Because the owners in a short sale will make absolutely no money, and they're probably not thrilled to be getting kicked out, they don't do much to prepare the property for sale. There's usually a ton of garbage or clutter. It's made me rather smug in my mediocre housekeeping skills.
As I've taken clients through homes, I've seen some very loose definitions of "bedroom". I'm wishing now I took pictures. Maybe I will bring a flashlight AND a camera next time I'm looking at houses with clients (another downside to short sales is many of them have no electricity, ergo, no lights). I've seen a couple bedrooms that have the furnace/water heater/other utilities located in a closet in a bedroom. My dad informed me that this is against code. As I've researched it further, I guess a furnace can be located in a closet in a bedroom, but it has to be a high efficiency direct vent furnace which special closet doors, and nothing else in the closet. Suffice it to say, this was NOT the case in the house my dad happened to come along on.
I saw a "bedroom" yesterday with no window.
The worst offender was another home though. The MLS sheet bragged that it had 5 bedrooms. However, three of their "bedrooms" had no closets, and if you added a small closet, I am not sure a bed would've fit. The flooring in most of their house was those dollar tree peel and stick vinyl squares applied inexpertly. They also converted their garage to a... room. It was the length/width of a single car garage. That part wasn't so bad. But the windows were all almost at the ceiling. Then, the floor was vinyl. All of it. It was just a weird room. There was also shelving along the length of one wall. It was like a gigantic pantry. I honestly don't see what someone could use it for other than a pantry.
So, note to other agents: A bedroom MUST have a window and a closet. I don't care if it makes your listing a 2 bedroom home instead of a 5 bedroom home, please be honest in the listing. ARGH!