Funny and Stupid Things That Have Happened To Me In Real Estate

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with See TIM Sell @ Keller Williams
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Just in the past few weeks one of my katy real estate agents face planted and ruined her new Cole Haan shoes, and another of my team arrived at a showing and forgot his Supra Key (and lost the client).  These occurrences made me think of all of the stupidest and craziest things that have happened to me in Real Estate.  

I thought it would be fun to list a few of them so you could laugh at my misfortune, and perhaps you can leave your own story.  

God Told Me My Selling Price

I am a Christian and I fully and wholly believe in Christ. Still, I did not feel he often gets involved in local real estate transactions.  One day I was proven wrong!  

I interviewed for a particular listing and all comparable sales said the home would sell for about $285,000.  My client explained to me that God told her that the home would sell for $325,000.  I politely told her that God was always right.  Then I asked “did he mention how fast it would sell at that price because the market will not support $325,000.”  She assured me that the market would indeed support her price.  Her listing expired with me multiple times, however she kept renewing with me.  

The market rose slowly, but it did rise and although the woman did not quite get her price she got very close.   

The Nestea Plunge

Realtors® often walk backwards, when we are showing the features of a home.  This can be very dangerous, especially in backyards.  I was showing a beautiful backyard retreat and I was pointing out all of the positive features, while walking backwards.  Just then, I felt the terrible sensation of nothing under my feet.  My client reached out for me but decided she might get pulled into the pool by her idiot (me) Realtor®.  She quickly pulled her hand away as I fell back and did the Nestea plunge into the pool.  

I am not sure what was worse, falling into the pool or getting out and realizing I would have to jump back in for my phone or driving back to my house to change clothes or not selling the home.

Real Estate Reveal

A client and I walked upstairs in an average home and looked into a neighbor’s yard.  There were naked people laying out by the pool.  My client commented as they walked away and said “I hate the home, but I still might buy it (for the record they did not)”.

The Bum Steer

I had a client who was selling a medium sized ranch and moving into a standard subdivision home.  During the negotiation, the buyer asked the seller to leave behind his steer.  The seller said he did not want to leave the Steer as it was a gift from his wife.  I explained to him that the subdivision he was moving to did not accept steer, and if he did not leave the steer his wife’s gift would most likely be turned into hamburger.  He left the steer, so I literally had to write up a Non Realty Item Addenda for a steer!

 

My Least Favorite Things 

-When someone calls and says “Call me back about the house”.  Which one brainiac I have a bunch?!  

-When another Realtor® says "call me back I have a question".  Leave the question for me so I can call you back with an answer.  

-When your client (or you) need to use the bathroom in a vacant house and there is no toilet paper (and your client or you discover this fact after the act).  I personally always carry toilet paper in the trunk for my client’s convenience.

-Worse, you find yourself looking for a plunger in a seller’s home (no fun).  I now carry a plunger too.

Leave a comment below with your craziest real estate story.

I'd love for you to check out the other stories on my blog - West Houston Real Estate - seetimsell.com

 

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Rainmaker
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Jeanne Gregory
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Always. Carry. Toilet. Paper.

Dec 04, 2014 11:01 PM #33
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Molly Heyen
RE/MAX Premier Properties - Chicago, IL
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As a rookie I was young & dumb. A friend referred a rental client to me. I was happy to help, but I was out of town the weekend he wanted to find a place. Instead of asking another agent in my office to show him some places that weekend I sent him to another company! Of course he found a place with them and I got nothing from that deal. Ironically, 9 years later he and I are happily married. :)

Dec 04, 2014 11:47 PM #34
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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Tim...remember me :)

Still selling real estate in the Sunshine State. Hope all is going well in Katy :)

Dec 04, 2014 11:57 PM #35
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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
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Real stories about real estate--I love it, and have lived many a similar tale.  Fun read!

Dec 05, 2014 12:01 AM #36
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Timothy Sojka
See TIM Sell @ Keller Williams - Katy, TX

Of course I remember you Jeff. Miss you here how is Denver treating you

Dec 05, 2014 12:31 AM #37
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Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
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Tim -- I loved this.... a great read. Loved the Nestea plunge....oh to have a video of that! How long was that overpriced house on the market before it sold?

