I Locked the door with the keys inside the house-November AR Contest

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I locked the door with the keys inside the house-November Activerain contest-I cannot believe I just did that.


Well this happened around maybe June 2008. This is actually my first client who so happens to be one I locked the door with the keys in the houseof my favorite people in the whole wide world. That person happens to be my brother who at the time was in the Navy and was being transferred from San Diego CA to Lexington Park MD where he was stationed at the Patuxent River Navy Base for about two years. So instead of renting a house,he decided that he wanted to buy a house-SMART MOVE from a SMART MAN. So we went out and start looking at houses. We had to first something quickly since time was of the essence.



We looked at three houses. He actually really liked the second house he saw. But he wanted to see one more just in case he happens to find another house that is much better. You know the saying "Third time the charm". Well not in this case. We looked at the house. After we finished looking at the house,I locked up. And then when it was time to put the key in the lockbox,I noticed that the key wasn't in my pocket-Oh boy! I am checking all of my pockets to see if I can find the keys. I even asked my brother if he had them. Of course he didn't. Can you say panic?



So I around the back of the house to see if they are any back doors open to see if I can get in that way-NO LUCK. Well after spending like 30 mins trying to figure out how to get the keys that was locked in the house with no luck,me and my brother decided to leave.  I was thinking about it that whole day. How am I going to get those keys? What if they wanted to see the house the next day? Well we came up with the solution to get a locksmith to open the door. So the next day me and my brother drove out there and we met with a Locksmith who opened the door for us. A $100 charge because it was on a Sunday and he normally doesn't work on Sundays. Plus I couldn't find anybody to open it for me.



Well he opened the door of course. I got the keys and put it in the lockbox. I was definitely relieved. That was one of the mistakes that I made in my early years as a Real Estate Agent. Oh by the way you probably want to know if my brother brought the house? NO he didn't. He actually brought the second house. The owner of that house was also in the Military. Maybe that was the reason why she took our offer. But then again we submitted an offer for full price on the house that he brought in Lexington Park MD near the Patuxent Navy Base.


Ever since that day even before I leave out the house or even close the car door(Another story for another day),I always make sure I have my keys on me first. I think I ought to tell my brother today about this. I am sure he still remembers this incident. #LOL


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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

If you lock your keys inside your car, you can call AAA.  But what do you do when you lock the keys inside the HOUSE?

Nov 28, 2014 04:27 AM #1
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Absolutely Fred Griffin. That wasn't a good day. How are you? Hope you had a great Thankgiving.

Nov 28, 2014 04:31 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan this is so easy to do, even if you set those keys down for even a minute!    Bet this was something you wanted to forget!  

Nov 28, 2014 06:12 AM #3
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

This is something I would not like, I do a simple checklist and than confirm just before I close doors and hopefully I wouldn't forget the checklist.

Nov 28, 2014 09:03 AM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You were fortunate to get  locksmith that would open up a house and you were not the owner

Nov 28, 2014 09:16 AM #5
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Lanre,  The key thing seems to be a theme with this contest.  $100 for a locksmith and a lesson.

Thank you for participating in the contest.

Nov 28, 2014 11:46 AM #6
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Lol, Lanre. I actually did this too just this past July. But, fortunately my client's girlfriend was willing to crawl back through the dogie door on the back porch to let us get back in. What an embarrassing moment.

Nov 28, 2014 10:24 PM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Lanre, ah keys!  They are the bane of our existance!  At least you didn't lock your car keys inside the house along with the house key.

Nov 28, 2014 11:32 PM #8
Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

I remember a new associate who was so excited to show her first client a home that in his haste to get out of forgot to turn off the ignition- short story it ended involving a fire hygrant and a broken fence.  

Nov 29, 2014 05:07 AM #9
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Lanre, keys are a always a problem when we are talking as we leave a home.   Your $100 story will keep us all on our toes.

Nov 29, 2014 03:17 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh dear, that is a big fear of mine. Never had it happen, but I've panicked a few times over where is the key?  There is so much going on and we have to be mindful of our clients, turn off the lights, leave the blinds as we found them, etc... Thanks for sharing the story, Lanre. 

Nov 29, 2014 10:17 PM #11
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