It's Like a Dog Pissing on a Fire Hydrant

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Grants Pass, OR 199909023

People can be so territorial.  In some ways, being protective can be a good thing, like when neighbors put up fences to keep their pets and children safe within their own yard.  There's nothing offensive about that.      

I live in a small town where people are still kind and civil to one another.  It's like the good ole' days when neighbors shared milk and sugar over the fence post.  Yep, those were happy days.  However, even in a small town, people can act like dogs pissing on a fire hydrant, staking their claim and protecting their territory.

Recently, I procured a sizeable sale in the next County over.  As part of my due diligence, I called my 'local' Title Company to request a profile of the property, which includes basic tax info, plat map, aerial photo, etc.  The Title Co. I typically use (who is always so helpful) explained they didn't have access to the tax information in the next County over, so they encouraged me to call the Title Co. located in that small town, which I did.

The next call went like this... Hi, my name is Melinda and I'm a Broker with Real Estate Cafe and I'd like to request a Property Profile for ....   The gal responded, "We don't provide that information to 'outside' companies."  Huh?  Then I asked... "May I pay for the profile?" The response again was "No."  Finally, I asked... "If I open escrow with your company, would you provide the information then?"  She said yes.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, the Manager of my friendly, neighborly, local Title Co. (the one I typically do business with) also placed a courtesy call to the 'other' Title Co. and requested to speak with the Manager to ask for a property profile on my behalf.  The 'other' Manager said... "it's our sandbox, and we don't have to play nice... we're the only game in town... and that's that" (paraphrase).  I guess his answer was a big fat "No" with an exclamation point!

In that moment, I remembered a movie, Miracle on 34th Street, and the part where Kris Kringle (Santa) was so helpful in referring Macy's customers to other stores to find certain products that Macy's didn't have (who doesn't love a helpful Santa?).  Macy's ultimately turned Santa's goodwill efforts into a wonderful marketing campaign... "If we don't have it, we'll find it for you."

Seems to me... the Manager of the 'other' Title Co. should stop pissing on his fire hydrant and take a cue from Santa and my friendly, neighborly, local Title Co.  Just sayin' ;-)

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Melinda Peterson

 

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Comments (90)

Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Funny thing is... that 'little world' has expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.  It's literally a beautiful town Gary ;-)

I've never understood the territorial mindset... except when it's a doting parent or a lover (wink, wink)...then I get it Marte ;-)

Thank you kindly Patricia!  Nice to see you sweetie ;-)

It's probably something in the water in this neck of the woods Melissa ;-)

Little ole you... Endre?!  I think not ;-)  The only BIG box Title Co. was First American and they closed their doors in that town a few months ago.  Now, the only game in town is the local yocals ;-/

Thank you Michael ;-)

So true... Missy poo... the dog part that is ;-)  Nice to see you Gayle!

That's exactly how it should be... Jill.  That's the kind of thing that warms my heart ;-)

Feb 24, 2016 03:06 AM
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Enjoyed your blog tremendously!  A good story and you are a good story teller. Thanks for posting! 

Feb 24, 2016 08:12 AM
Christopher Lotte
Red 1 Realty - Lithopolis, OH
Central Ohio Real Estate Agent, 614-390-9243

Thanks for sharing Melinda (Mel) Peterson 

Feb 24, 2016 08:03 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Melinda.  thankfully that doesn't happen around here, or at least I haven't heard of it, the backlash would put them out of business.  

Feb 25, 2016 07:26 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Melinda (Mel) Peterson We have those issues popping up constantly in both our market areas and we just learn to work around these people and never use them, nor promote their listings, if real estate agents. Let them stew in their own sauce. I find these people are reacting to a negative trend in their business and with these attitudes, it only worsens.

Feb 25, 2016 07:34 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Melinda,

Caught this as a re-blog from Patricia Kennedy and it hits the truth to so many different areas of our lives.

Make yourself an a stonishing day.

Feb 25, 2016 09:59 PM
Kathryn .
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

Wow!  Great story a little pissy but still a great story! (just kidding, that is a joke!) =)

 

 

Feb 25, 2016 11:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Mel, Territorial ... and rude and unprofessional. There is far too much pissing going on in the world in general and in the world of real estate. Who wants to do business with jackholes like that?

Feb 26, 2016 12:31 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Great post and I saw this on Pat Kennedy's blog. I cannot believe what this Title company is doing!! Congarts on the feature. 

Feb 26, 2016 05:17 AM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Awww... thanks Jack!

My pleasure... Christopher!

Good afternoon James!  Thankfully, I haven't encountered this kind of 'tude' on a regular basis in my neck of the woods either ;-)

"Let them stew in their own sauce."   Love it Sandy & Norm!

Glad you stopped by Raymond!

Wow indeed!  Thanks Kathryn ;-)

I hear ya Kathleen!  Can't everyone just play nice?!!!

Thanks for your comment Bob.  It's surprising to me too that a Title Co. wouldn't want to assist a REALTOR, in providing basic tax info, knowing that by doing so, it could've resulted in a potential escrow.      

Feb 26, 2016 05:29 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Mel!  I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great Sunday.

 

Feb 28, 2016 02:36 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm glad that Pat featured this one.  I would have missed it otherwise.  That is definitely poor business sense on the part of the title company.  

Feb 28, 2016 07:05 AM
Ken Patterson
TPR Properties - Rocklin, CA
Roseville Real Estate, TOP Rocklin Realtor

Love the title!  Keep up the good work.  Thanks for sharing and good luck with those dogs...  LoL!

Feb 28, 2016 07:48 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Wow! I suppose they are happy with the amount of business they have because they aren't trying to get more. 

Feb 28, 2016 08:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Wow Mel! Lack of common courtesy could mean a big loss of potential business for that company. I am definitely shaking my head on this one!

Feb 28, 2016 09:08 AM
LUXURYSOCALREALTY COMPASS La Jolla
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Melinda astounding story.  What a frustrating experience. I'm sorry you had to go through that 

Feb 28, 2016 01:16 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Hello Melinda:  Wow what an interesting story.  Sad to believe people in business would treat "prospective clientele with such abrasiveness" -- but your example of "Miracle on 34th Street" says it all.  Lesson Learned ...

Mar 02, 2016 03:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Playing nice with others requires a level of maturity that is never quite reached by some folks. 

Mar 03, 2016 09:52 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Hey, KS. I came looking for you to see if you were still around. So good to see you and your wonderful blog post.

It sounds like a new Title Company with an idea of what Customer Service is might just make a go of it in that little town.

Mar 31, 2016 06:54 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

That whole situation just seems ridiculous to me. How does anyone get business done?

Sep 08, 2016 09:58 AM