Stupid Pet Tricks & Real Estate Showings

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Stupid Pet Tricks and Real Estate ShowingsIt seemed as if it would be an easy showing.  The instructions said to call the owner first so they could crate the dog.   We had a pleasant conversation, gave them a timeframe and they said they would vacate the house so we could have it to ourselves.  You have to love sellers who understand the process. 

We arrive at our appointed time and just to make sure the owners are gone I knock on the door.  From deep inside the house I hear the dog bark followed by a "shut up".  Figuring that the owners hadn't left yet I wait a bit and then knock again.  The dog barks and the same voice responsds "shut up."  Okay this is annoying why aren't they answering the door?

So cautiously I open the door and say "hello".  A voice from the back of the house says "hello" but no one appears.  Alright I guess they aren't leaving and we are going to head on in.  As we pass through the foyer keeping an eye out for the owners the dog barks again and when we hear the little voice say "shut up" we realize that it sounds more like a child than an adult.  Now I'm worried that the parents have gone and left a child behind.

Stupid Pet Tricks and Real Estate ShowingsAs we round the corner to the dining room we find our little voice.  It is a PARROT!  Sure enough the dog barks again and looking us right in the eye the parrot says "shut up."  Go figure.  I guess it is a good thing the owners don't swear like sailors! 

Just proves you never know what you will find when you head out to show a house. 

Now about that naked guy in the shower of a vacant house?????

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Andrew Baumbach
Homestead Realty Inc. - Milwaukee, WI
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That was hilarious. Don't parrots live to be like 80? I don't if i'd want a pet that looks around my house thinking"someday this will all be mine"

Naked guy in a shower of a vacant home. That would definitely be a new one. Maybe an agent's wife threw him out. And he needed a place to crash. hehe.

May 18, 2008 05:22 AM #2
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Adam Brett
The Adam and Eric Group - Fullerton, CA
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Awesome!!  That is a first.  You should have trained the bird to say something else while you were there.

May 18, 2008 05:22 AM #3
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Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
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Now that's a great story. I hope the house was as cute as the pets!

May 18, 2008 05:25 AM #4
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Rob Muller
ReMax Town & Country - Canton, GA
Cherokee County Real Estate

That gave me a good laugh this afternoon. I would have been surprised if it were a house I was showing- maybe they should include "talking parrot" under comments. The things we see.. the stories we share...

May 18, 2008 05:33 AM #5
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Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA - Charlottesville, VA

Surprise!  That was a great story.  Good thing all he said was shut up.

May 18, 2008 05:36 AM #6
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Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
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Reminds me of the showing where their trained attack dog waited behind a closed door and then bit my buyers' wife twice !!!  Not good !

May 18, 2008 05:37 AM #7
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Craig W. Barrett
RE/MAX 100 - Hughesville, MD
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Now that's a funny story. I bet it made for an interesting conversation later.

May 18, 2008 05:54 AM #8
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L. Wayne Denton
Denton Properties, Inc. - Loganville, GA
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I had the showing with the parrot who learned from the sailor.  Foulest language I think I had ever heard.  My clients thought it was funny enough to put a stipulation in the contract that the bird be part of the sale.  Contract accepted and closed, with the bird.  Besides all the other language, bird can now say "Thank you, Honey".

Just a question as to guy in shower, did you get rid of the buyers and go back in?

May 18, 2008 09:07 AM #9
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Lynn Pineda
eXp Realty - Boca Raton, FL
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Oh, what a riot! LOL. You're right thank goodness the owners are careful in their choice of words!

May 18, 2008 01:00 PM #10
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Cindy Jones
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Brian-I think of parakeets are just song birds and not talkers but I suppose if they were motivated by some extra seed they might speak up!

May 19, 2008 07:56 AM #11
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Andrew-If Lenona Hemsley can leave all of her money to a dog then anything is possible.

May 19, 2008 07:58 AM #12
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Cindy Jones
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Adam-nice idea.  Wonder how long it takes to train a parrott to mimick your words?

May 19, 2008 07:59 AM #13
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Joetta-the house was okay but not the one my clients ended up selecting.  The bird was definetly a plus!

May 19, 2008 08:01 AM #14
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Cindy Jones
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Karen-I had a friend with a myna bird who has some other words that weren't quite as tame as what this guy had to say :-)

May 19, 2008 08:02 AM #15
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Cindy Jones
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Bill-that should have been a lawsuit.  Anyone with a dangerous pet shouldn't be letting anyone in the house without them being around.  Hope it wasn't to serious of a bite.

May 19, 2008 08:04 AM #16
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Craig-my clients still remember it and asked me when they sell their house whether we could have one that says "buy this house."

May 19, 2008 08:05 AM #17
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Wayne-that is a riot.  Just goes to show you never know what can convey with a house!

May 19, 2008 08:07 AM #18
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Lynn-it may have had other things to say when we weren't there but at least for our visit he was just worried about the dog.

May 19, 2008 08:09 AM #19
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Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL

Cindy. this is an awesome story!!!  How funny is that?  And I like the scarlett macaw you have in the blog.  Macaws will live 60-80 years so it probably was establishing dominance.  LOL!!

May 23, 2008 07:14 AM #20
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Bob Cumiskey
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Cindy, this is so funny.   There should be a book of stories or tales of Real Estate.  It would be a best seller.

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