Emergency 911 - Locked outside on the 2nd floor balcony!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with AuctionFirst.com and TrianglePremierAuctions.com

Here's a snapshot of one event in an otherwise mundane week. 

One of your luxury homes sold and will close in 10 days so you're out at the property checking security.  The mansion sits on 5 wooded acres that backs up to more wooded acres in the middle of nowhere & deer wander the streets at all hours- it was very picturesque. And remote. (Important foreshadowing). For some odd reason, you decide to go out on a 2nd floor balcony for better views of the yard.  Suddenly the wind slams the door shut behind you.  Not usually a problem. Except you didn't check the lock on the knob and now you're locked out! 

What to do? 

Got the cell phone - yea!  If you call 911, they'll come to the rescue but may end up chopping the front door down or damaging the pristine back yard. 

Decide to call everyone you know but no one picks up.  So now there are messages all over the area with your cryptic call for help.  You could wait for someone to call back.  Surely it wouldn't take more than 2 hours for help to arrive.  But you might have the front door key in your pocket (and no, it doesn't work on the locked door).

the drop

How about yelling?  Hmmm.... not likely to help as you're in the middle of 4 acres.

Should you jump? The drop looks bad but can't be more than 8-10 feet to the deck below. 



So you carefully lower yourself over the bannister and are hanging by your fingers.  Then it happens. You lose your grip and before you know it, you've landed in a heap on the deck below.  Stand up and do a quick body check.  No broken bones - Yea!  You do walk funny for a couple of days but no one asks why.  They all know.  And they saved your voice messages.

Question of the week - what would a sane person have done? 

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Comments (5)

Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

I would have probably called my office and asked someone to come help...the advantages to working on a team!  Of course, I would never have lived it down.  Sounds as though you might night, either, but this could certainly happen to anyone!  You can limp all the way to settlement!

Aug 29, 2009 03:04 AM
Sarah Sonke
AuctionFirst.com and TrianglePremierAuctions.com - Raleigh, NC
Auctioneer/Broker

Dianne - great response.  I work on a team too and called every one of them.  I think they all conspired together in not being available.  No doubt there will be ransom/bribes in the future to keep this story under wraps.  After all, we are professionals.....

Aug 29, 2009 03:28 AM
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Sarah - I would have lit the place on fire and hoped that the fire department got there before I became a smore.  Okay seriously...Since I am a guy I would've tied my shirt to the bottom railing and used that to reduce the distance of me falling to the ground. I would then concede that I need to go to the gym more often!

Aug 29, 2009 06:31 AM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

I think I would have jumped with you Sarah. We get into a lot of areas like that or where you can't get cell service.

Aug 29, 2009 11:34 AM
David Williams
CaryRealEstate.com - Cary, NC

Stuff they just don't teach in the real estate pre-licensing class!

Oct 23, 2009 04:01 PM