Bungalow Shopping and Flip Flopping

Real Estate Agent with HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate

This week I went bungalow shopping with some clients new to the Galveston, Texas area. Craftsman details, hardwood floors and vintage tile had all of us excited and eager to see the next one. Then, the downpour started.bungalow homes for sale

Average rainfall here is about 48" per year, but it is never distributed evenly. This precipitation seemed more like the 4" per hour kind. . . Cats and dogs, with some chickens and hogs thrown in.

We finished examining the details of the house and decided to make a run for the car. But, aye-eeee! The rain was ice cold so we huddled instead on the generous covered porch waiting for it to stop. It did not stop! It rained and poured and rained some more. So we examined the lot as best we could, watching its drainage in action.

Decided to make another run for the car. The gutters were full, more than ankle deep - oh dear! While stepping through the water it pulled our flip flops right off! Mine were lightweight foam and starting floating down the raging gutter heading for the storm drain. Run girl run! I grabbed them and ran to the car as my clients were doing the same. We were all drenched.

"Good thing we're waterproof", we laughed.

We viewed all of the listings, talked a little about what comes next in the bungalow-buying-boogie, and then parted ways. My clients went back to cruise the streets around their favorites more closely.

I was chuckling on my drive home about different things that have happened when looking at homes with buyers. It is best to go with the flow, in particular when the flow is a heavy, teeth-chattering downpour!

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Helping home buyers find the bungalow of their dreams in the greater Galveston/Houston area of Texas.

Comments (7)

Sherry Lee Cox
Platinum Properties - Paso Robles, CA

Wow, that's a lot of rain.  If we get 11 inches in the winter, we consider it a normal year!  Wish we had a little more...

Sep 24, 2009 02:03 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Sara ~ Gotta love those nice, deep porches.  Bungalows are one of my favorite house styles - sounds like a great tour despite the weather.


Sep 24, 2009 03:04 PM
Sara Goss
HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate - League City, TX
Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas

Hi Sherry, The abundant rain here is great for our yards, makes us seem like we all have green thumbs. Plants grow without a lot of effort although often the rain is very heavy for a short period of time.

Hi Elizabeth, Bungalows are one of my favorites too, relaxing on the porch and watching the world go by is a fine pastime.

Sep 25, 2009 04:10 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sara, if you have people who can stay excited about house hunting is a bone chilling rain, I'd say that's a really good thing!  Just keep ducking the chickens and hogs!

Sep 26, 2009 05:30 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Hey good luck with those clients Sara. But if you all were laughing, that's a good sign of some nice people.......glad you caught your 'flops'

Sep 27, 2009 08:57 AM
Sara Goss
HatmakerGroup.com GMAC Real Estate - League City, TX
Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas

Patricia, thanks for your positive thoughts, I'll keep dodging the farmlife raining from the heavens above too.

Al & Peggy, We were on a mission! Nothing else to do but laugh, rains can pop up out of the blue and be gone in a flash too. Thanks both!

Sep 28, 2009 09:27 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

lol ... I got caught in the rain making a run for the car a couple of weeks ago too, and in my haste I dropped my keys as I got to the car and they slide a foot under the car !!!

So it was pouring on me as I was fumbling under the car to get the keys !!!

Ah the daily hurdles we have to get over !!! :o)

Cheers Sara !


Nov 08, 2009 01:42 PM