Strahm Sells!: I'm attracted to the dead animals in your home

I'm attracted to the dead animals in your home

I don't know what it is.  I seem to be drawn to the MLS photos that accentuate the dead animals that people keep in their homes.  See my blog about the most interesting place for a deer head.

And just when I thought I had seen everything -- this one comes along!  I do have to say, it sure is unique.

Now, I'm no animal expert.  So someone has to tell me what it is.  A white coyote?  I could be wrong.  But it certainly does, um, dominate the room, no?  I'm thinking perhaps that the home has not been professionally staged.  Or, maybe the listing agent just never looked up.  Maybe that's just the family dog, Snowy, and he got spooked when the camera flash went off an jumped into the picture frame.

Who am I kidding?!?  That is one wacky stuffed animal trophy from the canine family NAILED TO THE CIELING!!  I wonder if the homeowners put it in the MLS as an "exclusion."

But I've been wrong before.  Perhaps it's just some new-fangled kind of ceiling fan . . .

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Comment balloon 21 commentsRichard Strahm • April 10 2010 05:30PM


Richard that's really bizarre.  A white wolf?  Maybe the owner enjoys sitting under it and day dreams.... Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 9 years ago

Very strange looking. I would say they have narrowed their potential buyers down to a pretty small group.

Posted by John Thomas, EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA (E3 Green HOMES) about 9 years ago

Have you pointed out how the macho/whacko manifestation will reduce his selling price by a 5-digit figure?  Thanks to you I have now seen everything.  Thanks.  Charlie Gantz, Greenwood, IN; J.D., M.B.A.; Owner/Principal Broker, Atlas Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Posted by Charlie Gantz, J.D., M.B.A. (Keller Williams Commercial, Tampa Bay) about 9 years ago

Gloria - bizarre doesn't begin to describe it!  And I'm not so sure what kind of dreams I would have sitting under it.  Paging Stephen King!

John - While most buyers would surmise (hope and pray, too) that the trophy doesn't come with the home, I'm sure many would be repulsed.  But it DOES take your eye away from the cattle skull on the hearth!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 9 years ago

Charles -- it looks like the trophy, when it was alive, was more than capable of doing a five digit reduction himself -- by biting the hunters hand off!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 9 years ago

Richard ... or can I call you Tricky Dick? =)

Wow, that picture replaces a thousand words. Many, many of which are bad words. I am truly disturbed! =0

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) about 9 years ago

Dear lord I would hope that perhaps that was trompe l'oeil.  But no matter what it is it wins the award for to bizarre!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

Cindy - my French might be a bit rusty, but if by trompe l'oeil you mean real live (dead) stuffed animal carcass, then you win the prix des animaux morts!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 9 years ago

Richard - Some sellers haven't a clue!  A logical person would realize that not everyone (hardly anyone) will find the display appealing. They need some good advice.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru ( about 9 years ago

Ha ha ha!! Was that photo really in MLS?  Even if not - was that really in a house for sale?  Buyers and I usually come up with a tag line for each place we see - the one that smelled, the one with the barking dog, etc - can you imagine the conversations after buyers tour that house?! Insane!! And what was the agent thinking??


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 9 years ago

Liz - That is an actual MLS photo from a listing here in the Philadelphia suburbs.  I don't think you and your buyers would tag t as the one with the barking dog -- I don't think this one has barked in quite a long time!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 9 years ago

Richard, there is no way I'd have that thing on my ceiling.  I definitely would have said something to the seller.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 9 years ago

Are you sure that the picture is right side up?  Maybe the furniture and fireplace are at the ceiling.  Just joking!

Posted by Dale Terry about 9 years ago

Dale - I thought the same thing, too!  But when you flip it around, it just gets scarier . . .

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 9 years ago

Wow that is a first for me!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Maybe they don't know how to lay a bear skin rug down? Or in the case a dog skin rug down? I don't, I've never seen anything like it before.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

If I turn the picture upside down, it looks like a polar bear:

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 9 years ago

Jim - I'd like to believe that wouldn't be legal!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 9 years ago

Hello Richard - I guess it depends on where you're from but in some places (I've been to) that would pass for professionally staged!

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) about 9 years ago

Where do you come up with these things, Richard?  I have heard of people stuffing their pets after they pass (peacefully).  That would be pretty scarey as well.

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) about 9 years ago

Maybe it is the beginning of the uprising against the "Pottery Barn" colors and furnishings!

Posted by Valerie Baker, Spokane Realtor (Exit Real Estate Professionals) about 9 years ago