That's my client!

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Back in the day, when we actually used to spend time in our offices, there was an agent in ours who claimed that each and every client belonged to him.

"That's my client... I met them at the farmer's market... My daughter introduced them to me... we talked at our open house... I've shown them several properties..." you get the idea.

One day, this agent was sitting at his desk, close to the front of the office.  He saw a lady walk into the office, and walk straight back to a female agent's desk, sit down and begin chatting.

He stewed for a while, trying to remember where he'd seen that lady before... and suddenly he had his 'aha' moment.  He "knew" it was his client, and she was 'cheating on him' with another agent.

He picked up the phone on his desk, and dialed the other agent's phone.  When she picked up he immediately made his usual claim: "That's my client you're sitting with!".

She calmly replied "Hmm... that's very interesting... since she's MY sister!"


Posted by

 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:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois


Comments (16)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Love it, love it, love it. We have two brothers in our area, who whenever you call them on a property, always say, "There's a lot of interest in that". I even joke they say that even if you ask them how they are.

Oct 23, 2020 07:54 AM
Alan May

There's one of those in every office.... yeah?

Oct 23, 2020 08:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


How funny!  In my first real estate (Ron's second), we had our own office.  One day I was talking to a store owner who wanted to open more stores.  After I set up an appointment to view several locations, one of the agents who heard her me mention her name to our broker, "exclaimed, that is my client, I shop there!"  And the broker said, "Did she call you?"  LOL. A

Oct 23, 2020 08:02 AM
Alan May

That's my client... 'cause I waved at her while I was shopping once... and she waved back!"  LOL!

Oct 23, 2020 08:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's a good one.... but, unfortunately, it's rare not to find one in an office.... 

Oct 23, 2020 08:03 AM
Alan May

yep... there's one (or at least one) in every office.

(love your new photo!)

Oct 23, 2020 08:07 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

If they're not under contract with you they are not your client Alan May, that is, imho

Oct 23, 2020 08:13 AM
Alan May

... and sometimes not even then.  ;-)

Oct 23, 2020 08:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Boom is right, Alan. That's a great story - made me laugh. When I first started in RE in 2002 we had someone in our office in Cambridge, MA who was like that.


Oct 23, 2020 09:06 AM
Alan May

We had an agent who would confront any agent who dared to contact or list in her neighbourhood.  She considered it her private farm.

Oct 23, 2020 09:13 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Denver Broker / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

HA .... oh the days of fighting for that elusive client, that really could care less about you being the first real estate professional they saw 6 months ago.  Thank goodness that we have progressed to the proper legal and real estate law in some States, to clear up some of these relationships.  There are still those that violate those laws and rules today... at least we have a clearer process to clean it up.

Oct 23, 2020 09:56 AM
Alan May

oh... we had 'proper legal' back when this occurred, too.  This guy, though... had his own rules.

Oct 23, 2020 10:05 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Ah yes, the good old days, Alan. I can remember a few of those conversations

Oct 23, 2020 10:07 AM
Alan May

I think many of us remember those days.

Oct 23, 2020 10:50 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Years ago we had a guy like this......he didn't last long. 

Oct 23, 2020 10:40 AM
Alan May

glad to hear it.

Oct 23, 2020 10:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- somehow there seems to be one of these in every office and not just real estate. I had a consultant who worked for me who would steal the applicants (I staffed offices) of others. 

Oct 23, 2020 05:35 PM
Alan May

yep... there is no light without dark.

Oct 23, 2020 05:39 PM
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

Absolutely hilarious!

Oct 23, 2020 06:41 PM
Alan May

true that.

Oct 23, 2020 07:22 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Oh I do love this story. Fun to hear the greedy jerk got his comeuppance!


Oct 23, 2020 07:51 PM
Alan May

I dunno that qualifies as true 'commuppance', but it was some kinda uppance.

Oct 24, 2020 05:54 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Great joke! Love it.

Oct 24, 2020 07:16 AM
Alan May

it actually happened.  it wasn't a joke.

Oct 24, 2020 07:28 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

There's one in every office. Good story.

Oct 24, 2020 08:47 AM
Alan May

every single office.

Oct 24, 2020 11:16 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Oh Alan May thank you for the laugh today I really can use it 

Oct 24, 2020 12:20 PM
Alan May

I'm glad I could help

Oct 24, 2020 12:54 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

HA!  Quite the story.  I miss the office too!

Oct 26, 2020 02:13 PM
Alan May

I do miss all the interactions.

Oct 26, 2020 02:43 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Good grief.  I am familiar with the personality, though from my days selling diamond engagement rings.  It was a well known fact that if someone entered, a gal named Yen was going to lay claim to them.  Our running was she probably passed them in traffic on the way there.  Don't miss those days at all.

Nov 02, 2020 11:04 AM
Alan May

I hear that.

Nov 02, 2020 11:06 AM

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