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Let me set the stage:  I didn't sleep well last night- only an hour and a half to be exact...  not sure why but here you go...

After having little to no sleep, I decided to take a nap for about a half hour during lunch...  I turned on the news at noon and closed my eyes.  As I am floating off into Neverland- I hear the broadcaster say "Boca Raton."  I slightly stirred then came awake immediately- I have a contract with a buyer on that street!!!  Due to a family dispute the man of the house poured gasoline all over the house and set it on fire.  Of course no address is announced on the news- OK- Don't panic...  Call the listing agent- No answer.  Text the listing agent- please tell me that the house on fire on Boca Raton is not the house we have under contract- no reply.  Call the listing agents office and see if he is there.  They have not heard anything.  I call the fire department that responded to the fire- they cannot release details. 

I was able to ask if they could give me the address.  It is 3342 Boca Raton.  Then I look at my address- 3432 Boca Raton.  It is possible that the number in the report were mixed up the numbers are all the same... 

By this time I am kind of freaking a little...  my buyers are heading over to the house in 3 hours for their home inspections with 3 different inspectors...  My car is in the shop getting some maintenance work done- so I have no way to drive out there and check it out before everyone goes for the inspections... 

The listing agent finally called back and responded very quick- he called his client confirmed that it was not our house and called me back- AH- I can breath.

I called my buyers and told them just in case they saw the news I wanted them to know that it is not the house that they have under contract.  My day is now level again;) 

Fire on Boca Raton, Arnold, Missouri

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Shanna, I actually had a house under contract have a serious fire - due to what the fire department called "careless candeling".  And the sellers insurance company did a fabulous job repairing it.  So a fire might not be the worse thing that could happen before a settlement!

Feb 17, 2014 11:44 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Shanna. Wow, that is crazy, I'm sure it has happened, but really tough when it happens. There was good reason for you not to be able to sleep.

Feb 17, 2014 06:01 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Patricia- I can see a positive time for that- but these clients have a time-line to move in;)  Plus it was arson- so I don't think insurance companies cover any damage in that case.

Joe- Yes- I finally was able to get agood night sleep last night!  I feel very refreshed now!

Feb 17, 2014 09:22 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Shanna, that would give you a small heart attack!     Glad to hear it wasn't your buyer's house, and hope you got the rest of the nap accomplished!

Feb 17, 2014 10:01 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Pant Pant...Yes, that would be the way it could go.

I have not had a fire while under contract, but I have had one of the sellers disappear.

Needed to get a court action to finish the sale.

Feb 18, 2014 06:56 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

OMG...that is scary. I have had many things happen over the years...buy my buyers house going on fire...that would be new...glad it was not your deal!

Feb 19, 2014 04:56 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Thank Joan- I didn't get my nap but I still have the house (not burnt) under contract.

William- I am interested to hear about your lawsuit- Glad you won!

Jeff- I was very happy- my clients were even happier!

Feb 19, 2014 09:22 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Shannon, that must of been a bad dream you were having, guess not.  Well. Hope the inspection was ok and. Closing soon.

Feb 20, 2014 12:52 AM
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Shanna ...The key is here to never take a nap! ...LOL

You just never know what people will do ...I am so glad it was not the home you had under contract! I hope your inspection went well and that you close this one soon!!!

Have a great night!

Feb 21, 2014 07:20 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That kind of excitement you can do without!  I hope you can get it closed with no further incidents.  And I hope you get caught up on your sleep this weekend.

Feb 21, 2014 10:57 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Shanna, I am glad that your exciting day had a happy ending.

Feb 22, 2014 03:22 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    What a horrible "wake-up call"!  I am glad it was not "your" house... but I also sincerely hope that whoever's home it was, that they are okay.

Feb 26, 2014 06:30 AM