An Awkward Moment in Real Estate … This Stuff Really Happens

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An Awkward Moment in Real Estate … This Stuff Really Happens


I was a sales agent for a new construction community in Auburn, Georgia. The subdivision was located in a picturesque area in Barrow County known for rolling hills and large lots. The smallest lot was approximately a half acre. As an onsite agent, one of the tasks I would perform before I Ieft for the day was walking each standing inventory home.  I would drive to each house go inside make notes of things the superintendent may need to address and secure the doors.


On this fine evening, I drove to the last house and parked on the street. We were prohibited from driving into the driveways to avoid making tire marks on the fresh concrete. This house was on a huge corner lot and sat down a hill from the street. As usual, I went inside walked the house, turned off any lights and locked the doors. As I turned around from the front door to head up the hill to my car I noticed one of the neighborhood dogs was a loose. When I saw him he saw me.


Now anyone who knows me knows I don’t play with dogs. My philosophy is if it has teeth it bites INCLUDING me! So now, I had a choice to make. I could try to calmly walk back to the car and hope the dog would ignore me OR I could try to run up this hill in my business attire including three inch heals beating the dog. WELL, I took off up the hill. The dog took off too! I made it back to my car and got inside just as the dog reached my car door.


It was at that time that I noticed two things. One, the dog was not chasing me to attack me he was simply running because I was running which probably the only reason I beat it to the car. And two, the neighbor across the street was outside in his driveway washing his car and saw the whole thing. He was standing there in amazement just letting the water run from the hose onto the ground. AWKWARD!


This made me feel ridiculous and I started laughing at myself.  I wrote this post as an entry to a contest and it made me laugh as if this just happened. Thanks for reading one of my awkward moments in real estate.


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Comments (52)

Sandra Paulow
Aspen Properties, Inc. - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ
REALTOR, Associate Broker, GRI, SFR

I love animals and I love dogs.  However, I don't trust dogs I don't know so I don't blame you for being a bit frightened.  I have learned, never trust a dog until it trusts me.

Jun 11, 2014 07:29 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Stacey, I love dogs, a kid I had dogs chase me home from school a lot! I became an extremely fast runner! I'm sure I would do exactly the same thing that you did--minus the three inch heels of course.

Jun 11, 2014 08:07 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

The dog probably only wanted to play, but... animals are very good at sensing fear and reacting with aggression.

I have a 70# "puppy" (8 months) who runs to greet everyone. I don't think he'd bite anyone, but if he sensed fear he might interpret it as danger, and then I just don't know.  So - I either grab his harness or confine him in the house until he's been properly introduced to a newcomer.

I'm glad you reached the car safely.

Jun 11, 2014 08:29 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I was actually pinned in a carport by a dog once that was between me and my car and not happy that I was on his turf.  I walked very very very slowly back to my car.

Jun 11, 2014 11:48 AM
paru chandramouly
Staten Island, NY

I dont do well with dogs either. If this is any comfort to you, I would do the same thing you did. Run, run ,run!!!!!!

Jun 11, 2014 11:53 AM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Shanna - All ended well and funny

Ed - LOL

Lisa - Thanks for the advice. I hope there is no next time, but if so maybe I will be able to go with what the pros say.

Ric - Glad I could help!

Gene - That's what I thought

Travis - I respected the dog enough to get out of there!

Lyn - The dog wasn't chasing me is why he did not beat me...he was seeing why I was running!

Pamela - Yes, the dof was playing and I was making a fool of myself.

Rob - I will remember that I keep some in the car along with a taser.

Sandra - You have a great philosphy!

Tom - My gut said run and I did...this time my gut was wrong.

Marte - That's a big puppy!

Tammy - You are a VERY brave woman. I thought to try to walk calming, but my nerves got the best of me.

Paru - I understand, There a few things I don't do well. Dogs, Bugs and Lie!

Jun 12, 2014 12:15 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Stacey:  Don't you know you were supposed to lay on the ground, curl up in the fetal position and play dead.  Ha! Ha1 Being a dog person, I know you must stand your ground. More than likely the dog just wanted to be social and meet you.  Great story!

Jun 12, 2014 02:50 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Stacey-I've never worn high heels but I can imagine that takes some real coordination to run without breaking the heels or, more importantly, your ankles. 

Jun 12, 2014 12:02 PM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Will - I have never been bitten and I plan to keep it that way...hence the running

Norman - I too think the dog was playing

Wayne - It's amazing what ytou can do when you have to!

Jun 12, 2014 11:25 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Stacey, haha I can picture you running in heels! I'm a dog person but, seeing one that's loose is never comforting, you never know their personality. I'm glad you made it safely to your car!

Jun 13, 2014 02:43 AM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Amanda - As a woman you know that was no easy task booking it up a hill in heals! 

Jun 13, 2014 01:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Stacey, sorry that you got so scarred that you had to run:)) funny part is dogs are generally harmless unless you taunt them or are mean...clearly an awkward moment:)), Endre

Jun 13, 2014 03:05 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Stacey, I think I would have sprinted for my car, as well.  I'm glad you were safe and smiling when it was over.

Jun 13, 2014 03:21 PM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Endre - I tell you I learned something important. I should wear flats to work.

Sharon - I thought to try to walk calmly, but I just could not remain cool.

Jun 13, 2014 11:35 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Stacey, live life like no one's watching!  It's interesting how the things we choose to do affects others around us including our four legged friends.  When I was in my twenties an older man told me once that he wanted to walk through an apartment hallway but was stopped by another man and his dog (dog barking).  The man with the dog said not to worry because his dog wouldn't friend asked (matter of factly) "how do you got his teeth in your back pocket?".  Maybe you just had to be there, but it was funny to hear him tell the story. 

Jun 14, 2014 08:41 AM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Nick -  That is funny! And I agree unless you remove the teeth ...dogs bite!

Jun 14, 2014 11:42 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Stacey, I would have just stood there to see what he would do....I just would not run in my heels...perhaps take them off and run

Jun 15, 2014 04:36 AM
Stacey Williams
Alpharetta, GA
Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent

Rebecca - It happened so quickly, I did not have much time to do anything , but run or try to be calm and hope for the best.

Jun 15, 2014 07:17 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is fun and at the same time painful  to imagine you running up the hill in 3 inch heels.....:) I'm glad that the dog was not after you:)

Apr 26, 2015 07:33 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Stacey, I just ran across this post, and I think it's time for you to write another one!

Jan 10, 2017 04:57 PM