OK, this was another first. Do they ever end? I hope not.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

This business never fails to amaze me. Just about the time I think I've seen it all, a series of days come along and prove that I haven't seen anything yet. I have a few home inspectors who call me regularly to ask questions about electrical things they run into. A recent call dealt with a Push-O-Matic breaker box built by a company that went out of business in 1960. 

I've never seen one. Even after he sent me photos, I couldn't help him at all. He did manage to find a Chinese company that makes breakers for it. I can't imagine there is a great market for it, but there has to be some.

I had another client call to ask me to look at her electrical problem with her lights. When I arrived, I saw the strangest series of light switches I've ever seen. There would be four to eight switches in a box and space that you would typically see two switches. Again, this was a first. It didn't take long for me to realize that the switches were on a low-voltage (24 Volt DC) system which fed a high voltage (120 volt, AC) system. It wasn't until I saw the low voltage panels that it was completely clear what was going on. Another first.

Yesterday, I had a home inspector call to tell me about an experience he had at a local home inspection. He was on the roof and attic phase of the inspection when he came across something stapled to the rafters on the far end of an attic. He pulled it down and it was a note with a $20 bill attached. The note said, "Congratulations. You are the first inspector to see this note. The $20 bill is yours." The house had been under contract three times and this was the third inspection. 


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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I love the $20 bill! That is a great one. I do wonder what happened with the previous two contracts &/or inspections. 

Feb 12, 2020 03:33 PM #1
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Wow! to the last example Mike. Lazy business standards benefit no one. The other 2 potential buyers should demand their money back from them!

Feb 12, 2020 03:34 PM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Mike. Amazing stories but the $20.00 thing is really something.

Feb 12, 2020 04:15 PM #3
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

  "Congratulations. You are the first inspector to see this note. The $20 bill is yours." The house had been under contract three times and this was the third inspection.

All I can say is Wow!

Feb 12, 2020 05:26 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Mike- ok, the $20 bill story takes the cake!!!! Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. 

Feb 12, 2020 06:12 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

I want that last inspector to move to my area.  Like Kathy said, you just can't make this stuff up

Feb 13, 2020 01:12 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Mike - I think that last home inspector should include that story on his website for all prospective clients needing a property inspection to see.  Maybe include your post as well.  Talk about a great endorsement.  

Feb 13, 2020 05:11 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Feb 15, 2020 06:57 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike Cooper, GRI - just when you have seen it all someone new comes up.  Talk about found money!

Feb 16, 2020 04:17 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Those are great anecdotes, Mike, especially the last one. I don't think you and truly ever say you have seen it all.


Feb 16, 2020 01:54 PM #10
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

What would life be like without these crazy happenings?

Feb 16, 2020 02:13 PM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love that third story. It wouldn't surprise me at all that the first inspectors didn't bother checking out the entire attic. Great note!

Feb 17, 2020 06:08 AM #12
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great story, not sure if it is considered bribery, but what a shame it was still there to be found. hard to always find those who do their jobs correctly.

Feb 17, 2020 12:14 PM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Mike, I particularly LOVE the last story!  A reward for doing your job and being good at it. Yeehaaa! And a funny seller, to boot. Who was generous.


Feb 17, 2020 07:38 PM #14
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love your stories - especially the last one! Since there had been 3 inspections, I wonder who left the $20?


Feb 17, 2020 08:11 PM #15
Susan McCall, Loving the Northwest
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

And people wonder why what inspectors do? Some just don't to their job, do they?  I follow them around and watch and keep asking questions.

Feb 19, 2020 11:31 PM #16
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia


Feb 20, 2020 05:27 AM #17
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I am not sure whether to laugh or not re: the $20 bill finding!    So often inspectors show up early (before myself and the buyer) to inspect the roof and exterior--would rather they wait.

Feb 20, 2020 08:43 AM #18
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