What Does It Take to Push You Over the Edge?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

If you ask my clients, they will tell you I am an incredibly patient Sacramento listing agent, and they will sing my virtures. I do not view myself as a person of extreme patience but I have developed more of it as I get older. When I was younger, I realized the importance of developing patience. I wondered, what could I do to teach myself patience? Aha, yes, I could learn how to sew. I could make a dress.

Well, that dress ended up inside out and sewn together backwards and eventually tossed into the trash.

Sometimes, patience is not a good thing. Like last month I was sitting outside a seller's home after my third visit to list his home, and he was not home. I was about to drive away and forget about this listing when I received an email on my cellphone. I put the car into park and sat there to read my email. This is when the seller suddenly appeared around the corner and waved me to come inside.

In hindsight, I should have driven off, and that's what my gut instincts told me, but no, I had been patient so I went inside and listed his house. Then, a couple days later, on my birthday no less, while on vacation and a Sunday on top of that, this weirdo exploded and flew off the handle. He did not want to listen to reason nor apologies.

I offered to cancel the listing, just to get rid of him. Then he demanded that I cancel his listing immediately. He didn't care when I told him it was my birthday. He didn't care that I was in Oregon. He didn't care that it was a Sunday and Lyon management offices are closed (only Lyon can cancel a listing, an agent cannot). The problem was a buyer's agent didn't bother to read the MLS showing instructions and came over to show this guy's home without calling first, and somehow that was all my fault, solely because he had nobody else to scream at.

I try very hard not to get involved with crazy people. If I so much as suspect a seller is off his rocker, I don't take the listing. Don't need explosive people spreading hate. Yet sometimes it happens. You can't always avoid it. You just try to learn from it and not make the same mistake again.

Unlike Chase Sapphire, which can't seem to help itself. You can read more in my personal blog today about Showing a Sacramento Pending Sale and the Trouble With a Chase Sapphire Card.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Elizabeth, in this business we meet a lot of different personalities, and we cannot always tell if they are going to be reasonable clients, or not.  Sounds like this guy had severe problems.... and probably best that you did cancel the listing.   I usually have a lot patience with buyers, especially first time buyers who need a lot of hand holding.. but I'm happy to do it, as long as they are not demanding or seem to be irrational.

Jul 28, 2015 02:50 AM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Good riddance to that Chase Sapphire credit card.  There is logical fraud protection, and then there is going so far overboard that you, the consumer, don't even want to hassle with it.

Jul 28, 2015 09:16 AM #2
Dori Thurmond
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI

I do not look forward to my first experience with the crazy buyer/seller. I've dealt with them in my last job, but honestly, it's quite exhausting. Ever so often, you can find humor in them :)

Jul 28, 2015 09:23 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I hate when I come across bat butt cray cray, but every now and again it happens. I fire them quicker than I used to.

Jul 28, 2015 10:41 AM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Gloria Valvasori The nutjobs are particularly troublesome because, while I am sensitive to those with mental disabilities, some of them are pretty over-the-top scary and you do not know what they might do next.

Jul 28, 2015 11:31 AM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Chris Ann Cleland with Chase, one time I can see, two times maybe they can just inept, but to promise me it wouldn't happen again and then 10 seconds later, BAM, that's where I draw the line. I do not enjoy being grilled like a common criminal 3 times in row within 30 minutes at Nordstrom.

Jul 28, 2015 11:33 AM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Dori Thurmond The @thing is not working well today. It is making me enter separate posts. I hope you do not have to work with crazy people. Maybe you won't. Once you start selling 100 homes a year, though, the percentages pretty much guarantee it will happen.

Tammy Lankford Me, too, I am faster on cutting them loose than I used to be as the signs are all too familiar now.

Jul 28, 2015 11:35 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You were right to cancel that listing, Elizabeth.  It has been my experience when a client acts that badly at some point during marketing, or the transaction, it will usually only get worse from there!  Some folks have emotional issues, that make it nearly impossible to work with them.

Jul 28, 2015 01:59 PM #8
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Elizabeth.  Goodness knows I've had my share of those people.  

Jul 28, 2015 07:32 PM #9
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  That Chase Sapphire card would have been ripped up on the second rejection.

Jul 28, 2015 09:03 PM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm a big believer in trusting my instinct in this business, Elizabeth.  Yes, maybe you should have driven off that day.

Jul 28, 2015 09:42 PM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

He does have a crazy streak and like you I don't need that kind of client hassling me. Life is too short and there has to be some respect or move on.

Jul 28, 2015 10:26 PM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, we have all seen these "types", and try very hard to steer clear as it will always be a struggle! 

Jul 28, 2015 11:45 PM #13
Dina Braun
Charlotte, NC

Elizabeth, it certainly sounds like your gutt instincts were right!!  RUN, you knew trouble but gave it a chance.....OH well, his loss.

Aug 02, 2015 10:45 PM #14
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