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.