weirdWhen you’ve spent almost two years writing about the weird (and sometimes wonderful) things in the world, you get a bit of a reputation. And then because of that reputation, people send you emails with suggestions of things to write about.

And suddenly, you’ve become a hoarder of WTF. Your virtual mailbox becomes this thing with a life of its own, and you find yourself faced with a real dilemma — start throwing things away, or come up with a solution.

So this week, we’re going to clear out the old mailbag of weird so I can get to WTF inbox zero for exactly 15 minutes. Ready to read? Let’s go. (more…)

really

The need for power washing aside, this Santa Ana, California, home seems fairly normal from the outside.

This week’s Wednesday WTF is a reader submission who says she really has questions about two things in this listing, which almost doesn’t qualify it for WTF status because typically, we are used to having so many questions.

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So many. (more…)

Yes, yes, it looks normal. Act like you’ve been here before and keep reading.

So I want to say right away that we like Australia, as a concept. And as a country, it seems to have some pretty adventurous Realtors. But much like the U.S. Australia also has its share (apparently) of listings that are um, normal on the outside, and well, different on the inside.

And listen, we’ve already shown you an Aussie listing where you can watch your beloved take a poop while you (not a euphemism) chop broccoli in the kitchen.

But this listing in the Melbourne suburb of Coolaroo, it is just …

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Florida man

Photo courtesy Google Earth

Now, first, let me say that it is almost universally known that any story with a headline that starts with, “Florida man …” is going to be a doozy. There was even a social media game a month ago where you looked up the month and day of your birth along with the phrase “Florida man” on Google, just to see what headline you’d get.

For the record, I got, “FLORIDA MAN THROWS TOILET THROUGH SCHOOL BOARD BUILDING WINDOW IN ILLINOIS, IS ARRESTED SITTING ON ANOTHER.”

You should try this, by the way, and tell us in the comments what Google gave you.

At any rate, this week’s Wednesday WTF does indeed bear a headline that includes that key phrase, and yes, it is a real estate-related doozy. (more…)

man caveIf you watch enough House Hunters on HGTV you can create a drinking game of it — take a shot every time someone says man cave. Chug a beer when someone says they hate the paint color. One kegstand when the couple announces they each want a style of house that is not at all compatible with the other, like a Victorian Brutalist with an open concept kitchen that is hidden from the great room and has vintage post-war appliances. Civil War.

Sorry, I got sidetracked there.

Anyway, the man cave is mentioned at least every other episode. In fact, there was one episode where the guy mentioned the man cave every two minutes. The fact that the Realtor didn’t shove him in an actual cave speaks volumes for the patience and professionalism of the craft of real estate sales.

I bring this up because a reader sent me a listing for this week that has a man cave. I mean it, we can’t call it a bonus room, or flex space, or a home theater, or any other euphemism. It is what it is, and what it is is a man cave. (more…)

neutralTwo things about this house: One, click on the continued line of this column gingerly, dear readers; and two, can you go too neutral when decorating and staging your listing?

We frequently tell people (or, when we say we, we mean Karen Eubank, our stager extraordinaire) that you should make sure you don’t have anything uh, unusual or taste specific in your listing so that people don’t get fixated on something and completely forget to buy your house.

Today we’re going to look at this Midcentury Ranch that, once again, looks completely normal. Totally normal.

And then we go inside, where we enter a decorating scheme I’d like to call “beige on beige on beige.”

By now you should know that this isn’t the thing you should worry about as much as the thing that will probably come after you click “more.”

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80s-era

Yeah, this is the only normal thing about this house and even that will be questioned.

By now, if you’ve been playing along at home every Wednesday, you know that if we show you an 80s-era Ranch that looks completely normal on the exterior elevation, we’re going to basically bait and switch you in the interior, right?

Good. Because that’s what we’re doing today with this house that came to me via Twitter, where everything terrible, awesome, horrific, and amazing lives.

So this is a four-bedroom, two-bath home with all kinds of entertaining space, including a large living room, a formal dining room, lots of room outside plus a pool, a historical burial plot in the front yard …

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