She Came in Through the Bathroom Window in a Rancho Cordova Short Sale

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rancho cordova short saleWould you crawl in through a bathroom window to gain access to a Rancho Cordova short sale? To be honest, I don't know if I would, but then I generally represent sellers. Yeah, you know, I probably would if it meant securing a transaction for my buyer, and I liked the buyer enough to do it. But the likelihood is I would talk the buyer into doing it herself, or the buyer would feel sorry for me and offer to do it.

I have crawled up and over fences before. Once to show a property to a buyer and another time to get my lockbox back after a closing. Nobody was home, and they had locked the gate. I didn't want to have to drive back again. Not all of my listings are close to where I live in Land Park. I might pay only 2 visits to the home, when I list and when it closes. Don't want to drive over a third time!

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

I think I had to crawl through an open kitchen window at the direction of the listing agent once.

Aug 31, 2012 12:30 AM #1
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

I had to break open a door, once.... at the direction of the seller.  He had taken the key out of the lock box, due to loosing his only key, and when he went on vacation forgot to replace it back in the lock box.  Lessons learned... either do NOT tell the seller the lock box combo, or make an extra key to keep at your office.  Have done both!

Aug 31, 2012 12:54 AM #2
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Luckily I was with a handyman who was hired by the bank and HE volunteered to crawl through the bathroom window. My contribution was rolling the recycle can over for him to stand on, after I called the alarm company to make sure the alarm was de-activated.

Aug 31, 2012 05:11 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have definitely found some unconventional ways into listings, as long as I've had the Listing Agent's permission.  If I'd fit through a bathroom window, I'm in.  Just don't expect me to dress up that day.

Aug 31, 2012 05:27 AM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have gotten in some homes some very unusual ways myself.  Never thought of sending the customer.  I'll have to remember that.

Aug 31, 2012 09:35 AM #5
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

I was going to argue that it was a Beatle song; then I remembered Cocker did it too...and now it's stuck in my head! LOL  There have been times when a key fails or the lockbox won't open....with buyers that I wish the bathroom window was unlocked-

Aug 31, 2012 12:22 PM #6
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

Ya, never a window, only a doggie door!  What can I say!

Aug 31, 2012 03:39 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Elizabeth been there done that.  Needless to say I was not a happy camper and the other agent got an ear full afterwards. 

Aug 31, 2012 09:15 PM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

While we may laugh at some of the unusual ways we've had to break in, err, enter our listings, at least we didn't have to come down the chimney! Although I've got to agree wth Linda, I, too, have crawled through a doggie door.

Sep 01, 2012 11:23 PM #9
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