. When house hunting the strangest thing we ever experienced was how filthy we found one house.

Arie March 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm

No homeowners or people, but a couple of months ago my husband, myself, and our agent toured THE creepy house….you know the one, where all the kids in the neighborhood tell scary stories about it, dare each other to walk up onto the porch, and they are certain that something evil was going on in there. The house was perched on a steep dark hillside, with a rickety old wrap around porch that was starting to slide down the hillside (should have been condemned), you had to lean in the opposite direction in order to keep your balance.
Inside was painted all sorts of strange colors (bright pink, greens, orange) and outdoor carpet with shag carpet throughout the house. The dinning room contained a crystal chandelier that literally took up the majority of the old acoustic tiled ceiling (10 x 10 room and the chandelier was around 7 feet round) and hung low in the room. In the corner was a huge handmade rock fountain that reached to the ceiling and took up one whole wall . A refrigerator blocking a glass door that lead off into a black dark room, so we couldn’t venture into it.
There were posted notes all over the place saying what everything was: “Door”, “Cabinet” “Bedroom”, “Light”. There was a door that said “3rd Bedroom” when we opened it, there was a strange smell and it was a narrow stairway up to a completely pitch dark room, and no lights. We didn’t go up there.
The agent and myself both said at the same time that there was a scary vibe to the house and we were leaving immediately.
I think I would have preferred touring a house with a sleeping homeowner any day LOL!

Jessica Rinquest March 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

We looked at a home once that had a “please remove your shoes” sign on the front door. I have never been so afraid of picking up a fungal infection as I was walking through that disgusting home. Why in the world would you have that sign up, and then the filthiest floors on the planet? Not to mention, multiple families lived there, and sleepy people were wandering around the dark rooms. Oh, and I will never forget, every toilet had urine sitting in it! Ack! We were inspired to build.

Kim March 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

That is very disturbing. If that were my agent, they would be fired immediately.

Cassi March 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm

The first home we ever bought, the owner was home sick during our walk through. But it turned out in our favor, when it came to a bidding war. She remembered us and chose our bid.
The worst was when we got to one house and the current owners refused to leave and sat their smoking in the house. I looked at the realtor with my baby in my arms and said I refuse to go in.

Angela March 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

House hunting a few years ago, we walked in on a sleeping individual… A police officer! Needless to say we left very quickly fearful of startling him and being shot!

Rick March 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Just what you want to see, goldie locks.

Years ago my wife and I were renting a house that the landlord put up for sale. They were to give us 24 hrs notice and a fee ($5) to offset hassle of house being shown. We did keep house tidy and ready to show. We let landlord know we found a new place and if he would prorate last months rent we would be out 4 days sooner and turn in keys. He said no way. He knew we moved out and let realtor show house before our month was up. neighbor noticed and let us know. Landlord couldn’t understand why it made a difference.
Um…. until the lease is over we are responsible for damages, without our permission isn’t it tresspassing?

Jocelyn March 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Goes to show that just because an agent has a license doesn’t mean they are a good realtor.

Linda Green March 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

We toured a beautiful, immaculate, expensively trimmed and decorated house. It was a wonderful house in a gorgeous setting, with the kitchen of my dreams. When I opened one of the master bedroom closets (expertly staged and filled with expensive clothing) there was a pair of men’s black bikini undies (used) right in the middle of the floor, obviously dropped or left accidentally that morning. I could not get that image out of my head, and passed on that house. Every time I drive past it I gag, thinking about those undies! Silly excuse for not buying a nice house, but I knew I would never forget.

Carolyn March 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Looks like someone was too lazy to retake a pic for the listing!
When we were shopping for our home, we went into a house with a pile of laundry in the hallway. That wasn’t nearly as awful as finding the Ruger lying on the kitchen table! We got out of there pdq!!!

Holley March 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

How about, just don’t use the picture at all if the realtor doesn’t want to bother with a retake? Seriously.

I get that it is probably a foreclosure, or something is very structurally wrong with the place. But don’t use the picture.

Don Corson March 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thats not such a bad house — I would have just left the picture count at 10 and not posted that last picture. The rest of the photos look fine. Looks like a decent house. @Beverly – yes, you can buy houses for that $ all day long in the “flyover” midwestern and many southern states. I sold a house in December for $38,500 with all hardwood floors, full basement, newer roof and furnace, in a decent neighborhood.
I have also seen halfway decent houses in our market that just need some fixup for as low as $5,000.

Honey B. March 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I’ve never been able to determine for 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure my house was shown while I was sleeping one day. I woke up mid-afternoon (I worked nights) and there was a message saying they were going to show the house, and a realtor’s business card on the counter. Still not sure, but I was horrified! lol

kristina March 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Yes! We were touring a house that was obviously not ready to be shown (totally cluttered and dirty). We crunched across the cereal on the kitchen floor to a bedroom that reeked of teenage boy. All three of us (husband, agent and myself) commented about the smell and the mess. Later when we were back in the kitchen, a kid walked out of the bedroom!

Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip March 2, 2011 at 12:39 am

Wow! Seriously?!!

That’s funny!

