Funny Listing of the Week: Find the Lime!

by hookedonhouses on March 8, 2011

Gotta love a real estate agent with a sense of humor. A reader named Trine sent me this listing for a house in Norway, saying, “Mission of the Day: Find the Lime!” At first I wasn’t sure what she meant, but it quickly became clear as I started looking through the photos.

Apparently the agent had a lime, and he liked it, so he decided to stage the house with it. Room by room by room. See if you can spot the lime he placed in each of them!

I didn’t think anything of it at first, because a lime belongs in a kitchen and doesn’t look out of place on the table…

But wait–it looks like there’s one hiding in the living room, too. See it?

There it is again in the sitting room upstairs:

This may be the first time I’ve seen a lime in a bathroom…

It has some work to do in the home office:

Hope it doesn’t lose its balance and roll off…

The lime especially enjoys sitting on the back deck and enjoying the beautiful view…

Check the listing for the rest of the photos and see how many limes you can spot. Thanks to Trine for finding this one–it made my day! It reminds me of the house we saw with the two vases that moved from room to room.

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Maaike Quinn @ Life with FlyLady March 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

Ah, I love games like this! This is awesome! Now I want to sell my house and do the same 😉

Tee March 8, 2011 at 7:50 am

Yay… the lime in Norway is now famous on hooked on houses 😀


Ricki Jill Treleaven March 8, 2011 at 7:54 am

That is too funny! Mayhap the fruit simply wanted to enjoy the “limelight” for an afternoon. Okay, that was one of my worst jokes. Ever.

indiansummer March 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

LOL, good one!

Beverly from Montreal March 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

Haha, spot on, Ricki! Only hope the fruit isn’t stealing the limelight from the listing, though. In searching for the lime, I found myself skimming over the photos without giving much attention to the room in which it was placed.

lisa March 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

It was reminding me of the vases also. lol

Luciane at March 8, 2011 at 8:09 am

Really Cool! Well… what a cheap way to add color, huh? :-)

Have a fantastic day!!!


Luciane at

T. March 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

What a cute home, and in such a gorgeous setting! That lime is hilarious. Your readers have keen eyesight.

Pat March 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

How fun! I couldn’t wait to get to the next room to find it!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries March 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

@ Ricki – …”limelight” ha ha! Love it!

Heather March 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

I laughed out loud on this post!!
Thanks Julia!

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints March 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

that is too funny. realtors can be a bit strange!

Holly March 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

Funny, and strange! Is a lime a good luck charm for a realtor in Norway or something?

Susan B. March 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

It’s like the mouse in Goodnight Moon! It’s in every picture, but you have to look for it.

sandy@oohlafroufrou March 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

So funny … first time I’ve seen a real estate agent use the “where’s waldo” approach to selling real estate! haha!

Nichole@40daysof March 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

So strange! I think I would fire my agent if they did that.

Tanya from dans le townhouse March 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

Oh gosh, too funny! I love this post. Still giggling.

Janna March 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

That guy has a fetish.

Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia March 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The first few pictures, I was like “what is she talking about?” Then I saw it everywhere, too funny!

Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip March 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

HA! THAT is funny! Love it! =)

Lesley @ TheDesignFile March 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

This is so hilarious! I absolutely love it.

Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess March 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

That’s funny! … and maybe a little weird.

Supposedly there is a Superman hidden in every episode of Seinfeld (usually, but not always, on Jerry’s bookshelf), so this is kinda like that.

Jessica March 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

It must be a cherished lime…and it most definitely has had it’s fifteen minutes of fame now!
Thanks for the smiles…
xo J~

Amanda @ Serenity Now March 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

“Where’s the coconut?”

Bre March 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

hahaha this is too funny! Maybe the real estate agent planned on making a margarita after posting his listing? Who knows what they think sometimes!

Mickinzie March 8, 2011 at 2:22 pm

wonder if the agent uses a different fruit for each listing? to keep track of them all. This is the lime house.

Vanessa@Decor Happy March 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Maybe it has some significance in Norway? Pretty funny.

Kim March 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This is too funny! At least the lime isn’t extremely noticeable like the vases were.

Thanks for the post Julia! It made me laugh.

Cheri @ I Heart Old Houses March 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’ve got some lemons on my kitchen table…maybe I should move a couple onto my bathroom counter…not! What an odd idea. Thanks for the lunch break laugh!

Trisha March 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

What the heck! That is just way to strange. Why in the world would someone do that!

Darla March 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Oh that’s too funny! Lucky lime.

Darla March 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Ok so I googled lime luck:

I think they meant to buy the whole tree, but could only afford a few limes? I dunno.

Karen March 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Well, made you look, right – isnt that the point ?

Billy March 8, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Its brilliant; the purpose is to get customers to look at all the pictures closely, and not just do a quick scan of the listing photos.

Dean March 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I wonder if this has something to do with Norway Feng Shui–put a lime in every room for good luck?

Dean March 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

OMG-I just scrolled up and saw Darla’s post about limes in feng shui. Maybe the agent is onto something here…

laura @ the shorehouse March 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Love it! Now I want to put a lime in every room for good luck. Or maybe I can start a New Jersey tradition. Salt water taffy? A cranberry? :-)

karen ho fatt March 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

No harm in trying to get attention, anyway you can I suppose-all in good fun. It worked for this realtor!

Julie March 9, 2011 at 12:42 am

Limes aren’t cheap lately. Gotta get maximum use out of ’em!

Seriously though… maybe his trick worked… we were all looking for the lime and I couldn’t tell you a thing about the tacky decorating or lack thereof.

The Little Red Shop March 9, 2011 at 4:10 am

Hmmm…maybe they do it to get more people to view their listings.

: )

Julie M.

ps The blue cupboard in the living room is pretty cool.

pps Have you seen “Killers,” starring Katherine Heigl & Ashton Kutcher? It has some interesting interiors.

Holley March 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

May he’s a fan and wanted to do something “Hooked on Houses” worthy!

I love it.

Kate March 9, 2011 at 7:03 am

that’s hilarious! he should have made it more difficult to spot though ahah

Cheryl Stoy March 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Okay…that was awesome and the house itself is quite attractive. Made my morning.

Kathleen March 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

What a great marketing strategy!

The English Organizer March 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Oh, I just love when you post these! I actually think the lime is kind of fun and I would enjoy meeting this agent 😉

Juju at Tales of Whimsy March 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm

That’s wild. I kinda like it 😉

Lark Mills March 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

This is hilarious… one lime!

Turid Wangensten April 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

This is too funny, and I thought it was a bit strange… until I looked up the real estate agent’s website and found that they use the lime as a trademark or something.. Both the fruit an the green color of it is fresh and they want to apeal to youg and fresh people. So it really is a marketing strategy, as Kathleen said:)

Here’s the website: good luck reading norwegian;)

New haven funeral home September 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I think this works because in order to find the lime I really had to look at the pictures and see more of the house in doing so. So the lime wasn’t something that distracted me from the house but instead drew me in.

Stage It Up January 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hmmm….interesting idea, with the use of limes. If it’s a fruit or maybe a flower native to the area, it could be very effective, especially for a home buyer relocating into a new region of the county. ExxonMobil will soon be relocating to the northern region of the Greater Houston area. It gives me an idea using Texas Bluebonnets.

Amber January 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm


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