Funny how it's possible to grumble in a foreign language.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

"Are you planning on meeting me at the listing?" the email asks "I requested a 3:15 showing for your condo at 1234 Sherman avenue tomorrow, and I haven't heard back!" and it's signed Joe Merckowicz..

I check my showings on that property,  and while I do have a showing request for 3:15 tomorrow, it's for Marsha Epstein, and I've already sent her a text saying "I'll meet you there, ring Smith when you arrive and I'll buzz you in".

I return Joe's email and say "I don't have a showing request from you for 3:15 at 1234 Sherman avenue, but I do have a request from Marsha (who, suprise of all surprises is with the same agency as Joe)".

I get an email back from Joe: "I must have made the appointment under my wife's account."

So I send him back: "I'll meet you there, ring Smith when you arrive and I'll buzz you in." just in case he and his wife, Marsha, aren't on speaking terms and she hasn't shared that tidbit with him.  No response.

3:15 arrives today... no Joe (and no Marsha).  3:20... 3:30... 3:45 as I'm just getting ready to call him, I hear voices outside... yep.  It's apparently Joe the Mountain... he is one big dude.  He follows instructions... buzzing Smith (so I know he finally got the showing instructions)... I buzz him and his clients (a lovely young couple) in.

The very first thing they ask, as they walk into the condo is...  "Are pets allowed?". I look down at the listing in my hand, where it says "No dogs, but up to two cats allowed."  I say: "The association doesn't allow dogs, but they do allow up to two cats." and I smile.

The buyers look questioningly to their mountain of an agent, and in some foreign language clearly ask him "No dogs?".

The mountain, clearly not going to Mohhamed, turns to me and says "No dogs"?


"Not even the small ones?"

"Nope... we could have sold this condo several times over, if they allowed dogs."

"Even a little, tiny two pound doggies?", he holds his hands only a few inches apart.  There's something about this Goliath of a man saying "doggie", hunched over with his hands clearly forming tiny pocket dog that strikes me funny.

I smile and say "Nope, not even the tiny two pound doggies".  (is there an echo in here?)

He explains to his befuddled clients, again in that unintelligble (at least to me) language... "No doggies" (he sounds far less cute when explaining "no".).

They literally turn around and walk out the door.  I'm guessing they have a itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-doggie.

As the mountain ducks to clear the doorway, I speak into the air after him "It does say NO DOGS in the listing".

Funny how it's possible to grumble in a foreign language, too.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Alan May ,

OMG.. What a visual..I can picture the whole scenario! Yikes they really not read and then act like it's unacceptable and a total waste of time for all concerned!!!

Mar 22, 2018 07:19 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- perhaps it was meant for people other than him. But no doggies means no doggies. 

Mar 22, 2018 07:26 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I would not want to live in a Condo that does not allow Pets and yes Dogs are pets, now with that said the majority of agents do not read the listing, nor the showing instructions and generally that is a good indication how if they submit an offer the negotiations will go...just sayin, Endre

Mar 22, 2018 10:40 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alan.

Hmm, so I take it the agent did not read the entire listing.  Shame on him

Mar 23, 2018 03:41 AM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Geez. What a waste of time!

There are definitely agents who don't bother to read the specifics. That's definitely frustrating.


Mar 23, 2018 04:10 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. I can just picture the event and your reaction! What part of "no" was difficult to understand? Enjoy your day!

Mar 23, 2018 04:44 AM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

It's AMAZING what you can learn when you actually read the marketing remarks.  I'm running into that now with a listing.  Tenant occupied.  Here' the date they'll be out.  But we need it BEFORE then.  uh....not gonna happen.

Mar 23, 2018 06:21 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. How very frustrating. I hate when that sort of thing happens.

Mar 23, 2018 08:44 AM #9
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have found that reading the listings usually helps me avoid situations such as these but I am curious, if the guy was as big as you say and was to show up with a dog, they may not be willing to tell him no.

Mar 23, 2018 01:01 PM #10
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

An agent who does not read the listing information, uses his wife’s name to make appointments and does not show up for a showing on time.

Alan, you hit the trifecta with that guy.

Mar 23, 2018 06:47 PM #11
Doug Cook
Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors - O'Fallon, IL
Better Service, Better RESULTS!

One thing I like about AR is it often shows me some issues are universal.  Thanks for another reminder, Alan.

Mar 23, 2018 07:30 PM #12
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Alan May  Your sense of humor is always a "pick-me-up" for me. Thanks!
Hmmm - too bad he wasn't the one at your townhouse showing with the SWAT team! I'll never forget that post, Alan.
The previous comments here say everything I could say about this situation. On the flip side, for agents who MAKE THE EFFORT to be clear in Listing info, it is frustrating to get somewhere and find a Studio was labeled a One Bedroom or the school district is incorrect (I double-check school info myself before going) or the Listing says rental allowed when it isn't or ...

Mar 24, 2018 12:20 AM #13
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Well, unless it is a certified therapy dog, many condos do not allow dogs. And you are smart to address that in the listing. Hopefully this agent will look more carefully before showing other clients condo options to his buyers. What a waste of time

Mar 24, 2018 07:13 PM #14
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Not reading the listing before showing to a buyer is a very poor practice.

The mumbled grumble may have been a dismissal notice.

Mar 24, 2018 07:43 PM #15
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Something to write about every day in this business.

Mar 24, 2018 11:40 PM #16
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I never understand agents who don't read listings or check out attached documents. How many times do I get asked "do you have a plat"? If I've uploaded it to the documents section, I know that the agent didn't check out my documents beforehand.

The other one is when I get a call to set up a showing and the agent needs access information. If you read the listing, it says schedule the showing in ShowingTime and access information will be provided. 

(Shaking my head)

Mar 26, 2018 08:45 AM #17
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You are so entertaining to follow, and have a way with words. Thanks for the smile in real estate land today. Itsy bitsy teenie weenie dogs!

Mar 28, 2018 07:42 PM #18
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Alan,

If this agent were not quite licensed yet, it would have taken the cake.

Mar 28, 2018 10:32 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Alan

You just can't make this stuff up, can you?! The real life stuff is better than any made up scenarios. And you have such an entertaining way of telling stories!


Apr 05, 2018 03:46 PM #20
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts! All the information is right there in Engish and they still can't read it?? What an entitled bunch--yet they don't see it!

You know, we have to be Soooooo Nice! Otherwise we don't do business! ...But wait a minute! We don't do business with this sort anyway! Enough! I just keep my mouth shut and move on--again!

Apr 06, 2018 11:09 AM #21
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