The Dog Ate My Homework

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Dog Ate My HomeworkRemember this clever, little idiom from years ago?  With a great deal of conviction, students would use this excuse in an attempt to justify their poor performance -- and lack of homework?  Certainly, I doubt any teacher ever truly believed this defense.  Yet, in my opinion, a lame excuse is better than no excuse.

I don’t care much for being stood up – no one really cares much for it either.  In fact, I’ve read a couple of posts expressing frustration over this very issue.  Many years ago when I was a leasing agent, I clearly recall being 'left at the altar' more times than I care to remember.  Every now and then, a potential renter would keep me on the phone for long periods of time, request lots of information, ask gazillions of questions, express strong interest in an apartment, make an appointment – and then never show up!  Once in awhile, I was asked to stay after hours, as those prospects promised they were 'coming straight from work.'  Consequently, I would wait outside, in the dark, sometimes in bad weather, often times in front of a building at a remote location.  Then, the inevitable would happen: 
No show.  No call.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nothing.   I didn't understand it then and I don’t understand it now.  Trust me ... it's still frustrating and puzzling today.

Feel free to call and give me the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard. 
It's okay if you call after hours when I'm unlikely to answer the phone.  You can even use Slydial so your call will be detoured directly into my voicemail.  How about sending a text message?  I don’t care -- I’m a big girl and I can handle rejection.  Please just let me know you're not coming.  My time is as valuable as yours.  Plus, it's the right thing to do.

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Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Carie I agree - lame excuses are no excuse for poor performance. Honesty and hard work are great traits to work on improving

May 25, 2012 01:10 AM #1
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Carie, it is rude to say NOTHING why you are stood up. Your time is as valuable as theres, but chalk it up to some people are not courteous OR idiots!! That percentage of society. Very weird when they ask so many detailed questions up front too.

May 25, 2012 01:12 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Carie, I have a rule. I try to call 30 minutes before the appointment to make sure they are still interested and on time. If I don't get an answer, I will leave a message if I can.  I will go on to the appointment but only wait 10-15 minutes. Unless they call me to let me know something has come up, I don't wait and I write them off as someone who I do not wish to work with.

May 25, 2012 01:13 AM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Carie -

I always give a call normally 20- 30 minutes before time to hit the road.  I leave a voice mail if I don't get them, I send a follow up text right then too.  I head out.  I don't hang around long if they are a no show.  No lame excuse for being so rude, obnoxious and inconsiderate!  Grrrrrrr....


May 25, 2012 01:20 AM #4
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Will:  I prefer any excuse as long as someone let's me know they are no longer interested.

Gary:  Yes, it is weird after taking such an interest.  And, just plain rude and inconsiderate nonetheless.

Debbie:  You have a good rule!  No call ... 10-15 minutes waiting time ... not worth working with.  That works!

John:  Grrrrr is right!  No excuse for being rude and inconsiderate!

May 25, 2012 01:54 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Being stood up is the worst.  It is followed a close second tohaving buyers calling listing agents to show them property, all the while their own agent is waiting in the wings.

May 25, 2012 06:03 AM #6
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

I couldn't agree more Carie.  How hard is it to call and cancel?  Have a great weekend.

May 25, 2012 09:05 AM #7
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Chris Ann:  Yes, being stood up is the worst.  Buyers calling listing agents for showings ... oooh, that's bad too!

Jim:  Exactly!  Shouldn't be that difficult, right?  Have a great weekend, too :)

May 25, 2012 12:07 PM #8
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I guess I've been fortunate because I have never been stood up. A simple phone call is all that is necessary.

May 25, 2012 02:06 PM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Tammie:  You have been fortunate!  And, you're right ... a simple phone call is all that's necessary.  Surprising how many people don't make them, though.

May 25, 2012 10:45 PM #10
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Carrie, yes this has happened to me as well.....grrrrr!  There are no excuses for being rude and inconsiderate!  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

May 26, 2012 12:04 AM #11
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Now, how would they feel if YOU didn't "show up"?  I believe that being on time and ready to do business is a sign of character. 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

May 26, 2012 04:58 AM #12
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Rebecca:  Don't you just hate when it happens ... grrr is right!  Have a great holiday weekend, too!

Suzanne:  I agree with you ... a sign of good character and integrity.  Have a wonderful weekend, too!

May 27, 2012 01:25 AM #13
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

NO one could say it better than you.. and I agree.. JUST LET ME KNOW you are not planning to show up!!

May 27, 2012 03:50 AM #14
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  Exactly!  No hard feelings ... 'just let me know you are not planning to show up' is right! 

May 27, 2012 09:49 AM #15
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