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My First Real Estate Experience

Real Estate Agent with Bristlecone Realty Group

I was hot off the presses from real estate school when one of my fellow agents asked if I could sit an open house on a Sunday for her. She mentioned that not one person came in on Saturday, and she hoped that I'd have better luck. So I arrived early, put out my directional arrows, balloons and set up my material. Because I hadn't eaten breakfast that day, I also stopped and picked up some fast food to nibble on later on.

A few lookers stopped by, including a very young woman with a toddler. After asking some strategic questions, I determined that this young mother was ready to buy a home - cash for her and her small children. Meanwhile the fast food that I'd stomach achebeen nibbling on had suddenly caused a very bad reaction, I felt like I was going to either be sick or need to go the hospital. Doing my best to hide my symptoms, I showed the home and explained the buying process to the young woman. Finally, she agreed that I could show her homes and that we'd start a home search that week. She left, I raced around the neighborhood collecting my signs and then sped to the nearest hospital to be treated for food poisoning! 

A few months later, we were closing on a brand new home that the mom and her little charges would be able to enjoy for many years to come.

I've held many open houses since that first one, and I keep an open mind as people come and go - each one has a story. I also make a point to only eat at HOME before I leave....

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Teresa Lansford - MBA,GRI,SFR,REALTOR
Sellstate Alliance
Cell/Text 719-337-1287


Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

That must have been very difficult~ congratulations on a successful Open House!

Apr 01, 2014 11:38 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Teresa,  Anyone who has had food poisoning has an idea of what you went through. Despite the need to go to the hospital I would say that was a successful open house. 

Apr 02, 2014 12:14 AM
Stacey Darden
I understand your story!!!! Actually, the DAY I had to take my real estate exam, I had food poisoning (fast food related as well). There was no way I was going to let that hold me back after all my studying! I went in for my test, explained to the secretary that I needed to be close to the trash can (the look on her face was priceless), and went as fast as I could through that test. In you case and mine, food poisoning pushed me forward VERY fast into my real estate career! You poor thing~ I know you didn't feel well!
Apr 02, 2014 12:29 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Ugggk, what a horrible feeling. And definitely memorable! That's a rough first day. I'm sure your subsequent experiences were all better by comparison. Thanks for entering the April Contest.

Apr 02, 2014 12:48 AM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Good for you for pulling it off like a pro!

Apr 02, 2014 01:04 AM
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher
EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747 - Matawan, NJ

Wow, what a story, so happy you were able to get something more than just food poisoning from that day.  Thanks for sharing ~Karen

Apr 02, 2014 04:38 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Great story!

I try to limit myself to small amounts of tried and true foods before an open house.

I'm not looking for a food reaction, but a potential client reaction!

Apr 02, 2014 10:36 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

You handled that like a champ, despite feeling completely ill.  I have had food poisoning.  Not sure how you did this.

Apr 03, 2014 10:21 AM