A little foresight keeps the felons away

Real Estate Agent with Property Management Solutions

When I got married 13 years ago , or was it 14 years ago , I told my wife that I couldn't promise her that we would be rich or famous but that I was certain that she would not be bored.

I did not realize that would also be the result of my decision to manage property for others. So imagine my surprise to find myself in between a client , 3 female cops , a felon and a obsessive cumpulsive live-in caregiver turned into a leach of a holdover tenant before 8 in the morning.

In order to avoid this scenario you need to keep a few rules in mind

Rule #1 , no guns before coffee. 

Rule # 2 , do not move a caregiver into your aging family members home without a clear written agreement as to what happens when the in-firmed becomes the deceased.

In this case the caregiver decided that the deceased would have wanted her to stay there untill she found a new place,  however long that took. Her friend the felon also thought that the deceased would rather his tools and compressor be put to good use rather then being passed to his heirs.

The story has a happy ending due to an alert neighbor that thought a hippy loading a uhaul at 6 am just did not look right. The felon repented and returned the gifts , the caregiver was quickly packed out of the house and signed off on a hastily prepared release of any claim to the house or any property contained within.

Best of all , I got my coffee and was on the road with the locks changed by 10:30


Comments (6)

Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Great story Berry, I enjoyed it, thanks for posting it.

Sep 28, 2010 05:08 PM
Joan Valverde
HomeSmart - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu
Barry, you got admit that our job in Real Estate is always exciting!!! With new things to learn everyday..... Glad it all worked out.
Sep 28, 2010 05:09 PM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Berry ~ wow!  You certainly are not living a dull life!  I'm happy to hear the guns were not needed.

Sep 28, 2010 05:15 PM
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

Sounds quite exciting.... Freakin leeches and hippies!! Never a great combination, especially before coffee..

Sep 28, 2010 05:16 PM
BrokerBarry Mathis
Property Management Solutions - Roseville, CA

Thanks for the comments , there is a chicese proverb thata  says

" He who is willing to rise before the sun will never fail to feed his family"

I hope that works in reverse as well judgeing from your timestamps.

Sep 29, 2010 02:27 AM
Val Berlin-Douglass

Weren't we just talking about "stuff" like this on Friday... Another reason why I no longer do property management. Cheers to you!

Apr 18, 2011 07:06 AM