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Real Estate Agent with The Kelly Group Real Estate

Do you ever have weeks like this? 

The listing says "RMLS lock box, Vacant 24 hours."  I arrive at the house only to find a combination lock on the front door.  I call the listing agent, she doesn't answer her phone.  I leave a message.  I call the main office, and leave a message there as well.  The listing agent finally calls me back.... the next day.  Says she didn't realize she didn't put an RMLS lock box on the house.  She gives me the combination.   I make a second appointment with my clients and show back up at the home at the appointed time.  The combination doesn't work.  Good thing I have understanding clients but this is really frustrating me.  I call the agent back and guess what, she doesn't answer her phone AGAIN!  I leave another message but I need to go to my next appointment which is about 30 minutes away.

I arrive at my next appointment to let an appraiser in a home only to find a vacant home with a big dog staring out the window.  He isn't growling or barking, only looking like he really needs a friend to rescue him.  I call the listing office to find out what the situation is.  Is this dog supposed to be in this vacant house?  They don't know anything, in fact the property owner has disconnected her phone and they don't have anyway of getting a hold of her.  I call animal control, they are aware of the dog but can't rescue him until they can prove he has been abandoned.  I take my chances and unlock the door.  I open it up just a crack to see what type of reaction I am going to get out of this dog.  He is friendly and very happy to see somebody.  I go to the back door and let him out in the fenced backyard so he can relieve himself.  There is a pan of food out there but no water. Wouldn't do him much good anyway since he was locked in the house.  I try to get him some water but the service has been shut off.  The dog just wants to play ball, he is just so thrilled to have a friend.  About this time, animal control calls me back, they have contacted the owner and she is on her way over to the house.  She arrives and storms out of her car and looks like she is going to kill me.  I manage to calm her down and let her know, my only concern is for the dog and to make sure he is being taken care of.  I let her know the dog doesn't have any water.  She says she is trying to find a home for him and things are really hard for her right now.  I feel bad for her but I feel worse for the dog, he didn't do anything to deserve being left in a vacant home day after day. 

Somewhere in the middle of all this, the agent on the other house calls me back and gives me a different combination.  I make a third appointment with my clients, this time giving them a choice, do they want me to go try the combination out to see if it works before they waste anymore of their time?  They decide they will take a chance on the combination and meet me at the house.  At least this time, it worked but what can I say about this agent if I were a client and found out this is how my agent operated, she would be fired immediately.  By the way, the house is a no go, my clients didn't like the looks of the mold creeping up the bedroom and bathroom walls or the ceiling that is caving in due to water damage.  Not to mention the slug trails all over the living room carpet.

To top my day off, I received a call from clients I've been working with for several months, in fact we are supposed to be closing any day now on a newly constructed home.  It seems there is a problem with their financing, a glitch that just now showed up.  This is not an ordinary glitch, this could take some time to get cleared up, if it can be cleared up.  We have an appointment set for 5:00p.m. this evening.  With the day I've had so far, I can't count on this going well.  I think I will be glad when this day is over.


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Sandy Mitchell, Buyer's Agent


The Kelly Group, Keller Williams

Portland Premier

215 N Blaine St.

Newberg, Oregon 97132



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Sandy Wagner
RE/MAX Professionals 253.225.8322 - Gig Harbor, WA
Short Sale Specialist Tacoma, WA, and Gig Harbor,

I have had days and weeks like this, but fortunately today is not one of them. I'm sorry yours has been so frustrating!

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Sep 17, 2009 10:48 AM #1
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Sandy~ We have all had those kind of days.  Fortunately, they don't happen all that often in the scheme of things.  (Thank Goodness!)  I hope your day is much better tomorrow!

Sep 17, 2009 10:50 AM #2
Sandy Mitchell
The Kelly Group Real Estate - Newberg, OR
Making A House Your Home

Thanks Sandy and Vickie, I know "this too shall pass", we all have days like this, it's just no fun to be the one going through them.

Sep 17, 2009 10:58 AM #3
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