I think I've got the black lung, pop.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I had a call on one of my properties by an unrepresented buyer.  He wanted to view the property, but did not want to use a buyer's agent.  He was under the impression that by not using a buyer's agent he was going to save money.  I didn't bother trying to dissuade him.

After a brief vetting conversation, I agreed to meet him at the property in about an hour.

I waited in the lobby for him to arrive.  He was about 5 minutes late, but his presence was clearly announced before he arrived.

A cloud of Drakkar Noir arrived a few minutes before he did.  Thank goodness I was wearing a face mask.

I think those bottles of fragrance are about 3.5 ounces, and I think he'd used about half the bottle.  Very sexy, right?

I was coughing pretty strongly, which I attributed to my allergies, when he looked questioningly at me.  Yeah... allergic to your drenching yourself with Drakkar Noir.

I think I'm going to need to go to the health club and sit in the Shvitz for a while... (Shvitz = steam room) to detox my lungs.  If he makes an offer on the property... I'm not meeting him for the inspection. - cough, cough! -

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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: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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

Alan- I totally hear what you're saying. There are some fellow walkers/joggers at the Preserve where we walk and when they pass by, Larry and I almost choke. And oddly enough, it all smells the same to me. 

Aug 11, 2020 06:31 PM #1
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I rarely wear any aftershave or cologne. I use a really cheap lotion after shaving which has a hint of a smell but not overpowering at all. Many clients get put off by strong smells. But I do put on my pants, even when zooming.

Aug 12, 2020 05:06 AM #2
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Alan,

It sounds like someone I knew many years ago who wore so much cologne that my eyes watered and I choked to.  Nice guy, but, come on!  

Maybe your guy should get tested for losing his sense of smell, maybe?

It could be that he doesn't understand what a spritz or two should be, not fifty!

Aug 12, 2020 06:40 AM #3
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's funny.  I'd like to have seen his face after all your coughing.

Aug 12, 2020 01:26 PM #4
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Alan, how were you able to recognize the fragrance? This is funny. Sorry you had to go through an experience like this; I agree, steam baths are always a great idea. :) 

Aug 12, 2020 08:12 PM #5
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Back when I had a real estte gency we had a title company rep who came to visit regularly.

I had developed an allergy to chemicals - especially perfumes - so when I saw her pull up in the parking lot I would suddenly find a reason to leave the office for a while. I think she bathed in her scent, as - like your customer - it always preceeded her into a room.

Once while I was gone my helpful secretary let her use my phone. I spent the rest of the day trying to scrub that scent out of the plastic. Ugh!

Aug 12, 2020 08:28 PM #6
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 
Glad you had your mask!
I read that loss of smell is an early symptom of COVID 19.
Happy you were safe -- Lynn

Aug 12, 2020 08:57 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ick, Alan. How fortunate to have had a mask.

My Mom was interviewing listing agents some years ago and one came to the appointment with so much perfume on my Mom says she felt sick...and that also meant No Listing!


Aug 12, 2020 09:52 PM #8
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

You actually recognized the scent!!  Wonder if he is a serious buyer, since he doesn't want to use an agent...red flag there!

Aug 13, 2020 09:30 AM #9
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Tbat's a tough situation!  Good advice for agents, too.  No 'fumes is good 'fumes!

Aug 15, 2020 04:42 PM #10
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