Dec 05, 2014 12:39 AM #38
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Jeff Stevens
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Timothy Sojka - hilarious that you took the "nestea plunge". I once walked into the wrong house that I was the buyer's agent for...the actual house was next door. I was lucky I wasn't shot by the owner, who was home at the time!

Dec 05, 2014 12:46 AM #39
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Some of these are gems!  I'm actually in the process of writing a book about all of the cooky and whacky things that this professional can bring.  

Dec 05, 2014 01:03 AM #40
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
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Guess you proved real estate agents can not walk on water yet.
Mel

Dec 05, 2014 02:24 AM #41
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Kevin Mackessy
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That is pretty funny about the pool fall.  I imagined the look on your client's face as she decided whether or not she should attempt to save you.  Hope your phone  wasn't ruined, although if you had to dive back in to get there that might not have been good for it!

Dec 05, 2014 02:31 AM #42
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Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
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Timothy,

I have so many stories to tell.  I can write a book.  I just wouldn't know where to start.

Thanks for the laughs.

Brigita

Dec 05, 2014 02:41 AM #43
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Beverly Richardson, REALTOR
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Thanks for the laugh, the pool, wonder what were your clients thinking.  Did you end up selling them a home?

Dec 05, 2014 06:02 AM #44
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Timothy Sojka - I am so glad you are able to laugh it off and still share it with us. You are a true sport...Keep them coming. Isn't it just a day in the life of realtors???

Dec 05, 2014 07:23 AM #45
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Timothy Sojka
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Thanks everyone for the great stories.  Look for How Being A Realtor Has Trained me to Survive a Zombie Apocalyps

Dec 05, 2014 07:50 AM #46
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Tim, you have had some interesting  situations. The pool lunge being interesting.  Always make sure there's running water in the house before you use that bathroom as well.

Dec 05, 2014 09:04 AM #47
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Timothy

Well you have had some fun situations. Made me laugh. I now someone who purposely, while doing a video of a listing, fell backwards into the pool.

Oh the stories we can all tell...

Jeff

Dec 05, 2014 09:41 AM #48
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Joe and Sherrie Toth
RE/MAX Consultant Group | Apple Valley Lake - Howard, OH
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Love stuff like this... It reminds me of  column I used to read years ago called,   "Was my face red ...." - Funny and light hearted REAL experiences.

Im a Brand new agent  -took a mother/ daughter out looking at homes during the week. Walked out on a deck with them and closed the door behind us - unfortunatly, it locked! Down the steps by the fencd in pool was a baby gate separating us from a low growling Rottweiler! The mom / daughter look at me like - what are you going to do Sherrie?

I walk down the steps and use the baby gate as a barrier between me and the Rottie… walk over to the large privacy gate (with a low growing and ticked off protective dog following me) and wouldn’t you know,  its bloody Pad-locked. I look up at the women and shrug my shoulders and up goes the skirt (thank God I was with two woman) and I climb over the gate. I was a sweaty mess! So stinking embarrassed…

I later sent the woman a follow up note on stationary with a Rottweiler. She DID buy a home from me!

I had a colleague that ran out of gas in the winter while taking clients around!! He said he had to walk about 20 minutes to a gas station. No cell phone on them! I Bet that was a quiet and awkward ride back to the office. Of course, he lost their business.

Oh my gosh… I have so many!

Fun! Thank You!

Sherrie-

 

Dec 05, 2014 10:25 AM #49
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Oh my,  I don't think I have any stories... and I've been doing this for many years.   I do hope those are not famous last words! 

But I did laugh out loud at yours!

Dec 05, 2014 10:26 AM #50
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Cheri Long
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Wow, I always thought a book of the best stories would be a Best Seller!  Thanks for the laughs.

Dec 05, 2014 12:32 PM #51
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Pamela Seley
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These things always seem funny after the fact, but not when they're happening in real time. I'm so grateful that I've never run in to naked people by a pool or elsewhere. I never use a seller's bathroom and recommend my buyers don't either! You just never know...

Dec 05, 2014 11:39 PM #52
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