Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Who's That Sleeping In My Bed?

Who's That Sleeping In My Bed?

After reading a post from Patricia Kennedy and reading the last line of her post I was reminded of an uncomfortable moment in my career.

Pat's quote was, "Throughout my long real estate career, I've followed the advice of that wise instructor at "The Academy", as the alum still fondly call it.  And along with "The Realtor® always knocks twice," it's one of the most important things we learned."(referring to light). Read her post here.

My answer to that quote is, "don't you know it!"

As most of us do, I have many a story about "interesting" showings and her quote brought to mind a showing that really made me giggle!

A couple of years ago I remember having a home under contract and we were nearing closing. I got a call from the buyers and they wanted to go to the home to do some measuring and begin making their plans. I contacted the Seller and they said, "sure, no problem" and they were to leave the home "show ready" for our appointment.

As we walked in to the home, it was just as my Buyer remembered. Bright, clean and pristine. The Buyers got to work. They measured the kitchen, living area for their sofas, brought in their paint chips and were having a great time! This is my favorite part of selling homes. Happy, happy clients!

All was good in the hood!

My lady buyer walked into one of the bedrooms to begin her project as I was visiting with her husband about the back porch.

Out of nowhere we heard a loud man's yelling and my lady buyer screamed!

Be still my heart!

We met her in the hall and she was white as a ghost and her eyes were as large as saucers!

As it turned out, the Seller's 17 year old son was released early from school, entered the home and marched straight back to bed! He woke up to find a lady holding a paint sample up to the wall and it scared him right out of a deep sleep! It didn't do my lady any good either.

Moral of this incident for me was, "don't just knock twice but walk the house too!"

You just never know what you're gonna get! We were all able to laugh about this later but I don't think the young man has ever been the same! 

I'll bet now he sleeps with clothes on!

Just another day in Real Estate!


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Comment balloon 21 commentsDeb Brooks • June 17 2011 10:37AM


At least it was the son lol. It can always be a challenge showing a house.

Posted by Jack Gillis, M.B.A., J.D., LL.M. Dallas, Texas 214.718.4910, Locally Known, Globally Connected, COLDWELL BANKER (Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors) almost 8 years ago

I always knock, ring the door bell, and the shout "hello" really loud when I open the door. If bedroom doors are closed, I knock before opening them... I've still caught several people in the shower or in bed.  Not my fault, but makes the sellers look like idiots to have forgotten their appt.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 8 years ago

Jack, no kidding! Always a challenge.

Donna, I knock, ring the bell, stick my head in and yell "Brooks Prime Properties" too. Come to think of it I don't know if the door was open or closed? I never asked her. She was embarrassed enough.

Nope, not your fault. Now, I have never caught anyone in the shower thank heavens! whoa.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Great post!  I have had this happen many times and it is frightening for everyone.  I ring the bell, knock, and always call out, "Hello, anyone home?" Of course, if someone is sleeping, or in the shower, they will not hear any of the attempts for communication! That's why walking through the house is good.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 8 years ago

Had a VERY similar story about a month ago.  Was looking at a prospective listing where 'everyone' was on vacation.  Late at night, flipped on the bedroom light, and the naked young man would have been much better off if he had just stayed under the covers :)  Seems one of the vacationing friends told him he could crash there.  Ah, the stories we could tell :O LOL

Posted by Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS ) almost 8 years ago

Deb - the things we see when showing a home that we wish we had never seen ..... at least the son was alone in the bed can you imagine what would have happened if he had company.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Sharon, I've always learned the hard way!

Mimi, ooops! Thanks for telling the naked truth! lol~this business sure does keep us hopping. I love the funny side though! You should write about that one!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Kathy, that never crossed our minds! Or, at least not mine. OHHHH that could have been bad...very bad.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Hmmmm.  Deb, perhaps we should all suggest to our sellers that they break out the jammies, especially for daytime naps! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Fortuntely he was sleeping...! Ha!

Posted by Rhonda Fee - REALTOR®, @ Aspire Realty Services (Luxury Property Agent, Home Sales, Relocation) almost 8 years ago

Patricia, lol. My lady didn't see the total picture though. He told us later about it and explained that it was why he reacted how he did.

I was caught once many years ago when I was a young one in Tampa Florida! My husband and I were renting a home and had been to the beach the day before and I was so sunburned I couldn't move. I turned on a fan, slathered up and was laid out all over the bed in the middle of the day and the bug man walked in! He was stunned I'm sure but I was in too much pain to care! I imagine the glowing red on my bod knocked him out!

Life is good.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Deb, mine WAS catching someone in the SHOWER!  Oh me or my ~ as we scurried out of the house, he (thankfully 'toweled') came running after us yelling 'no it's ok, really come back!'  right.....

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 8 years ago

This just cracked me up and I love the way you wrote about this little episode. You are so right, you just never know WHAT is going to happen next in this business!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Pamela, he ran after you in a towel?? lol  You would think it might be tough to buy a house after that. I would keep remembering a man running after us in a towel! That's like "too much information from the guy!" Thanks for the laugh!


Russell, I'm able to laugh about it now too! At the time I was worried that the trauma would keep us from closing. Luckily it all went well and we all had a good laugh...except for the young man that we never saw again~

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Thats funny!  I had a teenage daughter walk down the stairs with nothing but her towel wrapped around her.   We all were a little startled!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 8 years ago

I've walked in on a few sleeping people (after ringing the bell and calling hello!) but thankfully they were all clothed.  In fact one didn't even wake up...I think he was just sleeping!

Posted by Diane McDermott, Charlotte NC Real Estate Market (Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hello Deb and this is very funny and your title caught VB because he was wondering! Anyway great post and featured at one of my favorite groups at AR ...



Vegas Bob ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 8 years ago

Thank you Bob! I visited the group and I love it! I got to see Sherry dance and she is so beautiful as you all are. It was a fun video!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 8 years ago

Hello Deb and I formed this group many years ago, and I am glad you like it! Sherry is a doll isn't she, and thanks for stopping by ...

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 8 years ago

Deb- I was previewing a home once. I went to knock and the door was opened by a teenager girl (didn't speak English). I walked to the back bedroom and opened the door and interrupted a rendezvous at noon! I practically ran out the front. Now, I knock, talk, ring, stomp- you name it!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 8 years ago

I don't know how I missed this one, girlfriend, but it is too funny! (NOW!) :O)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago