Here, hold my beer.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

In my past thirty years of real estate experience, I've learned so many things. One thing I continue to learn is to never say, "I've seen it all." Just about the time I say that, I can hear a distant voice off in the shadows say, "Here, hold my beer."

This week, my selling client received a letter from his HOA telling him that he did not get permission to install a fence on his property. In the letter, it points to HOA policy that requires owners to submit an application prior installing any type of fence. My client called and asked if I knew he now had a fence. Of course I didn't, but the photo he sent showed a fence. 

I sent the buyer's agent the following email:

       You're not going to believe this. Actually, if the HOA hadn't sent a letter, I may have missed it, but some contractor put up a fence at 131 Main St without the homeowner's permission. The Main Street Homeowners Association sent a letter to the seller referencing it and threatening action. Of course, all of us went over to see what in the world she was talking about. And, there it was. I guess the contractor got the wrong address, since the owner didn't order the fence or railings. I can have it removed before closing if your client doesn't want it. Let me know. 

I'm sure you've figured out by now that the buyer had the fence put up. He also went into the unit, turned the heat up and left the lights on. How did he get the lockbox combo? Hmm? I put two lock-boxes on my listings. One if for home inspectors and appraisers and the other for agents. The only way to access the property is to have an ekey or a combination. There is no way around it. 
The buyer's agent called me instantly breathlessly trying to figure out what happened. I really have a good idea, but I'll accept her explanation which left me with more questions than answers. Fortunately, the seller is a good sport and is willing to overlook the intrusion into his listing, and we're off to closing shortly. The HOA is also cooperating and the seller is not being fined. Never say you've seen it all, because somewhere off in the distance someone is saying, "Here, hold my beer."



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Mike- I'm always amazed when I read stories like this one but on the other hand I'm not totally surprised. When we sold one of our homes in Florida, I remember looking out and there at our dock was the buyer to be, without any permission from us, with a crew working on my dock, using my electricity and my water!!!!

Jan 29, 2020 07:35 PM #1
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

@Mike Cooper, GRI Wow. Just WOW. Shaking my head WOW. Lauren

Jan 29, 2020 08:31 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

I agree, I will never say I've seen it all.  I get surprises every day.

Jan 30, 2020 01:09 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mike - "Well, I guess I have seen/heard everything".  Not quite...just wait...

Jan 30, 2020 04:47 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh wow, Mike! After 26 years in the business I've realized that everytime I think to myself "I've heard everything now," something comes up and surprises me all over again. I serve on my board's grievance and ethics committee and yesterday received four cases to review for an upcoming hearing...  I was gob-smacked to say the least... you couldn't make this stuff up.

Jan 30, 2020 06:22 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike Cooper, GRI - I agree with you.  There is always something you have never seen.

Jan 30, 2020 08:22 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Many years ago, I had a neighbor who came home to a new washer and dryer in their garage.  They thought at first it must be some kind of special gift from someone that REALLY loved them.  However, the delivery driver had delivered to the wrong house.

Jan 30, 2020 01:33 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 30, 2020 01:38 PM #8
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