My Crazy, But Hard To Believe It's True Real Estate Story...

Real Estate Agent with Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado EA1321548

~ My Crazy, But Hard To Believe It's True Real Estate Story... ~


My crazy story goes back to the summer of 1993.  I was fairly new in real estate.  Our company would tour the new office listings every week after our office meeting.  As a new agent, I enjoyed tour.  It gave me the opportunity to view listings, familiarized myself with neighborhoods and learn pricing.  I thought it was an invaluable tool for new agents.

After the meeting, we would pile in cars and go.  Each listing would be on a separate sheet where we could write comments for the listing agent.  I was a passenger in a with "seasoned" agents.  Cathy was driving.  I didn't know her very well.   Gary was in the front passenger seat.  He was this big teddy bear in his late 40's; about 6'2" tall and a fun guy who just loved laughing.  Karen & I were in the back.  It was up to Gary to direct us from one house to the next.

I was having fun.  I got to know these 3 people better.  Somehow Gary flipped 2 pages of the tour sheets.  By the time we realized what Gary had done, we were half way to the wrong listing.  We had to backtrack to get the the correct house.  When we caught up to the rest of the group, most of the agents were either in their car or walking towards their car.  The house was located on a cul-de-sac.  Cathy quickly parked and the four of us walked up to the house.

The last agent that came out was nice enough to leave the door open for us.  As customary, unsuspecting housewiwfewe announced ourselves.  The owner was home.  Apparently she couldn't wait for all the agents to leave.   The couch was pushed away from the wall and she vacuuming her baseboards.  She  popped up from behind the couch.

We apologized for not being with the rest of the tour group and that we had gotten lost.  But it wouldn't take us long to view her home and then we would leave.  She had a confused look on her face.  And then she shook her head and slowly stated, "I'm confused.   Ahhh, my house isn't for sale."  Oops!  We all couldn't get to the door fast enough.  We apologized for the confusion and left.

When we got to the car we were all laughing.  I don't remember if it was Cathy or Karen, but one of them said, "We were in such a hurry.  How did we not see that there wasn't a FOR SALE sign in the yard?!"  As we looked at the other houses in the cul-de-sac, we saw the sign....2 houses down!

I don't think I have laughed that hard in awhile.  Seriously, how can four people, RELATORs I might add, miss a real estate sign?  And then walk into some poor lady's house and scare her when she pops up from behind her couch  to see 4 strangers in her living room and wanting to walk around her house?  I can still hear Gary's laugh.  He had such a deep belly laugh.  As we got in the car we laughed even harder.  As Gary was getting in the car, he was laughing so hard that he hit his head on the roof of the car. And I think Karen said something about drive fast becasue she was gonna wet her pants!

But my story doesn't end here.  Since we were so far behind now, we decided to skip the next house and meet up with the tour on the next house (which was the last house).  We arrived, on time.  Double checked the address and looked for the yard sign all the while laughing.  We weren't there too long before the tour caught up.  To play it safe, we let the others from the tour enter the house first.   Then we followed suit.

After touring the lovely home, Gary was getting in the car, Karen started laughing and pointing at Gary.  I believe it took her several minutes to regain her composure.  Finally she said, "Gary, we will need to drop you off at your house first."  And then she broke out into laughter again.  Cathy and I were laughing too...laughing at Karen laughing.  Finally she got the words out, "Didn't you feel a breeze?  You ripped the back seem of  your pants!"

That was one day I will fondly remember for quite some time.

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Comments (46)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is so funny, and embarrassing for Gary as well. Thanks for sharing

Oct 31, 2012 11:56 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

I guess you are lucky the lady did not start screaming and call the police. Did anyone give her a business card for when she is ready to sell?

Nov 01, 2012 12:03 AM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

How funny, just last weekend during a break in rain my client and i drove up to see a great home and said to the "seller" who was blowing leaves from the driveway (how thoughtful) is it OK to run in now? He said "why"? I thought we had an appt for 1-2 pm today? He said well this home is not for sale but you can make me an offer?! Same cul-de-sac...exact same house, really!!! but one house down was for my defense it was a very wooded community :O)

Nov 01, 2012 12:05 AM
Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI

Great story, that is too funny! Laughing can be contagious too. I can just see the 4 of you cracking up the whole morning!


Nov 01, 2012 12:13 AM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

That's a very funnt story.  Sounds like you all had a blast together.  

Nov 01, 2012 12:32 AM
Rhonda Duffy
Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty - Milton, GA
#1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S.

Haha! Thank you for my early afternoon laugh- this is a great story!

Nov 01, 2012 01:10 AM
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

That is so funny!  I can only imagine that poor lady that was just cleaning her house and in you all came!  I bet you were always more careful after that.  Thank you for sharing!

Nov 01, 2012 02:32 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Glad to see you back writing Dawn. That is a very funny story...well worth the read.

Nov 01, 2012 03:54 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Funny story, Dawn. This is one that needs to go in the real estate comedy book!

Nov 01, 2012 03:56 AM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Thanks for the laugh, ,you brought the camaraderie between agents when you are inside a fun office. .I miss those days. .

Nov 01, 2012 04:47 AM
Dave Keys
MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here - Brea, CA
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert

We probably miss a lot more in life than we realize. Where are my glasses? Oh yeah, right here on top of my head. Where are my keys? Oh yeah, hanging in the doorknob!

Nov 01, 2012 04:49 AM
Padmaja Aravindan
Clarksville, MD

Love your story!!Had a good laugh

Nov 01, 2012 06:31 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Wow, I've been away from AR for personal reasons for several months only checking in from time to time.  Saw this contest and started to write. It took me about three weeks to finish it and I'm rewarded with a feature!  I have missed my family here in the Rain.  Not only did writing this story bring back some fond memories of some long ago friends no longer in the business, but it brought me back to my friends here on ActiveRain.  I really enjoyed reading all of the other posts.

Nov 01, 2012 06:51 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Dawn, what FUN.  And, as you wrote, one trip you'll never forget.  

Nov 01, 2012 12:15 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA



I am puzzled. “The last agent that came out left the door open.” So who the heck was that? The husband of vacuum lady? Why did he hold the door open? Did he think your were friends of the lady of the house?

Nov 01, 2012 02:52 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Hi Dawn, I catching up on my AR reading and landed on your story. Had a good laugh as well. Thank you for sharing it. 

Nov 01, 2012 03:46 PM
Spectrum Inspection Group
Spectrum Inspection Group - Las Vegas, NV

Congratulations on the feature and the funny story!  Sounds like you all had a very eventful day!

Nov 02, 2012 04:17 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

A case of mistaken house identity.  Too funny.  I bet this happens a lot.

Nov 02, 2012 06:10 AM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Dawn that is a funny story.

It's great to see you back here in the Rain, I have missed your posts.   I hope you are feeling better. 

Nov 02, 2012 10:24 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

John ~ for clarity purposes, an agent didn't leave or hold the door open, the homeowner had the door open to get some fresh air in the house.  We mistook it as the agent left it open for us!  One should never assume.

I do miss those days of touring.  I think the camaraderie in the offices is lacking nowadays.

Nov 03, 2012 02:01 AM