Agents - PUHLEASEEE!!!!! Tell Your Sellers!!!

Real Estate Agent with The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty #311723

Last week I had a mortifying inspection.  When I arrived, the house was a disaster, there was a large barking dog inside, and the house alarm was going off.  The inspector was already there, so I tried to get the dog to calm down, called to get the alarm code and then settled in to wait while the inspection was performed.

My Buyer arrived a little bit late (which I was grateful for due to the beginning chaos) and we had a seat while the Inspector did his thing. 

All of a sudden the Inspector came roaring down the stairs, nearly crying with laughter and said "Now, I've seen it all!" 

The Buyer and I questioned him on what he had discovered, but all he would say was "Go upstairs and look next to the sink." 

So we went upstairs and looked next to the sink and.......

There were some EXTREMELY PERSONAL SEX TOYS SITTING OUT!!!  And NOT of the normal variety!!!

I was so horrified! 

My Buyer got sick and spent the rest of the inspection in the bathroom.  I started thinking about all of it, and I have come to the conclusion that the Realtor did not tell his Seller when the Inspection had been scheduled for.(The house was a mess, the dog was inside, the alarm was on - all things that, upon showing, had not been the norm).  

So Agents - PLEASEEEEE!!!!  Tell Your Sellers when the Inspection is Going to Take Place!!!

Comments (13)

Christopher Bonta
The Bean Group - Londonderry, NH
Realtor, Integrity and Honesty

There is one word to sum up what happened and it is " incompetence", because not only was the Seller unaware of the Home Inspection it appears that the Listing Agent was also unaware since they were not there.

It's times like this that I like to point out to my clients on how grateful they should be that they did not have the other Agent as their Realtor!!! 

Mar 24, 2008 05:14 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Emily.  LOL.  Interesting inspection.  Since you didn't mention it, I guess your buyer will still go ahead.

Funny experience.


Mar 24, 2008 05:15 AM
Michael Delp
Mortgage Pro - Telford, PA
Wow! How embarassing! Does the seller WANT to sell there home? I would chalk that up to "now I've seen everything!" Just don't be surprised if you see something that can top it in the future!
Mar 24, 2008 05:16 AM
Michael (Mike) Elliott
Nottingham Real Estate Group - Hamilton, NJ
Yikes. I'm not sure what business any agent has at a home inspection, but that LA dropepd the ball by not telling them. Thats another reason to back up your call with an email toi show proof of the chat. wow.
Mar 24, 2008 05:16 AM
Courtney Cooper
Cooper | Cartwright - Seattle, WA
LOL - great story - sorry:)
Mar 24, 2008 05:20 AM
Kim Harris
Sound Realty - Kirkland, WA
Designated Broker/Owner/Sound Realty
      No one needs to go through that.  No excuse can make up the listing agents stupidity. Inspections and time frames don't drop out of the sky....oh well, just another day in real estate.
Mar 24, 2008 05:23 AM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC
The inspector should have never made a spectacle of this and pulled you aside to tell you. If you work with him often he should have known not to make a big deal out of it. Sorry this happened. I hope the buyer did make a full recovery!
Mar 24, 2008 05:31 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Emily.  Thanks for reading my post.  I am hanging in there.  This is the time of year that is the calm before the storm for my business.

Keep up the good writing.


Mar 25, 2008 05:56 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

One more thing.  I can think of the normal kind of sex toys, but I wonder what the non-normal kinds are all about.:)


Mar 25, 2008 05:57 AM
Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor
Ken - I think I will leave the non-normal sex toys to your imagination....
Mar 25, 2008 06:44 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
How embarrassing for everyone involved.  I wonder if the seller was mortified after they found out? So do you sit across the table from each other at closing?
Mar 26, 2008 03:14 PM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

How embarrassing! I'm guessing they will be scheduling their closing the day before or the day after yours so they don't bump into each other at the title company.

So, how do you type that up on an inspection report - lol

Mar 26, 2008 05:47 PM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor
Now thats a first:  for the list..........Puleeeese Put Your Sex Toys Away Before Showings!
Apr 08, 2008 10:07 AM

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