Breaking and Entering

Real Estate Agent with Dagny's Real Estate RES. 0790869

You've all read about Breaking and Entering, but have you ever done it?!  

I had an appointment to show a beautiful townhouse the other day.  Because I had shown it a number of times, I knew the drill: Front door doesn't work so please utilize the keypad on the garage and enter through the 'people door' inside the garage.  No problem.  

I got there early to turn on all of the lights and prepare to show my client's roommate the townhouse which he hadn't seen but wanted his approval.  I utilize the garage keypad, go to the door inside the garage to access the house .... Locked!  Really?  So, as all good agents know, we figure there must be a solution.  

I open the key box, thinking there must be a key.  Well, there happens to be 2 keys.  Awesome!  One is for the front door, the second is for ...... an outside gate to the deck! Oh my .....  Clients are running a bit late; fabulous. Now I have some time to figure out this dilemma. 

I call the agent.  "Use the key to the front door. I know it says it doesn't work, but try it." Fine.  Nope, it doesn't work and just turns and turns and turns.  The agent says, "Let me contact the owner, who happens to be on vacation."  Great.  Agent calls me back, "The owner will be calling you." Great. Now my clients have arrived. Great.  Owner calls, "Try the front door; it has to work."  Nope.  At which point, the owner says to me, "Break in through the door in the garage."  Really?  "Go ahead, it's not that strong of a door, anyway."  

Then I tell the owner that I'm putting her on speaker phone so that I have witnesses to Breaking and Entering her house. This owner couldn't have be nicer, funnier or more helpful. Result: I couldn't break in, one of my clients couldn't break in, but client #3 did four BIG runs and not only breaks open the door, but manages to punch a hole in the wall behind the door where the inside doorknob went right through the wall!  

I told the owner, "We're in, but the bad news is that we also put a big hole in your wall."  She just laughed and said, "No worries, we'll fix it." Now that was an experience that I hope never happens again, but it is one that I shall always remember!  Breaking and Entering to show a townhouse in Norwalk, CT.  

BTW, my clients rented it!!  Thank goodness ..... 


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Christi Farrington


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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Christi,  This is a funny story.  I just don't understand why the lock was not changed so the front door lock would work. Sometimes the most obvious solutions are overlooked.  I'm glad it all worked out well. 

Jul 14, 2013 07:22 AM #44
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Christi - A day in the life of a Realtor! I don't blame you for wanting to have witnesses.
Jul 14, 2013 07:29 AM #45
Brian Schulte
Allison James Estates & Homes - Sierra Vista, AZ
SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ

How about breaking and entering while sellers are still home and they were not supposed to be.

Did buyer's decide to get house anyway?

Keep Smilin'

Jul 14, 2013 07:30 AM #46
Mitch Muller - Charlotte NC Real Estate
ProStead Realty Charlotte, NC CRS SRES - Charlotte, NC
Certified Residential Specialist

Crazy story! I'll never forget showing a foreclosure house once where I had a hard time getting the door open. ME and my client both shoved on it at the same time and  finally got it op. As we were leaving the cops pulled up. Seems the neighbors saw us. After about 5 minutes of checking us out, they let us go!

Jul 14, 2013 08:16 AM #47
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

Sounds like a GREAT owner. Their "oops", so they take financial responsibility! Glad it worked out.

Jul 14, 2013 08:32 AM #48
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Mitch - Crazy but true.  These neighbors didn't seem to be alarmed.  Hmmmm .....

Travis - he is a great owner.  Very calm, relaxed and funny! :)

Jul 14, 2013 08:36 AM #49
Dondra Parsons
Southern Premier Living Realty powered by eXp Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Realtor®, ​ABR®,​ MRP®

The day & life in Real Estate!!  With everyones stories we could write a book!

Jul 14, 2013 08:42 AM #50
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Too funny! Thanks for sharing this story of just how committed you are to your clients.

Jul 14, 2013 08:54 AM #51
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Dondra, a book is waiting, I'm sure.  Are we limited to the number of pages?

Ralph, thanks.  It was funny in a weird sort of way; and yes, my clients are very important to me! Thanks for noticing :)

Jul 14, 2013 09:20 AM #52
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Oh my... Never had to BREAK THE DOOR DOWN to get into a property. Glad everything worked out =D

Jul 14, 2013 09:43 AM #53
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

I've never had to break into a property before and hope I never have to.  

Jul 14, 2013 10:43 AM #54
Kelly Taylor
Keller Williams - Lakewood Ranch, FL

Wow, at least your story had a happy ending!
















Jul 14, 2013 10:58 AM #55
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Uh-uh.  If they make it that difficult, I am leaving it and will not show it.

Jul 14, 2013 11:57 AM #56
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

A day in the life of a realtor can be quite different from other professions. You never know what is going to happen next and I quess that is what I like about it. I cannot take anything for granted or assume anything.

Jul 14, 2013 12:33 PM #57
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I am not sure I am into breaking and entering.  I don't want to lose my license or go to jail.  The closest I ever came was going to the wrong house on the same street that was for sale.  The owners weren't home -- thank goodness.  It could hava had a very unhappy ending.

Jul 14, 2013 12:39 PM #58
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

I think we all have a few stories of this genre.

I think most of us are afraid to share them. Lots of good stories here. And some good lessons.


Jul 14, 2013 01:41 PM #59
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Christi, this will be a great dinner party story for years to come!  It also has to be at the top of the list of unique Realtor stories.

Jul 14, 2013 01:44 PM #60
Linda De Fusco
The De Fusco TEAM Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
The Arizona Rainmaker

We get to experience it all, don't we? I had the very thing occur twice in my career, though each time, it was a window that was compromised, and actually sold one of was exciting , nerve wracking, and profitable!

Jul 14, 2013 07:52 PM #61
Christi Farrington
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT

Thank you for all of your comments.  It was a priceless moment, for sure.  I don't think that I would do it again, however.  I look back and think, "What were you thinking, Christi?"  If I didn't have the owner telling to 'Just Do It', I would have gone back another day .... again!

Jul 15, 2013 12:19 AM #62
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, what a story:) Some showings turn out to become unforgettable:)

I'm really happy to hear that another agent and the seller was so helpful and understanding.


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