The Saga of the Sleeping Appraiser

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 DRE# 319853

The Saga of the Sleeping Appraiser

The story begins on a Tuesday evening around 7pm when I receive a call from a guy who introducing himself as the appraiser for the property I have listed. I had been wondering where he was as we were getting a month into the transaction and drfinitely due for the appraisal to happen. We chatted a bit and set a time to meet the next day between 1-3pm. He said he would call me when he was 20 minutes or so out so I could meet him there.

sleepingNow....I have always met the appraisers for the properties I have listed. I think it is important to do so. I prepare a package for them listing all the updates and any receipts I have along with what I used as comps when I listed the property and why. Over the years it has saved me a lot of headaches. Back to the story...

I planned my following day so that I could leave on a moments notice during the time we discussed. The time came and went. I left a voice message with no response. I then left a text still no response.The next morning I called again. Oh.... who is this again? What property? What was our conversation? Oh sorry I left that file on my desk. We ended it with juggling times to meet 

Around 4 o'clock I drove by the property and saw someone laying down on the front steps. It is a middle of the row townhouse with 4 steps up to the landing. On the landing was a man sleeping. I parked my car and walked over and asked who he was. I am here to appraise the property and am waiting for my office to call me with an access code to the lockbox.

He was disoriented as I asked questions so I made a call to the company he was with to check him out. He WAS the appraiser. I hung around as he did his measurements and he seemed to have woken up a bit by the time he was finished. He apologized for his demeanor earlier and said he would get this done right away and that all looked good.

Now I am waiting for the apprisal to come in so I can end this story.

I think it is going to come in just fine.


The Saga of the Sleeping Appraiser


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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Comments (6)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have a little secret.  I worked at a software company for 8 year, while also continuing to sell real estate.  I often burned the candle at both ends.  During my lunch hour at the software company, I always caught a little nap in one of our small conference rooms.  He may have been catching a power nap.

Jun 05, 2017 04:43 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Martha. This is incredible. Every time you think you have seen it all.......good luck.

Jun 06, 2017 06:41 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

How did the appraisal turn out?                   



Jul 27, 2017 10:01 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Sounds like an interesting fellow.... hope the appraisal turned out good! 

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2017 12:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you and you will soon be posting again.

Have an outstanding summer.

Aug 15, 2023 10:35 AM