Hey, You! - Take Your Shoes Off!

Reblogger Dale Taylor
Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

When I'm out socializing my friends ask if I have any funny real estate stories to share.  I have so many over the last 28 years.  I am careful to be very respectful of privacy when I do share them.  It is sometimes an awkward moment when it is dry outside, and my Valued Clients enter a home with me to tour, and upon entering we're expected to remove our shoes.  Several years ago I was showing a very pricey, meticulously decorated, and well cherished home in Flossmoor, Illinois.  The Sellers Agent met us there to let us in.  There were no foo-ties there for us to put on, but it was well understood we were to remove our shoes.  My Client who intended on paying cash for whatever expensive home he was purchasing, turned to me and said we have a problem.  He whispered to me he was in such a hurry to meet me on time he grabbed a pair of old socks with a big old hole in the big toe section.  Feeling his embarrassment I quickly told him let's take off our shoes and our socks together.  My Colleague below shares one of their experiences of removing their shoes, and how they graciously handled the unexpected.    

Original content by Marina Gavrylyuk

As I already mentioned on FB yesterday, I had the most silly experience with the Home Seller yesterday. While myself and my buyer client were touring the house, home Seller grabed our shoes that were left by the front door and parked them outside the front door, right on the busy sidewalk in downtown Toronto.


While some of my friends thought it was a pure outrage, I find it kind of funny, especially considering the fact that the house was not clean at all and we should have just kept our shoes on.

Now, this is what I wanted to discuss for the longer time - shoes issue.

1. Slip ons - I was thinking whether I should get those plastic slip ons to go over your shoes, but then, what if the client slips in those and falls?

2. Putting that "Remove your shoes" sign - Dear Seller, please, have mercy, make sure you have the right to do so, meaning, your house is clean enough, nothing is crawling in the basement, random nails are not sticking out and there are no puddles of water on the floor.

3. I was diligently asking my clients to bring spare pair of inside shoes, but sometimes they just come straight from work or just simply forget.

4. I was offered slippers by the Seller before - no, thank you

5. I always have a spare pair in a car but I feel bad wearing it when my client goes barefoot.


Such a shoe dilemma :) And dont take this post seriously - I am just thinking out loud :)

Selling with a smile:
Marina Gavrylyuk
Real Estate Agent with Sutton Group Summit Realty

www.MarinaG.ca

Call or text 416-843-1515 or e-mail marina@marinag.ca

 

Check my site/blog: Marina.REALTOR

 

Marina Gavrylyuk  
Sales Representative
Sutton Group-Summit Realty Inc. Brokerage


1100 Burnhamthorpe Road West #27

Mississauga, Ontario, L5C 4G4
Cell: 
416-843-1515 Tel.: 905-897-9555
Email: 
Marina@MarinaG.ca
Web: 
www.MarinaG.ca

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Rainmaker
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Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
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Dale - You have a pretty funny story yourself, and like you said, you probably have a lot more. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for sharing this re-blog.

May 12, 2015 09:29 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Thanks Troy.  You have a very productive week.

May 12, 2015 09:31 AM #2
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Mary Braatz, Remax Enterprises

A great story and an awkward moment that you handled very well. I love it when asked to remove shoes and the house is dirty (not!)

May 12, 2015 10:22 AM #3
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KRISTIE DESAUTELS
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Groveton, NH
Caron's Gateway Real Estate

Hi Dale, my name is Kristie.   It's a habit for me to take my shoes off, my Mom never let us wear shoes in the house or anyone's house   I always wear black socks, they always look clean and neat   Thank you for sharing, I look forward to reading more of your blogs

May 12, 2015 10:43 AM #4
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Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Kristie your Mom raised you right.  Honestly, I judge if the house is really clean before I immediately take my shoes off.

May 12, 2015 11:19 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Mary growing up I'm a little ashamed to say I had some very impoverished relatives who lived in filth.  I associated poverty with a plain old dirty house as a kid.  Literally, when my hands touched the floor, they would come up black.  I couldn't understand how people could be both poor and dirty at the same time?  The one time we stayed overnight, I remember my Mom getting up early, cleaning the entire kitchen herself, and cooking breakfast.  When I was older, and I felt I could talk about these family members without getting fussed at, I reminded my Mom of what she did.  She told me she wanted to make sure everything was clean before she would allow us to eat there.  I remember dreading visiting these people who were very loving.  Except, they would make you feel like you were strange if you brought to their attention the filth they were living in.

May 12, 2015 11:30 AM #6
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Irene

#6 Could it be that being impoverished that's on a spiritual defeated feeling. There is so much they are going to do and one day there is nothing at all to do. It is what it is

May 12, 2015 12:24 PM #7
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