The Keys Are Where?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
http://actvra.in/572X

 

Meeting a potential buyer tomorrow, an AR referral, to show a waterfront property.

I  followed the MLS instructions and contacted CSS aka Centralized Showing Service. The lovely professional answered my call, recognizing my name and number, and came back with the following directions.

Are you ready?

"Key is hidden on the left side of the rose bush in front of the kitchen sliding glass door beside the pond and to the right of the big rock and  under the football statue. " 

I asked how she could say that all without laughing? I could not.

Within minutes, I received an email stating

Appointment Confirmed. Showing Instructions: No Lockbox - Key is hidden on the left side of the rose bush in front of the kitchen sliding glass door beside the pond and to the right of the big rock and  under the football statue. " 

 

I will be showing this home tomorrow using the above directions.

 

Margaret Rome

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Eric Bouler
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Aug 08, 2017 07:35 PM #1
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Jeff Dowler
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Hi Margaret:

That's pretty funny, or maybe it really isn't/ Thank goodness for something in writing. I can see why the agent did not want to take calls on showings, or to try and put anything that makes sense in the MLS - probably not enough characters! Good luck!

Jeff

Aug 08, 2017 09:25 PM #2
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That is hilarious, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland . This listing agent needs to work in a mystery tour.

Aug 09, 2017 05:05 AM #3
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland,

I'm still chuckling!! This is hilarious but it's also sad. A supra box is so much safer and the listing agent can tell when you entering the house! Good luck with your showing tomorrow..are you taking garden gloves to dig around?

Aug 09, 2017 05:43 AM #4
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Good morning Margaret. In all my years never heard a location like that. Good luck! Enjoy your day!

Aug 09, 2017 06:12 AM #5
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I never thought of showing real estate as a treasure hunt. My wife and I value simplicity so this would never be our showing instructions.

Aug 09, 2017 06:14 AM #6
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Margaret- Well, I want to come back and find out how easy/hard it was to find that key!!!

Aug 09, 2017 09:22 AM #7
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That cracked me up Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ! Pretty sure it tops any instructions I've ever gotten over the years. We used to have some pretty strange ones when I sold country properties and horse ranches - you never knew where you'd find a key, barn ,stables....who knew where!

Aug 09, 2017 09:57 AM #8
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I actually showed a house that had the lockbox attached to the water box where the water shutoff valve was stored.

Aug 09, 2017 12:11 PM #9
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Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland when I am out showing with Anna I am the one that opens lock box for her and the buyers. There are been some strange places but not that strange.

Aug 09, 2017 12:26 PM #10
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I showed the property this morning and it was NOT quite as complicated as the instructions sounded. Once we found the "football " statue, it was a piece of cake. The buyer got a chuckle out of the directions. All worked out well.

Aug 09, 2017 12:57 PM #11
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Once again, the tale of the hidden key. When will they ever learn? 

Aug 09, 2017 01:34 PM #12
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Oh, and don't let the garter snake alarm you - he's totally harmless and won't bother you.

Aug 09, 2017 02:26 PM #13
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Dick Greenberg  Did you mean this one ?

Aug 09, 2017 02:31 PM #14
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Well there's a listing agent completely unconcerned with securing a key to a listing.  

Aug 09, 2017 04:05 PM #15
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I do love myself a good scavanger hunt! That's a showing I bring the kids to just to see who could find it first!

Aug 09, 2017 07:34 PM #16
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Donna Harris The kids would have loved this one!

Aug 09, 2017 08:05 PM #17
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I've gotten it's on the side of the house on the hose bib, when sellers don't want the box seen from the street, but yours takes the cake!

Aug 10, 2017 05:13 PM #18
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS It such fun going on scavenger hunts. We need a sense of humor. And the key was right where they said it would be.

Aug 10, 2017 06:12 PM #19
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