Clients, jammies and Walmart.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

If you spend any time on the web, you have probably seen one of the "People of Walmart" videos. They can be funny, shocking and a little bizarre. They've gotten so popular on the Internet I've wondered if people aren't heading over to Walmart dressed in their most wacky garb in hopes that someone is filming. It could be their big film break.

Well, I've got news for you. Walmart is coming to real estate. They're not selling houses, even though that wouldn't surprise me some day, no, the people of Walmart are buying houses. I had a customer show up in her pajamas the other day. When she got out of her car in her bright red pj's she said, "I hope you don't mind my pajamas."  

I was so surprised I just laughed and said, "Hey, if you buy the house you can show up in the front yard all you want in your pajamas." She was a great customer, but it made me wonder, "Is this a trend?" Actually, I don't really care, but it did seem a little strange. Her pj's were nice, she was sweet and she didn't have any body parts hanging out. No size 2 thong on a size 24 package.Yeow! I may need therapy after that image.

Don't be surprised if a client pulls up in her/his best SpongeBob jammies. It might be a trend. It might not be, but it can happen.  

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Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Contrary to the often used "anything goes"....everything does not go

Nov 10, 2017 06:51 AM #15
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Oh my goodness. No  thanks, I won't be going out in my PJ's anytime soon. :) Funny story Mike.  And the few times I've been in Walmart - to pick up my parents medications - I have seen a lot a shoppers wearing pajama bottoms.. ARGH 

Nov 10, 2017 08:06 AM #16
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Mike, The title alone was enough to pull me in :)  And I haven't had anyone show up in their jammies....yet.

Nov 10, 2017 08:50 AM #17
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Sam Shueh
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Walmart and our area real estate do not correlate well. 1.2M condo vs affordable merchandise.  

The local Walmart tech center (internet workhorse) has the highest turn over from their employees.  I have a client I think she is compensated well as a non-developer (not a software CS type).  Professionals do not feel they are treated as professional often they leave after 1 year stay if that long. Merchadise all made overseas.

Nov 10, 2017 10:25 AM #18
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
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Mike,

 LOL! I do not like the trend of PJ's on the street, but as you said she was probably better dressed than most and if she buys she can wear PJ's to closing!

Nov 10, 2017 01:56 PM #19
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
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Oh wow, that is one for the books. I am not sure I would have been able to keep my mouth from dropping open when I saw that arriving.

Nov 10, 2017 03:41 PM #20
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

I have not seen these videos and don't intend to watch them. What could I learn from them? Bad taste? 

Nov 10, 2017 07:26 PM #21
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Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
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Was at the grocery store the other day and walked down an aisle...there was a guy bending over so you may know where this is going.  I could see EVERYTHING all the way down.  I mean he wasn't  over weight or anything-  that would have made it worse.  Talk about making a good first impression.  What if we had a meeting set up and this was how I was introduced to him???  I made a comment that I could see it all and he turned around and smiled at me....yuck.  It's not just Wal Mart.

Nov 10, 2017 07:44 PM #22
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Kimberly Jones
HomeSmart Professionals - Palm Desert, CA
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A broker once advised me  not to judge people on thier clothing. He told of an agent that gave a man the cold sholder at an open house - ocean front in Hermosa Beach. The man went to another open house to choose another agent to represent him in a multi-milltion dollar purchase. You can imagine the shock of the listing agent to see that same man making an offer on his listing.  

When people come into an open house apologetic about thier clothing - I say "Hey - there's no dress code for open houses". People are out and about on thier day off. California is very casual. PJs are not a trend here as far as I know. 

 

Nov 10, 2017 09:30 PM #23
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Marte Cliff
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Last week I saw an older woman at our veterinarian's office wearing pajama bottoms. Flannel with pictures of Winnie the Pooh and lace around the bottom. I don't know about the top, since it was cold out and she had on a heavy parka.

She wasn't someone who had rushed in because of an emergency, just someone picking up some meds.

I couldn't see your photo, but a friend sends me an email of the "Walmartians" every now and then - some pretty awful stuff! I've seen plenty of "sloppy" here, but thankfully nothing like those.

Nov 10, 2017 11:09 PM #24
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Fred Sweezer Sr.
Hud Certified 203K Consultant - Long Beach, CA
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That is amazing walmart have set a new standard shopping, thanks for the post.

Nov 11, 2017 04:55 AM #25
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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Interesting post, however, unusual consumers who shop WalMart don't take their clothes off to shop elsewhere. There are simply more people shopping at WalMart who video such incidents and post them on the Net. I've seen unusual people in unusual attire everywhere, so, it's not exclusively at Walmart, don't you agree?

How a person is dressed, the color of their skin or their appearance is irrelevant, especially when submitting a bona fide offer to buy, that we should agree on, shouldn't we?

Nov 11, 2017 08:25 AM #26
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Styles and customs have changed and will continue to change.

There was a time that people really dressed up to fly somewhere. Not now.

There was a time when people dressed up to go to the Doctor, not now.

I am not surprised people would show up in PJ's to look at houses.

I guess we just need to be glad we have people showing up.

Nov 11, 2017 11:04 AM #27
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
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I’ve enlisted the help of an online service where stylists pick out clothes for you. And when I told them that I am a Realtor and I needed “business casual” clothes for work, they sent me leggings - like the kind you see at the gym!  So I then clarified and said I need “business dressy” and they sent me ripped jeans!  Thismakes me feel so old because I’m not going to wear these things when I’m meeting with clients - maybe times really have changed!

Nov 11, 2017 06:22 PM #28
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Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP
Keller Williams Partners - Hollywood, FL

Hi Mike Cooper . I am still laughing at the fine for pj's and now this post. Maybe a neighbor taking out the garbage has their pj's on but have not seen it as a common thing here in South Florida. I think they are too into body image and looks. Who's knows....maybe will notice pj's this week in the local markets.  

Nov 12, 2017 06:58 PM #29
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I haven't had anyone show up in pj's yet!  Funny I bet.  

Nov 12, 2017 07:18 PM #30
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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Hey, we've had to warn people about showing up in wet bathing suits. As an aside, I have not stepped foot into a Walmart since 2008. People of Walmart YouTube video's about as close as I want to get.

Nov 13, 2017 12:50 AM #31
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
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Your post brought humor to my day!  I love Francine Viola's comment!

Nov 13, 2017 09:15 PM #32
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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I have to say it sounds a little odd to show up in PJ's but you handled it well.

Nov 15, 2017 03:47 PM #33
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
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Mike, you made me laugh out loud with this post. Thanks for brightening up my day. Like you, I've seen some folks sporting pajamas in public places. The world is always changing.

Nov 16, 2017 09:13 AM #34
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