When An Open House Visitor Won't Leave - (Almost) Speechless Sunday

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When An Open House Visitor Won't Leave. 

What's an agent to do when it's time to end the open house and one of the visitors won't leave?  Lizard at Open House

This critter entered with a couple just a few minutes after the open house began. He initially had trouble getting good footing on the ceramic tile entry, but successfully wiggled his way to the carpet in the formal living room.  The couple wandered through the home and eventually left, but the lizard decided he liked the house and was going to look around a bit longer.

Every once in a while I'd check on Larry.  He hung out in the living room for about an hour.  When I went to check on him again, I found him in the utility room where he remained for the rest of the open house.

Lizard at Open HouseSince this is a vacant property, there's nothing in there designed for lizard rescue, not even a broom.  Larry and I discussed the situation.  I was perfectly happy to lock him in when I left, with the understanding that he'd find his way out tonight.  I hope he keeps his promise. Or decides to make an offer on the house.

 

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Barbara Adamson
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - McDonough, GA
Realtor, Henry Co GA & Owner Adamson & Associates

Funny!  I would have given him the keys if he promised not to get me!

Aug 29, 2010 01:57 PM #1
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Barbara: He was actually kind of fun to watch, once he quit freaking out on the tile.

Aug 29, 2010 01:59 PM #2
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Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

Too funny to watch one try and run on vinyl tile - it's like slow motion.  Those little guys are all over the place.  Since it's a vacant property, Larry will keep your cricket and moth population from ending up as dead carcases in the corners.

Aug 29, 2010 02:26 PM #3
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Mark: Don't have a moth or cricket problem.  Now waterbugs, that's a different story.

Aug 29, 2010 02:29 PM #4
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Latonia Parks
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How funny.  Were you sad to leave him alone?

Aug 29, 2010 03:24 PM #5
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Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
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Ugh ... now if we had one of those little guys come visit in a house around here, I'd freak. Of course we don't have those around here (greater Seattle area), so it'd be a real problem! From your story, I assume they're pretty fast?

Aug 30, 2010 05:13 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Latonia: I was very glad to get out of the house!

Gabrielle: Not very fast, but he was skittering around on the tiles. He calmed down once he got to the carpet.  Don't have lizards in Seattle? Want one?

Aug 30, 2010 08:40 AM #7
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Karen Otto
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Next time you may want to try using the info sheets on the property to gently lift him up with, unless you have a fear of lizards running up your sleeve, it's a pretty effective solution.  It's my favorite spider and reptile catcher, but I don't mind a ride on my arm either.

Aug 31, 2010 04:08 AM #8
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Oh no, Karen! This little fella was about 12" and definitely wouldn't have stayed put on the paper.  Want to bring your arm over and give him a ride out the door?

Aug 31, 2010 04:12 AM #9
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Hi Lorrie... did you at least find out if he is prequalified?  He looks more like a renter to me.

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Steve: Couldn't get him to sign the guest book, so I can't follow up.

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