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