In Real Estate truth can be stranger than fiction. December Challenge

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If you stay in this business long enough you will experience some crazy things. A couple of them came to mind when I read this contest.

I remember one time when I met a young couple looking to rent a home. They had just moved to Phoenix and their current home in another state was being sold short. I usually try to meet my clients in my office to interview them. We talked at length about their needs and just as we were getting ready to go out to a few homes the young woman announced that she needs to feed the baby. “Would it be alright?”

The office is a public place, but fortunately it wasn’t crowded that day. I found a conference room that she could use. We pulled the blinds and the husband, and I stood guard outside. In a little while we were on our way to their new rental home.

Back when I was a relatively new agent, I sold quite a few of vacant parcels of land to buyers building new custom homes. The market in one area was very hot and nice buildable sites were in demand. We found one parcel that appeared to be a good deal. It was a recent split of a 5-acre parcel that now consisted of four 1.25-acre homesites. The lots were freshly graded and ready to build.

As we walked the property, we noticed a new, nearly complete, home under construction on an adjacent lot. But something didn’t look right. The back yard was full of junk. Piles of scrap metal, wood and all types of building material. On top of the pile was a bright red, old fashioned, coke machine.

I called the builder of the new home to inquire. He said yes, we were digging for a new septic and found that the previous owner had buried tons of junk prior to grading the lots. Buried all around the property were cars, scrap metal, even an old manufactured home. He stated, “Don’t be surprised if there is junk all over your parcel as well.”

Needless to say. My buyer opted out of the purchase. Eventually buying an already built spec home.

But my most surprising transaction still shocks me today. I had a buyer make an offer of a nice 3BD/2BA/2CG in N. Phoenix. In a rare turn of events, the seller requested that we present the offer in person. This was rarely done anymore. I just assumed that they were old school. Figuring we had nothing to hide, it was a good offer, I agreed. We met in a conference room at one of the local title companies. We all introduced ourselves and sat down to present the offer. To my amazement the seller pulled out a gun and laid it on the table. It was reminiscent of an old western movie where the poker players were put on notice not to cheat. It was Intimidation 101.

In all honesty, I was more nervous than the buyer was. We presented the offer. The buyer and seller agreed, and the seller accepted the offer. Afterward the buyer said “I wasn’t worried, I have been around guns all my life. He wasn’t going to shoot anybody.” After that, the sale went through without a hitch. I haven’t had the chance to present an offer in person since that day. I am not sure I want too.

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Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 well in a way I'm glad to see another gun story.  I have one as well and may share.  Pretty crazy that guy took it upon himself to silently take out his gun during a negotiataion.  What did he think this was (not that you'd know his pysche) a possible take it or you know what negotiation.  One crazy situation for you and your clients. 

Dec 17, 2019 01:47 PM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joseph, NEVER have experienced this type of event, and would be shaking in my shoes! 

Dec 17, 2019 04:38 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- and they talk about Texas and guns!!! I've been around guns and hunting but to be in an enclosed room with someone who just pulled out a gun would have sent shivers up my spine. 

Dec 17, 2019 08:18 PM #3
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

Ho Joseph,
That would be more than a bit unnerving. Glad it all worked out!

Dec 18, 2019 08:38 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - wow, that story seems like something out of an old Western.

Dec 18, 2019 01:48 PM #5
Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

True Story

Truth can be stranger than fiction sometime.

Dec 19, 2019 05:35 AM #6
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

HAHAHAH! That is awesome!

I wouldn't have been at all intimidated by the gun . . . shee-it.

I might have put mine on the table too. Just to be neighborly.



that a pistol in yer pocket boy?

Dec 19, 2019 06:08 AM #7
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

"How to Present an Offer" or "Lay that Gun on the Table." Who knew gun etiquette extended to presenting real estate offers.

Dec 19, 2019 07:46 PM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my gosh, pullling out the gun. I can't beat this one, Joe. And, to be honest, I'm good with that. Lol Happy Saturday. 

Dec 21, 2019 08:10 AM #9
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Hi Joseph these are some pretty good stories, can't say I've ever had someone pull out a a on negotiations.  

When you were talking about the building burying the things I just saw that happen here not too long ago. We had purchased a house, remodeled it and sold it. We were friends with the neighbor across the street. She was a watchful neighbor if you know what i mean. She said the people doing the remodel next door to her had dug a hole and buried everything in the back yard. I told the listing agent who was a friend of mine about it, he was a new agent, he sold the house anyway. I am sure he did not disclose. That would not be a good thing to find out unless it was something valuable.  Anyway, great stories & thanks for sharing!

Dec 23, 2019 03:36 AM #10
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Interesting story...stories, I should say. 

I would have take the laying out of the gun by the seller as a signal of insincerity and that it was time to leave.

Dec 25, 2019 11:48 AM #11
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