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It is time to write Localism posts for SEO, thanks to Bob's encouragement.  Yesterday when I left my box of keys in the other car and could not reach Lee to meet up and retrieve them, I had to change my schedule. When I did speak with him, he told me the container of keys were on the roof of my car!!!

Oh no!!!! 

                                                                   OH NO!


Having left home for the gym at 6:30 am, it was now 12 hours later. Driving with Lee, we traced my early morning route, very slowly.

 It was four blocks from my house, two turns later, on the busy main street in rush hour traffic, that I see the first bit of metallic shine and a colorful tag. Yep I found my keys or what remained of them. They were strewn gutter to gutter across the street and for most of the entire block.

Not one was left UNdamaged.. they were either bent or broken ...and what was a garage door opener was reduced to a couple of pieces of plastic. The blue accordion file box was mangled past recognition. 

Relief at finding them was exciting. Being in the middle of the busy road picking up the pieces was not as scary as the thought of losing them. I collected the bits and pieces and laid them all down. Most of the tags were all there but no longer attached to any of the keys.

Lee asked what happens next. My response, since I Don't Do Upset,

                                    " For sure I have tonight's blog." 

Then I started calling my sellers for replacement keys and to ask  Which Key Is Yours?   

                                 Broken Keys

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Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Hey Margaret,

You only have to do some localism.  So it is okay to go outside the localism series once in a while.

As to your mess, God's speed in fixing all of it sooner than later.

Jun 23, 2012 11:45 AM #3
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Oh no! Is right! What a bummer! I'm so glad you don't do upset. It certainly wouldn't have changed anything! XO

Jun 23, 2012 12:49 PM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Margaret, that is terrible, and also not what I would have expected when you first posted the photo

Jun 23, 2012 01:12 PM #5
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

OMG, Margaret, I'm so sorry, but I'm really laughing out loud at this - sounds like something I'd do.  Well, there is a positive side to this - at least they were damaged beyond repair and no one's house is compromised.  

Jun 23, 2012 01:18 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Real people and better looking than bots and spammers. :p


Long live real people!


Jun 23, 2012 01:19 PM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

All I can say is urgh.....we don't have that here...each key is in the lockbox at the property....

Jun 23, 2012 08:42 PM #8
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Margaret, ohh my is all I can say.  All my keys are in lockboxes at the house and the spare is in a key chest in my office.  I have had nightmares about something just like this happening.

Jun 24, 2012 12:14 AM #9
Rachel Rabinowitz
Guerilla Realty - Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Realtor

Oh wow! That is so over the top you just have to laugh. I have caught myself telling clients that the hardest part of the job for me is dealing with the keys and locks. Nice blog topic.

Jun 24, 2012 12:50 AM #10
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

How stressful!  Sorry you have to deal with this key dilemma, Margaret ... what a mess!  But, thank you for sharing the link to your blog 'I Don't Do Upset."  I just finished reading it and I've bookmarked it for future reference :)

Jun 24, 2012 02:07 AM #11
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

Who woulda thunk they would have gotten that mangled by getting run over??

Jun 24, 2012 02:19 AM #12
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Oh is the time to buy some lockboxes..... never have to worry about the keys being left on your roof top....

Jun 24, 2012 05:14 AM #13
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joan, It did make for a cute  blog. And I think Bob will understand.

Deborah, You do understand !

Kevin, Not much of a mess and it is already straightened out. Thanks.

Joni, Upset does not good.

Ed, What did you expect.

Juli, Glad you are also laughing. BTW, my keys have my name and number and are coded so the properties would not be compromised.

Laura, Always good to see you.

Sally, Have you ever had an agent lock that key in the house or not put it back?

June, You have it all worked out. I like to keep a copy in case a client gets locked out of their own home.

Rachel, I had a good system that has work for the past umpteen years.

Carie, Glad you read "I do not do upset"

Tim, I think over the course of 12 hours, they were run over numerous times.

Barbara, Many of my properties have lockboxes but I still keep extra keys. 

Jun 24, 2012 05:43 AM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Margaret OMG, what a story I am sorry how it turned out, but like you said food for a couple of blogs:)))

Jun 24, 2012 02:29 PM #15
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Oh no!  At least you got an entertaining blog out of it :-)

Jun 24, 2012 03:02 PM #16
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Endre, We can make blogs about anything.

Dr. Stacey, Actually two. Thanks for stopping by.

Jun 24, 2012 08:01 PM #17
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Oh my goodness! The good news is you are as great as ever. I remember leaving a cup of coffee on the roof of the car the minute it spilled down the windshield. Of course, keys are different. What is amazing is you back tracked hours to find them demonstrating once again your dedication to our profession and your clients!

Jun 25, 2012 01:41 PM #18
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Emily, Amazing was being able to locate all of them after 12 hours. Great reason to contact all my listings. :)

Jun 25, 2012 01:50 PM #19
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate - Naples, FL

Wow, that is a bad dream come true, good thing your sellers are understanding and you can replace all of those keys! (Plus you made a good post out of it)!

Jun 26, 2012 01:19 AM #20
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Good post, good sellers and a bit of real life in the day of a Realtor®

Jun 26, 2012 02:05 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Margaret- just came upon your post while checkin out this group.  And, when I leave here I'm headed to your "I Don't Do Upset."  I don't normally do this but I'm leaving a link to a post I wrote about my similar experience. Clearly my loss would have been nothing compared to yours. 

Aug 31, 2012 11:41 PM #22
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