December Challenge: Your Craziest Transaction

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"Truth is stranger than fiction."

Here we are in December again.  Are you ready for another fun ActiveRain Challenge?

What could be more challenging and fun than planning for, dealing with, and surviving the holiday season?  

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS and I thought what better subject to write about for our December Challenge than a transaction that dealt you the most fun, the most challenge OR the one you barely survived to tell about?  However it went down, hopefully, you ended up with the gift of a closing check. 


We've all had them.  We've had the transactions we loved, and the transactions we've struggled with every step of the way and barely survived.  Just choose one to tell us about that ended with the gift of a closing check.

BUT... here's the twist... you can tell us a true story, a totally made-up story, or a combination of both.  You decide.  It will be up to your readers to submit their vote to determine whether they think your story is True or Fake. We've all heard the saying: Truth is stranger than fiction, so be careful when you vote on other entries. 

Here are the easy peasy guidelines you must follow to qualify for the 1500 bonus points for your entry:
  * 250 words in your post
  * At least 1 graphic
  * Post a link to your entry into the comments section of this blog post 

The Challenge begins on December 1st and ends on December 31st.


Anna Banana and I are co-hosting this challenge so share your craziest transaction with us.  We're anxious to hear about it!

Whatever you write about, have fun with it. And, don't forget to read the other entries, make your comments and vote "True" or "Fake."


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Comments (286)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
Dec 31, 2019 02:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Sam Shueh great entry!  And what a bummer of a story for your very first sale. I got to hand it to you after that you're still going strong after all these years!

Dec 31, 2019 03:08 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

LOL Ed Silva you are indeed our master magician!  Love your stories - great entries. So glad you found a little time to submit them. Know everyone knows your real profession!!! Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2019 03:10 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Fun challenge, but brought back a nightmare from 2013!  

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5451702/water--water-everywhere 

Dec 31, 2019 05:11 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Sam Shueh 
That was quite an experience for a first sale. Thanks for entering our December Challenge. 

Dec 31, 2019 06:55 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Ed Silva 
Those sound like two examples of knowing the right people to get the jobs done! Thanks for the entry into the December Challenge!

Dec 31, 2019 07:01 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI 
That was a nightmare transaction but you got it done, and put more money in the sellers pocket than the original sale.  Good job!

Dec 31, 2019 07:08 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I am nothing if I am not a procrastinator.

Here is my entry Burn, Baby, Burn!!!

Dec 31, 2019 09:48 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Was not sure which adventure to share for this contest, a few minutes ago I finally decided to share this account from about 15 years ago

https://activerain.com/blogsview/5451737/the-day-we-lost-dave?show_share=1

Dec 31, 2019 11:55 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi John Juarez 
What a crazy time for your clients... and so many other people.  That definitely qualifies as a crazy and challenging transaction. Thanks for the entry into our December Challenge. 

Jan 01, 2020 06:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Bob Crane 
So glad Dave was found safe. I hope he learned a lesson. What a waste of resources.   Thanks for the entry into our December. It sounds like your fingers were flying those last 23 minutes of 2019.  Happy New Year! 

Jan 01, 2020 07:58 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI crazy story upon craziness going on with this one.  Great job of getting it closed. Great entry!

Jan 01, 2020 01:02 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi John Juarez your post hit home for me today as I got a phone call yesterday alerting to me that a long time client that bought their dream home about 5 years ago totally lost their home to a fire last Sunday night. Thankfully they all got out safe but it's a total loss and will take a year to re-build. Crazy.  Back to your post.....

 

What crazy twists and turns in your story. Sometimes what we go through almost sounds make up, but it's not. It's what we do - solve our clients problems. And you certainly did just that for these folks. So glad it finally worked out for all of them...........and you!  Great entry!!

Jan 01, 2020 01:12 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Just in the knick of time you squeezed in this great entry Bob Crane ! Really good entry and I'm so glad you shared it!

 

Wow this is quite the story about Dave going 'missing'.  Odd that he didn't know enough to check in at the end of the day. And thank goodness it all had a good ending. Could have been way worse.  Great training material for sure.

Jan 01, 2020 01:23 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Once again I missed the challenge but it has been a real fun eyeopener to read all the entries! Some really good stuff here!  I have more to read!

Happy New Year to you all! 2020 will bring more stories I am sure!

Jan 01, 2020 11:24 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Sorry you missed the challenge Debra Leisek but I'm sure you're having fun reading the entries. I know I did!

Jan 02, 2020 08:25 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

We could write a book with all of the stories we have and share! the good the bad the Ugly of Real Estate.... and everyone knows Real Estate is just so EASY!!

Jan 02, 2020 11:42 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Hi Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS thank you again for the December challenge and hope your new year is off to a good start! As January comes to a close, was noticing did the points ever get issued for our December entries? Thanks. Jeff 

Jan 31, 2020 09:19 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI yes points were given out the first week of  January.  If you didn't get them let Debe Maxwell, CRS know. She can double check it.

Jan 31, 2020 11:23 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

OK thank you Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS and Carol Williams ok I will contact Debe Maxwell, CRS here. My entry to the DECEMBER CHALLENGE  was on December 12, 2019 above where no points were received. Jeff 

Jan 31, 2020 12:41 PM