Special offer

the listing next door.

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Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Ocassionally, I think God looks down, and looks around and says "Hey, what can I do today, to shake up Alan's calm little world?  Things seem to be going fairly smoothly. Oh, I know, how about this?"...
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I awoke this morning, to the sounds of bird chirping.  Yawning, I rise out of bed, and sleepwalk through my morning ablutions, get dressed and make my way downstairs. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, the weather crisp, and there is a new "For Sale" sign in the neighbours front yard, and all's well with the world.

zzzzzzzzzzzzziipppppp!!???

A new "for sale" sign in the neighbours front yard?  But, I'm not listing my next-door neighbours house.... In fact I haven't even had a discussion with them about selling their house. WTF? (Why The Face?)

I immediately go to the MLS... and there it is.  My next door neighbour has listed with the competition.  And what's worse... the house shows well, they've recently upgraded their kitchen, baths and windows... and damn it... it's priced well.  So not only will I have to see my competitor's sign out my front window every day... but since it's priced well, I'm sure that I'll soon get to see a SOLD sign on top of the sign.

Is it talk like a pirate month??   arrrrrggghhhhhhHH!!!

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

Comments(35)

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Ginny - keep on smiling... right?

Oct 05, 2010 07:17 AM
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Whatever the reason, it always stings the Realtor ego. ;-)

Oct 05, 2010 07:47 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Suzanne - each and every morning that I get to see that sign.

Oct 05, 2010 08:08 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've got two across the street from me listed with other agents.  The one I'll let slide. It's a foreclosure and I don't have a contract with the banks to list those properties.  The other, well, it stung to see the sign.

Oct 05, 2010 08:13 AM
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Here's a kick in the teeth for ya- one of our best friends- and my husband's business partner, who asked my husband to officiate at his wedding!- went with another RE agent when he sold his house.  He told me he wanted someone who is more of an expert.

After I recovered from the whiplash of the quadruple-take that one produced, I thought to myself "ya know, I'm better off this way."  Just a funny feeling that it might have gotten a little sticky if everything wasn't perfectly to his plan....

Oct 05, 2010 11:24 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Chris - fun, aren't they?

Jennifer - that would qualify as a Danny Thoams spit-take

Oct 05, 2010 01:49 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Been there, seen that, and I didn't enjoy it either.  But what really hurts is when you see a sign in your sister in-laws yard!!   Geeeessshhhh.....

Oct 05, 2010 02:07 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

One word - Ouch!

Oct 05, 2010 06:12 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

I have a home I manage 2 doors away....few know it is a rental and even fewer know I am the one managing it.  I like it that way.

A LISTING and SELLER that close would almost be suffocating.  I think you are better off keeping tabs on it and making the sellers feel guilty!!!

Oct 05, 2010 11:46 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Barb - I wouldn't tolerate a sign in my sister-in-law's yard (in other words... my brother's home?!)... He'd get an earful from me.

Jane - a valid word.

Wallace - I get suffocated all the time by sellers who are too far away... having one next door that I could manage would have been great... I could make sure the sign was standing perfectly straigh each and every tday.

Oct 06, 2010 01:34 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

The best part of wakin' up is Folgers in your cup...See, they didn't say anything about real estate yard signs.

Sometimes, God is smiling on you...you just don't know it yet.

Very unlike me, right?

Oct 06, 2010 03:35 AM
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

I had a sign punch me in the gut on Monday.  Not in my neighbor's yard, but in the yard of a couple I had spent hours and hours showing houses to and giving detailed marketing plans and staging tips to sell their house a few years ago, and they abruptly decided not to move.   I know I know, I should be over it.   But I kept them on my fabulous mailing list?!  I figured they'd call me one day when they were ready after all that time I had put in, and was not about to call them and "see if they are ready yet" how annoying.   Sigh.  But at least it's not next door.   That really stings.

Oct 07, 2010 02:28 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Jenna - I want some of whatever you're smokin'.

Coral - it's just like another rejection from high-school.

Oct 07, 2010 02:31 AM
Debbie Walsh
SHAHAR Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Alan don't take it too hard.  Just know that alot of times like the others have said your neighbors don't necessarily want you to know their financial business.  So go out and get the buyer that will buy that house!  LOL

Oct 08, 2010 10:50 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Debra - I'll do my bestest.

Oct 08, 2010 11:15 AM
Gail Szeluga
Weichert Realtors-Marlboro, Manalapan - Manalapan, NJ
Manalapan, Marlboro & Monmouth County

Alan,  It happened to me on New Year's Eve a few years back! Talk about bad timing and ruining my evening! All I can say is now I have the best neighbors anyone would ever want and I know, I'll get their listing if they ever move!!

Oct 12, 2010 01:45 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Cicadas are coming! Cicadas are coming!

Gail - I'll look forward to that... (although I'm gonna keep my eyes open on New Year's Eve.)

Oct 12, 2010 01:52 PM
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Hey Alan,   When you in the business for a long time, you get to have just about everything happen to you (as I'm sure you know).  Unfortunately, this is one of them my friend..........................................................      Okay so now get over yourself and list the one next door on the other side from you or accross the street. Oh, go over to this neighbor, shake his hand and say good luck, where are you moving too?  Out of state great - Maybe you can refer him... haha; and see what they will be serving at the Realtor's Tour.  THEN just for giggles - sell both of them.  

Sep 07, 2016 11:42 AM
Alan May

Kimberly Thurm ... it's a little late for that, since this post was from 2010.  Which is probably about the last time I'd heard from you.

Sep 07, 2016 11:58 AM
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Yep!!  Just saw that - Looking through the old groups.... Seems like I'm not the only one that hasn't been around anymore.   All groups I belonged are now gone.

Sep 07, 2016 12:26 PM
Alan May

No harm... I'm happy to see you back.

Sep 07, 2016 01:09 PM
Kimberly Thurm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago - Naperville, IL
Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR

Sorry Alan!!   just learning my way around here again since 2014.

Sep 07, 2016 12:30 PM