Since real estate is slowing down a bit due to, well, you know why, I thought I would tell you about some of my adventures in real estate.
WHY I HAD TO WASH MY CAR WHEN I DROPPED OFF THIS CLIENT
I was working with this couple many years ago. I would meet them at my office and then we would go see houses. The strangest thing to me was that both of them would always ride in the backseat together. So there I am up front all alone. Front passenger seat empty like I am a chauffeur. One day I picked them up. The wife wasn’t feeling too good. We left my office. As I was coming to the first stop light, I hear the back door open. She puked. Since I had not come to a stop yet, the wind blew her uh, discharge, down the side of my car. They decided to hold off on buying a house after that. I found out later that they bought with another realtor, probably because she was too embarrassed to see me again. So I lost a sale and had to wash somebody else’s puke off my car. Nice.
TALKING THROUGH THE WALLS
My client told me they were going to be a little late. I had consumed several cups of coffee that morning and really had to use the restroom. I saw an opportunity since my client would be late. I went inside the house, right at the time of the appointment. As I was using the restroom, I hear a voice asking if somebody is in the house. LOL, it was the seller. He had not left yet. He was in the bathroom on the other side of the wall. He got done and left. I never saw him. Heck, I didn’t WANT to see him. Minutes later my client showed up.
WEARING DIFFERENT SHOES
For a while, I had two of the same pair of sandals. One was leather and the other was suede. I kept them both in the hall closet at my house. On my way to show a house to a client, I put my feet in the closet and put a shoe on each foot. It wasn’t until I got to the house that I realized that I had on one leather one and one suede sandal. I no longer buy different types of sandals.
THE TOOTING SHOES
Probably back in about 2009ish, I had a really comfortable pair of sandals that I loved. The only thing I didn’t love about them is that every once in a while, at what always seemed like the most inopportune time, I would take a step and they would make a tooting (okay, farting) sound. I think it was the sound of my heel coming off of the sole of the sandal as I walked. I never knew what to do when this happened. The first several times I would try to make it do it again, as if somehow that would proof that I didn’t…..you know. It would never do it twice in a row. It didn’t take too many of those embarrassing moments before I decided to throw them away and get a new pair.
NO THANKS ON THE COFFEE
When I was a newer agent, I had this great idea to go after for sale by owner listings. I dropped off hundreds of fliers and only got one response. I went to the house to meet the lady. Her dog almost bit me. She offered me some coffee. I told her I loved coffee. It was the most terrible, sour tasting coffee I have ever had. I think she kept using old grounds to make new coffee. Well, she of course decided to let me list her house. When I came back for her to sign the documents (this was before we did it electronically), her dog almost bit me again. As soon as we sat down, she says “I remembered you said you loved coffee, so I made you a pot.” To this day she probably wonders how she saw me drink it but emptied a full cup when I left. It was because I was just putting my lips on the rim of the cup. We finally sold her house. I could dedicate an entire post just to that sale.
Honorable mentions are all the times I have gone to closings or shown houses with my zipper down. I think I once had a T-Shirt on inside out.
I have others of course, but I hope this takes your mind off of the state of the world and puts a smile on your face.