Oh, those awkward moments in real estate...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843
https://activerain.com/droplet/4gFB

Amanda and I have been selling real estate in Fort Wayne for six years now, and for the most part, our deals go off without a hitch.  (Knocking on wood)

Every once in a while we'll have an issue with an appraisal, a home inspection, another agent, or difficult situations.  I'd say that 90% of our business is pretty darn smooth.

Then there's the awkward moments...  

 

Can we bring mom with us to the closing?

 

We sold an estate where the mom had recently passed.  Her three daughters were in charge of the estate.  Everything went well and we got to the closing table.  

One of the daughters reached into her purse and grabbed a small jar and put it in the middle of the closing table.  

I gave her a curious look and she replied with "It's mom."  

 

The wrong house.

 

I was meeting a buyer at a home in Southwood Park.  A lot of the homes are older with a ton of character and were built with the same floor plan.  

I let myself into the home with my Sentrilock card.  

As I started to look around, I thought to myself "Hmm...  this doesn't look the same as the pictures on the MLS."  

I looked out the living room window and saw a real estate sign in the neighbor's front yard.  Then I realized I was in the wrong house.  

The house I was in was listed, but it was the wrong house.  

OOPS!  I immediately called the listing agent and explained what happened.  We both had a good laugh.  

 

The angry buyer.

 

I helped Jamie buy a home last year.  

Most of the process went smooth until the right at the end.  

The sellers left $20,000 worth of pharmaceutical drugs in the garage.  Thankfully, he was a sales rep and it was legit, but it was left in her garage.  Big no-no.  

She also wasn't happy with her lender because of a few delays.  

Oh, and she also wasn't happy with the listing agent and the tactics he tried to pull during the inspection negotiations.  

Thank God she loved me!

At closing, her lender was late.  

She gave him a thorough tongue lashing.

Then she ripped the seller a new one because of the drug incident and the fact that he forgot the garage door openers.  

I gently reached over and touched her knee and gave her a "take a breath" look.  

She then told me that if I wanted to keep that hand, I better get it off of her leg.  

The deal closed and she and I are still very close and have a good relationship, it was just an awkward moment at closing.  

 

The naked couple in the vacant house.

 

When I show vacant homes I always knock on the door and yell that I'm a Realtor with clients.  

I guess these folks didn't hear me.  

As I walked my clients through the home, I hear Corey say "HOLY (BLEEP)!  THEY'RE NAKED AND THEY'RE HAVING SEX!!"  

I guess the neighbors decided to use this vacant home as their party home.  

 

The loving neighbor.

 

I went to put a sign in the yard of our new listing when the sweetest little old lady came over to chat with me.  

We talked for at least 30 minutes about the weather, her kids, her grandkids, and life in general.  

It warmed my heart.

At the end of our conversation she thanked me for taking the time to chat with her, and told me that she was really glad to see us selling her neighbor's home.  

"Why are you glad?" I asked.  

"Because they're a**holes."

 

Thanks for reading.  Do you have any to add?  

 

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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.

 

Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.

 

Enough about us...

 

Tell us what you want your real estate experience to be, and we will do it YOUR way.

 

Buying a home in Fort Wayne? Tell us your wants and needs. Let us know how you envision your family living.  Tell us what's important to YOU, and we'll find the community and home that fits.  

 

Selling your home in Fort Wayne?  Our job is to make you the most money possible in the shortest amount of time. We offer our sellers professional staging, professional photography, and more internet marketing than most. 

 

We are committed to giving you everything we have to offer.  We are both full time agents and will work around your schedule.  Do nights and weekends work better for you?  NO PROBLEM. We are here to help YOU at YOUR convenience.

 

Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at JaredChristiansen@gmail.com, or Amanda427@gmail.com.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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Personally, I really hate it when I walk into the wrong house, and I've done it on more than one occasion. I've even walked into homes that were not for sale and encountered homeowners coming out of the shower. If that's not a good reason to keep your doors locked, I dunno what is.

May 14, 2014 12:46 AM #50
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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
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That's one of the many things I love about our business... never know what the day will bring and for sure it's never boring...

May 14, 2014 12:52 AM #51
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Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
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Hey Jared,

I have a bunch of those moments too.  The seller (home builder) angry with the buyer's lender for almost delaying closing.  

Best of GREAT success to you and Amanda in 2014!

May 14, 2014 02:10 AM #52
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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Those are some great stories.  Mine would have to include angry buyers at the closing table, because our lender didn't get a document to them until day of closing.  Always a fun situation.  

May 14, 2014 02:38 AM #54
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Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

LOL, gotta love those awkward moments. I saw a nakedman once, it still haunts me, when a owner forgot to tell his roommate a showing was scheduled.

May 14, 2014 03:28 AM #55
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Another "WRONG HOUSE" story. Got to occupied property early to preview, door unlocked per arrangement, went in, looked around, as you did - "hmmmmm", then looked across the street, DUHHHHHH

Left note for owner in case someone saw me enter!

 

 

 

May 14, 2014 03:38 AM #56
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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You and Tammny Lankford seem to have the funniest tales, especially having to do with the dearly departed.

May 14, 2014 06:04 AM #57
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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These stories are funny and yes, some awkward moments.

May 14, 2014 06:56 AM #58
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Jared:

OMG!  Priceless! 

I think we need to get together and write a book.  YOU .. from the Realtor side.  ME .. from the lending.  We'll make a mint!

It will have to be sold out of the "fiction" section of the bookstore though.  Because I swear, if the book buyer isn't in real estate, they'll think we're making it all up.

This "stuff" really happens!!

Gene

May 14, 2014 08:52 AM #59
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

These stories make the best form of entertainment. I bet you're a hit at parties.

May 14, 2014 10:33 AM #60
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
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Jared and Amanda, these stories are priceless.  Funny in retrospect, some probably weren't that funny when they happened.  You just can't make that stuff up!

May 14, 2014 11:05 AM #61
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good morning Amanda and Jared, Yes, those were definitely awkward moments. At least you didn't get any interference from "Mom".

May 15, 2014 01:13 AM #62
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Things happen....This job can bring surprises when you never expect them to appear.

But you know how to handle the 'situations':)

Congrats on a feature!

May 17, 2014 03:57 PM #63
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Hey, Jared and Amanda!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Enjoy your Sunday.

May 17, 2014 10:55 PM #64
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
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Loved that last one, for sure.  And that angry buyer...yep, been there on that one as well!

May 17, 2014 11:11 PM #65
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Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
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The great thing about real estate is never a dull moment.  I guess it keeps us young!  Lol.

May 17, 2014 11:18 PM #66
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Thanks Jared, very entertaining and much better when looked back on than as they happen.

 

May 18, 2014 03:51 PM #67
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Uh, I'm stopping back again. Yesterday I was showing property (to a law enforcement officer) we were 20 minutes early for the showign so I went up and knocked by myself to make sure it was OK.  A man came to the door and he looked a little worn out.  He was all jittery and his thoughts fragmented and he kept whiping his nose.  What are the odds I'd bring a cop to his front door after he had a bump on a Sunday afternoon.  It was one of the weirdest showings of my life. I'll put that one in the book.

May 18, 2014 07:52 PM #68
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Kim & Kristine Halverson
Compass - Santa Monica, CA
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This made me laugh. I loved the last one! There are always going to be some akward situations.

May 19, 2014 08:36 AM #69
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I enjoyed the funnies, when I was a rookie a bunch of agents put a manikin in a closet and sent me to take pictures of their vacant home needless to say when I opened the closet door and this fell out I almost lost it. 

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