All in a Day's Work

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

All in a Day's Work

If you judged me only by today's performance, I'd be that strange lady running around town collecting keys from men she's just met and the lady that broke into a home to eat a tuna sandwich.  Yep.  That's me.  

My day out started at a home inspection.  The home inspector was running late, which gave me an opportunity to stop at Subway for a tuna flat bread sandwich.  YUM!  I took it with me and unlocked the door to the property to be inspected for my buyers.  The electronic beeps at regular intervals reminded me that there was a house alarm.  Only, the key fob that was supposed to be in the lockbox wasn't there.  Oh no!  Call the Listing Agent. No answer.  Text her.  The alarm is blaring.  Eventually it stopped, but alas the home inspector arrived and opened a side door from the garage.  Countdown to alarm bells started again.  That's when I stepped outside and called ADT, begging them to please contact the home owner.  Yeah, you can call the police, but who shows up with a name tag on to eat a tuna sandwich at the kitchen counter.

With that behind me, it was off to a listing appointment.  Signed, sealed and delivered in thirty minutes.  That's the joy of being known in a neighborhood like Braemar.  Here is a man I've never met before, but who knows me, handing over the keys to his home.  He knows he's in good hands because he's been receiving the hard copy of my Braemar Townhouse Report in the mail.  But still....give a girl the keys to your house after only thirty minutes?  This job does seem odd at times.

From there I headed out to REMOVE a key from a lock box...one of my new listings where tenants reside.  Got the keys from the Property Manager, but apparently, the PM didn't give both keys to the tenants.  The agents who have been showing the property are apparently locking out the tenants.  Oops!

I think it's time for a margarita and some fajitas.  If I mention the new Braemar townhouse listing coming up before the end of the month while I'm waiting for a table at the restaurant, I could probably have an interested buyer before the end of the day.  That's how hot our market is.  If it's priced right, it's going to fly off the shelf....that is, if it even makes it to the shelf.

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Kathy Streib
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Chris Ann- I'd say you definitely earned that margarita!  I was a Realtor for 1 year about 26 years ago and remember my first house that had an alarm.  You could only enter through the front door but the only panel was by the kitchen door at the back of the house. I had to fly from the front to the back to get it turned off.

May 25, 2012 11:34 AM #1
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Kathy:  Same here, but I had no code to turn it off.  I felt the worst for the pets in the house.  Animal ears are so sensitive.

May 25, 2012 11:47 AM #2
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Hi Chris Ann -- many years ago I represented a buyer in  a short sale when short sales were not as common - the buyer was responsible for the termite work which took place after closing.   I met the termite company, the alarm sounded(it was not even noted on the inspection or any disclosure that there was an alarm) -- I met the police and called the alarm company who told me they hadn't been paid for months --- not my problem but certainly all in a day's work....stuff happens in our business, that's for sure.  Have a good weekend.

May 25, 2012 01:49 PM #3
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Michael:  I've not had the alarm issue until today, so this was a first.  Thank goodness ADT was nice.

May 25, 2012 02:25 PM #4
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I once showed a home that had an alarm system - but the listing agent didn't tell me about it until later, when I called with a question about the property. Apparently, if you went in the house and didn't push the right buttons, it would summon Bonner county police.

Lucky for us, Bonner County Police aren't much interested in investigating "break-ins" out in the country. We were there, exploring the house, the barns, etc. for a good hour. It did make me think how wasteful it was for those owners to pay for the "security" of an alarm system.

May 25, 2012 03:59 PM #5
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I had a busy day yesterday too. I feel for you about the alarm thing. I had that same situation a few weeks ago. And congrats on the new listing! You go Braemar Girl! :)

May 25, 2012 09:13 PM #6
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Chris Ann~ Crazy day for you!  The tuna sandwich sounds good!  Congrats on the new listing!

May 26, 2012 04:47 AM #7
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I hate alarms. I'm not the only person who sets them off. And they are all different. Some you have to punch the pound sign last, or the off button last or the stay button first -- there is no freakin' conformity. That's assuming you have the code, which you didn't, and also assuming you even know where the stinkin' box is hidden. You run through the house looking for the alarm, thinking you're getting warmer, warmer, no, colder, colder, where the hell is it? It's enough to put you on anxiety medication!!

May 26, 2012 06:02 AM #8
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You certainly earned that Margarita and then some. Every day is an adventure in real estate!

May 26, 2012 06:42 AM #9
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Marte:  That would be a real waste if no one showed up in a timely manner.

Jackie:  Make hay while the sun shines.  

Donna:  Subway has the best tuna.  I love to make it crunchy with lots of green pepper added on.  Lettuce and tomato too.

Elizabeth:  It's just another thing to keep us on our toes.

Judy:  And I enjoyed every drop of it.

May 26, 2012 07:15 AM #10
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Chris Ann i missed this blog last week but it certainly sounds like an interesting day. Having interesting days is what I love about my job, I cant get bored. You handled it like a pro as always. Congratulations on your new listing.

May 29, 2012 12:27 AM #11
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Scott:  I will be sharing that new listing in just a little bit.  Stay tuned.

May 29, 2012 03:52 AM #12
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