The one that got away? Like that's gonna happen with me in the driver's seat!

Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

The one that got away?  Like that's gonna happen with me in the driver's seat!

Evidently there's a great contest going on on ActiveRain about "The one that got away".  And while I do have an adventure in real estate story, or two or three, that fit that criteria I think the better story is the one about the Client who couldn't get away.  I think I've told this little gem before, but maybe you missed it or you just need a Tuesday giggle.

Picture of Atlantic OceanI was working with a delightful couple on the purchase of an oceanfront lot and the building of their dream home.  We'd been back and forth through the mail (yes, Virginia. There was a time before email and somehow we managed to get things done) and phone calls and they had finally come down to take a look.  Turned out not to be the best day for it -- a nor'easter was on it's way and it was quite chilly and windy.  But they had driven 4 hours to look, so we were gonna look!  I'm kinda like a mailman (or maybe an EEEDJIOT), no nor'easter is going to keep me from my duties.

As was the custom back then, they rode with me.  The Mister, who liked to think he was in charge, rode up front.  The REAL decision maker sat in the backseat.  My second mistake of the day.  What was the first?  Keep reading, we'll get there.

We drove to the first lot, and the husband decided he would like to walk it.  In the middle of a Picture of lighthouse and wavesnor'easter?  Really?  Oh, boy, here we go.  Out he jumped, with me right behind.  The wife says, "I can't get out."  I say, "No problem."  The weather was pretty ugly, I would have liked to have stayed in the car, too.

We go to see the second lot.  Now it's really windy and the rain is beginning in earnest.  Remember, these are oceanfront lots so there's no protection from the elements here!  The husband HAS to walk this one as well.  He's out in a flash and I'm scrambling to keep up.  The wife says, "I can't get out."  I again say, "No problem, I understand." 

We get to the third lot, this one was directly on the point and the wind had really picked up and the salt spray was wreaking havoc with my hair and makeup.  I know, who worries about hair and makeup in the middle of a nor'easter?  ME!  That's who!  Of course, himself is out of the car almost before I put it in park!  Have I mentioned that my shoes were soaked and my hair was plastered to my head like a helmet?  Oh, the things we'll do for our Clients!  I'm getting out, a bit more slowly than the last two times, but gosh darn it, I'm still in the game!  The wife says, again, "I can't get out."  I'm starting to think some not so nice things about this princess.  I mean, I'm toughing it out, surely she could at least make a little effort.  But of course,  I say, "No problem." 

And then she says, "NO!  I mean I CAN'T get out.  The door is locked!" 

Picture of oops signCan anyone say child safety lock?  Oops.  Guess I wasn't doing that active listening thing I'm always preaching.  Now anyone who has read more than one of my posts, knows I was trying not to laugh hysterically as I went around to open her door and cut off the child safety lock.  You'd think she would have said something specific while we were driving to the second lot, but maybe I didn't really give her a chance.  Eee Gaads!

They did buy the last lot I showed THEM. . .  Turns out all I needed to do to close that sale was let the REAL decision maker out of the back seat!

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Wilmington NC 28405



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Lisa Dunham
Alexandria, VA
Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate

Cute story Tish!  I cannot believe she never once told you that her door was locked ... LOL!  Too funny!

Nov 29, 2011 02:05 AM #1
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Tish ~ Hilarious, the princess got out and made the decision....I can't believe she didn't speak up sooner....maybe your hair and makeup would have .... oh, well.... LMBO ROFL  *smirks*

Nov 29, 2011 02:25 AM #2
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

I love this story!! Funny how the obvious can escape us....

Nov 29, 2011 02:26 AM #3
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Lisa ~ I wondered the same thing . . . at least she finally did!

Karen ~ Imagine locking in the decision maker, oh, my.  I've never used those child locks again! 

Marie ~ Isn't it though?

Nov 29, 2011 02:34 AM #4
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Tish that's a classic.  Glad once you let her out of the car you closed a sale. 

Nov 29, 2011 02:48 AM #5
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

HA!  That is way too funny, Tish!  Those child locks can be a good thing at times but I know that I have been stuck in back seats before because of them!  Glad she made it out and the ending was so happy.

Nov 29, 2011 03:16 AM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Oh sweetie, you made me LOL with this story, and you have no idea how much I needed to do that today.  Great story and only one you could tell so well Tish.  Love the "princess" line!

Nov 29, 2011 04:58 AM #7
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Tish: That's a hilarious glad it ended up working out in the end.   

Nov 29, 2011 06:25 AM #8
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Cindy ~ It's certainly one I've never repeated!

Leesa ~ I was lucky to be working with Clients who had a sense of humor!

Roger ~ Hope you found more reasons to laugh today.

Anita ~ I am too!

Nov 29, 2011 06:58 AM #9
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

This is such a great story Tish, on oh so many levels!  Yeah I got the visual of you with your hair stuck to your head "like a helmet" .... and you were worried about your make up?? Really???  Too funny! 

Nov 30, 2011 02:36 PM #12
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate


This is to DIE for. Really? At least you got them what they wanted, and they didn't hold it against you. :-)

Nov 30, 2011 03:39 PM #13
Carmela Jacobs
Carmela G. Jacobs, Broker - Thousand Oaks, CA
Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor

YAY!!! You closed the deal.  Great story, your serious business, showing LOTS in the middle of a storm.   I would have been the princess, no way you were getting me out of that car.   :)   Thanks for the laugh.   

Dec 22, 2011 04:04 AM #14
Lisa Orme
The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY - Windsor, CT
Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu

I love this story Tish! Glad that if you had to be out in that nor'easter, at least it paid off!  

Dec 26, 2011 07:59 AM #15
Lisa Ackerson
Fathom Realty DFW - Keller, TX
CRS - Dallas Fort Worth Area Expert

Tish - this is hysterical!  Thanks for the laugh!  

Jan 08, 2012 02:06 AM #16
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