My Last Showing Was Like A Seinfeld Episode---

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Real Estate Agent with Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA

 

 

Now I know why Lockboxes were invented.

 

I have a new listing in a niche that I am interested in growing---needless to say I wanted to make a really good impression on my client.

 

We signed all the paperwork, and obtained the key to the property. Since this is probably not a property I am going to “co-broke” I decided to keep the key in my car.

 

When I went to the property last week to inspect the signage, I was getting out of my car with the key in hand. I turned quickly and the key dropped-----between the leather driver's seat and the console. I tried everything to get it out----moving the seat back, and even trying to place my hand in----resulting in a nasty cut. I decided I had better ask the owner for another key asap, since I knew she was out of town and didn't want to be caught "keyless" with an interested client.

 

Of course I immediately got a sign call and a client wanted to see the property---I told him the story about the key and he said he would come armed with flashlight and tools for a quick extraction.

 


It was a tough one------but finally, the client got the key with a long metal rod, and handed it to me. Of course we both had a good laugh over that one. (and I had some new ideas for Nissan's auto interior design team!!)

 

 

The property was not going to work for him, but he sure helped me out!

 

Moral of the story: Even if a client doesn't purchase a property, he still may be important------and oh yeah-----------Lockboxes are for keys----use them!

 

 

 

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INVESTMENT SPECIALIST

Hogue and Belong Realty-Bankers Hill

San Diego, CA

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Rainer
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Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

Deborah,   You know it!  Make several copies, too!  Good luck with this property!

Mar 18, 2013 09:50 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Shelley Rowton
Move To Realty - Austin, TX
ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin

LOL - sounds like something that would happen to me. Thanks for saving me from having to learn this on my own!

Mar 18, 2013 09:52 AM #2
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
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Deborah - some days you just got laugh at all the goofy stuff that happens.  The first thing I normally do is make sure we make 3 keys - just in case. And what a great guy that helped you out....potential client?

Mar 18, 2013 09:55 AM #3
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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

too funny, that is one of those great stories to pass on for the ages the next time someone asks if they should use a lockbox!

Mar 18, 2013 09:59 AM #4
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DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

I was frustrated as HECK but when I looked back on this later in the day I just couldn't stop laughing-----It was a commercial lease situation-----even more embarrassing in some respects.  Hey it's all in a day!

Mar 18, 2013 10:04 AM #5
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Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Deborah, I am key challenged on so many levels that I am thrilled to know that I may not be the only one that has had issues with keys. It is so frustrating at the time!

Mar 18, 2013 10:07 AM #6
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Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

When I took a new listing the first thing I did was make a duplicate key, just for a situation like this!

Mar 18, 2013 12:23 PM #7
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Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

Great story. It got my day started with a good laugh. Thanks!

Mar 18, 2013 10:56 PM #8
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Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Of course as soon as you lose the key someone wants to see the home.   I'm glad you were able to work out a solution to your missing key.   Good luck with your listing!

Mar 19, 2013 11:12 AM #9
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