You 'Break It", You "Buy It!"... yes, I remember saying that to the buyers...

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI

There have been several times over the years that I have had experiences out of the normal.  I warn my clients that I occasionally write a blog post or two and if they don't behave I will 'write' about them.

That warning is usually enough to get the situation back under control.

Several months ago I showed a place that had an open gun safe in the basement.  The gun room was about 12 x 12 with 8 inch cement walls and ceiling.  The Safe door was straight out of the movies- huge and nothing to play with.

At the time, we all commented that this looked like trouble waiting to happen.  The buyer even stated that it would be removed and a more normal door installed.

Fast forward to last night.... here's where the story gets fun.

We met at the vacant home to sign final papers to put it Under Contract.  The buyer brought the boys (both well over the age of 12) one was 16 the other 23.  I think you know where this is going.....

While we were upstairs going over the contract, one of the idiots boys playfully (yeah right) locked the other in the safe room.

I called the listing agent to see if there was a record of the combo.  He called the county sheriff to come check on us.  We all decided that the kid was in less danger locked in the room then he would be freed -lol

There is a handle on the inside of the door that can be used to open it.  That is unless the outside handle has been turned and the lock engaged! Guess what?  LOCKED up TIGHT!

We found the original owner and he came to help, the people he sold it too had changed the locks and were now out of state.

I asked the officers if we could just dynamite a hole in the wall and they said "NO" 

(One did show me his tazer  but that is a different story)safe

I can't add 'Safe Cracking" to my skill set but I can add 'aiding and abating".  The only way to get in was to take the door off.  Seriously, the men pry-ed it from the outside enough to snap the re-bar bolts.  The the kid did something from inside and they moved the 2,500 lb door enough for him to exit

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As a good agent I did ask the crowd if anyone was looking to buy or sell in Barry County.  I may have found a way to procure buyers.  I did get to hand out my card- that will be a future post.

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Happy Ending,

Buyers have finished signing the contract- They won't need to hire someone to come take out the safe door.

I get to say I told you SO!  After all if you break it- you buy it!  In this case they are thrilled to be buying it. 

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Diane McDermott
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Cheryl, now that's a contract signing that the buyers will never forget!  Glad it had a happy ending :)

Apr 14, 2011 08:44 AM #1
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Cheryl Willis
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Diane, What is one of the crazest thing you have done while signing docs?  Cheryl(just curious)Willis

Apr 14, 2011 08:56 AM #2
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Doug Rogers
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Too funny!!

Apr 14, 2011 09:25 AM #3
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Cheryl Willis
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Doug, A good time was had by all- the first deputy on the 'scene' was worried about the 'little boy' in the safe and wanted to call for emergency help.  We explain the kid was alright and had air, besides it nevers hurts to let a kid sit over night in a locked room-- cheryl(totally just kidding)willis.

Apr 14, 2011 09:44 AM #4
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Gary Woltal
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Changing anything with locks or combos is so wrong in a house Cheryl. That is for the new owner. Unsafe guns anywhere BIG TIME wrong. Having deputies at the house. You lead the wild life there in Missouri.

Apr 14, 2011 10:55 AM #5
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Cheryl Willis
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Tell me about it Gary, the things we run into in the business.!- cw

Apr 14, 2011 01:55 PM #6
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William Feela
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LOL, we never know when something odd will happen.  I have had things happen but not such a unique occorence.

Apr 15, 2011 02:28 AM #7
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Scott Warga
ACSI American Construction Specialists & Investigations - Gilbert, AZ

Cheryl, Wow what a story, thanks for sharing.

I am picturing this in my mind and what some of the comments made through the safe door were.

 

I am sure somewhere along the way the person inside the saf was thinking about using the bathroom.

Apr 15, 2011 03:20 AM #8
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Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
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That is a pretty funny story, and a closing that you will never forget!

Apr 15, 2011 05:12 AM #9
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Cheryl Willis
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William- can't say I didn't see this one coming, just wish it wasn't when I was there.

Scott- funny thing is I said that too him too, over all he was only in there over an hour.

Cheryl- I love all my closings and this one will be a hoot!!

Apr 15, 2011 06:14 AM #10
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Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
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LOL - Cheryl, this is great! Can I use this story in my newsletter? How about in my book on funny real estate stories? Of course, I would give you credit.

Dec 08, 2011 05:49 PM #11
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Maria, GO for it, this was an exciting contract signing- lol

Dec 09, 2011 02:35 AM #12
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