Most Outrageous Story: What ARE Those Spots???

Real Estate Agent with Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! GA 281904 and NC 185282

My Funniest Story?

Yes, it’s funny NOW!  But if my memory serves me, it wasn’t so darned funny as it was playing out.  

Downtown Murphy NCMurphy North Carolina, where we lived at the time, is a quaint small town with a “historical downtown district” full of centuries old buildings.  It’s the kind of Mayberry type downtown in which people like to stroll the streets window shopping.  Back when we owned our own office, it was situated in a prime location just off the square with huge picture windows.  Needless to say we posted all our listings in the windows and captured lots of “lookers” who quickly became buyers.  We even trained our agents on how to approach the window shoppers and convert them!

But, back to the story!  Early one evening when all the agents had gone home and Bill and I were at the office.  A lovely couple stopped at the windows to browse.  We both went out and started a conversation with them and, before long, Bill hopped into their car (they had two small dogs) to go and look at a couple of homes.  About an hour later they Call Team Daves Today 828-361-9783reappeared having found the home of their dreams -- the problem was, it wasn’t listed but appeared very vacant.  A little research and I found the owner in Florida and we placed a call. Yes, she wanted to sell and was even thinking about listing.  Right there on the phone the buyers made her an offer and she accepted.  We wrote up the contract, faxed it down to her (don’t laugh, this WAS about 10 years ago) she signed it and faxed it back.  

Ok, so far nothing remarkable right!!  This is where it gets funny.  The buyers are so excited they want to take ME back to see the house.  So this time we all jump in their car.  After showing it to me and making all kinds of plans, they took us to dinner.  So far, so good.  Keep reading.

After dinner, Bill and I get in the car and drive home. It’s late and I’m tired so I start to get undressed and, voila, that’s when it happens - my backside and legs start to itch and welts start appearing.  As a few minutes pass, it just keeps getting worse.  I’m talking LOTS of SPOTS!!! Suddenly it hit me - they were CHIGGERS!!!!  The buyers dogs had been playing in the woods while they were falling in love with their new home and then rode back to the office in the same seat that I later sat in.  Chiggers are notorious for hanging out quietly until disturbed - like when one gets undressed!!

There were hundreds of bites and,if you know anything about these little pests, you’ll know it can take up to a week (or, in my case, longer) for the itching to subside.  At times it was almost unbearable and everywhere I went I had to refrain from scratching my bottom!!   I researched how to get rid of them and, unfortunately, there aren’t many good Call Team Daves Today 828-361-9783cures.  All our friends recommended nail polish so I thought we’d give it a try.  Imagine poor Bill with a bottle of pink nail polish (it’s all I wear) painting hundreds of little spots “you know where”.    Even worse, imagine ME with all those pink spots!!

The good news - the property closed and the clients became wonderful friends!


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Comments (10)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I just learned what chigger is! :) Thanks!

Oct 31, 2012 01:55 PM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
Now that's a good story, pretty darn funny! We do what we have to do!
Oct 31, 2012 01:56 PM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Laura and Carole - Good!  Now make sure you avoid them at all costs!!

Janna - I was dying laughing as I was typing thinking back on those spots!


Oct 31, 2012 02:02 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Cyndi-Those chiggers really gave you something to remember about that sale, but if the itching was short-lived, I guess it was worth it.There have been months when I'd take a few bites to get a sale.

Oct 31, 2012 03:12 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Cyndi,

 So like the itch was worth it not only did you get a sale but good friends out of the deal.

Oct 31, 2012 03:33 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

You know what they say, "itchy palms means money is coming your way."

Oct 31, 2012 03:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Cyndi and Bill -- did you ever let the buyers know? 

Oct 31, 2012 05:48 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Cyndi and Bill,  That's a funny story now; I'll bet it wasn't then!  Thanks for the laugh.

Oct 31, 2012 09:10 PM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

LOL, I hate chiggers. The nail polish is supposed to suffocate them, but I am not sure it even works. I think it just gives you something to do and helps stop you from scratching.

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

I love in the beginning, after they've found their dream house and you've contacted the owner in Florida and gotten a transaction together that you say, nothing remarkable has happened at this point.  YES IT DID!  The chigger bites would've drive me mad.  But hey, the transaction was just too easy up to that point, wouldn't you say?  :)

Nov 03, 2012 11:58 AM