Embarrassing Moments in Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital City 970700173

For our Most Embarrassing Moments in Real Estate Contest, it took me a little while to think of a topic.  I shared the contest idea with my husband, who gets to hear about my activities all the time.  He quickly suggested a few episodes, that I apparently forgot.  Thanks honey.

My most embarrassing moment involves my truck.  Because I sell acreage and horse property, and pull a Real Estate and the F350horse trailer when I am not working, I drive an F350, a one ton pickup.  On the occasion that I am showing houses in town, to city folk, they don't understand the truck.  But, to my typical, rural client, it's as comfortable as an old boot.

So, a few years ago, I was out showing small acreage places to a lady with goats and llamas. We were about half way through our list of properties to see, when we were headed up a steep gravel driveway to look at a place on top of a hill.  On the way up, there was a small turn off to the garage, separate from the house.  I decided to pull in there and we would walk the next 50 feet or so to the house.  But, there wasn't much gravel on this turnoff to the garage.  It was at this moment I discovered my 4 Wheel Drive was no longer working.  I could not drive forward, or I would hit the garage.  I could not back up, because the tires were not grabbing any traction in the soft, wet ground.

Luckily, I knew someone not more than 4 miles down the road.  I called, he answered!  He was there in a few minutes, and pulled my big truck back onto the gravel.  Me and my client in the truck.  So glad that day is over!  And yes, she bought a place, just not that one.


Comments (13)

Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

oh my - since I don't understand trucks, I'm guessing this was not a good situation.  LOL

Thanks for entering our contest.  It's so fun to read everyone's entries

Jun 23, 2014 04:18 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Nope, not impressive at all.  Luckily, I got it fixed, and it has worked ever since.

Jun 23, 2014 04:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Catherine....wow... I'm amazed at the goats and llamas!!!!

Jun 23, 2014 07:29 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

It pays to know someone with chains and a winch.  I think I'd love to drive a 350 for work! lol  It just is not going to look good in the parking lot of high rise condos.

Jun 23, 2014 07:35 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

It was probably a memorable event for the buyer as well !

Jun 23, 2014 09:42 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Catherine: that sounds like a tense moment. It's got to be tough pulling the rig. When I have had to do it while pulling my boat, there have been instances that I have had to get out to check out a road to make sure I had a suitable turnaround.  Great little story.

Jun 24, 2014 01:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank goodness you had connections!   That sounds like a fun but awkward day.

Jun 24, 2014 02:46 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

In times such as that one is lucky to have a caring and helping angel handy. Lucky for you, Catherine,  you had one.

Jun 24, 2014 03:23 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Ah, life in the country! I love visiting my brother who lives outside Elko NV - I've had adventures getting stuck in his truck while driving on the non-roads! Good memories!

Jun 26, 2014 01:23 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Catherine~ That's one way to "check out" the property. Glad to hear it all worked out in the end!

Jun 26, 2014 02:39 AM
Monte Wall
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, TX
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas

Great story of dealing with the unexpected and thinking quick on your feet Catherine. Good qualities in a real estate agent. 

Jun 26, 2014 12:30 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That was one way of doing "due diligence" on the land, great thinking on your part.  A

Jun 27, 2014 06:05 AM
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I'm sure you made the most of the additional time with your client as she did purchase a property, glad to know the experience was not all bad.

Jun 27, 2014 07:05 AM

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