My Last Showing Was Like A Seinfeld Episode---

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!




Posted by





Hogue and Belong Realty-Bankers Hill

San Diego, CA


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
California San Diego County San Diego
Out Of The Box!
Club Chaos
property showing
deborah stone real estate san diego
seinfeld moment

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
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
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
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?



Ask me a question