A Really Big Deal - That Almost Wasn't On a Snowy Holiday Eve

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Real Estate Agent with Shahar Management
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A REALLY BIG DEAL - AN ACTIVE RAIN CHALLENGE

blizzard - a really big deal an active rain challengeIn my first few years of real estate it seemed that Christmas week was always crazy busy with showings.  One year I was out with a client Christmas Eve in a snowstorm.  As we were viewing our 2nd house which was up on a hill; when we came out there was a couple standing outside.  He asked if I could show them the same house I just came out of because his Realtor had not shown up, they had been waiting for over 45 minutes.  I apologized, said I couldn't because I was with someone and we were on a schedule but would gladly do it if they wanted to call me.  I gave them my card, wished them a safe ride home and was off to the next house with my client.  I was unable to write their number down because my two pens had stopped working in the cold and no one else had a pen. 

My client unfortunately did not like any of the houses we saw that day.  However, the day after Christmas my phone rang and it was the couple who was standing in the snowstorm when I came out of that house. 

Because I took the time to talk to them for those few moments and was willing to work with them at their convenience (they said) they wanted me to show them that same house and possibly one other. We went to see it, and they also did not like it.  When we went to the 2nd home they loved it - we wrote a purchase offer and it was accepted!

This was probably one of the quickest house hunts I have ever had and all because I was out on a snowy Christmas Eve.  I now carry at least 10 pens with me at all times and plenty of paper!

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Comments (24)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debra, what a great story and with a happy ending:)Endre

Dec 08, 2013 04:46 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

They probably saw you as a real (estate) trooper, going out with clients, not only on Christmas Eve, but in a snowstorm!  That showed them you're customer service.  

Dec 08, 2013 05:46 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Debra

Debra my AR friend, sure glad those folks did call you, so you could help them to get the house which they ended-up liking.

 

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Dec 08, 2013 06:10 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Debra, don't you love the way some Realtors do business.  Maybe that's unfair and maybe there was a good reason for the other agent not showing up, anyway keep those pens handy!

Dec 08, 2013 08:40 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thank you everyone for your comments!  Yes I was alittle disgruntled about having to work that day but it definitely worked out!

Dec 09, 2013 12:12 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debra, we're like the postal employees, aren't we??!!

Good for you for being polite, being ethical AND making a quick sale. Loved the extra pens part, too!!

Dec 11, 2013 01:19 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

That is fantastic! It makes you realize that many people do indeed appreciate the little things in life. Bravo to you!!!!

Dec 11, 2013 04:29 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Debbie, when you have a willing heart to help others, it always pays off.

Dec 11, 2013 10:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debra, sounds like their agent wasn't very responsible and so happy to hear you were fortunate to gain their respect and the sale!  Kudos!

Dec 11, 2013 11:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debra, you were in the right place at the right time. They did not forget you and were very appreciative too.

Good for you!

Dec 12, 2013 12:17 PM
Andre R. Aragon
Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Photographer

Hi Debra - Frozen Pens....you're making it really hard to miss NY in winter! LOL!

Dec 19, 2013 09:26 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Debra ... great story and VB is like you in many ways, helping others, etc. Your post has been FEATURED at:

SUCCESS AT ACTIVERAIN

Dec 20, 2013 11:29 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debra, wishing you a blessed Christmas with your family!  Safety, great health, and God's blessings upon you and your family for 2014!

Dec 25, 2013 12:31 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and afternoon Debra

Debra my AR friendMarry Christmas to ya and each member of your family!

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Dec 25, 2013 05:44 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Congrats on your feature, Debra, and thanks for sharing this encouraging account of what a little thoughtfulness can return.

Dec 29, 2013 04:15 AM
Stefanie Cohen, PA
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Cooper City, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

Debra - What a great story! Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Dec 29, 2013 08:40 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think it's great they called you back and didn't find another agent. I wonder why their agent didn't show? That's just rude. Thanks for eng the contest.

Dec 30, 2013 02:50 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Debra

Debra my AR friend, here is to you and every member of your family are having a mighty enjoyable and safe New Year's Eve!

Happiness sure is Homemade
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Dec 31, 2013 08:29 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Debra, What a dilemma having to show on Christmas Eve, but it did payoff big.

Jan 01, 2014 11:49 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thank you everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and happy new year to everyone as well!

BOB - thanks for the feature!

Jan 02, 2014 02:46 AM