THOSE AWKWARD MOMENTS beware selling the Sheriff's house

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Sandpoint SP36782

Funny when I saw this request to come up with an awkward moment I realized that I

had no shortage of stories.  The life of a real estate agent sure comes up with

some doozies doesn't it?  My next conundrum was figuring out which weird and

awkward event might be unique.  We all have the showings or events that we put our

foot in it,  where someone’s naked, a gun is pulled, its flooded, on fire, locked

up, something breaks or is just plain gross.


So to keep away from the "been there done that", hopefully not too many of you have

had a showing quite like this  one.


I had  been showing houses to all day in rural areas to a pastor and his wife. We

were just about to give up for the day when they decided to see just one more.  So

I called the agent and set it up.  The owner was going to duck out and leave the

door unlocked.  We get to the house and the woman was heading out the driveway

quickly and we waved.  When we got up to the house I realized the doors were

locked but I knew that there was a lock box  in the  solarium at the front of the

house so we went in to grab the key.  The next thing I know we have a big German

Shepard charging us and I slammed the door closed with the clients and me inside.

Glad to be in and not out, I called the agent and she said no problem, stay inside

and I will call the owner to open the door and collect the guard dog.  So through

the glass this guy pulls up in the garage, collects the dog outside and another

inside and quickly left.  We laughed about it and went to go inside only to find

that all the doors were still locked.  So I call the agent who had to call me back

to tell me she couldn't reach the owner this time, but she would give me to code

to the garage door and we could go in that way.  So I punch in the code the garage

door opens and we go in and proceed into the beautiful gourmet kitchen.  All of a

sudden an alarm starts blaring.  This is a really safe area, who on earth has burgalar alarms?

So I once again call the agent who can't quite hear what I am saying, but can guess what my showing from Hell has produced now. 




While on the phone with her the sheriff cars show up.  (I didn't know we had 6

officers in this rural area)  Guns drawn, yelling orders, not quite the memorable

impression that we wanted the buyers to have.  It turned out that I had just set

off the burglar alarm on the house of one of our local Sherif’s homes and the

address prompted them or react very quickly. We got it sorted out, finished the

showing with some very shook up clients and left. 


To make matters worse, I am heading back to the office glad to put the day behind

me and I get a call.  Yes this is Deputy whatever his name was and I need to speak

with Rain Silverhawk.  He proceeded to tell me that he was following up on a call

involving the address.  In an authorities voice that something was missing.  I was

trying to assure him that the clients were always with me, he is a pastor, we had

officers at the showing. etc.  When he finally got a word in edge wise he said the

thing that is missing is some feedback from you, how did they like my house......



I don't drink often but I think I did have a glass of wine that night after this

very awkward moment. smile


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

A glass  of some adult beverage sounds fitting for such an eventful day !

Jun 07, 2014 07:38 PM #1
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Rain, a nice read today, with well deserved points. Looking forward to another blog from you soon.

Jun 08, 2014 12:03 AM #2
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

OMG Rain! What a story! I wonder what kind of sermon the Pastor came up with after that experience! You painted a picture ---- no a movie that should be a comedy at the Movie Theater! Your photo of the police cars was great!

Wine --- I think you deserved Moonshine with that story and a feature too!

Jun 08, 2014 02:12 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rain- I don't drink that often either but the day you had certainly would have prompted me to pour one!  

Jun 08, 2014 02:55 AM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rain this was clearly a three glass night:) what a story, Endre

Jun 08, 2014 07:15 AM #5
Rain Silverhawk
Keller Williams Sandpoint - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

Thanks for stopping by Sally and Kathy taking time to post. Endre I do believ you are right with the 3 glass theory.

Thank you Winston, I am not often that wordy so we have  Susan to thank for he great topic.


Jun 08, 2014 10:52 AM #6
Rain Silverhawk
Keller Williams Sandpoint - Sandpoint, ID
208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor

Hi Patricia, you know I should ask the pastor if he remembers what the sermon was that week.  hehe  Thanks for the kind comments, I can only imagine the laughs we will find on this particular topic.

Jun 08, 2014 10:54 AM #7
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Rain ~ I'd say you had one heck of a showing with problem after problem.  Did your folks ever buy anything through you?

Jun 09, 2014 08:53 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Rain You had me laughing out loud in my office .The agents came in to see what was so funny ..Great story I loved it

Jun 13, 2014 04:52 AM #9
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Ok, that sounds like an incredible day, and not quite like one I've had before!

Jun 17, 2014 05:00 AM #10
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