The Shark on The Kitchen Counter

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Co. Real Estate

Here we are: It’s late in the day, and I’m trying to pick out properties for a buyer I’m going to meet in the morning. It doesn’t help when all the places look alike in that price range, does it?

Next on the list is just one more renovated condo, number 17 of 23, or something like that. It’s in a nice place in a charming landmark DC building on 16th St, but the interior looks rather non-descript. I must have seen this a thousand times: blonde cabinets, black granite counters, stainless steel appliances, stackable Euro-style washing machine, exposed duct work—you know what I’m talking about.

As I said, it’s late in the day, and I’m going through the motions, clicking through the virtual tour. Kick this one off the list, or keep it? But then -- HA, HA! There’s another picture of the kitchen, but this time, a bright blue stuffed animal is sitting on the counter, showing its even brighter white teeth.

“Angela the Shark” reads the caption. Huh??! Are they taking me for a ride here?

They sure are. And they have my attention. This one is going to stay on my short list! I’m going to show it tomorrow!

 

(P.S.: I surely hope there wasn’t any deeper meaning attached. Anything I’m not getting? Loan shark? Gourmet kitchen for your fresh fish? And who is Angela?! The agent’s ex? Did she try and eat him alive? Did she take all his money? Does she love gourmet seafood, such as shark steak? I might have to ask the listing agent for disclosures asap...)

P.P.S. on Jan 19, 2011: I finally heard from the creator of Angela and her shark buddies!  Read about it here.

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Marcie Sandalow
Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 - Bethesda, MD
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What a great way to get some extra attention and stick out from the crowd.  Worked for you, eh?  

Nov 03, 2010 10:16 AM #6
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Catarina Bannier
Evers & Co. Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Marcie, I'm already considering ways to "incorporate" that idea. No shark of course... how about a RAT? Gotta have the guts, though, and a client who appreciates the approach.
Nov 03, 2010 10:28 AM #7
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Patricia Kennedy
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Cati, this is totally hilarious!  It does make it stand out in a rather crowded market.  We have a colleague with a sense of humor!

Nov 04, 2010 03:41 AM #8
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Catarina Bannier
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Hi Pat -- yes, he really sounds like a fun guy.  Now that I'm really curious about the idea, I went through the trouble of checking out his other virtual tours -- and there's the shark in each of them!  On the couch, on the counter, and once even in the bathroom!  Oh, and I just sent the agent an email, inviting him to AR.  Might be a valuable addition!

Nov 04, 2010 06:03 AM #9
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

This is funny - and as you said, made it stand out from the crowd. 

Nov 07, 2010 05:08 AM #10
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

I wonder if my accountant will let me deduct stuffed animals as a necessary business expense.

Nov 07, 2010 06:02 AM #11
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Kirsten Lindquist
Pacific Union International - Sonoma, CA
Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country

Clever....scary....but clever.

Nov 07, 2010 06:29 AM #12
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Mary Sheridan
Keller Willliams - 1033 Hamilton Place,Johnson City TN 37604 - Johnson City, TN
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The one that got my attention wasn't in a picture in MLS.   I walked into a bedroom in a house where there was no sign of life, until this "dog" began barking and wagging its tail.   Big dog, big bark.   It took me a second to realize I didn't need to run from it.    Maybe that's because there had been a real one a while before that - with no warning in MLS, no sign on door, etc., this monster came out from under a bed and was not welcoming, to say the least.  I flew to the front door, slammed it behind me, and then realized that my purse was in that living room.   This was before cell phones (which would have been in the purse anyway, and it was out in the country, not near neighbors.   I remember sitting on the front porch waiting for the folks to come home.

Nov 07, 2010 08:24 AM #13
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Sarah Moore
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Love it, i am going to implement something like this immediately.  Of course, your client is going to have to be on board with this one, I would hate to have to answer to an angry client about it after the fact.

Nov 07, 2010 12:18 PM #14
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Sure hope the agent's name was not Angela. That shark is making quite a statement. Would love to hear the listing agent's comment.

Thanks to Pat Kennedy for pointing me to your blog.

Margaret

Nov 07, 2010 01:00 PM #15
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Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL
What a novel idea! That's one way to have your condo listing stand out from the bazillions of others. Thanks for sharing. :)
Nov 07, 2010 03:18 PM #16
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Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Catarina, now I'm itching to find out what's happening next. Did the guy join AR? 

It's a great idea with the shark - especially for "I've seen them so many times" - because CLIENTS will also remember them. We as agents can remember - at least some info about the property we just showed, but often clients don't. I ask them: what did you like the most today: they say, that yellow house, yes, with the manicured yard (but yellow house had all paved driveway around it, and the one with manicured yard was dark brown. And we've only seen 5 houses!) Clients sure will remember "that one with the shark". 

Now we all have to think of an animal - or insect? - or? 

Nov 07, 2010 04:32 PM #17
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Catarina Bannier
Evers & Co. Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Margaret--it sure did; let's hope not everybody in the DC condo market will try and copy it, though!

Cynthia--LOL, I'm sure you could make a good case as long as you can document the expense with the virtual tours...

Kirsten--scary because you wonder why the guy picked out a shark, huh?

Mary--was it an actual fake dog that was barking, of just the sound? I've heard of motion detector-activated barking devices to deter intruders (actually would love to have one of those!).  Not sure it would be a great marketing idea, though. :-)

Nov 08, 2010 01:25 AM #18
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Catarina Bannier
Evers & Co. Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Sarah, I've been thinking the same:  did he get permission from the sellers first?  (There was one place he had that looked more like it might be a more mature seller, and "Angela" was more discreetly sitting on the sofa.)

Margaret--what an honor to have you visit!  Pat speaks very highly of you.  :-)  I have not heard from the listing agent; either my email got stuck in his spam filter, or he thought I was nuts.  (Then again, he seems to have a sense of humor, so why would he...)  Oh, and unless he leads a double life, his name is not Angela but Nathan.

Nov 08, 2010 01:32 AM #19
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Catarina Bannier
Evers & Co. Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Coleen--yes, and I'd love to know what else he's come up with! 

Anna--I know!  I'm getting so curious as well.  Really too bad he hasn't replied (see my previous comment).  Maybe I'll give him a call, even if only so i can report here. :-)

Nov 08, 2010 02:17 AM #20
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Survival of the fittest! In the world of competition, you have to do something to make your listings stand out!   This could become a theme and have her hidden in the listing pix of all the agents listings!  I like that idea, adds a little fun to work!

Nov 08, 2010 06:14 AM #21
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Catarina Bannier
Evers & Co. Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Robert--if we all want to use her, we'd probably have to kidnap (sharknap?) her first.  Or--as suggested here before--just go with some other colorful creatures.  I could see a bright gold giant cockroach or a plush green baby crocodile as alternatives; of course, only insiders would know what this was all about.

Nov 08, 2010 07:02 AM #22
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Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Or perhaps a LOGO Bear/animal to help brand the listing... We may have something here!

Nov 09, 2010 03:10 AM #23
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Catarina Bannier
Evers & Co. Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Robert, nice idea, too, but maybe doesn't have the same element of surprise.

Sadly, the agent never got back to me--but maybe i just got stuck in his spam filter?

Nov 11, 2010 09:38 AM #24
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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
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Easy to remember--the one with the shark in the kitchen-is a pretty memorable line.  I always appreciate a sense of humor, especially in a crowded real estate market.

Nov 29, 2010 04:12 AM #25
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