Nita March 2, 2011 at 1:57 am

I have been surprised looking at prospective houses at some with dirty clothes strewn when they knew someone was coming, but I knew this realtor who called a client to say she was coming with a buyer, and when they got to the house and went in the master bedroom, a couple was having sex, she thought just to get her goat.

The Little Red Shop March 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

All right, I’m really sleepy, too. The first thing I noticed…when the picture was still cut off by the bottom of the screen was that that ceiling pitch looks like just that…a bottom, diapered, tighty whitied or otherwise, with a couple of tan legs. Can you see that?

Scary picture. Really scary room!

: )

Julie M.

lindseydawn March 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

This is hilarious!
We sold our house last spring. One particular showing was during the day when my husband and I were at work – no problem. Well, my husbands little sister walked to the house after school not telling us and not knowing we had a showing. It was a little surprising for her when she was woken from a nap on the couch by the Realtor and buyers!

Catherine March 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

Julie, you are lucky that the couple you came across were only sleeping, and not quietly doing *something else*!!!

Catherine March 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

I’m sorry…Julia! Oh…now THERE’S an embarrassing moment!!!

hookedonhouses March 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

They may have been, but I left the room so quickly that I didn’t have time to investigate. Ha.

Bre March 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm

What was this real estate agent thinking?! To be fair, that dark, oddly shaped cavernous room would make me sleepy too.

laura @ the shorehouse March 2, 2011 at 4:36 pm

How, how, HOW could this happen? At some point doesn’t the realtor step up to the plate and say, “Now I’m sure Mary’s very tired after dance practice but she’s going to have to GET UP. AND MAKE THE BED! And what home owner could possibly think this is a good photo to go with? “Well at least it shows how comfortable the room is!”

And don’t get me started on the furniture placement. ;-)

Maggie March 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Yup…twice. Once about 11 years ago I was house-shopping with my then-boyfriend, now husband. Went to see a condo with our realtor. Called before we went. Rang the doorbell. Sure enough, some guy was zonked out in bed. We RAN from that house! Then about 4 years ago we went to see a house at about noon on a Saturday. Mom answered the door and was showing us around. Teenaged kids still asleep in their beds – Mom said “oh don’t mind them.” We did mind. Pass!

Ms Carson March 3, 2011 at 8:07 am

I once went to an afternoon open house and there was a dirty cat litter box in the kitchen eating area, and an obese, topless teenage boy sitting in one of the bedrooms playing video games. I point out the obese part only because he was bustier than I am and a t-shirt would have gone a long way to hiding that fact.
It was very strange. That house took ages to sell when the house up the street which was up for sale at the same time sold in two days.

Jessica March 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I don’t even know what to say about this one…

kim smith March 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

look at the vibrator next to the bed. omg.

Nathan March 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

For some reason this made me think about house hunting this past January. I was with a friend while she was looking at homes and we were under the impression that the inhabitants were out for the day. We opened one door and the guy screamed. So did we. Another room had (rather sickening and brutal) pornography playing in a downstairs room.

We can laugh about it now.

Meredith {My Magic Mom} March 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Our agent called ahead once and didn’t get an answer, so we went ahead to the house. It was like aliens abducted the homeowners. There was a tv on in the living room, a cookie sheet on the kitchen table with some blobs of raw cookie dough placed on it like it was ready to go into the oven, the door to the refrigerator in the garage was standing open and there were dirty undies on the floor upstairs. It’s like the family was busy and then just vanished from the house. Very strange…we didn’t buy that house.

Joan March 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I viewed a house last year where the tenants weren’t supposed to be home. There was a sense of trepidation as my agent and I walked in; not only was it filthy, but there was porn laying around (thankfully, I didn’t see it, my agent told me about it later and we got a laugh). I think it may have been a flop house for a death metal band, judging by the decor. As we were touring the bedrooms, one door was shut. Luckily, I had the forethought to have him go in first on that one and as soon as he opened the door, he backed out immediately and shut it again. There was a naked bald guy sleeping in there!

Then, just the other day, I was revisiting a house I’d seen last year as a short sale, (it is empty now and I wanted to get a better sense of the work that needed to be done) and while my agent and I were there, some old couple just wandered in and started looking around. The woman was really strange and my agent and I were left staring at each other in dumbfounded shock when they left!

Can’t say there’s not an adventure when looking at houses!

Renee March 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

Recently we were looking for a house and during one of the openings there was dog poo in the middle of the floor. And during the second the alarm went off when we entered the house and our realtor had no idea how to turn it off. So we had to view (as quickly as possible) the house with a horribly loud siren in our ears.

rae April 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

oh man, we looked at a house a couple weeks ago…three cats and litter boxes everywhere. seriously. every room had at least two litter boxes in it. not to mention the general dirtiness of the house. it was so weird.

Delia February 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Yes, once while looking for an apartment, I saw an empty one with the windows wide open. There was nothing on the walls, there were no window coverings, it was a classic empty apartment. Well, so we thought. I sent my husband up to take a peek and see what the apartments looked like on the inside, and when he looked in, there was indeed furniture, and someone asleep in a bed. LMAO! You just couldn’t see any of it from the street.

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